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Let's be Friends = Seamon Amigos
Let's be Friends = Seamon Amigos
by René Colato Laínez; illustrated by Nomar Perez

Two boys, an English speaker and a Spanish speaker, paint together and learn about colors at school.

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May your Life be Deliciosa
May your Life be Deliciosa
by Michael Genhart; Loris Lora

Each year on Christmas Eve, Rosie's abuela teaches her not only how to make a delicious tamale, but how to make a delicious life--one filled with love, plenty of spice, and family.

Tía Fortuna's New Home
Tía Fortuna's New Home
by Ruth Behar; illustrated by Devon Holzwarth

Estrella learns about her Cuban and Jewish heritage as she helps her aunt move from her Miami apartment to an assisted living community.

Sofía Acosta Makes a Scene
Sofía Acosta Makes a Scene
by Emma Otheguy

Sofía Acosta, a fifth grader trying to fit into her ballet-obsessed Cuban American family and her affluent suburban New York community, learns to speak up for herself and others when she mistakenly reveals a visiting dancer's plan to defect to the United

Falling Short
Falling Short
by Ernesto Cisneros

Two best friends, one athletically gifted and one academically gifted, have more in common than they realize when their goals intersect, forcing them to find a way to support each other so they don’t fall short.

Fancy Pants
Fancy Pants
by Dawn Quigley; illustrated by Tara Audibert

Jo Jo knows how to do a lot of things, like how to jump rope, and how to hide her peas in her milk. But there's one thing she doesn't know how to do: be fancy. She has a lot to learn before her Aunt Annie's wedding! Jo Jo starts exploring her Ojibwe commu

Healer of the Water Monster
Healer of the Water Monster
by Brian Young

Brian Young’s debut novel, inspired by Navajo beliefs, features a seemingly ordinary boy who must save the life of a Water Monster—and help his uncle suffering from addiction—by discovering his own bravery and boundless love.

Deb Haaland: First Native American Cabinet Secretary
Deb Haaland: First Native American Cabinet Secretary
by Jill Doerfler & Matthew J. Martinez

In 2021, Deb Haaland made history as the first Indigenous cabinet secretary. Serving as Secretary of the Interior, Haaland has championed climate and the rights of Native peoples. Discover Haaland's early life, her political career, and more.

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Tumble
Tumble
by Celia C. Pérez

Before she decides whether to accept her stepfather's proposal of adoption, twelve-year-old Adela Ramírez reaches out to her estranged biological father--who is in the midst of a career comeback as a luchador--and the eccentric extended family of wrestler

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Coquí in the City
Coquí in the City
by Nomar Perez

When Miguel and his parents move from Puerto Rico to the U.S. mainland, Miguel misses their home, his grandparents, and his pet frog, Coquí, but he soon realizes that New York City has more in common with back home than he originally thought.