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LATIN AMERICA BIBLIOGRAPHY

The library is a great place to learn about Latin America. Here are some of the topics you can explore though books and other library materials:

  • Ancient cultures, like the Aztec, Inca and Maya
  • Contemporary countries (Don't forget to look for videos!)
  • Current events in Latin America
    (Use EBSCO Middlesearch - an online periodical index for children - to find articles, and visit the Young Adult Division to find current newspaper clippings.)
  • Folktales
  • Holidays, such as Carnival and the Day of the Dead
  • Songs and music (books and recordings)
  • Cookbooks featuring Latin American cuisine
  • Poetry and fiction by Latin American authors or set in Latin America
  • Latin American artists, like Diego Rivera or Frida Kahlo
  • Traditional crafts such as weaving, embroidery, and jewelry making
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BIBLIOGRAPHY

ANCIENT CULTURES
  Aztec
  Inca
  Maya

COUNTRIES
  Ecuador
  Guatemala
  Mexico
  Bolivia
  Brazil
  Chile
  Cuba
  Peru
  Argentina
  Panama
  Venezuela

 

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POEMS AND SONGS

HOLIDAYS

COOKBOOKS

ARTS AND CRAFTS

ANIMALS

ARCHAEOLOGY

FICTION

REFERENCE


ANCIENT CULTURES

Aztec
Burrell, Roy. Life in the Time of Moctezuma and the Aztecs. Austin, Texas: Raintree Steck-Vaughn Publishers. 1993.

Dineen, Jacqueline. Worlds of the Past: The Aztecs. New York: New Discovery Books. 1992.

Fellows, Muriel H. Ancient Aztecs. Philadelphia: Franklin Publishing Company. 1974.

Helly, Mathilde and Courgeon, Remi. Montezuma and the Aztecs. New York: Henry Holt and Company. 1996.

Hicks, Peter. The Aztecs. New York: Thomas Learning. 1993.

Sherrow, Victoria . The Aztec Indians. New York: Chelsea House Publishers. 1993.

Thomson, Ruth. Craft Topics: Aztecs: Facts, Things to Make, Activities. New York: Franklin Watts. 1992.

Warburton, Lois. Aztec Civilization. San Diego: Lucent Books. 1995.

Wood, Tim. See Through History: The Aztecs. New York: Viking. 1992.

Inca
Lewis, Brenda Ralph. Growing Up in Inca Times. London: Batsford Academic and Educational Limited. 1981. top

Pitkanen, Matti A. The Grandchildren of the Incas. Minneapolis:Carolrhoda Books, Inc. 1991.

Steele, Philip. Hidden Worlds: The Incas and Machu Picchu. New York: Dillon Press. 1993.

Maya
Ashabranner, Brent. Children of the Maya. New York: Dodd, Mead & Company. 1986. top

Baquedano, Elizabeth. Eyewitness Books: Aztec, Inca & Maya. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1993.

Bendick, Jeanne. Tombs of the Ancient Americas. New York: Franklin Watts. 1993.

Coe, Michael. The Maya. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1984.

Meyer, Carolyn and Gallenkamp, Charles. The Mystery of the Ancient Maya. New York: Margaret K. McElderry Books. 1995.

Odijk, Pamela. The Ancient World: The Mayas. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Silver Burdett Press. 1990.

Trout, Lawana Hooper. The Maya. New York: Chelsea House Press. 1991.

Whitlock, Ralph. Everyday Life of the Maya. United States: B.T. Batsford. 1976.



COUNTRIES

Ecuador
Beirne, Barbara. Children of the Ecuadorean Highlands. Minneapolis: Carolrhoda Books, Inc. 1996. top

Visual Geography Series. Ecuador ... in Pictures. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications Company. 1994.

Guatemala
Brill, Marlene Targ and Targ, Harry R. Enchantment of the World: Guatemala. Chicago: Childrens Press. 1994.

Cummins, Ronnie. Children of the World: Guatemala. London: Gareth Stevens Children's Books. 1990.

Lantier-Sampon, Patricia. My Home Country: Guatemala is My Home. Milwaukee: Gareth Stevens Publishing. 1993.

Malone, Michael. A Guatemalan Family. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications Company. 1996.

