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24 Children’s Books You Should Read To Your Child Now

There is nothing more personal and endearing than parents reading to their children. It is portrayed in every family movie as the time of day when the family comes together in loving silence as one person takes the family on an imaginative ride. If you are trying to figure out which books you should read to your children, look no further. Here are 24 books that you can read to your children as they grow up. They just so happen to be Latino storylines because some stories transcend all things and connect us as people.

1. “Return to Sender” by Julia Alvarez

Return To Sender. Amazon. Digital Image. April 4, 2018.

Julia Alvarez’s book “Return to Sender” is as relevant now as it was when she wrote it in 2010. The story is about a farming family from Vermont who’s father gets hurt. In order to save the farm they have to hire Mexican migrant workers to keep things running. The rest shows what happens when two worlds collide and the differences  connect all of us.

2. “Round Is a Tortilla” by Roseanne Greenfield Thong

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This is for the little one more than anyone since the main focus is learning shapes. Of course they learn the circle shape from the tortilla but they also learn the rectangle shape from the ice cream cart and the triangles of a quesadilla.

3. “ish” by Peter H. Reynolds

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Every parent wants their child to reach for the moon and be as creative and successful as possible. What better way to harness that kind of energy than by telling them the story of Ramon in “ish.” Ramon is a child who just loves to draw anywhere and anytime. However, he gets a critique from a brother and is instantly trying to do things just right. But, thankfully, his sister reminds him of the wild wonder that once dominated his work and he is able to continue exploring his own style.

4. “The Dreamer” by Pam Muñoz Ryan and Peter Sís

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If you want to give your child a look into what imagination can become, this is the book. The authors of the book take the reader on a journey through Chilean rainforests and wilderness following an entrancing voice and calling. This is the early life of poet Pablo Neruda and how it shaped him to become one of the most critically acclaimed poets in the world.

5. “Who Was Cesar Chavez?” by Dana Meachen Rau

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Who was he? If you want to give your children a little bit of history with their evening stories, this is the book for you. Cesar Chavez fought tirelessly for the rights of farmworkers in California and eventually the nation. It is a piece of history that lingers today through his partner in the revolution, Dolores Huerta.

6. “Esperanza Rising” by Pam Muñoz Ryan

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This book is all about rising above your difficulties to strive for a better future. Esperanza is a young girl in Mexico during the Great Depression and she and her mother flee north to California. Gone are the days of sitting idly while others works. Esperanza is left fighting for survival next to her mother and her character is forever shaped by these experiences.

7. “Baseball in April and Other Stories” by Gary Soto

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A dose of Americana, Gary Soto shows what life was like for a Mexican-American kid growing up in the central valley in California. Get ready for a lot of knock-off Barbies, Little League tryouts and a Spanish glossary to help those who don’t speak Spanish.

8. “Islandborn” by Junot Díaz

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Follow Lola as she tries to recall the country where her family immigrated from. It is her classes’ assignment but she was so young that she has to ask her family to figure it out. Before you know it, she is knee deep in beautiful memories and ideas of the island that they left behind.

9. “Too Many Tamales” by Gary Soto and Ed Martinez

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This classic has left Latino children anxious during the holidays. During the wild blur that is making tamales, Maria accidentally loses her mother’s ring and the only place they can think to look are in the tamales. This is one of the most comedic and heartwarming books on the shelves.

10. “Abuela” by Arthur Dorros

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This book is just one long and exciting journey over New York City as Rosalba and her abuela fly over the city. You get to see and hear the city through her abuela’s eyes and ears and it is just magical.

11. “Who Was Roberto Clemente?” By James Buckley Jr.

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Roberto Clemente is one of the most influential names in baseball. The Puerto Rican raised player who was the youngest of seven children excelled in the sport. In his career, he won numerous awards and was the first Latin American player inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

12. “La Princesa and the Pea” by Susan Middleton Elya

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If you are thinking that this is the same thing as “The Princess and the Pea” then you are right. However, this version is full with cultural moments that give the classic story and very Latino twist.

13. “Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos” by Monica Brown

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We all know Frida Kahlo and her amazing work, but what about her companions outside of Diego Rivera? This books shines some light on the animals that Kahlo kept close to her to keep her happy and creative. If you love animals, check it out.

