These 7 Books By Latina Writers Are The Perfect Reads For Snuggling Up To Your Cafecito

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For the month of October, we’re bringing books that remind us of Fall, mental health and Latina power. Whether you’re looking for a book to read while you cozy up to your PSL or something to gift to your young primas and sobrinas for Halloween, here’s a look at 7 books you should totally read this coming month!

The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez

Cristina Henriquez weaves together a series of narratives to create one brilliant tale. When  15-year-old Maribel Rivera suffers a serious injury she and her family are forced to flee their comfortable life in Mexico to go to the United States where she can receive the proper care that she needs. While living in the U.S. Maribel falls for the son of her neighbors, a kindred spirit whose a bit rough on the edges. Of course, it doesn’t’ take long for the romance between these star-crossed lovers to have consequences on their own lives and those around them.

The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore

In this debut novel which became a finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, McLemore writes a captivating novel about two rival families who make their way as performers in traveling shows. The Corbeaus are tightrope walkers who perform in trees, the Corbeaus swim in mermaid exhibitions. Of course, true to the form of Shakespeare, this set up makes for the perfect converging of families, rivalries and love when the two family’s children fall in love.

The Sweet Life: Find Passion. Embrace Fear, and Create Success on Your Own Terms by Dulce Candy Ruiz

This book by beloved Youtube blogger Dulce Candy is just as much a memoir as it is a manifesto. The lovingly written book acts as an inspirational guide for Latinas hoping to achieve success in today’s world without compromising who they are.

Tía Isa Wants a Car by Meg Medina

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????Tía Isa Wants Car. "Un pisicorre…to take us to the beach." ???? Tía Isa Wants a Car. "Don't be riduculous!…You're not a rich queen! We walk everywhere we need here…"~ Tío Andrés ???? Tía Isa Wants a Car. "Not enough"~Car Salesman ???? Tía Isa Wants a Car. "Let's save."~Tía Isa's niece ???? Tía Isa Wants a car. "Bad radio. No air conditioning…"~Car Salesman ???? Tía Isa Wants a Car. "Ese mismo…this one will take us where we want to go."~Tía Isa ???? Tía Isa Wants a Car (2011) ✒Meg Medina ????Claudio Muñoz @candlewickpress ???? ????#diverseauthors #diverseillustrator ???? Tía Isa Wants a Car to take her whole family to the beach! Green as the ocean she listened to outside her bedroom window on her island as a girl! Nothing is going to stop Tía Isa from her dream! ???? Read more by Meg Medina: ????Mango, Abuela, and Me (2015) ???? ???? #booksforkids #childrensbooks #childrensliterature #kidsbooks #kidslit #kidlit #kidsbookstagram #picturebooks #diversebooks #multiculturalbooks #representationmatters #weneeddiversebooks #earlyliteracy #literacymatters #librarybook #readallthebooks #readingmatters #readtoyourkids #readforfun #readtolearn #megmedina #claudiomunoz #tiaisawantsacar #candlewickpress #day29luluslegacy

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Meg Medina crafts a story about Tia Isa and her niece. Tia Isa is a young immigrant working in a bakery who tells her niece tales of their home country and her plans to save money that would allow her to buy a green car that would allow her to bring her niece to the beach.

Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music by Margarita Engle

After becoming inspired by tales of Millo Castro Zaldarriaga’s childhood, Engle wrote a similar narrative one of an Afro-Cuban Chinese girl who broke Cuba’s widespread ban on female drummers. This children’s book is loaded with Latina power and an important gift giving for all of the little Latinas in your life.

The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano

Latina-American icon Sonia Manzano of “Sesame Street” pens a gripping retelling of her own life living in New York’s El Barrio in 1969. The book follows Manzano has she witnesses the activism of the Puerto Rican group the Young Lords and uncovers truths about her Latinx heritage.

Shame the Stars by Guadalupe Garcia McCall

In famed writer Guadalupe Garcia McCall’s 2016 novel, the writer reimagines Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and takes it to a Texas setting during the time of the explosive Mexican revolution. Two lovers from opposite corners of Mexico, Joaquin del Toro and Dulcena, fall in love with each other as trouble bubbles along the US-Mexico border.


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