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Apple Farmer Annie / Ana Cultiva Manzanas (In English or in Spanish.)
by Monica Wellington, translated by Eida Del Risco
 
Ana grows and sells apples, and she makes cider and applesauce and muffins. A glossary helps kids learn the names of Ana's delicious ingredients in both languages.

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Bakery Lady / La señora de la panadería (In English or in Spanish.) by Pat Mora, illustrated by Pablo Torrecilla, translated by Gabriela Baeza Ventura
Monica, who wants to be a baker like her grandmother, finds the doll hidden in the bread on the feast for the Three Kings and thus gets to bake cookies for the next fiesta. 

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Bread and Jam for Frances / Pan y mermelada para Francisca (In English or in Spanish.)
by Russell Hoban, illustrated by Lillian Hoban, translated by Tomás González

Frances, the badger, is a fussy eater who only wants to eat bread with jam for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Chato y Su Cena (In Spanish.)
by Gary Soto, illustrated by Susan Guevara, translated by Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy

To get the "ratoncitos," little mice, who have moved into the barrio to come to his house, Chato the cat prepares all kinds of good food: fajitas, frijoles, salsa, enchiladas, and more.

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The Day It Snowed Tortillas / El día que nevaron tortillas (Bilingual)
by Joe Hayes, illustrated by Antonio Castro

A collection of classic tales from New Mexico, including "Pedro and Diablo," "La Hormiguita," "La Llorona," and "Juan Camisâon," in both Spanish and English. 

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How Nanita Learned to Make Flan (In English.)
by Campbell Geeslin, illustrated by Petra Mathers

Tale of a young girl who makes magic shoes for herself since her cobbler father is too busy to make her any shoes and the adventures the shoes bring to her.

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If You Give a Mouse a Cookie/ Si le das una galletita a un ratón  (In English or in Spanish.)
by Laura Joffe Numeroff, illustrated by Felicia Bond

The reader is taken through a child's day through a mouse's seemingly unending requests and activities when he is offered a cookie. 

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Jalapeño Bagels (In English.)
by Natasha Wing, illustrated by Robert Casilla
Story of a young boy who brings something to school that reflects the backgrounds of his mother and father.

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James and the Giant Peach / James y el Melocotón Gigante  (In English or in Spanish.)
by Roald Dahl, illustrated by Quentin Blake, translated by Leopoldo Rodríguez
When magic touches an old peachtree, strange things start happening. A giant peach grows as large as a house, and when James crawls inside, the adventure begins.

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The Little Red Hen and the Ear of Wheat / La gallinita roja y la espiga de trigo  (In English or in Spanish.)
by Mary Finch, illustrated by Elisabeth Bell, translated by Esther Sarfatti

Traditional story of the little red hen who bakes a loaf of bread and whose friends want to share in eating but not in helping.

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Magda's Tortillas / Las tortillas de Magda  (Bilingual)
by Becky Chavarría-Chairez
 
On Magda’s seventh birthday, her abuela teaches her how to make tortillas. Magda tries hard, but she can’t get her tortillas to come out in nice, round shapes like her grandmother’s. Instead, hers are shaped like bananas, hearts, and moons. Magda is frustrated until she finds that her family loves her unique tortillas.

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Mice and Beans / Arroz con frijoles y unos amables ratones
(In English or in Spanish.)
by Pam Muñoz Ryan, Joe Cepeda
Rosa Maria is planning for her youngest grandchild's birthday party, but strangely, important things ­ like her wooden spoons, her big bolsa for grocery shopping, and even her mousetraps ­ keep disappearing. Readers will delight in uncovering the clues as to where her things are going!

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The Popcorn Book / El libro de las palomitas de maíz (In English or in Spanish.)
by Tomie de Paola
 
A book is full of historical facts about popcorn, including an explanation for why popcorn pops.

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Stone Soup/ Sopa de piedras (In English or in Spanish.)
by Marcia Brown, translated by Teresa Mlawer
This old French tale tells the story of three weary soldiers on their way home from war. While passing through a town, the hungry men ask for something to eat. When the selfish villagers hide all their food, the soldiers find a clever way to get a meal.

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Too Many Tamales (In English.)
by Gary Soto, illustrated by Ed Martínez

Maria tries on her mother's wedding ring while helping make tamales for a Christmas family get-together. Panic ensues when hours later, she realizes the ring is missing.

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The Tortilla Factory / La tortillería  (In English or in Spanish.) by Gary Paulsen
In a lyrical tribute to the Mexican farm worker, award-winning author Gary Paulsen pays homage to a cycle of life--from seed to plant to tortilla. With Ruth Wright Paulsen's expressive paintings, the story brings forth the poetry and beauty of a simple way of life.

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