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Day of the Dead Books for Kids
Day of the Dead is not Halloween. This is just one of the many misconceptions people have about this holiday. I have compiled a list of Day of the Dead books for kids of all ages so that you can begin learning about this unique holiday with your little ones.
For your más peques
La Catrina (Lil’ Libros): This book isn’t necessarily about Day of the Dead but it uses the well known symbol of La Catrina to describe feeling words in English and Spanish. This is a great way to introduce the Catrina and begin talking about feelings that kids might express or feel around the loss of a loved one.
Little Skeletons/ Esqueletitos (Canticos): This adorable board book is based on a popular song called “Los esqueletos salen de la tumba.” The illustrations are beyond cute and I love that this book reinforces counting skills. The contrasting black and white are perfect for the littlest readers as their eyes are still developing.
For your chavitos
I Remember Abuelito/ Yo Recuerdo a Abuelito (Janice Levy): In this bilingual book, a little girl is preparing for the Day of the Dead. She is so excited about her grandfather’s spirit to come and visit her. It even includes some activities and an overview of the holiday.
For your grandecitos
Paquito y Abuelito (Eric Gonzalez and Erich Haeger): This bilingual book is a little bit on the longer side so it would probably be better for older readers or kids who can read well on their own. In this book, Paquito is your run of the mill video game loving couch potato. It’s Día de los Muertos and he has no interest in helping set up the altar for his Abuelito. He continues playing when suddenly he realizes his Abuelito is there with him. Follow this lovable pair on many adventures as Paquito learns some very important lessons from Abuelito.
If after reading you’re ready to build your own Day of the Dead ofrenda you can read my post about them here.
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