Y = books recommended for younger readers; O = books recommended for older readers
Deedy, Carmen Agra     (Y)
Martina the beautiful cockroach : a Cuban folktale
In this humorous retelling of a Cuban folktale, a cockroach interviews her suitors in order to decide whom to marry.

Delacre, Lulu     (O)
Salsa stories
A collection of stories within the story of a family celebration where the guests relate their memories of growing up in various Latin American countries. Also contains recipes.

Ehlert, Lois     (Y)
Cuckoo : a Mexican folktale , Cucu : un cuento folclorico mexicano
A traditional Mayan tale which reveals how the cuckoo lost her beautiful feathers.

Fleischman, Sid     (O)
The dream stealer
A plucky Mexican girl tries to recover her dream from the Dream Stealer who takes her to his castle where countless dreams and even more adventures await.

Garne, S T     (Y)
By a blazing blue sea
A rhyming description of the simple and colorful life of a Caribbean fisherman.

Ibbotson, Eva     (O)
Journey to the river sea
Sent with her governess to live with the dreadful Carter family in exotic Brazil in 1910, Maia endures many hardships before fulfilling her dream of exploring the Amazon River.

Johnston, Tony     (Y)
My abuelita
With great gusto, a child's grandmother performs deep knee bends, consumes a breakfast of "huevos estrellados," and practices vocal exercises before going to work as a storyteller.

Krebs, Laurie     (Y)
We're roaming in the rainforest
Rhyming verse describes the activities of many of the creatures that inhabit the Amazon rainforest. Includes facts about the animals in the book and about the Amazon River and rainforest.

MacDonald, Amy     (Y)
Please, Malese! : a trickster tale from Haiti
Using his tricky ways, Malese takes advantage of his neighbors, until they catch on, after which he manages to pull an even bigger trick on them.

Meunier, Brian     (Y)
Bravo Tavo!
Tavo dreams of nothing but being a famous basketball star--and getting new shoes so that he can practice better--but his village in Mexico faces a serious drought and Tavo and his father must work to convince the other people that the old way of irrigation will save their crops.

Ryan, Pam Munoz     (O)
Becoming Naomi Leon
When Naomi's absent mother resurfaces to claim her, Naomi runs away to Mexico with her great-grandmother and younger brother in search of her father.

Trueman, Terry     (O)
A fictional account of one of the worst storms to hit the Caribbean--Hurricane Mitch in 1998--told from the perspective of a thirteen-year-old boy living in a small village in Honduras.

  Summer 2011