Mexico
Arnold, Caroline. City of the Gods: Mexico's Ancient City of Teotihuacan. New York: Clarion Books. 1994.

Casagrande, Louis B. & Johnson, Sylvia A. Focus On Mexico: Modern Life in an Ancient Land. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications Company. 1993. top

Catalano, Julie. The Mexican Americans. New York: Chelsea House Publishers. 1996.

Flint, David. On the Map: Mexico. Austin, Texas: Raintree Steck-Vaughn. 1994.

Haskins, Jim. Count Your Way Through Mexico. Minneapolis: Carolrhoda Books, Inc. 1989.

Hoobler, Dorothy and Thomas. The Mexican American Family Album. New York: Oxford University Press. 1994.

Martinez, Elizabeth Coonrod. Coming to America: The Mexican-American Experience. Brookfield, Connecticut: Millbrook Press. 1995.

Moran, Tom. A Family in Mexico. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications Company. 1987.

Pinchot, Jane. The Mexicans in America. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications Company. 1988.

Staub, Frank. The Children of the Sierra Madre. Minneapolis: Carolrhoda Books, Inc. 1996.

Staub, Frank. Children of the Yucatan. Minneapolis: Carolrhoda Books, Inc. 1996.

Bolivia
Hermes, Jules. The Children of Bolivia. Minneapolis: Carolrhoda Books, Inc. 1996. top Visual Geography Series. Bolivia ... in Pictures. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications Company. 1993.

Brazil
Morrison, Marion. Country Fact Files: Brazil. Austin, Texas: Raintree Steck-Vaughn. 1994.

Morrison, Marion. People & Places: Brazil. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Silver Burdett Press. 1988.

Visual Geography Series. Brazil ... in Pictures. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications Company. 1994. top

Chile
Haverstock, Nathan A. Chile ... in Pictures. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications Company. 1994.

St. John, Jetty. A Family in Chile. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications Company. 1986.

Cuba
Crouch, Clifford W. Places and Peoples of the World:Cuba. New York: Chelsea House Publishers. 1991.

Gernand, Renee. The Cuban Americans. New York: Chelsea House Publishers. 1988.

Grenquist, Barbara. Recent American Immigrants: Cubans. New York: Franklin Watts. 1991.

Hoobler, Dorothy and Thomas. The Cuban American Family Album. New York: Oxford University Press. 1996.

Mendez, Adriana. Cubans in America. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications Company. 1994.

Sheehan, Sean. Cultures of the World: Cuba. New York: Marshall Cavendish. 1997.

Staub, Frank. Children of Cuba. Minneapolis: Carolrhoda Books, Inc. 1996.
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Peru
Falconer, Kieran. Cultures of the World: Peru. New York: Marshall Cavendish. 1995.

Lepthien, Emilie U. Enchantment of the World: Peru. Chicago: Childrens Press. 1992.

Mangurian, David. Children of the Incas. New York: Four Winds Press. 1979.

Visual Geography Series. Peru...in Pictures. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications Company. 1994.

Argentina
Brusca, Maria Cristina. My Mama's Little Ranch on the Pampas. New York: Henry Holt and Company. 1994.

Gofen, Ethel Caro. Cultures of the World: Argentina. New York: Marshall Cavendish. 1992. top

Hintz, Martin. Enchantment of the World: Argentina. Chicago: Childrens Press. 1985.

Panama
Parker, Nancy Wilson. Locks, Crocs, & Skeeters: The Story of the Panama Canal. New York: Greenwillow Books. 1996.

Venezuela
Visual Geography Series. Venezuela...in Pictures. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications Company. 1993.



FOLKTALES
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Bierhorst, John. The Hungry Woman: Myths and Legends of the Aztecs. New York: William Morrow. 1984.

Brusca, Maria Cristina and Wilson, Tona. Pedro Fools the Gringo and Other Tales of a Latin American Trickster. New York: Henry Holt and Company. 1995.

Delacre, Lulu. Golden Tales: Myths, Legends, and Folktales from Latin America. New York: Scholastic Press. 1996.

Ehlert, Lois. Moon Rope/ Un lazo a la luna. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Publishers. 1992.

