(PRE-ORDER) 'Lil Dominican Readers: Kid's Literary Box
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Dominican Writers Association and oneKIN have partnered to share the rich stories and diverse voices of traditionally-published and indie Dominican-American authors from across the world.
PLEASE READ: Giftboxes are not customizable, but you can add messages and special notes (ie. already owned books) at checkout. Boxes will include a random selection of FOUR BOOKS from the curated list below for each targeted age group. Will ship within 2 weeks or sooner.
Book Selections Include:
- New! Growing Up Pedro: How the Martinez Brothers Made It from the Dominican Republic All the Way to the Major Leagues by Matt Tavares - Before Pedro Martínez pitched the Red Sox to a World Series championship, before he was named to the All-Star team eight times, before he won the Cy Young three times, he was a kid from a place called Manoguayabo in the Dominican Republic. He’d dream of the day he and his brother could play together in the major leagues — here's the story of how that dream came true.
- New! Searching for Sancocho / En busca del sancocho by Mario Serrano, Jamileth Brito - Aurora misses her abuela, who recently passed away. Neighbors and friends in D.C. keep bringing dishes to the house to help her family mourn, but all Aurora wants is Abuela's famous sancocho. After finding a magic pink bike that flies her all the way to the Dominican Republic, Aurora visits all Abuela’s old favorite places in hopes of finding the recipe.
- New! The Afro-Latino Alphabet: El Alfabeto de Afro-Latino by Keaira Faña-Ruiz & Jose Faña-Ruiz - Celebrate with us as we pay homage to Afro-Latinos and our culture. A culture full of a rich history, champions, strength, variety, pride and color. Every child should be able to see themselves when they gaze through the illustrations of a book as their stories are told.
- New! La Isla within Me by Marisa Gutierrez Capello and Endar Novianto - La Isla (The Island) Within Me celebrates tradition and culture told through the eyes of a little girl. Camila embraces her Dominican heritage and wants to share and celebrate it with the world. This story integrates many Spanish words used to describe people, places, food, music and instruments.
- New! Witchlings by Claribel A. Ortega - An instant New York Times Bestseller! Every year, in the magical town of Ravenskill, Witchlings who participate in the Black Moon Ceremony are placed into covens and come into their powers as full-fledged witches. With action-packed adventure, a coven of quirky witchlings, Ortega's signature humor, and girl-power vibes, you won't be able to put down this Latine witch story, perfect for fans of Harry Potter.
- New! Soy Bella by Jorge Santos - Annabella is a curious child, wanting to learn more about her family and the diversity she sees in her Latina heritage. Everyone calls her “Bella” which means beautiful in Spanish. Bella notices how different her sisters are in many ways, especially looks. She goes on to discover the beauty and diversity of the Latina culture.
- New! The Color of My Words by Lynn Joseph - This powerful and resonant Américas Award-winning novel tells the story of a young girl’s struggle to find her place in the world and to become a writer in a country where words are feared. Seamlessly interweaving both poetry and prose, Lynn Joseph’s acclaimed debut is a lush and lyrical journey into a landscape and culture of the Dominican Republic.
- New! Como Dice la Abuelita Maria by Maria Aduke Alabi - ¿Qué significan esos refranes que dice la abuelita Maria? Únete a nosotros en esta nueva aventura y trata de descifrar y entender junto a Mary el significado de los refranes que dice la abuelita Maria en este divertido libro, en el que encontraras unos 43 refranes populares que forman parte importante en el folklore de la República Dominicana y toda América latina.
- New! The Secret of the Platano by Luz Maria Mack- Under the full moon, Abuela leads an enchanted dance and helps her curious grandson discover the rhythm of his heartbeat and the great secret of the plátanos. Sometimes the secrets of life are written in nature.
- VÁMONOS: Santo Domingo (Lil Libros Board Book) by Patty Rodriguez and Ariana Stein (Authors), Ana Godinez (Illustrator)- Introduce your little readers to Santo Domingo, the stunning capital of the Dominican Republic. This travel book will show little ones the beauty of exploring new cultures and countries just using their imagination!
- ¡Pequeña María descubre su baile!/Little María discovers her dance! by Luz Maria Mack - Class is in session, the kids are enthusiastically working on their first dance project. María observes her friends rehearsing, but she doesn't know what she should dance. Join us as we dance our way to find María's dancing style.
- Dominican Doll,Caribbean Treasure: Muñeca Dominicana,Caribeño Tesoro by Margarita Suero-Duran- A bilingual, educational story written in poetic form. A young Dominican girl explains the significance of this multicultural artifact, inspiring diverse readers to reflect on their heritage.
- The Cot in the Living Room by Hilda Eunice Burgos- A young Dominican American girl in NYC moves from jealousy to empathy as her parents babysit children whose families work overnight shifts in this honest and warm picture book debut.
- Where is Abuela's Prenda? by Rachel Armstrong- A story of an Afro-Latino boy's interpretation of family and value. He goes on a hunt to find something very special for his Abuela but learns a bigger lesson in the end instead. The story also highlights Abuela's struggle with Alzheimer's/Dementia.
- The Secret Footprints by Julia Alvarez- The Dominican legend of the ciguapas, creatures who lived in underwater caves, is reinvented by Julia Alvarez. Although the ciguapas fear humans, Guapa, a bold and brave ciguapa, can't help but be curious--especially about a boy she sees on the nights when she hunts for food.
- Josefina's Habichuelas by Jasminne Mendez- During the season of Lent, Josefina gives up eating sweets and learns the value of perseverance. When her mami and tias teach her the family recipe of habichuelas con dulce, Josefina also learns that sometimes the sweetest things in life aren't sweets.
- I Found a Poem under my Pillow by Tanya Montás Paris- In this vibrant collection of poems, a young girl invites us to walk alongside her as she captures her feelings, observations, and experiences in her notebook. The book encourages selflove and invites readers to celebrate who we are.
- Anita and the Dragons by Hannah Carmona- A tender story touching on the range of emotions immigrants may feel when leaving their home countries. Anita watches the dragons above her as she hops from one roof to another in her village in the Dominican Republic.
- Yo Amo Mi Pajon by Lissarette Nisnevich- una historia que inspira amor por nuestro cabello escrita en prosa poetica. En este libro acompanamos a una nina empoderada y segura de si misma, en su dia a dia peinandose y cuidando de su cabello.
- Alana's Great Dream Adventure by J. Desiree Rodriguez- Bilingual, fun and easy-to-understand. In this adventure, Alana meets someone special from another time period, and travels to another country.
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