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Preschool

The Spots on the Jaguar / Las manchas en el jaguar
By Tom Luna

Summary: Once upon a time, there was a jaguar that lived in the jungle. She had many beautiful spots on her body. Learn to count her spots one by one!

Ages: 2-5, 20 color pages, 8"x 10"

Soft cover: $6.95
 
 
Amazing Mama / Mamá maravillosa
Amazing Mama / Mamá maravillosa
By Daniela Del Monte


Summary: A classic story of the relationship between mother and child from the child’s point of view. Touching with humorous illustrations.

Ages: 2-5, 18 color pages, 8"x 10"

Soft cover: $6.95
A New Sun / Un nuevo sol
Fun with ABC’s – Lotería Style/El Abecedario con Lotería
Illustrated by Luciano Martinez

Summary: Happy designs and illustrations bring the Alphabet to life in Fun with ABC’s – Lotería Style. Learn the letters in English and Spanish in a playful lotería style.

Ages: 2-5, 28 color pages, 8” X 10”

Hard cover: $15.95
Soft cover: $8.95
 
A New Sun / Un nuevo sol
Colors All Around/Colores en todas partes
Illustrated by Bo Young Kim

Summary: Colors All Around captures the vibrant and simple beauty of color. Join us as we name the colors in our world.

Ages: 2-5, 27 color pages,10” X 8”

Hard cover: $15.95
Soft cover: $8.95
Birdie Flies Away / Pajarillo se va volando
Birdie Flies Away / Pajarillo se va volando
By Kat Aragon, Illustrated by Andrea Yomtob

Summary: This is a story about how we all grow at our own pace. Some are ready to leave the nest early, while others need a little more time.

Ages: 2-5, 27 color pages,10” X 8”

Soft cover: $8.95
 
I See The World / Yo veo el mundo
I See The World / Yo veo el mundo
By Tom Luna, Illustrated by Christina Song

Summary: Whether in the sky or on the ground the world is filled with beauty, animals, toys, and the joy of seeing what the world has to offer.

Ages: 2-5, 27 color pages,10” X 8”

Soft cover: $8.95
A New Sun / Un nuevo sol
The Many Faces Of Max / Las muchas caras de Max
By Katherine Del Monte, Illustrated by Susan Arena

Summary: Max is a dog who loves his family and they love him. He wears his feelings right on his face. If he’s sad, you know it. If he’s happy, you can tell. Sometimes silly, sometimes sad, Max is always loveable.

Ages: 2-5, 21 color pages, 8” X 10”

Soft cover: $8.95
 
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Elementary
Just Like My Sister / Iqual que mi hermana
Just Like My Sister / Iqual que mi hermana
By Katherine Del Monte & Max Benavidez

Summary: A little girl admires her big sister and dreams of being just like her. Eye-catching, whimsical illustrations.

Ages: 2-7, 18 color pages, 8"x 10"

Soft cover: $6.95
 
 
A New Sun / Un nuevo sol
A New Sun / Un nuevo sol
By Max Benavidez & Katherine Del Monte

Summary: Reflections of an immigrant arriving in a new land, where he finds that people all want the same thing: to have hope and make their dreams a reality. Illustrated with original evocative paintings.

Ages: 5-8, 38 color pages, 8"x 10"

Hard cover: $15.95
Soft cover: $8.95
Family Stories / Cuentos familiares
Family Stories / Cuentos familiares
By various authors

Summary: Family stories are the life blood of families. They help us remember our early years and tell us something about how we became who we are. In Family Stories, ten gifted artists tell their most memorable story from their childhood and then illustrate it. The result is a rich cultural treasure trove of story and image.

Ages: 5-8, 28 color pages, 8"x 10"

Hard cover: $15.95
Soft cover: $8.95
 
A New Sun / Un nuevo sol
Flores Family Café/La lonchería
By Ann Stalcup
Illustrated by David Arroyo

Summary: An unexpected letter changes the lives of a family in Baja California. A story of family loyalty and ingenuity, this book will enchant young readers and their parents. In Flores Family Café/ La Lonchería, we all learn that when you mix flowers, determination and inspiration you get a beautiful slice of life.

Hard cover: $15.95
Soft cover: $8.95
Teo and The Brick / Teo y el Ladrillo
Teo and The Brick / Teo y el Ladrillo
By Adam Del Rio
Illustrated by Noel Ill

Summary: A story of filial love and devotion in the face of poverty, Teo and The Brick is also a glimpse, from the vantage point of a six-year-old, of a long gone time in Los Angeles history.

