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When my child was born, 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, Taíno heritage, flora and fauna, popular culture, African heritage, 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!

125 Amazing Children's Books About Puerto Rico

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Children’s Books About Puerto Rico: Notable Figures 

  1. The Life/La vida de Walter Mercado (Lil’ Libros)
  2. The Life/La vida de Pura (Lil’ Libros)
  3. Ellas historias de mujeres
  4. Sembrando historias Pura Belpré
  5. Jose Pinta la Virgen (Spanish Edition)
  6. Julia de Burgos: Cuándo los grandes eran pequeños
  7. Sonia Sotomayor: Turning Pages: My Life Story
  8. Felisa y el Magico Coqui (Spanish Edition)  / My review 
  9. Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx / La juez que crecio en el Bronx
  10. Pride of Puerto Rico: The Life of Roberto Clemente
  11. Tito Puente, Mambo King/Tito Puente, Rey del Mambo (Pura Belpre Honor Books – Illustration Honor) / My book review and activity 
  12. The Legend of Roberto Cofresí

Children’s Books About Puerto Rico:  Indigenous Taínos 

  1. The Golden Flower: A Taino Myth from Puerto Rico
  2. Atariba & Niguayona: A Story from the Taino People of Puerto Rico (Tales of the Americas =) (English and Spanish Edition)
  3. El areyto de la pluma (Las historias de Atabey y Yayael) 
  4. Los cuentos de mi abuela guayacana
  5. Tai y el bosque tropical
  6. 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.

Children’s Books About Puerto Rico: African Heritage and People 

  1. Arrancando mitos de raíz: Guía para una enseñanza antirracista de la herencia africana en PR
  2. Sofía y su Tambor de Bomba (Spanish Edition)
  3. Al ritmo de Petra 
  4. Red Comb
  5. Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library
  6. The Life/La vida de Basquiat (Lil’ Libros)
  7. Pitu le baila al mar (Spanish Edition)
  8. Las Reyas Magas
  9. Pelo Bueno
  10. Grandma’s Records
  11. Sofi and the Magic, Musical Mural / Sofi y el mágico mural musical
  12. Capitán Cataño y las trenzas mágicas
  13. Mejorar la raza 
  14. Hispanic Star: Roberto Clemente 
  15. Roberto Clemente: Pride of the Pittsburgh Pirates
  16. Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat 

Children’s Books About Puerto Rico: Flora and Fauna 

Coquí books

  1. El coquí que quería ser pájaro
  2. La leyenda del coquí
  3. Good Night, Mama! Good Night, Coquí!
  4. Kiki Kokí: La Leyenda Encantada del Coquí (Kiki Kokí: The Enchanted Legend of the Coquí Frog) (Spanish Edition) / Review and activity
  5. Everywhere Coquis! / En dondequiera coquies (English and Spanish Edition) / Review and activity
  6. The Coqui and The Iguana
  7. ¿Dónde está el coquí?
  8. There’s a Coqui in My Shoe (English Edition) 
  9. Coquíes endondequiera / Coquis everywhere
  10. Roqui’s Pandero Beat
  11. Un coquí de Boriquén con los Reyes a Belén
  12. Un coquí de Boriquén canta allí y acá también
  13. Polín el coquí que se negó a morir
  14. Coquí in the City 
  15. Los coquíes aún cantan: Un cuento sobre hogar, esperanza y reconstrucción

Puerto Rican Parrot

  1. Coco the Puerto Rican Parrot 
  2. Coco la cotorra puertorriqueña
  3. Parrots Over Puerto Rico (Americas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature. Winner)
  4. The Parrot Club / Club Cotorra  / My review plus activity 
  5. Hola Puerto Rico / Hello Puerto Rico
  6. Pedro the Puerto Rican Parrot 

Flora and Fauna

  1. Por ahí viene el huracán
  2. Beba and Little Sister Island/Beba y la Isla Nena
  3. Hay magia en la canaria
  4. El Flamboyán Amarillo (Spanish Edition)
  5. 12 Árboles Amigos: juegos y retos etnobotánicos para Borikén / 12 Tree Friends: ethnobotanical games and challenges for all ages
  6. The Legend of the Hummingbird: A Tale from Puerto Rico 
  7. En El Bosque Seco de Guanica (Coleccion San Pedrito) (Coleccion San Pedrito) (Spanish Edition) 
  8. En las cavernas de camuy/ At the Camuy Caves: Teron y su maravilloso mundo subterraneao/ Teron and His Wonderful Subterranean World (Spanish Edition)
  9. Sueño en el yunque (Colección San Pedrito)
  10. Mi Isla y yo / My Island and I / Review and activity 
  11. Micaela y la ballena
  12. En la Bahía de Jobos: Celita y el mangle zapatero
  13. Antonio, el manatí de aquí
  14. The Tree of Hope 

