Donna Barba Higuera

Books by This Author

El Cucuy Is Scared, Too!

El Cucuy Is Scared, Too!
Illustrated by: Juliana Perdomo

Ramón is a little boy who can’t sleep. He is nervous for his first day at a new school. And El Cucuy is the monster who lives in Ramón’s cactus pot. He can’t sleep, either. It turns out that El Cucuy is scared, too! This gentle, perceptive story explores the worries that can accompany moving to a new place and beginning a new journey — and reveals how comfort, bravery, and strength can be found through even the most unexpected of friendships.

It's Navidad, El Cucuy!

Young boy with Cucuy at Christmas
Illustrated by: Juliana Perdomo
Age Level: 3-6, 6-9
Language: Spanish vocabulary featured

Ramón is a little boy who can't wait for Navidad. El Cucuy is the friendly monster who lives in Ramón’s bedroom. He's not so sure that Christmas is for him. The lights are too bright, and the snowman is scary! So if El Cucuy is hesitant to embrace the holiday cheer, then Ramón will have to bring the spirit of Navidad to him.

Lupe Wong Won’t Dance

Illustration of a young woman in a baseball uniform
Language: Spanish vocabulary featured

Lupe Wong is going to be the first female pitcher in the Major Leagues. She’s also championed causes her whole young life. Some worthy…like expanding the options for race on school tests beyond just a few bubbles. And some not so much…like complaining to the BBC about the length between Doctor Who seasons. Lupe needs an A in all her classes in order to meet her favorite pitcher, Fu Li Hernandez, who’s Chinacan/Mexinese just like her. So when the horror that is square dancing rears its head in gym? Obviously she’s not gonna let that slide.

The Last Cuentista

The Last Cuentista

There lived a girl named Petra Peña, who wanted nothing more than to be a storyteller, like her abuelita. But Petra's world is ending. Earth has been destroyed by a comet, and only a few hundred scientists and their children – among them Petra and her family – have been chosen to journey to a new planet. They are the ones who must carry on the human race.