Best Kids Books About Mexico

8 Kids Books About Mexico

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
Rudas: Niño's Horrendous Hermanitas book
#1
Rudas: Niño's Horrendous Hermanitas
Written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Señoras y señores, niños y niñas, the time has come towel come the spectacular, two-of-a-kind . . . LASHERMANITAS! No opponent is too big a challenge for the cunning skills ofLas Hermanitas, Lucha Queens! Their Poopy Bomb Blowout will knock 'em down! Their Tag-Team Teething will gnaw opponents down to a pulp! Their Pampered PlunderDiversion will fell even the most determined competitor!But what happens when Niño comes after them with a move of his own? Watch the tables turn in this wild, exciting wrestling adventure from Caldecott Honor author YuyiMorales

Medio Pollito book
#2
Medio Pollito
Written by Amanda StJohn and illustrated by Sue Todd
picture book
Recommend Ages: 8-9

The story of Medio Pollito, a chicken born with only half of his body, is one of inspiration and purpose. He travels to find adventure, and with the help of the wind, finds his true calling as a weather vane.

Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos book
#3
Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos
Written by Monica Brown and illustrated by John Parra
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos, written by Monica Brown and illustrated by John Parra, is based on the life of one of the world's most influential painters, Frida Kahlo, and the animals that inspired her art and life. The fascinating Mexican artist Frida Kahlo is remembered for her self-portraits, her dramatic works featuring bold and vibrant colors. Her work brought attention to Mexican and indigenous culture and she is also renowned for her works celebrating the female form. Brown's story recounts Frida's beloved pets—two monkeys, a parrot, three dogs, two turkeys, an eagle, a black cat, and a fawn—and playfully considers how Frida embodied many wonderful characteristics of each animal.

Green Is a Chile Pepper book
#4
Green Is a Chile Pepper
Written by Roseanne Greenfield Thong and illustrated by John Parra
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Green is a chile pepper, spicy and hot. Green is cilantro inside our pot. In this lively picture book, children discover a world of colors all around them: red is spices and swirling skirts, yellow is masa, tortillas, and sweet corn cake. Many of the featured objects are Latino in origin, and all are universal in appeal. With rich, boisterous illustrations, a fun-to-read rhyming text, and an informative glossary, this playful concept book will reinforce the colors found in every child's day!

Round Is a Tortilla book
#5
Round Is a Tortilla
Written by Roseanne Greenfield Thong and illustrated by John Parra
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

In this lively picture book, children discover a world of shapes all around them: rectangles are ice-cream carts and stone metates, triangles are slices of watermelon and quesadillas. Many of the featured objects are Latino in origin, and all are universal in appeal. With rich, boisterous illustrations, a fun-to-read rhyming text, and an informative glossary, this playful concept book will reinforce the shapes found in every child's day!

Pancakes to Parathas book
#6
Pancakes to Parathas
Written by Alice B. McGinty and illustrated by Tomoko Suzuki
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Breakfast varies from country to country, but it's how all children begin their day. Explore the meals of twelve countries in this playful approach to the world! From Australia to India to the USA, come travel around the world at dawn. Children everywhere are waking up to breakfast. In Japan, students eat soured soybeans called natto. In Brazil, even kids drink coffee--with lots of milk! With rhythm and rhymes and bold, graphic art, Pancakes to Parathas invites young readers to explore the world through the most important meal of the day.

Frida Kahlo book
#7
Frida Kahlo
Written by Isabel Muñoz and illustrated by Jane Kent
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-10

Mexican artist Frida Kahlo created vibrantly hued paintings . . . and led an equally colorful life. Known for her self-portraits, she became a feminist icon whose work now sells for millions. This lively biography looks at Frida's childhood; her devotion to Mexican culture and politics; the bus accident that left her in chronic pain but also sparked her career; and her marriage to Diego Rivera.

A New Home book
#8
A New Home
Written and illustrated by Tania de Regil
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

As a girl in Mexico City and a boy in New York City ponder moving to each other's locale, it becomes clear that the two cities -- and the two children -- are more alike than they might think. But I'm not sure I want to leave my home. I'm going to miss so much. Moving to a new city can be exciting. But what if your new home isn't anything like your old home? Will you make friends? What will you eat? Where will you play? In a cleverly combined voice -- accompanied by wonderfully detailed illustrations depicting parallel urban scenes -- a young boy conveys his fears about moving from New York City to Mexico City while, at the same time, a young girl expresses trepidation about leaving Mexico City to move to New York City. Tania de Regil offers a heartwarming story that reminds us that home may be found wherever life leads. Fascinating details about each city are featured at the end.

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