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A photo of Isabel and her colores go to school

Isabel and her colores go to school

"English just feels wrong to Isabel. She prefers her native Spanish. As she prepares for a new school, she knows she's going to have to learn. Her first day is uncomfortable, until she employs her crayons and discovers there's more than one way to communicate with new friends"--

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A photo of A thousand white butterflies

A thousand white butterflies

Newly arrived from Colombia, Isabella's first day of school in the United States is cancelled because of snow and when Isabella notices a girl playing outside she makes a new friend, despite the language barrier.

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A photo of My two border towns

My two border towns

"A boy and his father cross the United States-Mexico border every other Saturday, visiting their favorite places, spending time with family and friends, and sharing in the responsibility of community care"--

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A photo of The cot in the living room

The cot in the living room

A young Dominican American girl in New York City moves from jealousy to empathy as her parents babysit children whose families work the overnight shift in this picture book debut. Night after night, a young girl watches her mami set up a cot in the living room for guests in their Washington Heights apartment, like Raquel (who's boring) and Edgardo (who gets crumbs everywhere). She resents that they get the entire living room with a view of the George Washington Bridge, while all she gets is a tiny bedroom with a view of her sister (who snores). Until one night, no one comes, and it's finally her chance! But as it turns out, sleeping in the cot in the living room isn't all she thought it would be. A celebration of the ways a Dominican American community takes care of one another while showing young readers that sometimes the best way to be a better neighbor is by imagining how it feels to spend a night sleeping on someone else's pillow.

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A photo of My day with the panye

My day with the panye

"In the hills above Port-au-Prince, a young girl named Fallon wants more than anything to carry a large woven basket to the market, just like her Manman. As she watches her mother wrap her hair in a mouchwa, Fallon tries to twist her own braids into a scarf and balance the empty panye atop her head, but realizes it's much harder than she thought"--

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Paletero man

"Follow along with our narrator as he passes through his busy neighborhood in search of the Paletero Man. But when he finally catches up with him, our narrator's pockets are empty. Oh no! What happened to his dinero? It will take the help of the entire community to get the tasty treat now"--

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A photo of I love you, baby burrito

I love you, baby burrito

Introduces related Spanish-language vocabulary words in an endearing celebration of the modern tradition of carefully and cozily swaddling a newborn "like a baby burrito."

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A photo of A song of frutas

A song of frutas

While visiting her abuelo in Cuba, a young girl helps him sell frutas, singing the name of each fruit as they walk, and after she returns to the United States, they exchange letters made of abrazos--hugs. Includes historical and cultural notes.

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A photo of Lucía the Luchadora

Lucía the Luchadora

Lucia zips through the playground in her cape just like the boys, but when they tell her 'girls can't be superheroes', suddenly she doesn't feel so mighty. That's when her beloved abuela reveals a dazzling secret: Lucia comes from a family of luchadoras, the bold and valiant women of the Mexican lucha libre tradition. But when she's confronted with a case of injustice, Lucia must decide if she can stay true to the ways of the luchadora and fight for what is right, even if it means breaking the sacred rule of never revealing the identity behind her mask.

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A photo of El Cucuy is scared, too!

El Cucuy is scared, too!

Ramón is worried about his first day at a new school, but it helps to remind El Cucuy, the monster who lives in his cactus pot, of how brave and strong they both are.

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A photo of Malaika's surprise

Malaika's surprise

"It's summertime, and Malaika and Adèle are enjoying playing carnival in their bright costumes, dancing and laughing in the sunshine. But when Mummy announces that they will soon have a new baby brother or sister, Malaika is unsure how to feel about another change in her family. Will Mummy forget about me? Back at school, Malaika is excited to see her teacher and classmates, and makes friends with a new girl who has recently arrived from a faraway country, just like Malaika. Then on her birthday, not one, but two surprises arrive to remind Malaika of the importance of family, and the story ends with a celebration of family love. Malaika's Surprise is filled with the same warmth and charm as the first two books in the series, with Nadia L. Hohn's enchanting prose, written in a blend of standard English and Caribbean patois, and Irene Luxbacher's colorful collage illustrations."--

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A photo of Run, Little Chaski! : an Inka trail adventure

Run, Little Chaski! : an Inka trail adventure

In this tale set in the ancient Inka empire, Little Chaski has a big job: he is the Inka King's newest royal messenger. But on his first day things quickly start to go awry. Will Little Chaski be able to deliver the royal message on time?

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A photo of Alma and how she got her name

Alma and how she got her name

When Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela asks her father why she has so many names, she hears the story of her name and learns about her grandparents.

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A photo of Mango, Abuela, and me

Mango, Abuela, and me

"Mia's abuela has left her sunny house with parrots and palm trees to live with Mia and her parents in the city. The night she arrives, Mia tries to share her favorite book with Abuela before they go to sleep and discovers that Abuela can't read the words inside. So while they cook, Mia helps Abuela learn English ("Dough. Masa"), and Mia learns some Spanish too, but it's still hard for Abuela to learn the words she needs to tell Mia all her stories. Then Mia sees a parrot in the pet-shop window and has the perfecto idea for how to help them all communicate a little better. An endearing tale from an award-winning duo that speaks loud and clear about learning new things and the love that bonds family members."-- From Amazon.com.

