5 picture books to help young readers celebrate Día de los Muertos

Día de los Muertos, a holiday with Mexican roots, is a time for family and friends to honor deceased loved ones. The Day of the Dead is usually celebrated on the 1st and 2nd of November. These five picture books celebrate the day and will help kids feel festive.

Día de los Muertos, a holiday with Mexican roots, is a time for family and friends to honor deceased loved ones. The Day of the Dead is usually celebrated on the 1st and 2nd of November. These five picture books celebrate the day and will help kids feel festive.

La Divina Katrina / Oh, Divina Katrina by Araceli de Alvarado. delusion. by Claudia Navarro. pinata; ISBN 9781558859104.
K-Gr 2Caterina by José Guadalupe Posada by artist and illustrator José Guadalupe Posada takes center stage in this beautiful bilingual picture book on Dia de los Muertos. Calavera Catrina is getting ready for the Day of the Dead celebrations and is looking for clothes to wear. After trying a smeared dress, a skirt that might be a curtain, shoes that fit some tight, and many other outfits that didn’t fit perfectly, Katrina finally found a dazzling wine-colored dress that went perfectly with several unique pieces of jewelry and a pretty hat covered in cempaschil flowers. Katrina lights the ball as she walks through the room.

where? / ¿Dónde está? May Overinda by Mariana Galvez. delusion. by Mariana Galvez. Lil Liberos. ISBN 9781948066372. BL.
baby– Amelia is collecting things for her family, the altar they will collect to honor loved ones who have died, and she needs help. Readers are able to jump right in and help Amelia find the special items she’s looking for. Finally, since all the special items are being collected, Amelia’s ofrenda for Día de los Muertos is ready. An excellent interactive and informative board book on Día de los Muertos that is sure to lead to many re-reads and to further exploration in this special time.

Skeletina y el Entremundo by Susie Jaramillo. delusion. by Susie Jaramillo. Roaring Brook. ISBN 9781250851055. SP.
PreS-Gr 2– Skeletina lives in the entremundo, the world “in between”, where ghosts who have unfinished business reside. With unique characters, an interesting premise, and a welcoming hero, readers will want to revisit entremundo again. Highly recommended for Spanish comic book collections as part of the Día de los Muertos, Halloween or all year round shows.

Little monster, what Pan Dulce do you want? / ¿Monstruito, qué pan dulce quieres? Lil Liberos. ISBN 9781948066334. BL.
baby– A group of unique and adorable little monsters are gathered together as kalakas who serve them delicious sweet bread. The little monsters have been revealed as little kids just completing their Halloween celebrations. With the arrival of Día de los Muertos now, sweet bread in their mind is the special pan de muerto dish enjoyed during this time. An excellent addition to bilingual board book collections, and a perfect choice for Halloween and Día de los Muertos.

Día de los Muertos by Rosie Pajaro. delusion. by Gaby Zermeño. hut door. ISBN 9781646386413.
baby– Día de los Muertos is here in this colorful on the counting board book for the youngest readers. Each spread includes a special scene depicting the festivities: a number of special photographs, a market selling marigolds and sugar skulls, and characters enjoying music and dancing. Starting at 10, readers count down each of the selected items in the different spreads.

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