Best Children’s Latin American Folk Tale Books
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1. Curse of the Night Witch (Emblem Island, 1)
Author: by Alex Aster
A fast-paced series starter steeped in Colombian mythology and full of adventure, perfect for fans of Percy Jackson. Filled with fantasy, action, adventure, and an unforgettable trio of friends. An Amazon Best Book of the Year So Far – 2020! An Amazon Best Book of the Month!A Seventeen.
Com Most Anticipated Book of Summer! A Zibby Owens Summer Reading Pick on Good Morning America! On Emblem Island all are born knowing their fate. Their lifelines show the course of their life and an emblem dictates how they will spend it.
Tor Luna was born with a leadership emblem, just like his mother. But he hates his mark and is determined to choose a different path for himself. So, on the annual New Year’s Eve celebration, where Emblemites throw their wishes into a bonfire in the hopes of having them granted, Tor wishes for a different power.
The next morning Tor wakes up to discover a new marking on his skin… The symbol of a curse that has shortened his lifeline, giving him only a week before an untimely death. There is only one way to break the curse, and it requires a trip to the notorious Night Witch.
2. The Storm Runner (Storm Runner, 1)
Author: by J.C. Cervantes
Rick Riordan Presents
Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents J.C. Cervantes’ take on Maya mythology featuring a boy who has to stop the god of death. Zane has always enjoyed exploring the dormant volcano near his home in New Mexico, even though hiking it is challenging.
He’d much rather hang out there with his dog, Rosie, than go to middle school, where kids call him Sir Limps a Lot, McGimpster, or Uno-for his one good leg. What Zane doesn’t know is that the volcano is a gateway to another world and he is at the center of a powerful prophecy.
A new girl at school, Brooks, informs him that he’s destined to release an evil god from the ancient Maya relic he is imprisoned in-unless she can find and remove it first. Together they return to the volcano, where all kinds of crazy happens.
Brooks turns into a hawk, a demon attacks them in a cave, and Rosie gives her all while trying to protect Zane. When Zane decides to save his dog no matter the cost, he is thrust into an adventure full of surprising discoveries, dangerous secrets, and an all-out war between the gods, one of whom happens to be his father.
3. The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez
Author: by Adrianna Cuevas
2021 Pura Belpr Honor BookNYPL Best Book of 20202020 Evanston Public Library Great Books for KidsIn this magical middle-grade debut novel from Adrianna Cuevas, The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez, a Cuban American boy must use his secret ability to communicate with animals to save the inhabitants of his town when they are threatened by a tule vieja, a witch that transforms into animals.
All Nestor Lopez wants is to live in one place for more than a few months and have dinner with his dad. When he and his mother move to a new town to live with his grandmother after his dad’s latest deployment, Nestor plans to lay low.
He definitely doesn’t want to anyone find out his deepest secret: that he can talk to animals. But when the animals in his new town start disappearing, Nestor’s grandmother becomes the prime suspect after she is spotted in the woods where they were last seen.
As Nestor investigates the source of the disappearances, he learns that they are being seized by a tule viejaa witch who can absorb an animal’s powers by biting it during a solar eclipse. And the next eclipse is just around the cornerNow it’s up to Nestor’s extraordinary ability and his new friends to catch the tule viejaand save a place he might just call home.
4. The Shadow Crosser (A Storm Runner Novel, Book 3) (Storm Runner, 3)
Author: by J.C. Cervantes
Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents J.C. Cervantes’ epic finale to the Storm Runner trilogy, a tale of mystery, magic, and mayhem featuring gods from both Maya and Aztec mythology. Zane Obispo has been looking forward to his training at the Shaman Institute for Higher Order Magic, and not only because it means he’ll be reunited with his best friend, Brooks.
Anything would be better than how he has spent the last three months: searching for the remaining godborns with a nasty demon who can sniff them out (literally). But when Zane tracks down the last kid on his list, he’s in for a surprise: the “one” is actually a pair of twins, and they’re trying to prevent a mysterious object from falling into the wrong hands.
After a shocking betrayal, Zane finds himself at SHIHOM sooner than expected. Even more shocking is the news that the Maya gods have gone missing. The bat god, Camazotz, and Ixkik’ (aka Blood Moon) have taken them out of commission …
And the godborns are their next target. The only thing the villains need now? The object that the twins possess. Zane knows the godborns aren’t strong enough yet to stand up to Zotz, Ixkik’, and their army. There might be a way to save the gods, but it involves locating a magical calendar that can see across time and space …
5. The Fire Keeper (A Storm Runner Novel, Book 2)
Author: by J.C. Cervantes
Rick Riordan Presents
Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents J.C. Cervantes’fiery and fast-paced sequel to The Storm Runner. Zane Obispo has an impossible choice to make: save other godborns like him from the angry gods, or rescue his father Hurakan from his eternal prison.
