Written by Ebony Moseley and illustrated by Salvador Pomar, "B" is for Bolivia is an adventure full of color!

From “apthapi” to “llajua” to “zampoña,” this ABC book will take you on a journey through Bolivia, its diverse cultures, regions, customs, instruments, wildlife, and cuisine. 

Written by Hannah Levine and illustrated by Bayardo Loredo Cardenas, A Family Story is about adoptive families and the love the defines a family. 

Félix looks different from his mama, because he is adopted. One day, Félix and his mother take a trip to the market, where they bump into a nasty old lady who questions the fact that he and his mama are related. After this incident, and with the help of his mama, Félix begins to see all the ways of fitting together.

Written by  Isabel Schneck and illustrated by Valentina CamposTake Me to Carnival begins with Emilia rehearsing at school. She is very nervous about playing the charango in the folkloric concert. But after traveling through time to a celebration of Carnival in her village, Mizque, Emilia learns to overcome her fears, honor her heritage, and be proud of who she is. Based on oral histories about Mizque’s Carnival traditions, this story illustrates the power of music to remind us where we come from.

Written by  Maya Salas and illustrated by Valentina CamposCamila and the Dancing Dreams is about a young girl who only wants to dance ballet like all her other friends.

She doesn’t understand why her mom is making her dance folkloric dance. Until one day, Camila has a dream that changes everything.

Written by Carly Krystyniak and illustrated by Kathryn Scheuring, My Shawl, My Village, and My Heart introduces us to Ana, who is finally old enough to weave her own shawl.

 

She and her mother travel through the village, gathering the materials they need to create Ana’s shawl. Ana struggles to find inspiration in the colors for her shawl. But after exploring her village with new eyes, she finds something that sparks her imagination.

This book is bilingual in Spanish and English.

Written and illustrated by Jimmy Juarez, And the River Danced chronicles the issue of the declining language and cultural practices of Amazonian cultures.

Mózora is a little girl who was born in the Amazon’s Indigenous Territory of Isiboro Sécure, but she was raised in the highlands of La Paz. Her ethnic identity as a colla is challenged while visiting her grandpa in the Mojeño village of Gundonovia. 

Written and illustrated by Jenna Jablonski, Unplugged begins on a normal day at the library that turns peculiar when the students’ computer games crash, and the children are whisked away on a fast-paced adventure that springs to life from between the pages of a book.

 

Suddenly, they are exploring their country of Bolivia in ways they never had before, discovering the magic of its history, geography, and biodiversity, encountering danger all the while! Will the students make it safely back to the library? How far will their imaginations take them?

This book is trilingual in Spanish, Quechua and English, and has curriculum materials available HERE. 

Written and illustrated by Adina Menashe, Bread Soup is a tale that brings us back to our roots in Mother Earth.

Where does food come from? How do you make meals from scratch? Why do some foods become special expressions of spiritual values? Iriz goes to see her aunt in the Bolivian countryside for Good Friday and learns about gardens, cooking, and community. 

Written and illustrated by Ariana Sankbianchi, Sing to the Seeds takes the reader on a tasty trip through the cuisine of Bolivia. 

 

This book begins with illustrated tales about traditional dishes from each of Bolivia’s nine departments, followed by recipes for each dish.

 

Create and taste the unique flavors of one of the most culturally and geographically diverse countries in Latin America.

This book is appropriate for all ages.

Written and illustrated by Siara Atkinson, We are the Children of the Island of the Sun is a glimpse into the life of a young girl from Bolivia’s Lake Titicaca on a sacred island named Island of the Sun.

 

This story offers a rare view into the Andean worldview and its relationship to Mother Earth, as seen in all aspects of daily life: harvesting potatoes, talking to the ancestors who live in the scared mountains, measuring age according to the agricultural cycle, observing sacred rituals, and more.

This book is trilingual in Spanish, Aymara and English. It is appropriate for ages 5-11 as well as for adults of all ages.

Written by Laura Sprinkle and illustrated by Cheryl Hayman, this story is told through the eyes of Juancito, a young boy who can’t remember how to smile after the death of his beloved grandpa. He wakes up on the first of November to the celebration of Todos Santos (All Saints’ Day or Day of the Dead), a holiday during which friends and family gather to celebrate the life of their loved ones. Through celebrating this holiday and learning about its rituals, Juancito makes peace with the passing of his grandpa. The book also includes a section for older audiences detailing the festivities of Todos Santos as they are celebrated today in the Cochabamba region of Bolivia.

This book trilingual in Spanish, Quechua and English. It is appropriate for ages 5-11 as well as for adults of all ages.

Written by Julia Steege and illustrated by Elizabeth Henley, Esperanza is a true story based on the childhood memories of a Bolivian girl who grew up in the rural village of Tambillo and emigrated as an adolescent to Cochabamba.

 

The book portrays endearing scenes of life, culture and tradition in rural Bolivia as well as how it feels for one woman to leave and return to her childhood home. It includes a section appropriate for older audiences discussing rural-urban migration in Bolivia and detailing Esperanza’s life, additional childhood stories and descriptions of how significant holidays were celebrated in Tambillo.

This book is appropriate for ages 5-11 as well as for adults of all ages. Creative curriculum exploring the theme of identity, family history, and genealogy has been designed to accompany this book. 

Written and illustrated by Amy DanksBeside the White River is a glimpse into daily life in Cururú, a Guarayo village in the Bolivian rainforest, one of the smaller and lesser known of Bolivia’s 36 ethnic groups.

 

The story is written using the collective voice of the village’s children, describing in simple detail their daily activities, food, animals, work, recreation, family and the importance of their land for subsistence agriculture and sustainable wood harvesting.

 

The book includes a section describing the history of Cururú and its place in an increasingly global world, with photos of the village where the author did her research.

 

This book is trilingual in Spanish, Guarayo and English. It is appropriate for ages 4-10 as well as for adults of all ages.

Written and illustrated by Laura FriesAll the Space You Could Want is a story that explores rural Quechua culture through the eyes of a young girl who has grown up in the U.S. but whose parents are originally from Bolivia. The story begins when her parents tell her that she will be returning with them for the first time to visit the rural Bolivian village where they grew up. Although skeptical at first, her interest and excitement mount as she learns about the fascinating indigenous culture from her aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents. 

 

The book includes a section for older audiences discussing the issue of Bolivian migration.

 

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 and illustrated by Nadine Channaoui, My Mommy is Not in Bolivia with Me explores the experiences of a ten-year old girl, Ana, whose mother is living in Spain so that she can earn money to send back to her husband and children in Cochabamba, Bolivia. 

 

The book introduces basic coping strategies for children who are separated from their parents, and weaves colorful aspects of Bolivian culture into the story.  It also includes a section for older audiences discussing external migration and its effects on Bolivian children and families.  

This book is appropriate for ages 5-11 as well as for adults of all ages. Creative curriculum exploring the theme of cultural understanding, international awareness, and positive coping strategies. has been designed to accompany this book. 

Written and illustrated by Skylar Beth Sasson, I Always Dreamed of Having a Store is the story of Lucy, who

migrates from the small Aymara community of Tocoli to the bustling capital city of La Paz to sell goods in the street. She struggles as a street market vendor — and rejoices when she accomplishes her dream of owning a real store.

 

Lucy’s life as an indigenous storekeeper helps us understand the importance of balancing work, play, and rest in order to live a healthy life.

 

Appropriate for ages 4-12 and beyond, this trilingual (Spanish, English, Aymara) story includes a fun search-and-find game within the author’s unique collages.

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