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Hispanic Heritage: Music and Rhyme

These books celebrate the many wonderful forms of music that Latinos and Latin Americans call their own, as well as the songs and rhymes that one generation passes down to the next.

¡Pío Peep! Traditional Spanish Nursery Rhymes ¡Pío Peep! Traditional Spanish Nursery Rhymes By: Alma Flor Ada & Isabel Campoy Illustrated by: Vivi Escriva Age Level: 3-6 Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Rhymes from Spanish speaking countries are presented in Spanish and recreated in English to form a bilingual collection, with attention to the sounds and patterns of both languages. Vivid illustrations complete this appealing book.

Arrorró, Mi Niño: Latino Lullabies and Gentle Games Arrorró, Mi Niño: Latino Lullabies and Gentle Games By: Lulu Delacre Age Level: 3-6 Reading Level: Beginning Reader

A selection of nursery rhymes and games from different countries are presented in this book in both Spanish and English. The rhymes are accompanied by gentle illustrations. Music appears with lyrics (again in both languages) at the end of this pleasing book.

Arroz con Leche Arroz con Leche By: Lulu Delacre Age Level: 3-6 Reading Level: Beginning Reader

These traditional rhymes and songs from Latin America are presented in both English and Spanish. Gentle illustrations accompany the short verses, and show both cities and the countryside. Children and adults from Spanish-speaking backgrounds will recognize many of these fun songs and rhymes.

De Colores and Other Latin-American Folk Songs for Children De Colores and Other Latin-American Folk Songs for Children By: José-Luis Orozco Illustrated by: Elisa Kleven Age Level: 3-6 Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Product Description: Bursting with color and spirit, this collection of Latin-American songs is a tribute to Latino culture. From traditional tunes to rhymes and hand games, De Colores has songs for all occasions and moods. Each song is accompanied by simple musical arrangements, with lyrics in both English and Spanish.

De Colores: Sing Along in English and Spanish! De Colores: Sing Along in English and Spanish! By: Ashley Wolff Age Level: 3-6 Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Product Description: This traditional Spanish folk song is brought to life by the striking artwork of a bestselling illustrator. Musical notation is included, as well as a page that introduces readers to the Spanish and English words for the colors featured in the book. Full color.

Diez Deditos and Other Play Rhymes and Action Songs from Latin America Diez Deditos and Other Play Rhymes and Action Songs from Latin America By: José-Luis Orozco Age Level: 3-6 Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Product Description: Singer-songwriter José-Luis Orozco has assembled a collection of finger rhymes and other action songs from Latin America. Including favorites such as "The Wheels on the Bus" as well as folk songs from a variety of Spanish-speaking countries, Diez Deditos is a treat for the eyes, ears, and fingers. Lyrics are presented in both English and Spanish, and easy-to-follow musical accompaniment and diagrams for the corresponding actions are also provided. Bright collage illustrations by Elisa Kleven complete the appeal of this fun-filled book.

Grandma's Records Grandma's Records By: Eric Velasquez Age Level: 6-9 Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Product Description: Every summer, Eric goes to live with his grandmother in El Barrio (Spanish Harlem) while his parents work. Through the long hot days, Grandma fills her apartment with the blaring horns and conga drums of Bomba y Plena, salsa, and merengüe — the music she grew up with in Puerto Rico — sharing her memories and passions with Eric. Join Eric Velasquez on a magical journey through time and across cultures, as a young boy's passion for music and art is forged by a powerful bond between generations.

Mamá Goose: A Latino Nursery Treasury Mamá Goose: A Latino Nursery Treasury By: Alma Flor Ada Age Level: 0-3 Reading Level: Pre-Reader

This book is a collection of Spanish-language lullabies, finger games, nursery rhymes, jump-rope songs, riddles, birthday songs, and more. It compiles songs from different Spanish-speaking countries. The English translations keep the essence of the native language, and grab the reader using captivating terminology.

