Cuban American

Floating on Mama’s Song / Flotando con la Canción de Mamá

Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 in Ages 04 and up, Cuban American, Latino, Theme: Bilingual, Theme: Community, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Grandparents & Intergenerational, Theme: Identity, Theme: Oral Traditions | Comments Off on Floating on Mama’s Song / Flotando con la Canción de Mamá

Floating on Mama’s Song / Flotando con la Canción de Mamá

Floating on Mama’s Song / Flotando con la Canción de Mamá By Laura Lacamara Illustrated by Yuyi Morales Published by Harper Collins Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N “…filled with whimsy and humor about the power of voice and family.” –Kirkus Reviews   Description Anita comes home from school on her seventh birthday to find her mother singing opera and floating in the air. Outside, her dog, Tito, is also floating. “‘It’s been happening all day, every time I sing!'” says Mama. Then Anita realizes that everyone who hears the music...

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The Red Umbrella

Posted by on Jun 25, 2013 in Ages 09 and up, Central America, Cuba, Cuban American, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Historical, Theme: Immigration | Comments Off on The Red Umbrella

The Red Umbrella

The Red Umbrella By Christina Diaz Gonzalez Published by Random House Children’s Books “Debut author Gonzalez excels at highlighting the cultural difficulties of their transition, as Luca and Frankie eventually end up living with a foster family in rural — and quite foreign — Nebraska.” –Publisher’s Weekly Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N       Description In 1961, two years after the Communist revolution, Lucía Álvarez still leads a carefree life, dreaming of parties and her first crush. But when the soldiers come to her sleepy Cuban town,...

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Tia Isa Wants A Car

Posted by on Dec 12, 2012 in Ages 03 and up, Central America, Cuban American, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration | Comments Off on Tia Isa Wants A Car

Tia Isa Wants A Car

Tia Isa Wants a Car By Meg Medina Illustrated by Claudio Munzo Published by Candlewick Press “Besides the pleasant story, the interwoven Spanish and references to “Helping Money” and families divided by immigration may make the book particularly appealing to immigrant Latino children.” –Kirkus Reviews Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Tía Isa wants a car. A shiny green car the same color as the ocean, with wings like a swooping bird. A car to take the whole family to the beach. But saving is hard when everything goes into two piles...

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Good-bye Havana, Hola New York!

Posted by on Aug 9, 2012 in Ages 04 and up, Central America, Cuban American, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration | Comments Off on Good-bye Havana, Hola New York!

Good-bye Havana, Hola New York!

Good-bye, Havana! Hola, New York! By Edie Colón Illustrated by Raúl Colón Published by Simon & Schuster  “This gentle look back at an important time will also speak to contemporary children whose families are starting anew in the United States.” —Publisher’s Weekly Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description When five-year old Gabriella hears talk of Castro and something called revolution in her home in Cuba, she doesn’t understand. Then when her parents leave suddenly and she remains with her grandparents, life isn’t the same. Soon the day...

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Celia Cruz, Queen of Salsa

Posted by on Aug 9, 2012 in Ages 04 and up, Central America, Cuban American, Theme: Historical, Theme: Immigration | Comments Off on Celia Cruz, Queen of Salsa

Celia Cruz, Queen of Salsa

Celia Cruz, Queen of Salsa By Veronica Chambers Illustrated by Julie Maren Published by Penguin Group “With few books about Cruz available for this age group, this is a welcome addition to the biography shelves.” —Booklist Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description Everyone knows the flamboyant, larger-than-life Celia, the extraordinary salsa singer who passed away in 2003, leaving millions of fans brokenhearted. Now accomplished children’s book author Veronica Chambers gives young readers a lyrical glimpse into Celia’s childhood and her inspiring rise...

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