Written by Lauren Hickey and Sophia Maffie, and illustrated by Valentina Campos, Let's Go to the Fair is the story of Daniella, a girl who lives in a small town in the valley of Bolivia.

 

Daniella is eager to help her community prepare for the annual fair. But, will climate change destroy their family gardens and ruin her favorite event of the year? Published in Spanish and Quechua, this is a book about community resilience in the face of climate change. 

Written and illustrated by Maya Bostwick, The Lot Across the Street is about Rosa, a little girl living in the city who wants to brighten up her neighborhood.

 

She plants a seed, hoping that she can grow a garden. As Rosa tries to get her seed to grow, her neighbors stop by to help her. Will Rosa’s seed grow?

Written by Jamie Bindon and illustrated by Ana Maria Bermudez in 2017, Our Grand Home is the story of Esperanza and her family.

 

They have moved to a new place and want to cut down the trees on their land so they can grow corn. However, the Jaguar, ruler of the forest, comes to visit Esperanza. He takes her on an adventure to teach her about the important balance of nature, so that her family can learn new ways to use the resources of the forest: the Casa Grande—Grand Home—of all the creatures who live there.

Written by Tierney Thomison and illustrated by Antonieta Loayza Gómez in 2017, Violeta and the Magic Fruits is a fantastical journey that draws attention to the reciprocal relationship between humans and the natural environment, and how if we don’t learn to care for our Mother Earth, the consequences could be destructive.

 

When Violeta’s friends are turned into trash zombies by a mysterious pollution cloud, Violeta is faced with the challenge of saving them. Caught in the middle of the zombie chaos, Violeta must figure out why this has happened, and learns that the solution lies within the delicious, magical fruits that she grows in her garden. 

Written and illustrated by Erika D’Andrea, Where Do Bugs Go When It Rains?, is a story that portrays the conflict between traditional and new forms of sustainable construction in Bolivia, and also serves to reveal the incredible qualities of bamboo.

 

Alfredo is a stick bug who is from the rainforest. When he is taken from his home to the city of Cochabamba, he learns how to use bamboo, his favorite plant, as he adapts to his new city life. He is challenged when he encounters some mean neighbors who are not familiar with Alfredo’s way of life. 

Written and illustrated by Ayoola White, The House we Imagined supports  the construction of ecological houses in Bolivia.

 

A little bear named Lucía gets lost and finds children who want to build a playhouse in the forest. She shows them how to use natural and recycled materials for the building. 

This book is trilingual in Spanish, Quechua and English.

Written by Annie Cutler and illustrated by Kate Leaf, Outside the Cave is a story about the myths surrounding bats in Bolivia and the reality of bat trafficking within the country.

Rosita is a bat who lives in a cave at the base of the Cordillera Real. When her family is captured by two men, Rosita goes on a long journey looking for them. Along the way, she meets some animals who have interesting ideas about bats. 

This book is bilingual in Spanish and English.

Written by Catherine Mapa and illustrated by Valentina Campos, Freckles brings us face  to face with the tragic world of animal trafficking. 

 

For her birthday, a little girl in Bolivia is promised a pet. Her father takes her to the animal market—but while there, she is confronted with a choice between right and wrong. She must make a big decision that helps a small friend along the way.

This book is appropriate for ages 4-10 as well as for adults of all ages.

Written by Margaret Brockland and illustrated by Antonieta Loayza Gomez, When the Trash Overflows is told from the perspective of a dumpster in Cochabamba, Bolivia that comes alive, talks, and guides the reader to learn about waste, cleanliness and recycling with his little friend Lupita!

This book is bilingual in Spanish and English.

Written and illustrated by Jessica Simone Ebersole, this charming story affirms the value of rural Bolivian culture, as well as the ingenuity of individuals seeking to improve their lives.

A Bolivian girl named Carmen launches a mission to improve her family’s potato harvest so that her parents can return home from working in the city. With the help of a talkative Liq’i Liq’i bird, Carmen learns the natural signs her ancestors used in the past to predict and manage disruptive weather events affecting the harvest. 

This book is trilingual in Spanish, Quechua and English. It is appropriate for ages 5-10 as well as for adults of all ages.

Written by R. Casey Anderson and illustrated by Valentina Campos, What Happened to Chita? asks the reader to figure out what’s wrong with poor, sick Chita?

 

Global climate change is affecting Bolivia’s altiplano, and in this poignant book a girl struggles to understand why her sheep, Chita, is suffering. As her mother explains the environmental reasons behind Chita’s poor health, the girl learns about global warming in Bolivia. By weaving together the experiences of the girl, little Chita, and Mother Earth, you will gain a deeper understanding of climate change and become inspired to think of ways to help our planet.

This book is trilingual in Spanish, Quechua and English. It is appropriate for ages 4-12 as well as for adults of all ages.

Written and illustrated by Rebecca Brown, My Quinoa: It Is My Past, It Is My Future is the endearing story of a curious and sensitive young Bolivian boy whose grandfather is teaching him how to grow quinoa the traditional way and at the same time teaching him to value his culture, heritage, and natural environment.

 

The book includes Bolivian quinoa recipes and a section for older audiences discussing the impact of globalization on quinoa, the ancient grain of the Incas.

This book is appropriate for ages 6-13 as well as for adults of all ages.

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