5 Picture Books for Dia de Los Muertos

Picture Books for Dia de los Muertos #dayofthedead #picturebooks #kidlit

The Day of the Dead - a bilingual picture book by Bob BarnerThe Day of the Dead, El Dia de los Muertos
by Bob Barner
illustrated by Teresa Mlawer
published by Holiday House

Follow two children as they celebrate their ancestors on this vibrant holiday. They offer marigolds, sugar skulls, and special bread, and make delicious foods. By spreading marigold petals, they guide the dead home to join the festivities. Finally, after singing and dancing, it's time for bed. Bob Barner's luscious collages incorporate the traditional symbols of Day of the Dead. His poetic text is both English and Spanish. An author's note provides additional information on the holiday.

I Remember Abuelito:  A Day of the Dead Story by Janice LevyI Remember Abuelito:  A Day of the Dead Story
by Janice Levy
illustrated by Loretta Lopez
published by Albert Whitman & Company

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--especially her grandfather. She misses him very much and is excited for his spirit to visit that night.

Day of the Dead -a picture book by Tony Johnston

Day of the Dead
by Tony Johnston
illustrated by Jeanette Winter
published by HMH Books for Young Readers

Above a small town in Mexico, the sun rises like a great marigold, and one family begins preparations for an annual celebration, El día de los muertos,the Day of the Dead. Soon they will go out into the night, join their neighbors, and walk to the graveyard to welcome the spirits of their loved ones home again. Framed by decorative borders and peppered with Spanish words, Day of the Dead is a glorious introduction to a fascinating celebration. A note at the end of the book provides factual information about the holiday.

The Dead Family Diaz -Day of the Dead picture book by P.J. BracegirdleThe Dead Family Diaz
by P.J. Bracegirdle
illustrated by Poly Bernatene
published by Dial

Every skeleton in the Land of the Dead is excited to celebrate el Día de los Muertos with the Living. But not Angelito. His big sister has told him all about their horrifying bulgy eyes and squishy skin. So when Angelito is separated from his family in the Land of the Living, he's petrified--until he makes a new friend who is just as terrified of THEM as Angelito is. Then his new buddy turns out to be (gulp!) a living boy! Angelito runs as fast as his bony feet can carry him. Fortunately the traditions of the Day of the Dead reunite the two boys, just in time for some holiday fun.  Full of wild Tim Burton-esque art, this clever tale is sure to become un libro favorito for the Day of the Dead, Halloween season, and beyond.

Daniela's Day of the Dead - a picture book by Lisa BullardDaniela's Day of the Dead
by Lisa Bullard
illustrated by Holli Conger
published by Cloverleaf Books

Daniela is preparing for the Day of the Dead--the first one since her grandpa died. She makes an ofrenda with Grandpa's favorite things and toy skeletons. Her family has a party to remember Grandpa. Find out how people celebrate this time of year!

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