Children’s Books About Puerto Rico:  Popular Culture 

  1. Juan Bobo busca trabajo: Juan Bobo Goes to Work (Spanish edition)
  2. When Julia Danced Bomba/ Cuando Julia bailaba bomba (English and Spanish Edition)
  3. Villancico Yaucano 
  4. Shake It, Morena! / My Review 
  5. Las artesanias (Serie Raices) (Nueve Pececitos) (Spanish Edition)
  6. Grano a grano… Refranes populares (Serie Raices) (Nueve Pececitos) (Spanish Edition)
  7. Vejigante Masquerader
  8. Mi isla en poesía

Children’s Books About Puerto Rico: Christmas

  1. Un coquí de Boriquén con los Reyes a Belén
  2. Jibarito de la caja
  3. Jibarita de la Chiringa
  4. Las estrellas de los Reyes Magos (Spanish Edition)
  5. Mimi’s Parranda/La Parranda de Mimi (Spanish Edition)
  6. Los Tres Jueyes Magos (Spanish Edition)
  7. Las reyas magas
  8. Verde Navidad / Green Christmas (Nueve Pececitos, Raices / Nine Small Fishes, Roots) (Spanish Edition) / My review 
  9. Los Tres Reyes (a caballo) (Serie Raices) (Nueve Pececitos) (Spanish Edition) / Review and activity 
  10. La Fiesta De Melchor, Serie Cuentos de Navidad, Coleccion Nueve Pececitos (Raices) (Spanish Edition)
  11. ¡Yo Quiero Pasteles!/I Want Pasteles!

Children’s Books About Puerto Rico: Folktales

  1. The Legend of Roberto Cofresí ~ A Puerto Rican Hero
  2. Juan Bobo Goes to Work: A Puerto Rican Folk Tale
  3. The Chupacabra Ate the Candelabra
  4. Cuentos favoritos de Puerto Rico/ Fairy Tales of Puerto Rico (Spanish Edition)

Children’s Books About Puerto Rico: Geography 

  1. Puerto Rico: Its own Land! 
  2. San Juan Lil’ Libros 
  3. Puerto Rico Isla del Encanto – Activity Book
  4. El ABC Del Viejo San Juan/ the ABC of Old San Juan
  5. Molly and the Magic Suitcase: Molly Goes to Puerto Rico
  6. De La A a la Z Puerto Rico / Puerto Rico A to Z 
  7. ABC De Puerto Rico/ABC Of Puerto Rico (Spanish Edition)
  8. Los Números De Ponce in Number
  9. Children’s Travel Activity Book & Journal: My Trip to Puerto Rico
  10. On this beautiful island
  11. Isle of Enchantment
  12. 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  

Children’s Books About Puerto Rico: Picture Books

  1. Across the Bay 
  2. Abuelita’s American Dream: A Puerto Rican Migrant’s Story
  3. La yola puertorriqueña (Bilingüe)
  4. Tengo un secreto / I have a secret
  5. ¿Qué crees? (Coleccion Nueve pececitos, Serie Igualitos) (Spanish Edition) 
  6. Max: Que hago sin mi tableta (Spanish Edition)
  7. Juan & Chico’s Wintry Puerto Rico Adventure
  8. Sopa de Hortalizas (Coleccion Dos Lenguas) (Spanish Edition) 
  9. Abuelita’s Paradise
  10. No estás
  11. Good Night Puerto Rico (Good Night Our World)
  12. Tulipán: the Puerto Rican Giraffe

Children’s Books About Puerto Rico: Chapter Books

  1. My Name Is Maria Isabel
  2. Rafi and Rosi (Spanish edition): Rafi y Rosi (I Can Read Book 3)
  3. Rafi and Rosi: Carnival! (Spanish edition) (Rafi y Rosi)
  4. Rafi and Rosi Music!

Children’s Books About Puerto Rico: Fiction & Comics 

  1. Puerto Rico Strong: A Comics Anthology Supporting Puerto Rico Disaster
  2. Ricanstruction: Reminiscing & Rebuilding Puerto Rico
  3. La Borinqueña
  4. Cómics ICPE
  5. Cómics Tato y Kenepo  –  I  bought these directly from the author. You can find him at https://www.facebook.com/tatoykenepo/

 

When I started this list in 2016, I barely had 20 books listed.  While the list has grown considerably, the truth is that we need more children’s book about Puerto Rico.  Books about all aspects of Puerto Rican culture, heritage and especially books about our history.  I scour the internet looking for books, and I find lots of them on social media.  If you have a favorite children’s book about Puerto Rico, please let me know in the comments and I will update this list. 

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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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