ANNOTATED REFERENCE GUIDE FOR LATINO
BILINGUAL BOOKS BY THEME
COMPILED BY: OLIVIA GALLARDO
BILINGUAL METHODS TED 5367
Torres, Lillian. (1998). Liliana's Grandmothers. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux.
Because one of her grandmothers lives down the street and the other in a faraway
country, Liliana experiences two very different ways of life when she visits them.
Williams, Vera (1994). Un Sillon Para Mamá/A Chair for My Mother. New York:
William & Morrow Publishers.
A child, her waitress mother, and her grandmother save dimes to buy a
comfortable armchair after all their furniture is lost in a fire. (Primary K-3)
Cowley, Joo. & Cepeda, Joe. (1996). Gracias the Thanksgiving Turkey. New York:
Miguel's father sends him a present which turns out to be a turkey. Miguel falls in
love with his pet turkey. Now he does not want his turkey to be the Thanksgiving
dinner and must find a way to save Gracias from that end. (Primary K-3)
Garza, Carmen. Lomas. (1996). En Mi Familia/ San Francisco: Children's Book Press.
Noted artist Carmen Lomas Garza describes her experiences growing up in a
Mexican American community in Texas. The book provides beautiful pictures to
help children relate to experiences with their own families. This is an excellent
way to create dialogue and reflection. Any work by Lomas Garza lends itself to
discussion and modeling for children and adolescents of all ages. (Elementary K-
Ada, Alma.Flor. (1993). My Name is Maria Isabel. New York: Simon and Schuster.
The hardest thing about being the new girl in school is that the teacher doesn't call
her by her real name. Maria Isabel has been named for her Papa's mother and for
Chabela, her beloved Puerto Rican grandmother. Can she find a way to make her
teacher see that if she loses her name, she's lost the most important part of
herself? (Available both in Spanish and English) (Elementary 4-6)
Anaya, Rodolfo (2000). An Elegy of Cesar Chavez. Te