Day of the Dead

El dia de los muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a joyful Mexican holiday celebrated in early November that commemorates the lives of departed loved ones.

S JE Luenn, Nancy A Gift for Abuelita: Celebrating the Day of the Dead
After her beloved grandmother dies, Rosita hopes to be reunited with Abuelita as she prepares a gift to give her when her family celebrates the Day of the Dead.
J394.264 AMADO Amado, Elisa Barrilete: A Kite for the Day of the Dead
This is the story of Juan, who has built a kite every year for the Day of the Dead with his grandfather. Since his grandfather has died, Juan must now carry on the tradition alone.
JE FRESC Freschet, Gina Beto and the Bone Dance
Beto searches all day for something all his own to put on his grandmother's grave for the Day of the Dead.
S J394.266 WINTE Winter, Jeanette Calavera Abecedario: A Day of the Dead Alphabet
Every year Don Pedro and his family make papier-mâché skeletons, or calaveras, for Mexico's Day of the Dead fiesta. There's a special calavera for each letter of the alphabet. Come dance with them! Includes a glossary of Spanish words and an author's note.
JE KEEP Keep, Richard Cleminson Clatter Bash!: A Day of the Dead Celebration
Rhyming text presents traditions used to celebrate the Day of the Dead.
J394 Bullard, Lisa Daniela's Day of the Dead
"Daniela is preparing for the Day of the Dead - the first one since her grandpa died. She makes an ofrenda with Grandpa's favorite things and toy skeletons..." -- back cover.
J394.2 Johnston, Tony Day of the Dead
Describes a Mexican family preparing for and celebrating the Day of the Dead.
J394.264 GLEAS Gleason, Carrie Day of the Dead
El Día de los Muertos is the Mexican equivalent of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day. During this festival, people build altars to loved ones who have died and gather around it to rekindle happy memories of that person.
J394.266 LOWER Lowery, Linda Day of the Dead
Introduces the holiday, Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos, and describes how it is celebrated in Mexico and in the United States.
J394.266 MURRA Murray, Julie Day of the Dead
Provides information for young readers about the history and traditions of this cultural celebration.
J745.5941 Arquette, Kerry Day of the Dead Crafts
Provides step-by-step instructions and inspiration for a wide variety of projects, including calaveras, masks, sugar skulls, jewelry and ofrendas.
J394.266 DOERI Doering, Amanda Day of the Dead: A Celebration of Life and Death
"A brief description of what Day of the Dead is, how it started, and ways people celebrate this cultural holiday"
J394.266 GNOJE Gnojewski, Carol Day of the Dead: A Latino Celebration of Family and Life
Read about the fascinating holiday called Day of the Dead. In Mexico, families gather in cemeteries to honor their dead loved ones. Learn about the culture and significance of this holiday in Mexico and the U.S.A.
J394.2 Hoyt-Goldsmith, Diane Day of the Dead: A Mexican-American Celebration
" ... discover the Day of the Dead's ancient religious origins and the influence of Aztec beliefs and All Saints' Day on the holiday."
S J394.266 ANDRA Andrade, Mary J. Day of the Dead: A Passion for Life / Día de los Muertos: Pasión por la Vida
A book on how the Day of the dead is celebrated by the P'urhepecha in the State of Michoacan. Includes interviews with historians, anthropologists and experts.
J394.2 Lasky, Kathryn Days of the Dead
Many cultures have celebrations that commemorate their ancestors. Mexico's celebration, los Dias de Muertos, the Days of the Dead, can be like a carnival. Young people throng the streets dressed up in ghoulish costumes.
J394.266 HEINR Heinrichs, Ann Día de los Muertos
Dia de los Muertos, or "Day of the Dead", may seem like a bleak name for a holiday. But this exciting occasion is actually a special time to remember loved ones and to celebrate life.
J394.266 WADE Wade, Mary Dodson El Dia de los Muertos
Explains how Mexican families celebrate the lives of their deceased loved ones, including sharing pictures and stories, preparing feasts, and lighting candles in the graveyard.
JE MULLE Müller, Birte Felipa and the Day of the Dead
Felipa's beloved grandmother, Abuelita, has died. Felipa misses her terribly. Months later, Felipa joins in the celebrations honoring loved ones who have died, and in the process finds Abuelita's soul.
S J394.266 SANVI San Vicente, Luis Festival of the Bones = El festival de las calaveras: The little-bitty book for the day of the dead
Describes the Day of the Dead, or el Día de los Muertos, a holiday celebrated in Mexico from October 31 to November 2.
CD S JZR COLL FIE A06 Orozco, José Luis Fiestas
Jose-Luis Orozco sings songs that celebrate all the events and seasons of the year, including Día de los muertos.
DVD J394.266 FLICK Flickering Lights: Days of the Dead
"Introduces the celebration of the Days of the Dead as it is observed in Oaxaca, Mexico"--Teacher's guide
JE JOOSS Joosse, Barbara M. Ghost Wings
While celebrating the Days of the Dead, a young Mexican girl remembers her wonderful grandmother who sang songs, made tortillas, chased monsters away, and loved butterflies.
S JE LEVY Levy, Janice I Remember Abuelito: A Day of the Dead Story / Yo recuerdo a abuelito: un cuento del Día de los Muertos
A little girl celebrates the Day of the Dead as she waits for the arrival of her grandfather's spirit.
JE Krull, Kathleen Maria Molina and the Days of the Dead
In Mexico, Maria and her family celebrate Los Días de los Muertos, The Days of the Dead. Includes a recipe for pan de los muertos.
J736.98 TRENC Trenchard, Kathleen Mexican Papercutting: Simple Techniques for Creating Colorful Cut-Paper Projects
Patterns and instructions are provided for decorative banners, flags, greeting cards, table runners, luminarias, and more. The book also offers a fascinating history of the origins of the craft.
S JE WEILL Weill, Cynthia Mi Familia Calaca ~ My Skeleton Family
"Let me introduce you to 'mi familia calaca'. We're just like everyone else. Except we're all bones!"~back cover. Bilingual English/Spanish.
J393 Ancona, George Pablo Remembers: The Fiesta of the Day of the Dead
During the three-day celebration of the Days of the Dead, a young Mexican boy and his family make elaborate preparations to honor the spirits of the dead.
J745.5941 McGee, Randel Paper Crafts for Day of the Dead
"Explains the significance of the Day of the Dead celebration and how to make crafts out of paper"
S J394.266 BARNE Barner, Bob The Day of the Dead=El Dia de los Muertos
With sugar skulls, sweet-smelling marigold petals and joyful songs, Hispanic families welcome back ancestors on this holiday.
JE BRACE Bracegirdle, P.J. The Dead Family Diaz
Angelito Diaz is afraid of walking among the Living on the Day of the Dead, especially with his older sister, Estrellita, teasing him, but once in the Land of the Living, he quickly makes a new friend.
S JE Levy, Janice The Spirit of Tio Fernando: A Day of the Dead story
As he prepares to celebrate the Day of the Dead, a young boy remembers all the things he liked about his favorite uncle.
S J394.266 ANDRA Andrade, Mary J. The Vigil of the Little Angels: Day of the Dead in Mexico
Text in English and Spanish, and illustrations, describe the ritual of the Little Angels' Vigil, as celebrated by children in the area of Lake Patzcuaro, in Michoacan, Mexico, as part of the Day of the Dead celebration.
JE GOLDM Goldman, Judy Uncle Monarch and the Day of the Dead
Upon the death of her beloved Tio Urbano, who has taught her that monarch butterflies are the souls of the dead, young Lupita gains a deeper understanding of Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, as it is observed in rural Mexico.

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