14. “Niño Wrestles the World” by Yuyi Morales

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The title and artwork kind of lay out what you can expect from this story. Niño is one of the bravest wrestlers he can think of and the book is all about his journey to become the best wrestler in the world.

15. “Yes! We Are Latinos” by Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy

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This book will give all Latinos the representation they have never had. The author explores the lives of Latinos living across the country and the difference in our vast community. Some of us have Asian heritage in our blood and some have strong ties back to Africa. But in the end, we are all also Latino and connected.

16. “Coco: The Junior Novelization” by Disney/Pixar

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“Coco” is here in book version for your little one to love and admire. Seriously, it is literally the same story with grand pictures to once again capture your little one’s heart.

17. “My Name Is Maria Isabel” by Alma Flor Ada

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Have you ever been the second person in a room or team with the same name? That is Maria Isabel’s issue when she get to a new class. Since there is already on Maria, the teacher suggests they call her Mary but she doesn’t like that. It is important to her to be called Maria because her name is special in her family. What can she do about it?

18. “Tito Puente: Mambo King” by Monica Brown

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Music is one of the greatest forms of art in existence and no one knew that better than Tito Puente who grew up banging pots and pans until he found his skill as a musician. This book will give your little one the inspiration to follow their dreams.

19. “Gazpacho for Nacho” by Tracey Kyle

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Everyone goes through a phase when they only want to eat one specific dish. For Nacho it is gazpacho. Seriously. Breakfast, lunch and dinner for this kid is only the cold, yet delicious soup.

20. “Julián Is A Mermaid” by Jessica Love

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Who hasn’t wanted to rebel against society and be who they truly are? Julián is that kid when he sees women in amazing dresses that inspire him to create his own outfit imitating mermaids.

21. “Windows” by Julia Denos

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This book is filled with a wonder we have all known: windows in the neighborhood. Julia Denos takes the readers for a journey through a neighborhood walk when the sun sets and windows start to light up and you get quick glimpses into your neighbors lives.

22. Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows In the Bronx” by Jonah Winter

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Sonia Sotomayor was the first Latino appointed to the highest court int he nation and she wasn’t raised with privilege. This book tells the story of the Latina justice and her upbringing in the Bronx that led her to pursue a career in justice.

23. “Besos for Baby” by Jen Arena

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This book will teach you the basics of Spanish with the different people and animals that give the baby little besos.

24. “Crossing the Wire” by Will Hobbs

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For the more mature child, this book gives you a glimpse into the circumstance that lead some people to make the decision to head north. It is more relevant now than ever considering our political environment.

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ipstori Creator, Ruth Resendiz, Wants People To Love Reading Again

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ipstori Creator, Ruth Resendiz, Wants People To Love Reading Again

When the pandemic hit, the Mexican book market saw print sales decline within the first half of February. By April it had plummeted 88.2 percent.

For former professor, Ruth Resendiz, the Mexican publishing crisis feels personal. The brains behind ipstori, Resendiz is on a mission to get people reading again.

“It was about 15 years ago that you started to see that [students] were not reading,” she told mitú.

In 2019 Mexico Daily News reported a noticeable decrease in reading practices following a recent survey. Results concluded that nearly half of respondents didn’t have time to read, while 21.7 percent showed no interest in reading.

Featured by Apple for Women’s History Month, Resendiz wants new readers to understand the power literature can offer. “There are a lot of writers that say literature can give you a sense of immortality,” she said.

ipstori is Resendiz’s love story to reading that started at a young age.

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Resendiz’s fascination with literature began when she was eight after contracting the measles. Bedridden for two weeks the young girl began reading “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott.

“I knew nothing about the United States and suddenly I was immersed in another family, in another era, in another culture, and that changed my life forever,” she said.

Resendiz continued saying: “With literature, you’re allowed to be unfaithful, you’re allowed to be in a lot of people’s arms.”

Resendiz created ipstori later in life with no tech experience.

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Becoming an entrepreneur at 52, Resendiz launched ipstori in October 2019. With no prior tech experience she was passionate about getting stories into the hands of people everywhere. Despite facing challenges as a middle-aged woman in the field, Resendiz got help from her tech savvy children turning her solo passion into a family affair.

