Although not as many families here on the West Coast come from Puerto Rico, it is important for kids to learn that the island is part of the United States. For a craft project, make these frog puppets: www.dltk-kids.com/animals/mfrogbag.htm.
Aponte, Carlos. Across the Bay. In the Pura Belpre Honor book, Carlito visits San Juan to find his dad.
Delacre, Lulu. Rafi and Rosi. In this easy reader series, two tree frogs live in Puerto Rico.
MacDonald, Margaret Read. The Squeaky Door. Adapted from a Puerto Rican folksong, this slightly scary tale involves a boy too frightened to go to sleep.
Manzano, Sonia. Miracle on 133rd Street. Jose’s mother misses Puerto Rico when it is so cold in New York.
Montes, Marisa. Juan Bobo Goes to Work. Juan Bobo searches for a job, following his mother’s instructions word for word.
Schomp, Virginia. Juan Bobo and the Bag of Gold. Foolish Juan Bobo obtains a bag of gold.
Trice, Linda. Kenya’s Song. Kenya learns about music from Caribbean countries, including Puerto Rico.
Penny Peck, San Jose State University iSchool