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Summer Reading List 2020 for Children and Tweens

HERE COMES SUMMER and time for my annual list of great reads! This year, as with every year, really, there are some AMAZING books with Hispanic themes, protagonists, and connections. These are a great way to foster a continuance of our Spanish classes beyond the school building, while also encouraging and supporting literacy for our kiddos. AND, I will add, supporting the authors and illustrators of these books means you are also placing value on having books published by Hispanics and amplifying their voices and access to the publishing community. This year I am including their social media handles (if available) so you can follow them & spread the word!

Summer Reading List 2020 HIspanic Latino Bilingue

TO SEE MY READING LISTS FROM PAST YEARS:

2019 Summer Reading List
2018 Summer Reading List
2017 Summer Reading List
2015 Summer Reading List 

*MI PAPI TIENE UNA MOTO by Isabel Quintero, illustrated by Zeke Peña (also available in English): I love this touching story of the author's memories spent with her father. I was able to catch her live reading on Instagram in April-so wonderful! I also included Isabel's book, Ugly Cat and Pablo in my 2017 reading list. :) Twitter handle for Isabel Quintero: @isabelinpieces Zeke Peña @zpvisual

*SEÑORITA MARIPOSA by MisterG (Ben Gundersheimer) and illustrated by Marcos Almada Rivero. A gorgeously illustrated book featuring la Mariposa monarca! Mister G follows a monarch butterfly on her journey of migration, while Almada uses his artistic talent to draw connections about friendship and community across borders-perfect for a theme on the monarchs, or any time! Twitter Handle for MisterG: @MisterGsongs

*JUST ASK!/ ¡SOLO PREGUNTA! by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and illustrated by Rafael López: I could go on forever about how much I LOVE this book-each child's voice depicting their particular uniqueness (race, Tourette's syndrome, ADHD, blindness, etc) is touching and completely relatable-so well written and accessible for kids. Rafael López Twitter Handle: @rafaellopezart

Summer Reading List 2020 Just Ask Sotomayor

*THE DAY YOU BEGIN/ EL DÍA EN QUE DESCUBRES QUIEN ERES by Jacqueline Woodson and illustrated by Rafael López: this is an incredibly touching story of both feeling like an outsider and belonging. This is a great book to open/continue conversations about heritage in your classrooms. Twitter handle: @JackieWoodson

*JUANA Y LUCAS written and illustrated by Juana Medina: set in Colombia, where the author herself is from, this book features a sweet story highlighting aspects of being a kid, including the family pet, having a brother, yummy food, and more. Wonderfully written and filled with information about Colombia! Twitter handle: @juanamedina

*SAL AND GABI BREAK THE UNIVERSE by Carlos Hernandez: This sci-fi mystery, perfect for upper elementary/early middle school is on my own list to read this year and includes magic, Cuban food, and more! This is the first in a series, and as a mystery fan myself, I am looking forward to reading this! Twitter handle: @WriteTeachPlay

*WOVEN IN MOONLIGHT by Isabel Ibañez: I am currently reading this fantasy Young Adult book with significant Bolivian culture embedded throughout. Set in a mythical realm, political intrigue, mystery, magic and the challenges of personal journeys fill the pages- perfect for upper middle school & highschool students! Twitter handle: @IsabelWriter09

Woven in Moonlight Summer Reading List 2020 Hispanic Latino


*EACH TINY SPARK by Pablo Cartaya brings us Emilia Torres, whose father has returned home from deployment but remains distant and troubled. Emilia, who has ADHD, struggles to reconnect with her father, all the while her friendships are being challenged as she becomes more aware of the racial and cultural divides of her community. For a longer review of this book, see my post here. A must read! Twitter handle: @phcartaya

WANT TO RECOMMEND THESE BOOKS to your students and their families? Click here to download a pdf you can share!


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