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Cuba: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about Cuba?

As you can see, this list of kids books about Cuba is a work in progress! We’re currently exploring the best books available, and we’d love your input. If you have a title you’d suggest including on our list of kids books about Cuba, please share it with us!

We’ll be featuring a variety of titles on our list, from well known classics to popular bestsellers to lesser known titles that deserve a bigger audience. We’re also including books for a range of ages, from board books for babies and toddlers, to picture books for preschool and kindergarten age kids, to chapter books for early elementary age kids.

We’d love to hear any book suggestions you have—you can comment below or email us at [email protected].

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All the Way to Havana
Written by Margarita Engle & illustrated by Mike Curato
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
A boy helps his father keep their very old car running as they make a trip to Havana for his newborn cousin's zero-year birthday. Includes author's note about cars in Cuba.
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Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music
Written by Margarita Engle & illustrated by Rafael López
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7
Girls cannot be drummers. Long ago on an island filled with music, no one questioned that rule—until the drum dream girl. In her city of drumbeats, she dreamed of pounding tall congas and tapping small bongós. She had to keep quiet. She had to practice in secret. But when at last her dream-bright music was heard, everyone sang and danced and decided that both girls and boys should be free to drum and dream. Inspired by the childhood of Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, a Chinese-African-Cuban girl who broke Cuba's traditional taboo against female drummers, Drum Dream Girl tells an inspiring true story for dreamers everywhere.
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A Mango in the Hand
Written by Antonio Sacre & illustrated by Sebastià Serra
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8
Guided by proverbs from his father and other relatives, Francisco makes several attempts to bring ripe mangos home for dessert on his saint day, and in the process learns lessons in love and generosity. Includes glossary of Spanish terms.
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The Dog Who Loved the Moon
Written by Cristina Garcia & illustrated by Sebastià Serra
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
When her dog becomes lovesick for the moon, a young Cuban girl and her uncle call the moon down to give the dog a kiss, with surprising results.

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