Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Picture Books for Navidad

René Colato Laínez

Feliz navidad a todos. Take a look at these great books.

N Is for Navidad by Susan Middleton Elya and Merry Banks. Illustrated by Joe Cepeda.

Bienvenidos! to a celebration of Christmas, Latino-style! From the ángel (angel) hung above the door to the zapatos (shoes) filled with grass for the wise men s camels, each letter in this festive alphabet introduces children to a Spanish word

Feliz Navidad: Two Stories Celebrating Christmas by Jose Feliciano. Illustrated by David Diaz.

The famous bilingual Christmas song is now a picture book. Feliz navidad próspero año y felicidad.

Uno, Dos, Tres, Posada! by Virginia Kroll. Illustrated by Loretta Lopez.

A little girl guides the reader through each step of a posada, a Hispanic holiday tradition celebrated on the nine nights before Christmas.

The Farolitos of Christmas by Rudolfo Anaya. Illustrated by Edward Gonzales.

With her father away fighting in World War II and her grandfather too sick to create the traditional luminarias, Luz helps create farolitos, little lanterns, for their Christmas celebration instead.

The Gift of the Poinsettia/ El Regalo De LA Flor De Nochebuena
by Pat Mora and Charles Ramirez Berg. Illustrated by Daniel Lechon.

As he participates in the festivities of Las Posadas, preparing for the birth of Christ, a young Mexican boy worries about what gift he will have for the baby Jesus.

Mimi' s Parranda / La Parranda De Mimi by Lydia M. Gil. Illustrated by Hernan Sosa.

Mimi is disappointed when she learns that her family won't make their annual trip to Puerto Rico. She doesn't want to miss her parranda, but her friends have a plan.

The Christmas tree/El árbol de Navidad : a Christmas rhyme in English and Spanish by Alma Flor Ada. Illustrated by Terry Ybáñez.

A cumulative rhyme describes the decorating of the family Christmas tree.

The Legend of the Poinsettia by Tomie dePaola

When Lucida is unable to finish her gift for the Baby Jesus in time for the Christmas procession, a miracle enables her to offer the beautiful flower we now call the poinsettia.

The Night of Las Posadas by Tomie dePaola

At the annual celebration of Las Posadas in old Santa Fe, the husband and wife slated to play Mary and Joseph are delayed by car trouble, but a mysterious couple appear who seem perfect for the part.

Carlos, Light the Farolito by Jean Ciavonne. Illustrated by Donna Clair

When his parents and grandfather are late on Christmas Eve, it's up to Carlos to take over his grandfather's role in the traditional Mexican reenactment of the Nativity called Las Posadas.

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Usnavys Rivera said...

Nice post. Now that I have a baby girl, I'll be on the lookout for good books for her. Thank you!

Sustenance Scout said...

This post and other current highlights from La Bloga have just been featured on my diversity blog, BEYOND Understanding. Thanks, René! My girls would love to read any of these terrific books, especially this time of year.

Karen DeGroot Carter

mensajes claro said...

Cristmas is coming i will try to read one of this books.