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A photo of Where are you from?

Where are you from?

"When a young girl is asked where she's from--where she's really from--she's no longer as she was. She decides to turn to her dear abuelo for some help with this ever-persistent question. But he doesn't quite give her the answer she expects."--Page [2] of cover.

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A photo of Stella's stellar hair

Stella's stellar hair

Stella travels planet to planet visting her aunties looking for a stellar hairdo for the Big Star Little Gala, but she is not convinced by any of their suggestions.

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A photo of Bisa's Carnival

Bisa's Carnival

Discover the sights and sounds of Brazil through the eyes of a young girl and her great-grandmother as they share in the excitement of Carnaval! It's time for Carnaval and Clara cannot wait to celebrate her favorite holiday with family, but especially with her great-grandmother. Even if Bisa can't attend, Clara knows the Carnaval parade will still be special.Costumed lovingly by their bisa, everyone takes to the street for the annual parade. But even among all the colors, costumes, music, and dancing, something is missing . . . or is it someone?

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A photo of Coquí in the city

Coquí in the city

"When Miguel and his parents move from Puerto Rico to the U.S. mainland, Miguel misses their home, his grandparents, and his pet frog, Coquí, but he soon realizes that New York City has more in common with back home than he originally thought"--

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A photo of Hair Story

Hair Story

Preciosa has hair that won’t stay straight, won’t be confined. Rudine’s hair resists rollers, flat irons, and rules. Together, the girls play hair salon! They take inspiration from their moms, their neighbors, their ancestors, and cultural icons. They discover that their hair holds roots of the past and threads of the future.

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A photo of Your mama

Your mama

Illustrations and easy-to-read text twist classic "your mama" jokes into a celebration of the beauty, power, and love of motherhood.

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A photo of Vamos, Let's Cross the Bridge

Vamos, Let's Cross the Bridge

People are always crossing the bridge for work, to visit family, or for play. Some going this way; others going that way. Back and forth they go. With friends on foot and in bicycles, in cars and trucks, the bridge is an incredibly busy place with many different types of vehicles. Little Lobo and his dog Bernabé have a new truck and they are using it to carry party supplies over the bridge with their pals El Toro and La Oink Oink. The line is long and everyone on the bridge is stuck. How will they pass the time? Eventually everyone comes together for an epic party on the bridge between two different countries

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A photo of Stroller coaster

Stroller coaster

A quick-thinking father thwarts his daughter's impending temper tantrum when he transforms an everyday walk outside into an exciting strollercoaster ride through the neighborhood.

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A photo of Just ask! : be different, be brave, be you

Just ask! : be different, be brave, be you

In this creative non-fiction story, Sonia and her friends plant a garden, and each one contributes in his or her own special way, in a book that celebrates the many differences among humans. In this warm and inclusive story by U.S. Supreme Justice Sonia Sotomayor, inspired by her own childhood diagnosis of diabetes, readers join along as differently abled kids use their strengths to work together and learn about each other.

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A photo of Tag team

Tag team

Luchadore star El Toro teams up with his fighting partner, La Oink Oink, when a post-match mess at the stadium becomes a bit too intimidating to clean up alone.

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A photo of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez : U.S. Representative

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez : U.S. Representative

"Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the youngest woman to ever serve in United States Congress. Explore how this changemaker made a name for herself on her way to Capitol Hill"--

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A photo of Ellen Ochoa

Ellen Ochoa

"There are few books that tell Ellen Ochoa's life story in an accessible, captivating way with age-appropriate language for young readers. Finally, here's a book that explores her barrier-breaking work as an astronaut and science administrator in a way that gives perspective about her struggle as a woman and Hispanic person in the world of science. This book facilitates exploration of America's space program for early elementary readers, capturing readers through the story of one inspiring, remarkable life." --

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A photo of Dolores Huerta : a hero to migrant workers

Dolores Huerta : a hero to migrant workers

An illustrated look at the life and accomplishments of Dolores Huerta, who fought to ensure fair and safe work places for migrant workers. Includes a timeline and resources for teachers.

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A photo of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez : political headliner

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez : political headliner

"American politician Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the youngest woman ever to serve in the US Congress. Learn about the most fascinating details of her life and her career in the House of Representatives"--

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A photo of Dreamers

Dreamers

"An illustrated picture book autobiography in which award-winning author Yuyi Morales tells her own immigration story"--

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A photo of That girl on TV could be me! : the journey of a Latina news anchor = ¡Yo podría ser esa chica en la tele! : el camino de una noticiera latina

That girl on TV could be me! : the journey of a Latina news anchor = ¡Yo podría ser esa chica en la tele! : el camino de una noticiera latina

