REFORMA Recommends: Books for Children
Monday, July 13, 2020
by: Anna Avalos & Patricia Valdovinos

Section: REFORMA Recommends

Winter/Summer 2020

Anna Avalos is the Multilingual Collections manager at the Los Angeles Public Library. She has been serving the Latino communities of Los Angeles for almost 20 years. From translating, selecting high-quality materials and promoting Spanish-language collections to assisting other library departments and branches with collections and initiatives, she strives to provide services, information and resources to the diverse communitites of Los Angeles, in particular the Spanish speaking communities. She was named a 2020 Library Journal Mover & Shaker–Community Builder.

Patricia Valdovinos is the Multilingual Services Librarian at the Los Angeles Public Library. She is the President of the Los Angeles Chapter. She served on the Executive Committee as 2017-2019 Member-at-Large Representative, and on the 2019 Pura Belpré Award Selection Committee.

Recommended by Anna Avalos & Patricia Valdovinos

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By Raina Telgemeier
March 2020 | Scholastic en español
9781338601183 | Ages 8-12

Raina wakes up one night with a terrible upset stomach and has to miss school. Once she’s back, she deals with the usual highs and lows, but it soon becomes clear that Raina's tummy trouble isn't going away and it coincides with her worries about food, school, and changing friendships.

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Alguien como yo: la lucha de una niña por alcanzar el sueño americano

By Julissa Arce
April 2020 | Vintage español
9780593081532 | Ages 8-12

Julissa's story provides a deep look into the little-understood world of a new generation of undocumented immigrants in the United States today--kids who live next door, sit next to you in class, or may even be one of your best friends. 

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La aventura más grande

By Tony Piedra
September 2019 | Scholastic en español
9781338565980 | Ages 4-8

Captivating illustrations of a boy with a big imagination. The art was done using a Wacom Cintiq and Photoshop. The faces of the people have so much character and they just jump out at you. 

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El épico fracaso de Arturo Zamora

By Pablo Cartaya
January 2020 | Vintage español
9781984899682 | Ages 8-12

For Arturo, summertime in Miami means playing basketball until dark, sipping mango smoothies, and keeping cool under banyan trees. But when a land developer rolls into town and threatens to change everything, Arturo refuses to let his family and community go down without a fight.

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Martin Luther King

By María Isabel Sánchez Vegara, Mai Ly Degnan
January 2020 | Alba Editorial
9788490656396 | Ages 5-10

Martin Luther King Jr. was a religious leader and one of the great promoters of the African American Civil Rights Movement. He participated in peaceful protests against the Vietnam War and poverty. He will always be engraved as a hero in the history of the United States. 

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By Marianna Coppo
June 2020 | Tundra Books
9780735267985 Ages 2-5

What is Petra? Is she a rock, an egg, or maybe an island? Readers will rejoice in discovering the answer. 

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San Salvador (Vámonos Series)

By Patty Rodriguez, Arian Stein, Ana Godinez
March 2020 | Lil’ Libros
9781947971431 | Ages 2-5

Lil’ Libros’ new series Vámonos invites children to learn more about cities around the world. This book introduces children to San Salvador with beautiful and detailed illustrations in English and Spanish.

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¡Solo pregunta!: sé diferente, sé valiente, sé tú

By Sonia Sotomayor
September 2019 | Philomel Books
9780525515500 Ages 4-8

Winner of the Schneider Family Book Award! United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor introduces children to her book about being different and how to explain your differences to others. She uses personal experiences such as her diabetes diagnosis at a young age to illustrate.

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Súper torta (bilingual book)

By Eric Ramos
March 2020 | Lil’ Libros
9781947971455 | Ages 4-8

A hilarious book about Bombo and his love for tortas. A torta is a sandwich made with baguette-style bread called bolillo. What will happen when Bombo drops his beloved torta in a bucket full of radioactive goo?

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Todos deberíamos ser feministas

By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
May 2020 | Beascoa
9786073188692 | Ages 7-10

Adichie offers readers a unique definition of feminism rooted in inclusion and awareness for children in this illustrated edition by drawing extensively on her own experiences and her deep understanding of the often-masked realities of sexual politics.

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