Cinco de Mayo


Celebrate proudly! Cinco de Mayo is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate and, of course, read about Mexican-American culture.

Unfamiliar with the history? The day recognizes the surprise defeat of Napoleon’s French army in the State of Puebla. The battle was an important victory in Mexico’s fight to end the French occupation.

Celebrate with these Mexican-American inspired Pura Belpré Award books:

  • Diego Rivera: His World and Ours by Duncan Tonatiuh
  • Frida: ¡Viva la vida! Long Live Life! by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand
  • Me, Frida by Amy Novesky, illustrated by David Diaz
  • César: ¡Sí, Se Puede! Yes, We Can! by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand, illustrated by David Diaz
  • Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Yuyi Morales

Looking for other great Latina/o authors or illustrators? Check out other medalists in the Pura Belpré Awards, named after the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library.

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