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This is the amazing true story of four undocumented teens in West Phoenix who, in 2004, beat all the odds and won the NASA-sponsored Marine Advanced Technology Education Robotics Competition. Using spare car parts, they created a functional underwater robot, and beat out MIT students to win first prize. This is an uplifting story about four very impressive teens that will inspire any high school kid struggling to believe they can do whatever they want.  —Flannery

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Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9780374534981
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Published: Fsg Originals - December 2nd, 2014

Los Inventores (Spare Parts): Cuatro Adolescentes Inmigrantes, Un Robot y La Batalla Por El Sueno Americano Cover Image
By Joshua Davis, Enrique Mercado (Translator)
$14.00
ISBN: 9780374284503
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Published: Fsg Originals - April 21st, 2015

This book is a classic. A collection of short stories by the poet Gary Soto, it shows how small daily events in our lives can have a much larger meaning. Based on his own experiences as a child in the Central Valley, this is a quiet, insightful book that tells the stories of eleven Latino children growing up in Fresno. It’s a lovely book that any child can relate to.  —Flannery

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Baseball in April and Other Stories Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780152025670
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Published: Harcourt Paperbacks - April 2000

If you want to teach your children about Hispanic heroes beyond Cesar Chavez, this is the book for your family. Highlighting women and men who have helped shape our nation—from Sonia Sotomayor to Roberto Clemente—and filled with quotes and facts, this great book shows a wide range of people in a wide variety of fields who have helped make change happen.  —Flannery

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Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes Cover Image
By Juan Felipe Herrera, Raul Colon (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780803738096
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Published: Dial Books - August 7th, 2014

We all know about Jim Crow segregation in the South, but in California segregation existed as well, separating Mexicans and other Latinos from whites. Sylvia Mendez was a young girl who didn’t understand why she couldn’t attend the white school. Her family couldn’t get a satisfactory answer as to why they were being separated, so they sued, and won, ending segregation in California seven years before Brown v. Board of Education would desegregate the South. Duncan Tonatiuh’s book, written after he interviewed Sylvia, tells their story and includes Tonatiuh’s unique illustrations.  —Flannery

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Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family's Fight for Desegregation Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781419710544
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - May 6th, 2014

Yuyi Morales is the wonderful artist who painted the vibrant illustrations in Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez, by Kathleen Krull—a great book that also garnered Morales a Pura Belpré Award. I wanted to highlight Viva Frida because Kahlo was such an amazing painter, and this book honors her so well. The illustrations are unique—incorporating various types of mixed media from dolls to paintings to felted animals—and the bilingual story is simple and perfect for early readers.  —Flannery

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Viva Frida Cover Image
By Yuyi Morales, Tim O'Meara (Photographer)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781596436039
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - September 2nd, 2014

This bilingual alphabet book is filled with rich, warm illustrations. It takes you from the fields and orchards into the lives of the people who work them. Each letter from the Spanish alphabet has a short poem written around the word, and between the lovely poems and illustrations, it celebrates the people who work the land. I love it.  —Flannery

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Gathering the Sun: An Alphabet in Spanish and English Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780688170677
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Published: Rayo - October 9th, 2001

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Gathering the Sun: An Alphabet in Spanish and English Cover Image
By Alma Flor Ada, Simon Silva (Illustrator), Alma Flor Ada (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780688139032
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Published: Rayo - April 28th, 1997

My second and third grade teacher used to sing us song from this book, so it retains a very special place in my heart. Filled with folks songs perfect for singing with children, this book has both the Spanish and English translations of the songs, and even has the sheet music! I love this book, and it’s perfect for anyone who loves to sing (even if they’re as bad at it as I am).  —Flannery

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de Colores and Other Latin American Folksongs for Children Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780140565485
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Published: Puffin Books - August 1999

An unseen (at first) narrator tells the story in The Bear Ate Your Sandwich, and he has a whole lot to say: “By now you probably know what happened to your sandwich. But you may not know how it happened.” This humor-packed romp set in San Francisco builds and builds to a hilarious (and tricky) conclusion, while the vivid acrylic art is a feast for the eyes. (The endpapers decorated with delicious treats literally make me salivate.) Thoroughly kid friendly and just right for the Mo Willems crowd.  —Tera

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The Bear Ate Your Sandwich Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780375858604
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - January 6th, 2015

Stanley is a very focused beagle with a knack for keeping his family up all night. “It’s only Stanley,” Walter said. “He’s howling at the moon.” That is the most normal thing Stanley will do that night. He goes on to fix the oil tank, make catfish stew, and eventually build a rocket to the moon. (The house is, unfortunately, the rocket.) With funny, deadpan commentary by Walter (the dad), and verse that makes you regain your childhood love for rhyme, It’s Only Stanley will charm child and adult alike.  —Tera

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It's Only Stanley Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780803739079
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Published: Dial Books - March 17th, 2015

Wolfie, a baby, showed up on Dot’s family’s doorstep a little while ago. “He’s adorable!” Dot’s parents gasp, looking at his long snout and pointy ears. They bring him right in and dote on him. “He’s going to eat us all up,” Dot, an only child in the bunny family, points out. And then Wolfie grows, and grows, and grows. Is there room in Dot’s heart for a strange younger brother? A wonderfully goofy story of an unlikely family, made all the more enjoyable by Wolfie’s pink onesie and the stylish, tongue-in-cheek art.  —Tera

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By Ame Dyckman, Zachariah Ohora (Illustrator)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780316226141
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - February 17th, 2015

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