Market Day: Hispanic Heritage

Going to the market is an exciting adventure, whether it's the local flea market or the market in the big city where the family sells its crops. At the market, you can see new things, meet new people, and most importantly, learn to bargain! These stories capture the energy of local markets and their critical role in the daily life of families across the Americas.

To see books for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers, take a look at our booklist My Shopping Trip: Books for Young Children.

A Bear for Miguel

Illustrated by: Joan Sandin
Age Level: 6-9

"Growing up in El Salvador, Maria understands that her father can work for neither the government nor the guerrillas without reprisals from the other side. Now they must barter their handiwork and their furniture for food. Going to market with her father, she takes along her stuffed bear Paco. When Papa leaves Maria in charge, she finds the courage to make good trades, even letting her beloved Paco go in exchange for the food her family needs." — Booklist

At the Market

Illustrated by: Barbara M. Flores
Age Level: 0-3
Language: English, Spanish

A boy and his mama go shopping at an outdoor market. Find out what they buy to make a delicious breakfast. Spanish version available.

Carmen's Colors

Age Level: 0-3
Language: Spanish

Product Description: A young girl and her mother go to the outdoor market and buy an array of colorful items, such as orange flowers and blue socks. A related activity guide is available from the publisher. Also available in Spanish.

Carolina's Gift: A Story of Peru

Illustrated by: Gredna Landolt
Age Level: 3-6

Product Description: Carolina lives in a village up in the Andes mountains. Today she and her mother are traveling into town to find a birthday gift for Carolina's grandmother. There are so many things to see and so many gifts to choose from! Carolina's Gift gives readers a fun and unique insight into what life might be like for a child growing up in mountain village of Peru.

Estela's Swap

Illustrated by: Enrique Sanchez
Age Level: 3-6

Product Description: Estela is attending her first swap meet, where she plans to sell a music box to make money for lessons with the Ballet Folklórico. When a strong wind ruins the flowers the woman across from her is selling, Estela decides to give her the music box so she can listen to cheerful music while she makes new flowers. Although Estela may not have enough money for the lessons, her heart is full. And in this charmingly illustrated story, the flower seller has a wonderful surprise for Estela.

Grandma and Me at the Flea

Illustrated by: Anita De Lucio-Brock
Age Level: 6-9

Juan Felipe Herrera shares memories of the time he spent with his grandmother at the local flea market in this uplifting story. From the woman who sells hot chiles to the man who sells eagle belt-buckles, the flea market offers so many sights, sounds, and tastes to take in. What Juan begins to realize, though, is that the flea market is much more than a collection of tents and vendors — it is a community. Anita de Lucio-Brocks vibrant illustrations fill the pages with stunning color and detail. Bilingual text.

Market Day: A Story Told with Folk Art

Age Level: 3-6

It's market day! Everyone's going to the town square for a farmers market like no other — and you're invited to come along. Lois Ehlert's Market Day takes you on a colorful journey around the world in a fun story told with folk art.

Saturday Sancocho

Age Level: 6-9

Product Description: Every Saturday, Maria Lili looks forward to making chicken sancocho with her grandparents. But one Saturday they discover that there is nothing in the house except eggs. Mama Ana has a plan, though, and taking the eggs with her, she invites Maria Lili to come to the market. Bold, cheerful watercolors evoke the busy atmosphere of the village markets of Central and South America. Reading Rainbow Book.

The Good Garden: How One Family Went from Hunger to Having Enough

Illustrated by: Sylvie Daigneault
Age Level: 6-9

Product Description: Eleven-year-old María Luz and her family live on a small farm in Honduras. When María's father must leave home to find work, she is left in charge of their garden. When a new teacher introduces her to sustainable farming practices, the farms — and the hopes — of María and her neighbors begin to grow. The story is based on real farming movements taking place in Honduras and around the world.

¡Vamos! Let's Go to the Market

Illustration of fox in hat and bandana pulling a wagon with a dog and boxes in it.
Age Level: 3-6
Language: Spanish (Bilingual Eng/Sp)

Bilingual in a new way, this paper over board book teaches readers simple words in Spanish as they experience the bustling life of a border town. Follow Little Lobo and his dog Bernabe as they deliver supplies to a variety of vendors, selling everything from sweets to sombreros, portraits to piñatas, carved masks to comic books!