"This is an autobiography of a Latina TV news anchor. Growing up near Sacramento, CA, little Leticia dreams of being a TV newscaster. But no one on TV looks like her. This shy, small-town girl overcomes barriers, like her fear of public speaking, to become the first in her hardworking Mexican family to attend college. Then, starting as an intern, she climbs the ladder, travels to different cities, and reports on a rainbow of stories. Eventually she lands her dream job: working at her hometown Channel 3."--

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A photo of Areli is a dreamer : a true story

Areli is a dreamer : a true story

"When Areli was just a baby, her mama and papa moved from Mexico to New York with her brother, Alex, to make a better life for the family--and when she was in kindergarten, they sent for her, too. Everything in New York was different. Gone were the Saturdays at Abuela's house, filled with cousins and sunshine. Instead, things were busy and fast and noisy. Areli's limited English came out wrong, and schoolmates accused her of being illegal. But time passed, and Areli slowly became a New Yorker--although not an American citizen. "I could do anything here," Areli says one day to the city sky. "Someday, I will." This is a moving story--one that resonates with millions of immigrants who make up the fabric of our country--about one girl living in two worlds, a girl whose DACA application was eventually approved and who is now living her American dream.--

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A photo of Viva Frida

Viva Frida

Frida Kahlo, one of the world's most famous and unusual artists is revered around the world. Her life was filled with laughter, love, and tragedy, all of which influenced what she painted on her canvases. Distinguished author/illustrator Yuyi Morales illuminates Frida's life and work in this elegant and fascinating book.

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A photo of Selena : Queen of Tejano music

Selena : Queen of Tejano music

"Selena Quintanilla's music career began at the age of nine when she started singing in her family's band. She went from using a hairbrush as a microphone to traveling from town to town to play gigs. But Selena faced a challenge: People said that she would never make it in Tejano music, which was dominated by male performers. Selena was determined to prove them wrong."--

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A photo of Bravo! : poems about amazing Hispanics

Bravo! : poems about amazing Hispanics

"Bold, graphic portraits and beautiful poems present famous and lesser-known Latinos from varied backgrounds who have faced life's challenges in creative ways."--Provided by publisher.

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A photo of Maya's blanket = La manta de Maya

Maya's blanket = La manta de Maya

"When a little girl's cherished baby blanket becomes old and worn, it is made into a dress, and over the years it is made into even smaller and smaller items, eventually ending up as a bookmark and inspiring the creation of a book. Includes an author's note and a glossary"--

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A photo of The storyteller's candle = La velita de los cuentos

The storyteller's candle = La velita de los cuentos

During the early days of the Great Depression, New York City's first Puerto Rican librarian, Pura Belpré, introduces the public library to immigrants living in El Barrio and hosts the neighborhood's first Three Kings' Day fiesta.

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A photo of De aquí como el coquí

De aquí como el coquí

"Algunas cosas eran diferentes en Nueva York, pero otras cosas eran exactamente iguales."--Page 4 of cover.

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A photo of Mi papi tiene una moto

Mi papi tiene una moto

Daisy Ramona takes a trip around the neighborhood with her father on his motorcycle and sees familiar people and places but also a community that is rapidly changing around her.

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A photo of El mundo adorado de Sonia Sotomayor

El mundo adorado de Sonia Sotomayor

La primera latina y tan sólo la tercera mujer designada a la Corte Suprema de los Estados Unidos, Sonia Sotomayor se ha convertido en un icono americano contemporáneo. Ahora, con un candor e intimidad nunca antes asumidos por un juez en activo, Sonia nos narra el viaje de su vida -- desde los proyectos del Bronx hasta la corte federal -- en una inspiradora celebración de su extraordinaria determinación y del poder de creer en uno mismo.

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A photo of Areli es una dreamer : una historia real

Areli es una dreamer : una historia real

"When Areli was just a baby, her mama and papa moved from Mexico to New York with her brother, Alex, to make a better life for the family--and when she was in kindergarten, they sent for her, too. Everything in New York was different. Gone were the Saturdays at Abuela's house, filled with cousins and sunshine. Instead, things were busy and fast and noisy. Areli's limited English came out wrong, and schoolmates accused her of being illegal. But time passed, and Areli slowly became a New Yorker--although not an American citizen. "I could do anything here," Areli says one day to the city sky. "Someday, I will." This is a moving story--one that resonates with millions of immigrants who make up the fabric of our country--about one girl living in two worlds, a girl whose DACA application was eventually approved and who is now living her American dream."--

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A photo of Selena : Reina de la música Tejana

Selena : Reina de la música Tejana

"Selena Quintanilla's music career began at the age of nine when she started singing in her family's band. She went from using a hairbrush as a microphone to traveling from town to town to play gigs. But Selena faced a challenge: People said that she would never make it in Tejano music, which was dominated by male performers. Selena was determined to prove them wrong."--

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I got this to gold and beyond

Poignant and funny, Laurie Hernandez's story is about growing up with the dream of becoming an Olympian and what it took to win gold. She talks about her loving family, her rigorous training, her intense sacrifices, and her amazing triumphs. Be prepared to fall in love with and be mesmerized by America's newest sweetheart all over again.

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