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Abuela 
by Arthur Dorros, illustrated by Elisa Kleven
An innovative fantasy narrated by a Hispanic-American child who imagines she's rising into the air over the park and flying away with her loving, rosy-cheeked abuela (grandmother). 

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Butterfly Boy
by Virginia Kroll, illustrated by Gerardo Suzán
Illustrated story of a boy and his grandfather who love to watch the butterflies on the garage wall. 

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A Chair for my Mother / Un sillón para mi mamá 
by Vera B. Williams 
After a fire destroys their home and possessions, Rosa, her mother, and grandmother save and save until they can afford to buy one big, comfortable chair that all three of them can enjoy.

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Going Home
by Eve Bunting, illustrated by David Diaz
Christmas is coming and Carlos and his family are going home-driving south across the border to Mexico. But Mexico doesn't seem like home to Carlos, even though he and his sisters were born there. 

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Family Pictures / Cuadros de Familia
by Carmen Lomas Garza
An inspired celebration of American cultural diversity in English and Spanish. Lomas Garza presents a charming series of paintings while relating remembrances of her childhood in Kingsville, Texas, near the Mexican border.

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How Tia Lola Came to Stay/Cuando Tia Lola vino a quedarse
 by Julia Álvarez
When Miguel's Tía Lola comes from the Dominican Republic to Vermont to help out his Mami, who recently got divorced, Miguel is embarrassed by his unusual aunt: her beauty mark keeps changing places on her face, she drapes her lace mantilla across their windows, and she paints their house purple. 

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 In My Family / En mi familia
by Carmen Lomas Garza
Carmen Lomas Garza's continuing tribute to the family and community that shaped her childhood and her life. Lomas Garza's vibrant paintings and warm personal stories depict memories of growing up in the traditional Mexican-American community of her hometown of Kingsville, Texas. 

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Liliana's Grandmothers/ Las abuelas de Liliana
by Leyla Torres
Story of a young girl and her two grandmothers, one who lives in the United States and one who lives in South America. This story presents the common differences in North American and Latin American cultures through a figure that is very important to both. 

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My Diary from Here to There / Mi diario de aquí hasta allá
by Amada Irma Pérez, illustrated by Maya Christina González, translated by Consuelo Hernández
Touching bilingual story of a young girl's concerns as she and her family leave Mexico to live in Los Angeles. Amada learns that with her family’s love and a belief in herself, she can make any journey and triumph over any change — here, there, anywhere. 

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 Speak English for Us, Marisol!
by Karen English, illustrated by Enrique O. Sánchez
Marisol, who is bilingual, is sometimes overwhelmed when her Spanish-speaking family members and neighbors need her to translate for them.

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