Rhode Island Latino Books Month

Promoting bilingual literature, illustrators and authors

Latino Books Month, initiated by Rhode Island Latino Arts and now in its sixth year in Rhode Island, promotes literacy amongst Latinos through the celebration of Latino authors, illustrators and books that highlight Latino culture and Latin American identity.
Through this month-long celebration, RILA encourages librarians, teachers, educators and booksellers to promote books written by and for Latinos, and we encourage all Rhode Islanders to read books in both English and Spanish and written by Latino authors/illustrators.
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Thank you to Raising Readers in Rhode Island for providing copies of our selected books for Latino Books Month.
For more information about Rhode Island Latino Books Month and/or to participate, contact Maria Cotto, RILA's Latino Books Month Coordinator

For information about Rhode Island Latino Arts, contact
Marta V. Martínez, RILA'S Executive Director

For general queries, you can also use the "Contact Us" tab on the side of this page.
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SPECIAL THANKS to the 2020-2021 Latino Books Month Selection Committee:

Maria Cotto, Chair & Bilingual Children’s Librarian, Pawtucket Public Library
Melanie DeSantis, Young Adult Librarian | Westerly Library
Brooke Strachan, Head Lower School Librarian, The Wheeler School
Carla Rennick, Youth Services Librarian, Fox Point Community Library
Joan Wollin, Library Media Specialist, Central Falls
Jane Yedlin, Assistant Professor (TESOL Program), Rhode Island College

2021 Book List

Grades K-2
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A New Kind of Wild by Zara Gonzalez Hoang

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Eunice & Kate by Mariana Llanos
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Already a Butterfly: a Meditation Story by Julia Alvarez

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Luna Yes, Luna Si by Jessica Gonzalez

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Zombies Don’t Eat Veggies by Megan and Jorge Lacera

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Rafi and Rosi Music! by Lulu Delacre
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My Shoes and I / Mis Zapatos y Yo: Crossing Three Borders by René Colato Lainez
Grades 3-5
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The Boy Who Touched the Stars / El niño que alcanzó las estrellas (Bilingual) by José M. Hernández

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Fun Fun Fun World by Yehudi Mercado (Graphic Novel)

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Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreño Played the Piano for President Lincoln by Margarita Engle & Rafael López

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My Year in the Middle by Lila Quintero Weaver

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The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez by Adrianna Cuevas

Grades 6-8
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Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega

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Mañanaland by Pam Muñoz Ryan

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Hotel Dare by Terry Blas (Graphic Novel

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Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers by Celia C. Pérez

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They Call Me Güero: A Border Kid’s Poem by David Bowles

Teens (High School)
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Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

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Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera

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Don't Ask Me Where I'm From by Jennifer De Leon

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Suncatchers by Jose Pimenienta

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The Truth Is... by Nonieqa Ramos

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The New David Espinoza by Fred Aceves