10 Books for Children about Mexican Culture

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Are you doing a unit on Mexico? These children's books are a great way to study and introduce this culture to kids. There are both fiction and nonfiction books included in this list for early readers. Let's celebrate the culture and animals of Mexico! 


Mexico is a large country with many unique traditions and wonderful landmarks. This country is full of wildlife and interesting animals. Immerse your students in these fun children's books. Read the books to your students for an added level of connection. Or have your students read them by themselves if they are up to the task.

Living in . . . Mexico 

Living in . . . Mexico by Chloe Perkins

"Discover what it’s like to grow up in Mexico with this fascinating, nonfiction Level 2 Ready-to-Read, part of a new series all about kids just like you in countries around the world!"

Barefoot Books Off We Go to Mexico!

Barefoot Books Off We Go to Mexico! by Laurie Krebs

"Travel to Mexico and discover its many wonders, from the amazing monarch butterflies in the Highlands to a mariachi show in the village square. The rhyme and lyricism of the text is complemented by educational endnotes about the history of the country, national fiestas, and a glossary of simple Spanish vocabulary."


Next Stop: Mexico by Ginger McDonnell

"Welcome to Mexico! From the various animals to the warm desert, readers are invited to explore all aspects of this beautiful country in this delightful nonfiction title. Using informational text in conjunction with vibrant photos, maps, and charts, readers will be engaged from beginning to end!"


Cactus Soup by Eric Kimmel

"When a group of hungry soldiers ride into San Miguel, the townspeople don’t want to share their food. They hide their tortillas, tamales, beans, and flour and put on torn clothes to look poor. But the Capitán is not fooled. He asks for a cactus thorn to make some cactus soup, and before long he has tricked the townspeople into giving him salt and chilies, vegetables, and a chicken as well! Whimsical watercolors by Phil Huling add to the humor in this southwestern twist on the classic Stone Soup tale."


Munching on Churros in Mexico by Baby Professor

"The world is huge. There are many places to discover, and among them is Mexico. Geography literacy in children is important in introducing the concept of diversity and the organization of society. Hopefully, early geographic literacy will lead to a deep understanding of global interdependence and a desire to become a better global citizen. Get a copy of this book today!"


Señorita Mariposa by Ben Gundersheimer

"A captivating and child-friendly look at the extraordinary journey that monarch butterflies take each year from Canada to Mexico; with a text in both English and Spanish."


Day of the Dead - Día de Los Muertos by Marisa Boan

"El Día de Muertos is a holiday for celebrating the lives of departed family and friends. Altars are decorated with sugar skulls and marigolds. Breads and sweets are ready to eat. After there will be music, dancing and parades!"

What Can You Do with a Paleta? by Carmen Tafolla

"As she strolls through her barrio, a young girl introduces readers to the frozen, fruit-flavored treat that thrills Mexican and Mexican-American children. Create a masterpiece, make tough choices (strawberry or coconut?), or cool off on a warm summer's day--there's so much to do with a paleta."


Chicano Jr's Mexican Adventure by Raúl Jiménez 

"Chicano Jr. is a young boy with Mexican roots, who has lived his whole life in the US, and is travelling to Mexico for the very first time to meet his grandparents."

Mr. Macaw's Paleta Adventure by Leticia Ordaz

"Mr. Macaw’s Paleta Adventure is a spellbinding celebration of Latino culture. Featuring English and Spanish on every page, for easy language comprehension for Early Readers . It whips up the fun of bilingual education from the very beginning, building their vocabulary and fostering a positive view of lovable Latinx characters."


Are you looking for engaging resources for introducing Mexico?

Check out these engaging resources for early readers! 

 Mexico Mini Book

 Mexico Lapbook

 Mexico fact sheet


 Day of the dead

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