Ages 5-8 28 color pages, 8” x 10”

Hard cover: $15.95
Soft cover: $8.95
 
A New Sun / Un nuevo sol
Teo in Palo Verde/ Teo en Palo Verde
By Adam Del Rio
Illustrations by Noel Ill

Summary: The second installment in the award-winning Teo character series, Teo in Palo Verde continues the story of Teo and his family who have just moved to a completely new area in Los Angeles. Though fast to find friends and happy in his new home, Teo soon learns that others are not as fortunate. Teo’s innate curiosity and good nature lead him to reach out and do what he can to help a young girl and her grandmother. This adorable story about helping others teaches us that even the smallest token of kindness is not only greatly appreciated, but can help truly connect us to other people.

Hard cover: $15.95
Soft cover: $8.95
A New Sun / Un nuevo sol
Teo Goes to the Circus/Teo va al circo
By Adam Del Rio
Illustrations by Noel Ill

Summary: Teo Goes to the Circus/Teo va al circo is the third installment in the popular Teo series and this story brings to life another precious slice of Los Angeles history. In this book,Teo and his family go to the circus with its clowns, animals, singers, candy and trapeze artists and, by a twist of fate,Teo himself becomes part of the show under the big tent.

Hard cover: $15.95
Soft cover: $8.95
 
Maria de Flor: A Day of the Dead Story / Una historia del día de los muertos
Maria de Flor: A Day of the Dead Story / Una historia del día de los muertos
By Max Benavidez

Summary: A sweet story about the preservation of love across generations and the meaning of the Day of the Dead, a special time of bittersweet remembrance and family traditions.

Ages: 5-8, 24 color pages, 8"x 10"

Hard cover: $15.95
Soft cover: $8.95
A New Sun / Un nuevo sol
The Shark That Taught Me English/
El tiburón que me enseñó inglés
By Michelle Markel
Illustrations by Bo Young Kim

Summary: In The Shark That Taught Me English, a young girl named Sofia comes to the United States from Mexico with her family and doesn’t speak a word of English. When she arrives at school, she struggles with the seemingly insurmountable language barrier. Sofia only scrapes by with the help of another Spanish-speaking student, until one day her teacher develops a simple yet ingenious method to help Sofia understand English. The shark that taught me English brings to life the linguistic experiences of generations of immigrants who struggle to learn a new language. In this book a young schoolgirl learns that even something as dangerous as a shark can bring positive change in one’s life.

Hard cover: $15.95
Soft cover: $8.95
 
Telma, The Little Ant /Telma, la hormiguita
Telma, The Little Ant / Telma, la hormiguita
By John M. Nieto-Phillips

Summary: The littlest ant in the world slips in the snow and seeks justice from the village judge. In the end, she learns that everything is connected to everything else and that we are all responsible for each other. A beautifully illustrated book colored in a warm Southwestern palette.

Ages: 5-8, 36 pages, 10” x 8”

Hard cover: $15.95
Soft cover: $8.95
The Oldest House In The USA / La casa más antigua de los Estados Unidos
The Oldest House In The USA / La casa más antigua de los Estados Unidos
By Kat Aragon, Illustrated by Mary Jo Madrid

Summary: The oldest house in the USA was probably built in the thirteenth century. Over time it has been home to many different people and perhaps most famously, a ghost or two.

Ages: 5-8, 21 color pages,10” X 8”

Soft cover: $8.95
 
Letters Forever / Cartas para siempre
Letters Forever / Cartas para siempre
By Tom Luna

Summary: When Camila’s grandfather moves to Mexico they write letters to each other. The letters help ease her pain.

Ages: 5-8, 28 color pages,10” X 8”

Soft cover: $8.95
Vines of the Earth / Parras de la tierra
Vines of the Earth / Parras de la tierra
By Adam Del Rio Illustrated by David Arroyo

Summary: Inspired by the true stories of farm workers who became winemakers in the Napa Valley region of California, Vines of the Earth is a story about the satisfaction of dreaming and fulfilling big dreams.

Ages: 5-8, 26 color pages, 8” x 10”

Hard cover: $15.95
Soft cover: $8.95
 
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Young Teens

Graciela's Dream / El sueño de Graciela
By Katherine Del Monte & Max Benavidez Illustrations by Noel Ill

Summary: Aimed at middle-school Latino students who need to start thinking about college, the book, depicts the struggle of one young girl as she tries to convince her parents to support her college-going goal.

Ages 12-18 53 black and white pages (53 in English and 53 in Spanish, 4" x 6"

Soft cover: $8.95
 
 

Carlito’s Story / La historia de Carlito
By Max Benavidez & Katherine Del Monte

Summary: In Carlito’s Story, we are reintroduced to the Rodriguez family from Graciela’s Dream. This time we follow Carlito, the younger brother of Graciela, through his adolescent journey. Though naturally creative, Carlito is held back by the gang lifestyle that is idealized on the streets of poor neighborhoods in the big city. This book outlines one family’s attempt at rerouting a lost child with limitless potential before he goes too far down the wrong path.

Soft cover: $8.95