Your books are FABULOSO! I am a librarian in an elementary school that has a large Hispanic population and a bilingual language program. I use your books more to read aloud from more than books from any other press. They were kindly donated by a friend who lives in New Mexico. In a time when the magic of reading is often lost to our children who view books and reading as an arduous task, your books delight and entertain and teach kids to want to read! GRACIAS!
—Greta Mesics, The Estrella Library,
Healdsburg Elementary School, Healdsburg, California
Cinco Puntos has made a name for itself as a publisher of authentic voices in multicultural children's literature. We take pride in our bilingual children's books and the traditional folktales from various cultures in our books. Cinco Puntos' books are perfect for the classroom! With the help of some outstanding educators, we have prepared teachers' guides for many of our titles.
Now you can watch Joe Hayes tell stories online! The Cinco Puntos Press blog has two of his most popular stories:
WATCH Joe Hayes tell A Spoon for Every Bite / Una Cuchara para cada bocada in English and Spanish
WATCH Joe Hayes tell The Gum Chewing Rattler
ABeCedarios: Mexican Folk Art ABCs in English and Spanish
The Bee Tree
Written by Stephen Buchmann
and Diana Cohn
Illustrated by Paul MirochaThe Bee Tree
is the perfect resource for any classroom! Astoundingly beautiful illustrations illuminate this story based on the cultural tradition of honey hunters in the dense rain forests of Malaysia. This teacher's guide
has an abundance of information about pollinators, Malaysian culture, environmental studies, Asian studies, geography, ecology and the traditions of the indigenous honey hunters. The last section of the book has an educational trailer with information about all of these subjects.
Crossing Bok Chitto
by Tim Tingle
The critics are raving about Crossing Bok Chitto! The New York Times featured it along with numerous starred reviews from magazines like Publisher's Weekly. Here is the teacher's guide written by the author, Tim Tingle.
by Eve Tal
Based on the experience of the author's grandfather at the turn of the twentieth century, this novel starts off as archetypal Jewish coming-to-America story. Raizel, 12, leaves the Ukraine with her father , a devout peddler who flees pogroms and conscription into the Czar's army, intending to send for the rest of his family later. Eve Tal wrote this teacher's guide including a brief introduction to Jewish history and a glossary of Judaism.
Two professors discuss Double Crossing from different perspectives in First Opinion-Second Reaction published by Purdue University. Take a look at the PDF here.
Gabi, A Girl In Pieces
by Isabel Quintero
This book has received five starred reviews as of its publication date! As Gabi prepares for her senior year of high school, she hopes to go to
college, kiss a boy, pass her math class and (maybe) lose some weight. She soon realizes that her life is full of
surprises, drama, and change.
This teacher's guide is aligned with CCSS standards for literature for grades 8-9.
Little Gold Star / Estrellita de oro
A Cinderella Cuento by Joe Hayes
Teachers' Guide written by Kyann McMillie, first-grade dual language teacher and 2004 Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year, and Leticia Rivera, first grade dual language teacher. Lety and Kyann team teach at Canutillo Elementary School, Canutillo Independent School District, El Paso, Texas.
Sammy and Juliana in Hollywood
by Benjamin Alire Saenz
This book offers an opportunity for rich theme-based discussions. The story allows students to learn from Sammy as he experiences some of life's difficult transitions which include: first love, friends moving, high school graduation, heartbreak, personal sense of loss, issues of alienation, and the death of both family and friends. This guide was prepared by educator Helen Buchanan .
Sélavi: A Haitian Story of Hope
by Youme Landowne
This book offers high appeal content and meaningful artwork for readers of all ages. For classroom applications, it serves as an effective discussion tool and is most suited for the upper primary or lower elementary grade reader. This guide was prepared by educator Helen Buchanan.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Oh! / Lunes, Martes, Miércoles, ¡Oh!
No Way, José! / ¡No Ninguna Manera, José!
The Terrible Tragadabas / El Terrible Tragadabas
This Thing Called the Future
by J.L. Powers
This teachers guide, developed by the author, contains beautiful images from South Africa along with discussion questions related to HIV and AIDS, traditional healing vs. western medicine, as well as role playing assignments related to civics and social science.
by Luis Alberto Urrea
The rhythmic quality of the poem, “Hymn to Vatos Who Will Never Be in a Poem” and the visual richness of the photographs in this remarkable book provide an opportunity to introduce young adult readers to reading as a multi-modal and multi-sensory experience. Since the text in Vatos is minimal and the pictures literally are worth more than a thousand words, the book serves as an excellent tool for reducing anxiety and increasing comfort levels for those students who struggle with reading. This teacher's guide, prepared by educator Helen Buchanan, provides activities and discussion prompts designed to increase oral and written language skills, develop visual literacy, and foster reading as a way to make connections.
Walking Home to Rosie Lee
In this teacher's guide, design by literary specialist Yvonne E. Furniss, students can study the
emotional and political aspects of Reconstruction, as well as the
visual symbolism found in this beautifully illustrated children's book.
Walking the Choctaw Road
by Tim Tingle
Walking the Choctaw Road won the Oklahoma Reads Oklahoma Statewide Literary Book Contest for 2005! Here is a link to the discussion guide that Oklahoma Reads Oklahoma created after Walking the Choctaw Road won first place.
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