Written by Julius Figueroa and illustrated by Antonieta Loayza Gómez, The Honey is Ours! begins when a little bee asks why he can’t have another drop of honey, and his grandmother tells him the story of the war.

 

In this hive, every bee works together to make the honey, without the help of strangers. But all of that changes when a mysterious Queen Bee arrives with her own agenda. This story is inspired by the events of the Cochabamba Water War, with lessons on privatization and community resilience that people (and bees) of all ages can understand.

Written by Julius Figueroa and illustrated by Antonieta Loayza Gómez, The Honey is Ours! begins when a little bee asks why he can’t have another drop of honey, and his grandmother tells him the story of the war.

 

In this hive, every bee works together to make the honey, without the help of strangers. But all of that changes when a mysterious Queen Bee arrives with her own agenda. This story is inspired by the events of the Cochabamba Water War, with lessons on privatization and community resilience that people (and bees) of all ages can understand.

Written by Cailin Campbell and illustrated by Antonieta Loayza Gómez, The Magical Bunny is the story of  Valentina, a domestic worker, her daughter, and their magical stuffed bunny.

 

Together, they navigate the consequences of labor exploitation, the importance of standing up for yourself, and the value in doing your best.

 

This book, a tool for discussing labor rights and exploitation, allows readers to develop an understanding of the reality of some domestic workers.

Written by Anna Roy and illustrated by Antonieta Loayza Gómez, If the Moon Doesn't Shine is about a young girl named Wara, who lives in Cochabamba and loves to sit at her window and watch the moon.

 

One night, the moon doesn’t appear, and Wara travels to the night sky to see what is wrong and help the moon get her light back. After their adventure in the universe, Wara and Mother Moon learn about how important it is to take care of their health and ask for help when they need it.

Written and illustrated by Margaret Weihs, I Don't Know Either is based on the life of Casimira Rodríguez, the first indigenous woman to become Minister of Justice in Bolivia. Her inspiring story begins when she leaves her rural community at the age of thirteen to be a household worker for a large family in the city, then surprisingly unfolds into a life-long struggle to improve human rights in Bolivian society, specifically for women who clean houses.

 

It is a story that transcends cultural boundaries — and provides hope for everyone working to make the world a better place.

This book is trilingual in Spanish, Quechua and English. It is appropriate for ages 7-12 as well as for adults of all ages.

Written and illustrated by Will BrunnquellSpirit of the Miners follows the story of Rafael, a young boy from Llallagua, a small mining town in Siglo XX, Bolivia. 

 

Rafael finds himself facing disappointment after losing an important soccer game, but discovers important lessons about perseverance and determination in the stories of his grandfather, a former miner and labor movement leader.

 

This book is based on the true history of labor movements in Bolivian mining centers. This book is appropriate for ages 5-11 as well as adults of all ages.

Written and illustrated by Karina WalkerKids Work Too is told through the eyes of Simón who lives with his mom and little sister Rosita. Simón and Rosita work hard each day washing car windows to make money for their family. After encountering a group of other children who lead them to a park to learn how to juggle, Simón and Rosita build friendships with these children and learn about different kinds of work that kids do.

 

Based on the lives of real street-working kids in Cochabamba and on the positive impact the organization Performing Life has on many such children, Kids Work Too offers a realistic yet hopeful glimpse into the diverse circumstances of working children in Bolivia.

This book is appropriate for ages 5-11 as well as adults of all ages.

Written by Julia Mancini, and illustrated by Antonieta Loayza Gómez, Alejandra's Journey  is about the challenges faced by a girl who must search for her home after her parents are taken away.

 

As she encounters different barriers along the way, Alejandra looks for guidance from her past, and finds whispers of hope and strength from within. She finds a new meaning of home among other children who share a similar experience as hers.

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