Cinco de Mayo is well-known for its festivity, but it also is known as a day of remembrance, commemorating the Mexican army’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla. To celebrate, there are several books that share the story of Cinco de Mayo.
In the United States, Cinco de Mayo has come to be a day that we celebrate Mexican-American culture and enjoy some fun, but it actually is a celebration that is in remembrance of the Battle of Puebla in 1862. It was on that date that the Mexican Army was victorious over the French.
In Mexico, there are many festivity remembrances, military parades, and ceremonies remembering the story of the underdogs. In America, we celebrate with fun too, and here are some great books to include in the festivity!
This Rookie Reader is a perfect non-fiction book for primary-grade school kids! Full of basic facts about the Battle of Puebla and the various celebrations that happen in Mexico and the U.S., it is full of bright colors and depictions of parades and dances that go along with the holiday.
This is a beautiful story of a Mexican American little boy named Marco, and his perspective on the traditions and celebrations that go with Cinco de May. He is participating in his city’s celebration, and his older cousin shares with him the importance of remembering the Mexican Army’s monumental victory. We love that it’s a fictitious story, but also has sidebars that give additional information about the holiday and what it stands for.
Additionally, we love that it shows kiddos how to make their own maracas!
This adorable book takes children through Mexican culture and heritage with the main character Pablo and his calf Rodeo, and does so to the tune of “B-I-N-G-O” in a fun and whimsical way. Pablo rides Rodeo to the Cinco de Mayo celebration at school and children will delight in the fun that they find in the havoc he wreaks. There is a supplemental glossary that will give little readers and listeners some Spanish vocabulary and a history of the victory over the French in the Franco-Mexican War. And a super bonus? A kid-friendly recipe for flan that is easy, fun and delicious!
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This is part of a holiday series that focuses on the favorite holidays of children and adults, and is perfect for new readers who are interested in non-fiction and some basic details about Cinco de Mayo and why we celebrate it. There is good vocabulary for emergent readers and bright and colorful pictures to make it appealing and informative.
Okay, we admit it. We love this little mouse and totally relate to him using his nose to sniff out delicious smells as he is led to a Cinco de Mayo festival! He sees all the delightful treats and musicians playing, as well as dancers taking part in the merriment. But he doesn’t realize that Cat is also looking to celebrate the day with a delicious menu of MOUSE! It’s a fun cat-and-mouse story and teaches about Cinco de Mayo celebrations in an easy to understand way.