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GREAT BOOKS JUST KEEP ON COMING! This year was no exception, with what almost feels like an explosion of graphic novels, which my kiddos clamor for! Great picture books too-check them all out! And don't miss our printable list for sharing-click here.

2023 Summer Reading List


Three, yes three!, books came out about plátanos, and they are all wonderful-bringing together family, tradition and yummy plátanos! I am also thrilled about how they feature Abuelas as an integral part of a child's life-I spent a lot of time when I was a kid with both of my grandmothers so this definitely strikes a chord with me. 

*Plátanos go with everything written by Lissette Norman and illustrated by Sara Palacios

*Plátanos are love written by Alyssa Reynoso-Morris and illustrated by Mariyah Rahman

*The Secret of the Plátano written by Luz Maria Mack and illustrated by Stephany Mesa

*Ancient Night/ Noche Antigua written by David Bowles and illustrated by David Alvarez. This is a stunning interpretation of Nahuatl traditions featuring Opossum, the Moon, and more. 

*Beauty Woke written by NoNieqa Ramos and illustrated by Paola Escobar is a fierce story about a little girl who pushes past the negative things said about her community to be truly herself. 

2023 Summer Reading List


*Tumble by Celia C. Pérez (@CeliaCPerez ). If you loved The First Secret of Punk, you will definitely enjoy this one!

*The Enchanted Life of Valentina Mejía by Alexandra Alessandri- this book is on my To-Read list! Written by the same author as Isabel and her colores go to school, this middle grade book blends Colombian folklore, fantasy & adventure together.

another on my To-Read list is Lupe Wong Won't Dance by Donna Barba Higuera, author of La Cuentista.


*Invisible written by Christina Diaz Gonzalez and illustrated by Gabriela Epstein 

*Frizzy written by Claribel A Ortega and illustrated by Rosa Bousamra tells the story of a tween girl coming to terms with her hair. My 4th graders cannot get enough of this book!

*¡¡Manu!! written and illustrated by Kelly Fernandez

*Monarca: A Novel written by Leopoldo Gout and illustrated by Eva Aridjis. This is not a traditional graphic novel; but is gorgeously illustrated. Telling the tale of a young girl who transforms into a monarch butterfly and begins the migration south to México, this book is in parts coming of age, fantasy, and environmental activism-I loved it!

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