Mexico and the United States share a nearly 2,000-mile long border. They also share a rich history of cultural, artistic, and linguistic exchange—from food to music to literature. Your kids may already be familiar with some aspects of Mexico’s vibrant culture and traditions. But when it comes to Mexico for kids, there’s nothing like a beautiful picture book to inspire their imagination and fascination.
From a little girl who wants to be a superhero to a family of skeletons celebrating el Día de los Muertos, here are three of the best books about Mexico for kids.
Lucía the Luchadora by Cynthia Leonor Garza and Alyssa Bermudez
Written by Cynthia Leonor Garza and featuring the whimsical illustrations of Alyssa Bermudez, Lucía the Luchadora tells the big tale of a little girl named Lucía. Lucía longs to be a superhero and dances around the playground in her cape only to be told that “Girls can’t be superheroes.” Discouraged, she speaks with her abuela who reveals a very special family secret to her.
The women in Lucía’s family have long participated in Mexican wrestling or the lucha libre tradition! With this knowledge, Lucía makes up her mind to stay courageous and fight injustice like her grandmother and great-grandmother before her. She puts on a flashy new cape and takes to the playground inspired by the women in her family.
The Dead Family Díaz by P.J. Bracegirdle and Poly Bernatene
The Dead Family Díaz written by P.J. Bracegirdle and illustrated by Poly Bernatene turns everything you’ve ever thought about el Día de los Muertos on its head. The story explores the famous Mexican festival from the viewpoint of the dead rather than the living.
Angelito, a little skeleton boy, is terrified to visit the land of the living. He doesn’t want to see squishy human beings with their bulging eyes. When he realizes that his new friend happens to be a living, breathing little boy, Angelito flees in terror. But he soon realizes that despite their physical differences, the two little boys share much in common. The colorful traditions of the festival soon bring them happily back together.
Off We Go to Mexico by Laurie Krebs and Christopher Corr
If your kids have ever wondered what it would be like to visit Mexico, then they’ll love this book featuring the gorgeous illustrations of Christopher Corr. From watching Monarch butterflies and grey whales to swimming in turquoise seas, Off We Go to Mexico brings this stunning family adventure destination to life for kids.
What’s more, it introduces children to useful Spanish words and phrases. It teaches them about local geography and wildlife, and it instills a deep appreciation in Mexican culture for kids. From colorful art to rhyming prose, your kids will adore this festive look at Mexico’s landscapes and culture.
Mexico for Kids
These books about Mexico introduce kids to the nation’s vibrant culture, combining captivating imagery with poetic prose. Each story makes teaching kids about Mexico a compelling journey you’ll love, too.
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