Books and stories are priceless resources not only for our classroom lessons as teachers, but as parents and caregivers, we can open a door of endless imagination through storytelling. This year 2023 has been a stellar year for Latinx authors who have released bilingual or Spanish books for children. Check out this curated list with our 10 favorite releases from this year.
Wepa by J. de la Vega
Mia Emilia Lucia Renata simply has too much wepa! Medically known as ADHD, Mia just cannot sit still. But thanks to her abuela, she finds the perfect place to express her wepa. This is a lovely bilingual story about staying true to yourself and searching for that place and people who understand your wepa.
Pato y sus zapatos by Juan Moreno
Duckie has way too many shoes, he has a pair for every occasion. Duckie’s colorful shoes come in blue, red, green, and gray, which pair will he wear today?. This book is a great resource for little ones who are starting to learn colors in Spanish.
1,2,3 Series by Delia Ruiz
This new “1,2,3” series by author Delia Ruiz invites introduces primary concepts through Latin dance: counting with salsa, manners and consent with cumbia, and instruments and sounds with merengue. Children, caretakers, and educators will love the rhythmic text paired with bright and colorful illustrations showcasing characters of diverse backgrounds and abilities.
Sra. April es una Superheroína by CJ Charles
Justine believes that her new teacher is more than she seems. After all, she has seen her do many marvelous things. From memorizing student names to winning recess games; Mrs. April is a superhero by all acclaim. This bilingual book by C.J. Charles is a lovely story to read all year long. Join Justine in her school and find out if Mrs. April is a superhero after all.
Gato guapo by Anika Aldamuy Denise
There is a gato who is muy muy guapo, this guapo has 9 kittens who follow him everywhere, but what happens when they get lost?. This book by Anika Aldamuy Denise is a cute book to review numbers and clothing items.
El español es la lengua de mi familia by Michael Genhart
A boy prepares for his Spelling Bee test, together with his grandma he will learn how things were very different when grandma was a child, this will inspire him to do his best and make his family proud. This book with lovely illustrations from John Parra (author of “Growing an Artist”) is without a doubt one of our 2023 favorites. This book is available in English and Spanish.
Mr. Macaw Lost in the Big City by Leticia Ordaz
Mr. Macaw, a magical kite that belonged to Maxton and Bronx’s abuelito, is supposed to stay in Abuelito’s village in Mexico. A series of misunderstandings will lead to the final clue in this magical adventure. From author Leticia Ordaz (Author of “That girl could be me” and “The Adventures of Mr. Macaw”) comes this book to celebrate Latino culture.
Alma and Her Family by Juana Martínez-Leal
How much does little Alma love her family? She kisses her daddy, squeezes her mommy, laughs with her grandma, and . . . paints on her artist grandpa. This precious board book is a great addition to any bilingual preschool library, or any fan of Alma and her family.
Los monstruos juegan a contar by Flavia Drago
This cute board book is a great addition to your bilingual library. Your preschool age readers will love this book that will help them count from 1 to 10 and learn parts of the body in Spanish.
Year 2023 was a great year for Latinx authors. I love to see more representation in the books we read at home and school. Make sure to support these authors and share these stories at home or school.
What was your favorite Children’s Latinx book release from 2023? Tell me in the comments.