CRRL Kids: Dia de Muertos/Day of the Dead

Clatter Bash!
Clatter Bash! A Day of the Dead Celebration By Keep, Richard Cleminson Book - 2004 FICTION Kee Available in some locations

Annotation:"...a Mexican family has set out fiesta offerings in the graveyard in hopes that departed loved ones may return to visit. The playful skeletons rise from their graves to celebrate with gusto. All night long, they sing, dance, dine, tell stories, and play games. As morning approaches, they give thanks to the stars for their night of fun, tidy up after themselves, and leave no trace of their 'clatter bash' behind as they return to their coffins until next year's Day of the Dead."

Cooking the Mexican Way
Cooking the Mexican Way By Rosa Coronado By Coronado, Rosa Book - 2002 641.597 Co Available in some locations

Annotation:Recipes for celebrations and everyday. This newer version of the family favorite has slimmed-down recipes. Part of the Easy Menu Ethnic Cookbooks series. Clearly written recipes for easy dinners and snacks: Red Snapper with Lime Juice, Mango with Cinnamon, and a couple of kid-pleasing favorites, Tortillas with Chicken and Mexican Hot Chocolate.

Day of the Dead
Day of the Dead By Gleason, Carrie Book - 2009 394.266 Gl Available in some locations

Annotation:Day of the Dead -- Smiling skeletons -- Aztec Mexico -- Honoring the dead -- Getting ready -- Altars and offerings -- Food for the feast -- Little angels -- Dia de los Muertos -- Let's dance -- Americans celebrate.

Day of the Dead
Day of the Dead By Johnston, Tony Book - 2000 FICTION Joh Available in some locations

Annotation:Two Mexican children watch as the food is prepared and flowers are gathered for their village's yearly celebration to honor their beloved dead.

Day of the Dead
Day of the Dead By Lowery, Linda Book - 2004 394.264 Lo Available in some locations

Annotation:Introduces the holiday, Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos, and describes how it is celebrated in Mexico and in the United States. Includes a glossary of Spanish words. Part of the On My Own Holidays series.

Day of the Dead
Day of the Dead A Mexican-American Celebration By Hoyt-Goldsmith, Diane Book - 1994 394.2 Ho All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Two books in one! Part of the book follows Mexican-American twins who are participating in the Day of the Dead in their new country while another part gives factual information on the history of the holiday. Good for reports.

Days of the Dead
Days of the Dead By Lasky, Kathryn Book - 1994 394.2 La Available in some locations

Annotation:The writer and photographer follow a poor, closely-knit Mexican family as they celebrate los Dias de Muertos, bringing the holiday to life for readers. Includes information on how it links to other holidays and the traditions' origins.

El Día De Los Muertos
El Día De Los Muertos The Day of the Dead By Wade, Mary Dodson Book - 2002 394.266 Wa Available in some locations

Annotation:A Rookie Reader that gives an explanation of the Day of the Dead in simple language with colorful pictures.

Día de Muertos in México
Día de Muertos in México Oaxaca = Day of the Dead in Mexico. Oaxaca By Andrade, Mary J. Book - 1999 Spanish 394.264 An Available in some locations

Annotation:The author has interviewed anthropologists and town inhabitants to discover the different rituals and their meanings. Includes beautiful photographs. The first part of a four-part bilingual series.

The Festival of Bones
The Festival of Bones El Festival De Las Calaveras : the Little-bitty Book for the Day of the Dead By San Vicente, Luis Book - 2002 394.266 Sa Available in some locations

Annotation:"San Vicente lets children join the celebration as they watch the skeletons rock, rattle, and roll those long old bones as they get ready for the biggest event of their social calendar. A short and fun essay, directed toward young readers, will explain this important Mexican holiday. The works of Mexico City artist Luis San Vicente have been exhibited in Mexico, Venezuela, Europe, and the United States."

Fiesta! Mexico's Great Celebrations By Silverthorne, Elizabeth Book - 1992 394.2 Si Available in some locations

Annotation:The Day of the Dead is but one of Mexico's many fiestas. Learn about others, both religious and patriotic, and how celebrations abound in daily living.

Ghost Wings
Ghost Wings By Joosse, Barbara M. Book - 2001 FICTION Joo Available in some locations

Annotation:A little girl's best friend is her grandmother, but one spring she becomes "thin as smoke" and passes away. The Days of the Dead, which come at the same time as monarch butterflies' annual migration, gives the girl a chance to reflect on how those we love never really go away.

The Halloween Tree
The Halloween Tree By Bradbury, Ray Paperback - 1999 Available in some locations

Annotation:The Day of the Dead is one of many customs concerning mortality that the skeletal Mr. Moundshroud shares with a group of friends on a frightening Halloween night.

I Remember Abuelito
I Remember Abuelito A Day of the Dead Story By Levy, Janice Book - 2007 FICTION Lev Available in some locations

Annotation:"It's the Day of the Dead! It's time to celebrate! In this bilingual book, a young girl is busy helping her family prepare to honor those who have died. First she goes with her mama to the market to buy pan de muerto. Then she lays a path of marigold petals with her papa. But mostly, she thinks of her abuelito. She misses him very much and is excited for his spirit to visit that night. And when she sees the butterflies fly through the sky, she knows that his spirit is with them. Written in both Spanish and English, this book includes activities and recipes just right for any Day of the Dead celebration."

Maria Molina and the Days of the Dead
Maria Molina and the Days of the Dead By Krull, Kathleen Book - 1994 FICTION Kru Available in some locations

Annotation:Maria's baby brother and grandmother have died during the past year, but they are remembered during the Days of the Dead. A gentle book that includes a recipe for a bread that is special to the holiday.

Pablo Remembers
Pablo Remembers The Fiesta of the Day of the Dead By Ancona, George Book - 1993 394.2 An Available in some locations

Annotation:On October 30, all of Mexico prepares for the festival in honor of the dead, and for Pablo, this year is special: two years ago his grandmother died, and he will celebrate her memory.

Paper Crafts for Day of the Dead
Paper Crafts for Day of the Dead By McGee, Randel Book - 2008 745.594 Mc Available in some locations

Annotation:Follow storyteller Randel McGee as he explores Day of the Dead: Day of the dead/Día de los muertos -- Paper marigolds -- Skeleton candy basket -- Happy skeleton figures -- Skeleton pets -- Paper clothes for the skeletons -- Skull mask -- Papel cortado window dressings -- Aztec animal decorations -- Patterns

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The dead are beloved and remembered in Mexico, especially on November 1 and 2. November 1 is usually set aside to remember angelitos (little angels), family members who died as children. Those who died as adults are remembered on November 2. The Days of the Dead or Día de Muertos is a true festival. Mothers and grandmothers make special delicious foods, and beautiful flowers are gathered, all to honor the dead.

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