**Update:  On 2/2022 I’ve added more books to this list and it is now over 100 books!!  My son is also a teenager but we love books about Puerto Rico. So I’ll continuously update this post. 
This post was originally written in 2016 with 54 books listed.  As of 2019, I’ve updated the list with more book recommendations. We have 76 books recommended!   Since the list is continuously growing I’ve removed the image previews of the books for ease of viewing.
Thanks, Frances 
When my child was born 8 years ago, I had a goal in mind: to find as many children’s books about Puerto Rico so I can share them with him.  Little by little, I started building up my child’s home library. Some of the books listed here we own, others are on my wish list.    Of the books that we do own, you’ll see an additional post on how we used it such as an activity or craft or a review on the book.
Since there are so many books on this list,  I broke them down into ten sections with a header so you can learn about Puerto Rico through these books: Notable Figures, Taínos, Flora and Fauna, Popular Culture, Christmas, Folk Tales, Geography, Picture Books, Chapter Books,  and Fiction.  I added Comics, too!

I hope you enjoy this list!  If there’s a children’s book that is not listed here please share it in the comments below so I can add it. ¡Gracias!

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Ellas historias de mujeres

Sembrando historias Pura Belpré

Jose Pinta la Virgen (Spanish Edition)

Julia de Burgos: Cuándo los grandes eran pequeños

Sonia Sotomayor: Turning Pages: My Life Story

Felisa y el Magico Coqui (Spanish Edition)  / My review 

Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx / La juez que crecio en el Bronx

Pride of Puerto Rico: The Life of Roberto Clemente

Tito Puente, Mambo King/Tito Puente, Rey del Mambo (Pura Belpre Honor Books – Illustration Honor) / My book review and activity 

The Legend of Roberto Cofresí

The Golden Flower: A Taino Myth from Puerto Rico

Atariba & Niguayona: A Story from the Taino People of Puerto Rico (Tales of the Americas =) (English and Spanish Edition)

El areyto de la pluma (Las historias de Atabey y Yayael) 

Los cuentos de mi abuela guayacana

Tai y el bosque tropical

Mi isla y yo / My Island and I: La naturaleza de Puerto Rico / The Nature of Puerto Rico / Review and activity 

Need some ideas for extension activities on the Taínos? Click here.

Coquí books

El coquí que quería ser pájaro

La leyenda del coquí

Polín el coquí que se negó a morir

Kiki Kokí: La Leyenda Encantada del Coquí (Kiki Kokí: The Enchanted Legend of the Coquí Frog) (Spanish Edition) / Review and activity

Everywhere Coquis! / En dondequiera coquies (English and Spanish Edition) / Review and activity

The Coqui and The Iguana

¿Dónde está el coquí?

There’s a Coqui in My Shoe (English Edition) 

Coquíes endondequiera / Coquis everywhere

Roqui’s Pandero Beat

Un coquí de Boriquén con los Reyes a Belén

Un coquí de Boriquén canta allí y acá también

Polín el coquí que se negó a morir

Coquí in the City 

Books about the Puerto Rican Parrot

Coco la cotorra puertorriqueña

Parrots Over Puerto Rico (Americas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature. Winner)

The Parrot Club / Club Cotorra

Hola Puerto Rico / Hello Puerto Rico

Other books about the flora and fauna

Hay magia en la canaria

El Flamboyán Amarillo (Spanish Edition)

12 Árboles Amigos: juegos y retos etnobotánicos para Borikén / 12 Tree Friends: ethnobotanical games and challenges for all ages

The Legend of the Hummingbird: A Tale from Puerto Rico 

En El Bosque Seco de Guanica (Coleccion San Pedrito) (Coleccion San Pedrito) (Spanish Edition) 

En las cavernas de camuy/ At the Camuy Caves: Teron y su maravilloso mundo subterraneao/ Teron and His Wonderful Subterranean World (Spanish Edition)

Mi Isla y yo / My Island and I / Review and activity 

Micaela y la ballena

En la Bahía de Jobos: Celita y el mangle zapatero

Antonio, el manatí de aquí


Las Reyas Magas

Un coquí de Boriquén con los Reyes a Belén

Jibarito de la caja

Jibarita de la Chiringa


Los Numeros De Ponce in Number

Children’s Travel Activity Book & Journal: My Trip to Puerto Rico

On this beautiful island

Isle of Enchantment

Luisito’s island – You can get a copy of the book for $5.00 plus $2.00 shipping anywhere in the U.S and Puerto Rico. To request a copy of Luisito’s Island/ La Isla de Luisito, email Maritere at Mrbellas@gmail.com  

**New includes comics too!

La Borinqueña

Cómics ICPE 

Cómics Tato y Kenepo  –  I  bought these directly from the author. You can find him at https://www.facebook.com/tatoykenepo/


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  1. Hola Frances,
    The Rafi and Rosi Coquí Series has 8 titles!
    Rafi and Rosi/ Rafi y Rosi
    Rafi and Rosi Carnival!/ Rafi y Rosi ¡Carnaval!
    Rafi and Rosi Pirates!/ Rafi y Rosi ¡Piratas!
    Rafi and Rosi Music!/Rafi y Rosi ¡Música!
    All from Children’s Book Press, and imprint of Lee and Low Books. I think you were missing Pirates in your list. So terrific that the choices keep growing!

  2. Comprehensive list but I wish it was divided up by age group. It take a lot of time to look up each one to see what the age recommendation is.

    1. Author

      Thank you for your suggestion! I agree It is time-consuming to look up the ages. I’ll keep your suggestion in mind when adding new books.

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