Best Books 2019 in Spanish: Mejores libros para pequeños 2019

By Ruth Rodriguez, Francis Martin Branch Library
December 18, 2019

This year, a band of Spanish-speaking librarians from a wide variety of countries: including people from Colombia, Honduras, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru and the Dominican Republic, read more than 200 titles and selected 20 of the best. (Esta lista también está disponible en español.)

De done eres book cover

¿De dónde eres?

By Yamile Saied Méndez, illustrated by Jaime Kim

Warm watercolor illustrations depict a grandfather's heartfelt response to his granddaughter's questions about her identity. 

 

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Mi papi tiene una moto

By Isabel Quintero, illustrated by Zeke Peña

Buoyant illustrations capture the vibrant and ever-changing neighborhood where Daisy and her papi take their daily ride. An unforgettable ode to family, community, and history.

 

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La luna mango

By Diane De Anda, illustrated by Sue Cornelison

A bright moon overhead connects a young girl to her father, in this timely and affecting picture book. 

 

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Sembrando historias: Pura Belpre: blibliotecaria y narradora de cuentos

By Anika Aldamuy Denise, illustrated by Paola Escobar

Pura is the perfect candidate for the job at the library, but she quickly realizes the stories don't reflect her New York community. Discover the life of the librarian that changed everything.

 

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Un nuevo hogar

By Tania de Regil 

A young girl in Mexico City and a boy in New York fret about moving to a new home, but slowly find comfort in how similar two faraway places can be.

 

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Señorita Mariposa

By Ben Gundersheimer (Mr. G), illustrated by Marcos Almada Rivero

Ever wonder about the journey of the monarch butterfly? Travel with la Señorita Mariposa from Canada to Mexico on her poetic migration.

¿Y tu que crees?

By Marta Comin

Perspective is everything in this boldly illustrated, die-cut book. Can you guess whose point of view you're seeing? 

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Bajo las olas

By Meritxell Martí, illustrated by Xavier Salomó Fisa

Charming illustrations capture Martin's imaginative underwater adventure, where he experiences uninhibited freedom.

 

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Bjorn y el ancho mundo

By Delphine Perret

What would it sound like if woodland creatures tried to order a pizza over the phone? Follow the silly adventures of Bjorn and his friends.

 

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El camino de la montaña

Por Marienne Dubuc

An unlikely duo find companionship on a hike in this heartwarming tale of friendship, loss, and nature.

 

Empieza por A

By Félix Jiménez Moreno

A touching look at how Alzheimers impacts a close-knit family. 

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La joven maestra y la gran serpiente

By Irene Vasco, illustrated by Juan Carlos Palomino

This lushly illustrated tale chronicles a young teacher's own education, as she comes to understand the value of storytelling traditions in the heart of the Amazon rainforest.

 

La Princesa Inca

By Ana Isabel Conejo

The spirit of an Incan princess helps a young girl feel proud of her heritage and empowers her mother to find her voice.

Los Zombies No Comen Verduras

By Jorge Lacera and Megan Lacera 

Eyeball chili, fingers with salsa… what zombie wouldn't love to eat something like that? Not if you're a vegetarian like Mo. A story celebrating differences within families. 

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Luisa siempre va con prisa

By Timothy Knapman, illustrated by Gemma Merino

A lively adaptation of The Tortoise and the Hare to remind us of the beauty of living in the moment. 

 

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Mario y el agujero en el cielo: Cómo un químico salvó nuestro planeta

By Elizabeth Rusch, Carlos E. Calvo (translator), illustrated by Teresa Martinez

A brilliant young boy from Mexico City becomes a world-renowned chemist, whose scientific breakthrough raises awareness about human impact on the ozone layer.

 

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Yo y mi miedo

By Francesca Sanna

A gentle color palette envelops readers in an uplifting story about embracing and overcoming fears.

 

Objetos Extraordinarios

By Barbara Ossa, illustrated by Margarita Valdés

Toothbrushes made out of animal hair? Take a quirky trip through the history of everyday objects.

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Solo pregunta 

By Sonia Sotomayor, illustrated by Rafael López

Twelve differently abled children tend to their garden, and cultivate empathy and understanding as they share their stories.

 

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Todas iguales: un corrido de Lemon Grove

By Christy Hale

A lesser-known story of an immigrant community’s challenge to school segregation, told in a traditional Mexican ballad form.