My Name is Celia: The Life of Celia Cruz My Name is Celia: The Life of Celia Cruz By: Monica Brown Illustrated by: Rafael López Age Level: 6-9 Reading Level: Beginning Reader

The beautiful artwork of this award-winning picture book about salsa queen Celia Cruz practically jumps off the page, and conveys the spirit and rhythmic energy of her music. Learn about Cruz's childhood in Havana and her entry into the world of salsa music from vibrant illustrations and text presented in English and Spanish.

My Tata's Guitar My Tata's Guitar By: Ethriam Cash Brammer Illustrated by: Daniel Lechón Age Level: 3-6 Reading Level: Beginning Reader

When a little boy explores his grandfather's garage, he finds a treasure — his grandfather's old guitar. He learns that the guitar has provided the music for Christmas posadas, love songs, and campfires. Nothing is more exciting for the boy, however, than the moment that his grandfather offers to teach him how to play his guitar. The story and illustrations offer a lovely tribute to Latino families and traditions. Bilingual text.

Rin, Rin, Rin/Do, Re, Mi Rin, Rin, Rin/Do, Re, Mi By: José-Luis Orozco Illustrated by: David Diaz Age Level: 6-9 Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Rin, Rin, Rin, Do, Re, Mi is a book that allows children to practice basic literacy skills in Spanish as well as in English. José-Luis Orozco is able to gracefully describe daily routines while making rhymes for children to read or sing along to. This book is based on a song written by Orozco, who is an award-winning Hispanic songwriter. The book has an accompanying CD.

Shake It, Morena! And Other Folktales from Puerto Rico Shake It, Morena! And Other Folktales from Puerto Rico By: Carmen T. Bernier-Grand Illustrated by: Lulu Delacre Age Level: 6-9 Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Rhymes, games, and more are presented with richly colored illustrations evoke the traditions of Puerto Rico and the universality of a child's activities and interests. Spanish verses are woven throughout the text.

The Best Mariachi in the World The Best Mariachi in the World By: J. D. Smith Illustrated by: Dani Jones Age Level: 3-6 Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Product Description: Everyone in Gustavo's family is in a mariachi band…Everyone except Gustavo, that is. They all play violines, trompetas and guitarrones. They all make wonderful music in restaurants and at wedding parties. Gustavo would love to join the band, but he can't play any of the instruments. What's a wannabe mariachi to do? Follow Gustavo as he finds his place in the family mariachi band.

The Festival of Bones The Festival of Bones By: Luis San Vicente Age Level: 6-9 Reading Level: Independent Reader

With the humor and spirit of the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead, this imaginative festival depicts the travels, dances, and songs of happy skulls and skeletons. The easy rhyming text and the fanciful illustrations have a definite Mexican flavor.

The Frog Was Singing The Frog Was Singing By: Rita Rosa Ruesga Age Level: 0-3 Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Latin Grammy nominee Rita Rosa Ruesga presents a collection of nursery rhymes and songs from Latin America in this bilingual songbook. Each song includes lyrics, music, and a brief explanation about the song's background.

Tito Puente, Mambo King Tito Puente, Mambo King By: Monica Brown Illustrated by: Rafael López Age Level: 3-6 Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Tito Puente was born to be a musician. He grew up to become the Mamba King to whose music people danced the mambo, rumba and cha-cha. Rhythmic language and animated illustrations briefly present Tito's life and the impact of music throughout.

Tortillitas para Mamá and Other Nursery Rhymes Tortillitas para Mamá and Other Nursery Rhymes By: Margot C. Griego & Betsy L. Bucks Illustrated by: Barbara Cooney Age Level: 3-6 Reading Level: Pre-Reader

Product Description: Young children will treasure this collection of Latin American nursery rhymes. Preserved through oral tradition, these rhymes have been passed on from generation to generation. They have been lovingly gathered and translated for this book and many are accompanied by instructions for finger play.