The Runaway Piggy / El cochinito fugitivo

The sun shines through the windows of Marthazs Panadería onto the shelves of freshly baked treats. The bakery holds tray after tray of hot Mexican sweet breadzconchas, orejas, cuernitos, empanadas, and cochinitoszall ready for hungry customers. In the classic tradition of The Gingerbread Man, James Lunazs piggy cookie leaps off the baking tray and takes the reader on a mad dash through the barrio, past Lorenzozs Auto Shop, Nitazs Beauty Salon, Letizs Flower Shop, and Juanazs Thrift Shop. The telephone repairman, the bus driver z each person the piggy encounters is greeted by his laugh and the repeated refrain: zChase me! Chase me down the street! But this is one piggy you wonzt get to eat! I ran away from the others and Izll run away from you!z The cochinito fugitivo avoids being eaten by the long line of people chasing him through the neighborhood streets z until he meets a crafty little girl named Rosa!Childrenzand adults toozwill delight in the clever piggyzs escape from Marthazs Panadería in this entertaining re-telling of a familiar story set in a colorful Latino neighborhood. A recipe to make Mexican gingerbread pig cookies is included in both English and Spanish.

The Battle Of The Show Cones / La Guerra de las Raspas

It was so hot in Caliente, Texas, that the townspeople gulped gallons of lemonade and poured buckets of water over their heads, but they couldnzt stay cool.Swinging on the front porch with her mother, Elena suddenly has an idea. Raspaszicy cold snow coneszare what the neighbors need to stay cool. And she can make and sell the refreshing treats from a stand in her own front yard! So with the help of her parents, Elena soon has a stand and the items needed to make and sell the snow cones. Before long everyone is lining up to buy the frosty delights in delicious flavors.Elenazs best friend Alma watches her friendzs success from across the street and decides to start her own snow cone stand. And so begins the battle of the snow cones, with each girl devising ever more elaborate plans to attract clients: decorating their stands with colorful Mexican crepe paper flowers and papel picado, adding exotic flavors such as coconut and mango to their menus, staging puppet shows and even a folkloric dance. The girlsz ice shaving machines furiously crank out raspas, until one day both machines go bonkers! Readers will enjoy the girlsz clever antics to attract customers in this lively, colorful picture book for children ages 4 z 8. And just as important, children will learnzalong with Elena and Almazthat competitors can still be friends.

Grandma’s Chocolate / El chocolate de abuelita

Abuelazs visits from Mexico are always full of excitement for young Sabrina. She canzt wait to see whatzs in her grandmotherzs yellow suitcase covered in stickers from all the places she has visited. Opening it is like opening a treasure chest, and this year is no different. Inside are a host of riches. zAbuelita, do you want to play a game? Letzs pretend that Izm a princess,z Sabrina says. zOkay, Sabrina,z Abuela says, zbut a Mayan princess should wear a beautiful dress called a huipil.z And she pulls the traditional garment worn by Mayan and Aztec women from her suitcase.Sabrina has lots of questions about her ancestors. Did Mayan princesses have money? Did they go to school? Did they eat chocolate ice cream? With her grandmotherzs help, Sabrina learns all about the cacao tree, which was first cultivated by Mexicozs indigenous tribes. Today, seeds from the cacao tree give us chocolate, but years ago the seeds were so valuable they were used as money. And Moctezuma, the Aztec emperor, liked to eat chocolate poured over bowls of snow brought from the mountains! Sabrina discovers that zchocolate is perfect for a Mayan princess.z And children ages 4-8 are sure to agree as they curl up with a steaming cup of hot chocolate and this charming bilingual picture book that depicts a loving relationship between grandmother and granddaughter and shares the history and customs of the native peoples of Mexico.

Juanito Counts to Ten

Juanito loves to count, and what could be more fun than giving and counting kisses! Children’s book author Lee Merrill Byrd was inspired to write Juanito Counts to Ten when she watched her four-year-old grandson Johnny. He was so happy and full of life that he was dishing out kisses to everybody. He kissed his mother, his father, Stray Gray the Cat, and, of course, his grandmother! He was so happy he even kissed his bossy big sister. Previously published in hardback as Lover Boy .Lee Merrill Byrd ‘s first children’s book Treasure on Gold Street was about her granddaughter Hannah.

Fiesta!

Horns, airplanes, and tops. Whistles, gum, and rings.

What toys should the children choose? How many candies will they buy?

And what will they do with all the things they buy?

Open this book to find out and to count with them—in English and in Spanish. It’s easy!


Trompetas, aviones y trompos. Silbatos, chicle y anillos.

Cuáles juguetes eligirán los niños? Cuántos dulces comprarán?

Y, qué harán con las cosas que comprarán?

Abre este libro para contestar esta pregunta y para contar con ellos—en español y en inglés. Verás que es fácil!

F Is For Fiesta

From adornos (decorations) going up all over the house, biscochitos (cupcakes) baking in the oven, and a special treat of churros (doughnut sticks) for breakfast, this can only be the beginning of a fabulous cumpleaños (birthday)! As the alphabet continues, the story highlights fun elements of a boy’s never-ending birthday celebration, including entries for ch, ll, ñ, and rr that make this a truly Latino ABC fiesta.

Clever verse and exuberant illustrations make the meaning of each Spanish word clear, and an author’s note explains the difference between the English and Spanish alphabets.

Before You Were Here, Mi Amor

Before you were here, tu papi carved a mecedora from the wood of an old walnut tree so you and I could rock and cuddle together. The members of a familia lovingly prepare for a new bebé. A tenderly written story, with Spanish words woven throughout, tells readers how Mami is eating healthy food, Papi is building a rocking chair, Abuela is painting elefantes and tigres, in the nursery, and brother and sister are helping with baby names. With its vibrant and warm illustrations, this debut picture book is perfect for expectant parents or children curious about the time before they were here.

Wiggling Pockets/Los bolsillos saltarines (My Family: Mi Familia) (Spanish Edition)

How many frogs fit in Danny’s pockets? It’s a jumping surprise! ¿Cuántas ranas caben en los bolsillos de Danny? ¡Es una sorpresa saltarina! One frog hops on Tina’s head, Una rana brinca encima de la cabeza de Tina, And another springs onto Mom’s delicious cherry pie! Oh, no! ¡Y otra rana cae encima del delicioso pastel de cerezas que hizo Mamá! ¡Ay, no! We don’t want to eat frog pie! ¡No queremos comer pastel de ranas! Wiggling Pockets Los bolsillos saltarines This bilingual book will appeal to anyone who’s ever been unintentionally mischievous—just like Danny with his wiggling pockets full of frogs! Este libro bilingüe le encantará a todos los que sin querer han sido un poco traviesos . . . ¡igual que Danny y sus bolsillos saltarines llenos de ranas!