Considered “a Spotify for literature,” the app contains fictional short stories in genres ranging from romance to thrillers. Available on the App Store, each story has a reading time of one, three, five, or seven minutes.

One of Resendiz’s main focuses with ipstori is to highlight the emotional depth of a narrative. With a generation living on smartphones, Resendiz hopes this method of engagement sparks a change of attitude.

ipstori gives readers thousands of stories to read at any time.

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As attention spans have declined with the rise of social media, Resendiz anticipates that reading short stories would eventually allow readers to adapt to longer novels.

For me, a success story would be that someone that started with ipstori, [their] next stage is going to a library or to Kindle or buy a whole book,” she stated. “We don’t want to compete with books. We just want to give you this kind of starting ritual.”

During the pandemic, 71 percent of the Mexican population was on the internet. Thanks to the digital market, e-books and audiobooks are helping print bookstores regain sales, but not by much.

Luckily, more than 70,000 users engaged with ipstori reading ‘diversidad’ and ‘erotic’ genres that especially gained traction during the pandemic.

“When you’re surrounded by death in every sense, not just corporal death, but [the] death of a lot of things you need to control it with life,” Resendiz observes. “And what is more lively than [the] erotic?”

With over 200 authors writing for ipstori from all over Latin America, Resendiz is expanding the app’s range to include “tiny audibles” read by professional theater actors.

While the publishing crisis remains, Resendiz wants her app to “be that bridge between the creators and the possible readers.”

Reading, she says, is “the difference between being alive and just surviving.”

“We are made by stories, the stories of our parents, and the stories that we tell ourselves about ourselves,” Resendiz says.

The App Store featured ipstori for Women’s History Month.

READ: Many Native Languages Are Dying Off But Here’s How Indigenous Millennials Are Using Tech To Save Them

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Six Dr. Seuss Books Are Being Pulled From Publication Due To Racist Imagery

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Six Dr. Seuss Books Are Being Pulled From Publication Due To Racist Imagery

Don’t call it a total cancellation.

Dr. Seuss Enterprises has made the decision of their own accord to no longer publish or license six of the books written and illustrated by the writer Theodor Seuss “Ted” Geisel. The American children’s author who passed away in 1991 was also a political cartoonist, illustrator, poet, animator, and filmmaker. His first children’s book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street (1937), and his book  If I Ran the Zoo (1950) are among the books being pulled as a result of racist and insensitive imagery.

On Tuesday, Dr. Seuss Enterprises shared a statement on their website explaining their decision to cancel the publication of the books.

Citing the four other books including McElligot’s Pool (1947), Scrambled Eggs Super! (1953), On Beyond Zebra! (1955) and The Cat’s Quizzer (1976) the company explained that they came to the decision citing the fact that they each “portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong.”

“Ceasing sales of these books is only part of our commitment and our broader plan to ensure Dr. Seuss Enterprises’ catalog represents and supports all communities and families,” explained the statement.

Dr. Seuss Enterprises is a company that, according to Time Magazine, works to preserve and protect “the legacy of the late author and illustrator, who died in 1991 at the age of 87, also noted in the statement that the decision was made over the past year with a panel of experts, including educators, academics, and specialists in the field, who reviewed the catalog of titles.”

Children’s books by Dr. Seuss have long been considered a classic contribution to children’s literature.

The books’ colorful and fun illustrations and rhymes are still to this day instantly recognizable. Recently, however, the writer’s work has been re-examined and scrutinized for racial caricatures and stereotypes. This is especially when it comes to the depictions of Black and Asian people. Many have also pointed out that before he was known as Dr. Seusss, Geisel’s work had been strongly criticized for “drawing WWII cartoons that used racist slurs and imagery, as well as writing and producing a minstrel show in college, where he performed in blackface—a form of entertainment that some children’s literature experts point to as the inspiration for Geisel’s most famous character, the Cat in the Hat.”

Dr. Seuss Enterprises’s announcement of their decision to pull these books coincided with the anniversary of the writer’s birthday.

Geisel’s birthday coincidentally comes at the same time as National Education Association’s Read Across America Day, which has long been attached to his books,

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