Gerson, Mary-Joan. People of Corn: A Mayan Story. Boston: Little, Brown and Company. 1995.

Gonzalez, Lucia M. The Bossy Gallito: A Traditional Cuban Folktale. New York: Scholastic Press. 1994.

Patent, Dorothy Hinshaw. Quetzal: Sacred Bird of the Cloud Forest. New York: Morrow Junior Books. 1996.

Rohmer, Harriet and Wilson, Dorminster. Mother Scorpion Country: A Legend from the Miskito Indians of Nicaragua. San Francisco: Childrens Book Press. 1987.

Van Laan, Nancy. The Legend of El Dorado. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1991.

Vidal, Beatriz. The Legend of El Dorado: A Latin American Tale. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1991.

Volkmer, Jane Anne. Song of the Chirimia: A Guatemalan Folktale. Minneapolis: Carolrhoda Books, Inc. 1990.



POEMS AND SONGS
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Carlson, Lori M., ed. Barrio Streets. Carnival Dreams. New York: Henry Holt and Company. 1996.

Carlson, Lori M., ed. Cool Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Growing Up Latino in the United States. New York: Fawcett Juniper Books. 1994.

Delacre, Lulu. Arroz con Leche: Popular Songs and Rhymes from Latin America. New York: Scholastic. 1989.

Pomerantz, Charlotte. The Tamarindo Puppy and Other Poems. New York: Mulberry Books. 1980.

Sullivan, Charles. Here Is My Kingdom: Hispanic-American Literature and Art for Young People. New York: Harry N. Abrams. 1994.



HOLIDAYS
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Ancona, George. Fiesta Fireworks. New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books. 1998.

Ancona, George. Fiesta U.S.A. (Edicion en Espanol). New York: Lodestar Books. 1995.

Ancona, George. Pablo Remembers: The Fiesta of the Day of the Dead. New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books. 1993.

Berg, Elizabeth. Festivals of the World: Mexico. Milwaukee: Gareth Stevens Publishing. 1997.

Brill, Marlene Targ. Journey for Peace: The Story of Rigoberta Menchu. New York: Dutton. 1996.

Dorros, Arthur. Tonight is Carnaval. New York: Dutton Children's Books. 1991.

Herrera, Juan Felipe. Calling the Doves. San Francisco: Childrens Press. 1995.

Hoyt-Goldsmith, Diane. Day of the Dead: A Mexican-American Celebration. New York: Holiday House. 1994.

Lankford, Mary D. Quinceanera: A Latina's Journey to Womanhood. Brookfield, CT.: Millbrook Press. 1994.

Lasky, Kathryn. Days of the Dead. New York: Hyperion Books for Children. 1994.

Papi, Liza. Carnavalia! African-Brazilian Folklore and Crafts. New York: Rizzoli. 1994.

Silverthorne, Elizabeth. Fiesta! Mexico's Great Celebrations. Brookfield, CT: The Millbrook Press. 1992.

Sinnott, Susan. Extraordinary Hispanic Americans. Chicago: Childrens Press. 1991.

Turner, Robyn Montana. Frida Kahlo. Boston: Little, Brown and Company. 1993.

Winter, Jeanette. Diego. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1991.



COOKBOOKS
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Johnson, Sylvia A. Tomatoes, Potatoes, Corn and Beans. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 1997.

McKenley, Yvonne. A Taste of the Caribbean. New York: Thomson Learning. 1995.

Parnell, Helga. Cooking the South American Way. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications Company. 1991.



ARTS AND CRAFTS
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Ancona, George. Earth Daughter: Alicia of Acoma Pueblo. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 1995.

Bingham, Caroline and Foster, Karen, ed. Crafts for Celebration. Brookfield, CT.: Millbrook Press. 1993.

Doney, Meryl. World Crafts: Masks. New York: Franklin Watts. 1995.

Enciso, Jorge. Designs From Pre-Columbian Mexico. New York: Dover Publications, Inc. 1971.

Lucie-Smith, Edward. Latin American Art of the 20th Century. New York: Thames and Hudson. 1993.

Oettinger, Marion Jr. The Folk Art of Latin America. New York: Dutton Studio Books. 1992.

