By Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo (the fifth of May) commemorates the victory of the Mexican army at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War, but in the 1960s, it came to mean much more. Today, Cinco de Mayo is an opportunity to honor Hispanic culture and heritage. Many celebrations include parades, parties, folk dancing, mariachi bands, and favorite traditional foods. 

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Another way to celebrate could include checking out the Spanish collection at EVPL Central! In the READ Center, we have hundreds of Spanish-language picture books, including translations of popular titles. Here are a few to get started:

Image of the book covers of the books featured in the blog post.

Picture Books

Alma y Como Obtuvo su Nombre by Juana Martinez-Neal 

If you ask her, Alma Sofia Esperanza Jose Pura Candela has way too many names: six! How did such a small person wind up with such a large name? As she hears the story of her name, Alma starts to think it might be a perfect fit after all – and realizes that she will one day have her own story to tell. (English version available)

Mango, Abuela y Yo by Meg Medina

Mia’s grandmother comes to live with Mia and her parents and Mia learns Spanish while helping her grandmother learn English. (English version available)

Gustavo, el Fantasmita Tímido by Flavia Z. Drago

Gustavo is good at doing all sorts of ghostly things: walking through walls, making objects fly, and glowing in the dark. And he loves almost nothing more than playing beautiful music on his violin. But Gustavo is shy, and some things are harder for him to do, like getting in a line to buy eye scream or making friends with other monsters. Now that the Day of the Dead is fast approaching, what can he do to make them notice him and to share with them something he loves? (English version available)

Adoptar un Dinosaurio by Jose Carlos Andres 

A little girl wants a pet, but her parents won’t let her have one. They jokingly tell her she may have a dinosaur if she can find one, and she does! A charming and humorous tale about imagination and fantastical pets! (English version available)

El Libro by David Miles

By looking closer and closer at a book, you can be transported to a place of imagination that only you can create and see.

Mi Papi Tiene Una Moto by Isabel Quintero

When Daisy Ramona zooms around her neighborhood with her papi on his motorcycle, she sees the people and places she’s always known. She also sees a community that is rapidly changing around her. (English version available)

Dear Primo: Una Carta Para Ti by Duncan Tonatiuh

This is the story of two cousins, one in the United States and one in Mexico, and how their daily lives are different yet similar. Charlie takes the subway to school; Carlitos rides his bike. Charlie plays in fallen leaves; Carlitos plays among the local cacti. Readers will discover the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of both ways of life. (English version available

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