Zane Obispo’s new life on a beautiful secluded tropical island, complete with his family and closest friends, should be perfect. But he can’t control his newfound fire skills yet (inherited from his father, the Maya god Hurakan); there’s a painful rift between him and his dog ever since she became a hell hound; and he doesn’t know what to do with his feelings for Brooks.
One day he discovers that by writing the book about his misadventures with the Maya gods, he unintentionally put other godborn children at risk. Unless Zane can find the godborns before the gods do, they will be killed. To make matters worse, Zane learns that Hurakan is scheduled to be executed.
Zane knows he must rescue him, no matter the cost. Can he accomplish both tasks without the gods detecting him, or will he end up a permanent resident of the underworld? In this cleverly plotted sequel to The Storm Runner, the gang is back together again with spirited new characters, sneaky gods, Aztec royalty, unlikely alliances, and secrets darker than Zane could ever have imagined.
6. 5-Minute Modern-Day Bedtime Stories: For Building Character: (Read Alouds for Kids Ages 4-8) (Modern Bedtime Series)
Author: by Savannah Bloom
Not long ago, in a land very near, a parent wanted bedtime stories with a point. If you’re that parent, look no further! This book has fourteen stories that are: relevant, fun, contemporary, short, and geared toward essential virtues. As a parent of young boys, Savannah Bloom found read-aloud stories to either be 1) antiquated fairy tales, 2) too cheesy, or 3) contemporary and fun, but without a moral lesson.
So, Mrs. Bloom set out to write 5-Minute Modern Day Bedtime Stories to fill a void for parents wanting to use the vital bedtime routine to both entertain modern children AND teach valuable character to their little ones, especially geared for ages 4-8.
She wanted to provide parents like her with read-aloud stories thatmake sense to today’s children. Are witty, fun, and entertaining. Are whimsical, but not cheesy.Build character. And are short, so you can go do adult things. Her first collection promotes character traits such as: Honesty, Self-Control, Helpfulness, Kindness, Positivity, Persistence, Gratitude, Cleanliness, Hard Work, and more, all while containing several features that parents will appreciate: – Fun and serious questions to discuss with your child to ensure the lesson hits home.
7. Don't Eat Me, Chupacabra! / ¡No Me Comas, Chupacabra!: A Delicious Story with Digestible Spanish Vocabulary (Hazy Dell Press Monster Series)
Author: by Kyle Sullivan
Hazy Dell Press
Little Chupacabra is a picky eater with a monstrous appetite for only one thing: goats. This is a huge problem if you happen to be a goat. Set in gorgeous Puerto Rico, this delicious tale of compromise features digestible Spanish vocabulary, a menagerie of animal amigos, and one determinedand hungryChupacabra.
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8. Star Stories: Constellation Tales From Around the World
Author: by Anita Ganeri
Running Press Kids
Share the wonder of the stars with this delightful storybook collection featuring constellation myths from around the world. For thousands of years people have looked up to the night sky and told stories about the stars. These epic tales tell of vengeful gods and goddesses, of monsters and heroes.
Others try to make sense of the natural world, or unravel the mysterious forces of the universe. This stunning book brings together 23 of these legends from all over the world: from Ancient Greece to North America, Egypt, China, India, and the South Pacific.
Written by award-winning author Anita Ganeri and with beautifully detailed artwork by illustrator Andy Wilx, this is a magical book to be treasured for generations to come.
9. Charlie Hernández & the League of Shadows (1)
Author: by Ryan Calejo
A perfect pick for kids who love Rick Riordan. Booklist (starred review) A winner for all kids, but it will be especially loved by Latinx and Hispanic families. Kirkus Reviews (starred review) The Lightning Thief meets the Story Thieves series in this middle grade fantasy inspired by Hispanic folklore, legends, and myths from the Iberian Peninsula and Central and South America.
Charlie Hernndez has always been proud of his Latin American heritage. He loves the culture, the art, and especially the myths. Thanks to his abuela’s stories, Charlie possesses an almost encyclopedic knowledge of the monsters and ghouls who have spent the last five hundred years haunting the imaginations of children all across the Iberian Peninsula, as well as Central and South America.
And even though his grandmother sometimes hinted that the tales might be more than mere myth, Charlie’s always been a pragmatist. Even barely out of diapers, he knew the stories were just make-believenothing more than intricately woven fables meant to keep little kids from misbehaving.
10. Paola Santiago and the River of Tears
Author: by Tehlor Mejia
Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents author Tehlor Kay Mejia’s thrilling adventure based on the Mexican legend of La Llorona, now in paperback. “A new hero’s fantastic and fantastical adventure-her next appearance can’t come soon enough.”-KirkusReviews (starred review) Space-obsessed 12-year-old Paola Santiago and her two best friends, Emma and Dante, know the rule: Stay away from the river.
