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Abuela
by Arthur Dorros
Available in Spanish. Rosalba takes a journey of the imagination flying over New York City with her grandmother. 

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Any Small Goodness: A Novel of the Barrio
by Tony Johnston
A glimpse into the life of a Mexican American boy and his family in East Los Angeles narrated by the main character Antonio.  The short stories or anecdotes capture the good, bad, funny and sometimes sad things that can happen in the barrio. 

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The Bakery Lady / La señora de la panadería
by Pat Mora
Bilingual. Mónica describes the sites, smells, and customers of her grandparent’s bakery, a special place in the neighborhood. 

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Barrio: José’s Neighborhood
by George Ancona
Available in English and Spanish. Through photographs and text the book takes readers on a tour of Jose’s neighborhood in San Francisco visiting special places and highlighting holidays and special occasions. (A 1999 ALA Pura Belpre honor book and 1998 Americas Award recipient) 

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Murals: Walls That Sing
by George Ancona
A photograph showcase of murals in various Latino neighborhoods and communities.  (An Americas Award commended book) 

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Mama Provi and the Pot of Rice
by Sylvia Rosa-Casanova
When her granddaughter Lucy is sick, Mama Provi makes a big pot of arroz con pollo for her and sets off on the journey from her first-floor apartment to Lucy's eighth-floor home in the same building. On each floor, Mama Provi trades a bit of her rice with a different neighbor, receiving a new type of food each time.  (A Reading Rainbow Book) 

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Neighborhood Odes
by Gary Soto
A poetry collection that pays tribute to the Latino neighborhood in Fresno, California where Soto grew up. His poems describe characteristics of daily life. 

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No Dogs Allowed
by Sonia Manzano
Iris, her family, and the neighbors take a trip outside the city to the lake and run into problems that require creative thinking and teamwork. (Sonia Manzano is best known as Maria from Sesame Street). 

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Xochitl and the Flowers/Xochitl, la niña de las flores
by Jorge Argueta
Bilingual. After moving from El Salvador to the United States, Xochitl and her family must adjust to difficult situations.  With the help of neighbors, the family is made to feel at home.  (An Americas Award commended book)

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