I have seen so many wonderful lists of children's book to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month that I was inspired to create a list of our top five Puerto Rico children's book to celebrate through out this month. We have these books at home, and they are my child's favorite.
Kiki Kokí tells the story the Enchanted Legend of the Coquí Frog. Based on a Taíno legend of Kiki Kokí a little Taíno Indian boy who would rather play then help his tribe. Of course, he's not allowed to celebrate in the festival with the tribe, and he storms off into the jungle. To teach him a lesson, the moon goddess turns him into a golden tree frog. Kiki Koki redeems himself when he saves a village of frogs from rat pirates earning his right to become a boy again. This book is available in English, and in Spanish.
This is the story Guanín and his pet Tahite as he narrates the beauties of Puerto Rico, the wonders of nature, and life as a Taíno boy 500 years ago. It is a beautifully illustrated book that celebrates and educates children about the Taíno history and culture. This book is available in English and Spanish.
This is an adorable book that tells the story of the coquís that lived in the rain forest, and how annoyed the birds were with the ♫♫ coquí, coquí ♫♫ song that they heard every night. So the birds are on a quest to find these "birds" that chirp ♫♫ coquí, coquí ♫♫ every night! However, the coquís are everywhere, and at the end of the story the birds discover who in fact was singing ♫♫ coquí, coquí ♫♫. :) This is a beautifully illustrated book that captures scenes of the day to day life in Puerto Rico. This book is in both Spanish and English. Flip the book, and it's in Spanish, flip it to the other side, and it's in English.
4. Shake It, Morena
This is a wonderful book that explores Puerto Rican folklore, with games, counting rhymes, riddles, and short stories. It has typical songs of Puerto Rico such as "Shake it, morena", and "The Song of el Coquí." What I love about this book is that the concept of this book is taken from the schools and playgrounds in Puerto Rico. It also offers a footnote with explanations of the cultural background. This book will bring back memories to the older generations adults, and provide a valuable insight of the games, songs, and play to the up and coming younger generations. This book is in both languages: English and Spanish sentences side by side.
5. Mi isla y yo: La naturaleza de Puerto Rico
This is story of two children as they set off to discover the nature of Puerto Rico. It is a book about the natural ecology of an island. This is an enchanting picture book that allows the children to visualize their relationship between the island creatures, the water and sky; and how we are all connected to the island as being one. It sends a message of love and respect for our environment, and for our island of Puerto Rico. The watercolor illustrations capture the ecological island life from a simple perspective that children can understand and relate to.
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