It’s all they’ve heard since a schoolmate of theirs drowned a year ago. Pao is embarrassed to admit that she has been told to stay away for even longer than that, because her mother is constantly warning her about La Llorona, the wailing ghost woman who wanders the banks of the Gila at night, looking for young people to drag into its murky depths.
Hating her mother’s humiliating superstitions and knowing that she and her friends would never venture into the water, Pao organizes a meet-up to test out her new telescope near the Gila, since it’s the best stargazing spot. But when Emma never arrives and Pao sees a shadowy figure in the reeds, it seems like maybe her mom was right….
11. De Colores and Other Latin American Folksongs for Children (Anthology)
Author: by Jose-Luis Orozco
Bursting with color and spirit, this collection of Latin-American songs is a tribute to Latino culture. From traditional tunes to rhymes and hand games, De Colores has songs for all occasions and moods. Each song is accompanied by simple musical arrangements, with lyrics in both English and Spanish.
Slightly abridged from the original edition, this is ideal for classroom use, multicultural studies, or just plain fun.
12. The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoes (Americas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature. Commended)
Author: by Duncan Tonatiuh
Award-winning creator Duncan Tonatiuh brings a cherished Mexican legend to lifeA Pura Belpr Illustrator Honor Book and ALA/ALSC Notable Children's Book! Izta was the most beautiful princess in the land, and suitors traveled from far and wide to woo her.
Even though she was the daughter of the emperor, Izta had no desire to marry a man of wealth and power. Instead, she fell in love with Popoca, a brave warrior who fought in her father’s armyand a man who did not offer her riches but a promise to stay by her side forever.
The emperor did not want his daughter to marry a mere warrior, but he recognized Popoca’s bravery. He offered Popoca a deal: If the warrior could defeat their enemy, Jaguar Claw, then the emperor would permit Popoca and Izta to wed.
But Jaguar Claw had a plan to thwart the warrior.Would all be lost? Today two majestic volcanoesPopocatpetl and Iztacchuatlstand overlooking Mexico City. They have been admired and revered for countless generations, and have formed the basis of many origin and creation myths.
13. Josephine Against the Sea
Author: by Shakirah Bourne
Meet Josephine, the most loveable mischief-maker in Barbados, in a magical, heartfelt adventure inspired by Caribbean mythology. A heart-wrenching adventure with big laughs and well-earned surprises. Kirkus Reviews, Starred ReviewEleven-year-old Josephine knows that no one is good enough for her daddy.
That’s why she makes a habit of scaring his new girlfriends away. She’s desperate to make it onto her school’s cricket team because she’ll get to play her favorite sport AND use the cricket matches to distract Daddy from dating.
But when Coach Broomes announces that girls can’t try out for the team, the frustrated Josephine cuts into a powerful silk cotton tree and accidentally summons a bigger problem into her life … The next day, Daddy brings home a new catch, a beautiful woman named Mariss.
And unlike the other girlfriends, this one doesn’t scare easily. Josephine knows there’s something fishy about Mariss but she never expected her to be a vengeful sea creature eager to take her place as her father’s first love! Can Josephine convince her friends to help her and use her cricket skills to save Daddy from Mariss’s clutches before it’s too late?
14. Unicorn Coloring Book: Amazing Fun Color Book for Kids Ages 4-8, Contains 120 Page Unique Designs Large 8.5×11” (Elma Angels Coloring Books)
Author: by Elma Angels
Critically acclaimed author Emma Otheguy joins Newbery Honor-winning Adam Gidwitz as co-author as the kids travel to Cuba to help the legendary Madre de aguas, now in paperback. In Cuba, it is believed that a mysterious water serpent-the Madre de aguas-is responsible for providing and protecting the fresh water of the island.
But the serpent is missing, and a drought has gripped the island. Uchenna, Elliot, and Professor Fauna fly to Cuba and endeavor to rescue the Madre de aguas. Unfortunately, it tries to kill them. Meanwhile, the Schmoke Brothers’ goons are driving around Havana, dumping pink sludge into the sewers.What is going on?
Can Elliot and Uchenna end the drought?Stop the Schmokes? Or will the creature they are trying to save just eat them instead?
16. Zandunga: The Taíno Warrior
Author: by Robert Solano
Boys and girls ages 4 to 8 will love this bilingual story. Learn about the Tano people, the indigenous people of the Caribbean Islands. Set in the land of precolonial Haiti and the Dominican Republic, this book follows the story of Zandunga, a ambitious young girl.
Despite being a poor farm girl, Zandunga sets out to become a Tano warrior. Read in English or Spanish, or both. Learn Spanish words and phrases intermixed with the English version. Discover the beautiful Tano culture. Listen to the free accompanying audio version (access code inside).
This story is an inspiration for children to use creative problem solving to overcome difficult challenges. Follow Zandunga on her quest to become a Tano warrior. Will Zandunga quit when she is faced with difficult challenges? Or will she find creative ways to learn the warrior spirits?
Order your copy now to follow Zandunga on her journey!