6 bilingual math books for kids featuring Hispanic and Latino characters

Celebrate Hispanic and Latino heritage in a very special way: with math! Many of us grew up thinking math was boring and difficult, but that can change with our kids when they learn math can be fun from the start. Adding culturally relevant characters, words, and stories only makes things better. Here are some books that can help toddlers realize how rich our cultures are in math.

Count Me In: A parade of Mexican folk art acts in English and Spanish“(2-6 years)
Written by Cynthia Weill and illustrated with ceramics by the Aguilar sisters: Guillermina, Josefina, Irene and Concepción

Cover of the book “Count Me In: A Parade of Mexican Folk Art Numbers in English and Spanish”, written by Cynthia Weill and illustrated with ceramics by the Aguilar sisters: Guillermina, Josefina, Irene and Concepción

Join an Oaxacan parade to practice counting English and Spanish from one to ten. Children will also discover the traditional Oaxaca regional routes (regional costumes) and music with photos of beautiful ceramics.

Watch the reading aloud above.

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Opuestos: Opposites of Mexican folk art in English and Spanish(2-6 years)
Written by Cynthia Weill, with Oaxacan wood carvings by Quirino and Martín Santiago

"Opuestos: Opposites of Mexican folk art in English and Spanish" (2-6 years) Written by Cynthia Weill, with Oaxacan wood carvings by Quirino and Martín Santiago
Cover of the book “Opuestos: Mexican Folk Art Opposites in English and Spanish”, written by Cynthia Weill, with Oaxacan wood carvings by Quirino and Martín Santiago

Learn the English and Spanish words for common opposites (like the words up and down (arrive there abajo), which help develop children’s spatial sense) using intricately carved and painted wooden animal sculptures made by talented Oaxacan artisans.

Watch the reading aloud above.

Opuestos (Opposites)

Round Is a Tortilla: A Book of Shapes(3-5 years)
Written by Roseanne Thong and illustrated by John Parra

"Round Is a Tortilla: A Book of Shapes" (3-5 years) Written by Roseanne Thong and illustrated by John Parra
Cover of the book “Round Is a Tortilla: A Book of Shapes”, written by Roseanne Thong and illustrated by John Parra

Check out the Spanish shapes and names for all kinds of items throughout time, like round campanas (bells), square ventanas (the Windows), rectangular paletas (ice cubes), triangular sandia (watermelon) slices and much more!

Watch the reading aloud above.

round is a tortilla: a book of shapes | String Roseanne | Story time for children

Lia & Luís: who has more?(3-6 years)
Written by Ana Crespo and illustrated by Giovana Medeiros

Cover of "Lia & Luis: who has more?" by Ana Crespo.  It features illustrations of two small children eating snacks.
Cover of the book “Lia & Luis: Who Has More?” written by Ana Crespo and illustrated by Giovana Medeiros.

Brazilian American siblings Lia and Luís love to snack on Brazilian treats. Luis, however, always likes to compare how many snacks he has and brag when he has more. Lia doesn’t like it at all, so she uses smart math tools to show her brother how much they both really have using measure and comparison. This book also won the Mathematical Book Prize.

Watch the reading aloud above.

Lia & Luis (Who Has More) by Ana Crespo Illustrated by Giovanni Medeiros read by Mme Priest

Not a bean(3-7 years)
Written by Claudia Guadalupe Martínez and illustrated by Laura González

    Book cover by "Not a bean" written by Claudia Guadalupe Martínez and illustrated by Laura González with an illustration of a boy kneeling on the ground as he points to a Mexican jumping bean.
Cover of the book “Not a Bean” written by Claudia Guadalupe Martínez and illustrated by Laura González

Take a trip to the desert to see how a Mexican jumping bean moves throughout the day and help kids review counting from one to ten, as well as different words for desert plants and animals, like coyote and saguaro.

Watch the reading aloud above.

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Too many Tamales“https://www.pbssocal.org/”Qué montón de tamales!(4-8 years old)
Written by Gary Soto and illustrated by Ed Martinez. Translated by F. Isabel Campoy and Alma Flor Ada

"Too many Tamales" (4-8 years old) Written by Gary Soto and illustrated by Ed Martinez.  Translated by F. Isabel Campoy and Alma Flor Ada
Cover of the book “Too Many Tamales”, written by Gary Soto and illustrated by Ed Martinez. Translated by F. Isabel Campoy and Alma Flor Ada

After a tamal-making session with her mother goes awry, María tries to solve a masa-shrouded mystery before her mother finds out what she’s done. In the end, a little homemaking help counting tamales is all she needs.

Watch English read aloud above.

“Too Many Tamales” read aloud by Mrs. Torres

Watch the Spanish read aloud above.

Too Many Tamales by Scholastic (Español)

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