Presilla, Maricel E. and Soto, Gloria. Life Around the Lake: Embroideries by the Women of Lake Patzcuaro. New York: Henry Holt and Company. 1996.

Tythacott, Louise. Traditions Around the World: Jewelry. New York: Thomson Learning. 1995.

Wolf, Bernard. The Little Weaver of Agato. New York: Cowles Book Company, Inc. 1969.

Wolf, Bernard. Beneath the Stone: A Mexican Zapotec Tale. New York: Orchard Books. 1994.



ANIMALS
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Bartlett, R.D. and Patricia P. Iguanas: A Complete Pet Owner's Manual. Hauppage: Barron's. 1995.

Evans, Mark. ASPCA Pet Care Guides for Kids: Guinea Pigs. New York: DK Publishers. 1992.

Pope, Joyce. Taking Care of Your Guinea Pig. New York: Franklin Watts. 1986.



ARCHAEOLOGY
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Cork, Barbara and Reid, Struan. The Young Scientist Book of Archaeology. London: Usborne Publishing Ltd. 1984.

Maloney, Norah. The Young Oxford Book of Archaeology. New York: Oxford University Press. 1997

Pickering, Robert B. I Can Be an Archaeologist. Chicago: Children's Press. 1987.



FICTION
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Buss, Fran Leeper. Journey of the Sparrows. New York: Lodestar Books. 1991.

Carlson, Lori M., ed. Where Angels Glide at Dawn: New Stories from Latin America. New York: J.P. Lippincott. 1990.

Covington, Dennis. Lasso the Moon. New York: Delacorte Press. 1995.

Diaz, Junot. Drown. New York: Riverhead Books. 1996.

Jenkins, Lyll Becerra de. So Loud A Silence. New York: Lodestar Books. 1996.

Merino, Jose Maria. Beyond the Ancient Cities. New York: Farrar, Strauss & Giroux. 1994.

Mohr, Nicholasa. Going Home. New York: Dell. 1986.

Paulsen, Gary. The Crossing. New York: Dell. 1987.

Soto, Gary. Baseball in April and Other Stories. New York: Harcourt Brace & Company. 1990.

Soto, Gary. Jesse. New York: Scholastic Books. 1994.

Soto, Gary. Local News. New York: Scholastic Books. 1993.

Talbert, Marc. Heart of a Jaguar. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 1995.

Temple, Frances. Grab Hands and Run. New York: HarperCollins. 1993.



REFERENCE
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Collier, Simon et al., ed. The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Latin America and the Caribbean. New York: Cambridge University Press. 1992.



Kanellos, Nicolas. The Hispanic Almanac: From Columbus to Corporate America. Detroit: Visible Ink. 1994.

Moss, Joyce and Wilson, George. Peoples of the World: Latin America. Detroit: Gale Research, Inc. 1989.

Tenenbaum, Barbara A., ed. Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture. New York: Macmillan. 1996.

Wilkes, Angela. Spanish Picture Dictionary. Lincolnwood, Illinois: Passport Books. 1994.


LATIN AMERICA WEB LINKS


Latin America Links
The Latin American Network Information Center
A great general resource on all things Latin American

Ancient Mesoamerican Civilizations
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Virtual Palenque: A Virtual Tour of Ancient Maya Ruins.
You'll love this virtual reality tour of the ancient temple site at Palenque, Mexico!

Rabbit in the Moon
This site is filled with stories and games about the practices and beliefs of the ancient Maya. Be sure to write your name in Mayan glyphs and make your own stela!

Archaeological Analysis: Pieces of the Past
This is a quick introduction to archaeology from the Royal Ontario Museum.

Maya Adventure Mayan images and games from the Science Museum of Minnesota.

Archaeology of Teotihuacan Mexico
At this site from Arizona State University, you'll find photos and movies of the ancient site of Teotihuacan, including The Avenue of the Dead, The Moon Pyramid, The Sun Pyramid, and The Ciudadela.

Mesoamerican Photo Archives
This site has full-color photographs of archaeological sites and museums from all over Mexico, complete with detailed captions.

Mayan Ruins
Created by B. McKenzie, this site has a clickable map of ruins in the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico, which leads to very detailed photos.

Links to Other Links
Doorways to Other Resources 

Mesoamerican Photo-Links

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