October OSCURO presents La Casa Azul Bookstore’s Top 5 Children’s Books for Dia de los Muertos

Don’t be left empty headed…or handed…this year for

Dia de los Muertos

Scurry over to your favorite local indie bookstore and get some books to share with the lil’ devils on Dia de los Muertos Oct 31-Nov 2.

Here’s a list of 5 favorites from one of our favorite indies, La Casa Azul Bookstore:

Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos), celebrated between October 31st and November 2nd, is a celebration in which Mexicans remember and honor their deceased loved ones. It’s a festive and colorful holiday. Mexicans visit cemeteries, decorate the graves and spend time there – in the presence of their deceased friends and family members. They also make elaborately decorated altars in their homes to welcome the spirits. The spirits of the dead are expected to pay a holiday visit home and should be provided with an enticing repast and adequate sustenance for the journey.

~Aurora Anaya-Cerda, founder La Casa Azul Bookstore

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El dia de los muertos / The Day of the Dead

by Bob Barner

This story looks at the Mexican Day of the Dead holiday, as a family remembers their ancestors and celebrates with sugar skulls, marigold petals, and joyful songs.

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Calavera Abecedario: A Day of the Dead Alphabet Book

by Jeanette Winter

A title that features jaunty illustrations inspired by Mexican folk art and a short story about preparations for the Day of the Dead that includes within it an alphabet book based on the Spanish alphabet. The heart of the book is the artwork: vivid pastel clothing and scenery set against shiny black backgrounds and complemented by the bright white of the skeletons that form an integral part of the Mexican and Mexican-American celebrations.

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Un Regalo Para Abuelita/ a Gift for Abuelita

by Nancy Luenn

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.

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I Remember Abuelito / Yo Recuerdo a Abuelito

by Janice Levy

It’s the Day of the Dead! It’s time to celebrate! In this bilingual book, a young girl is busy helping her family prepare to honor those who have died. First she goes with her mama to the market to buy pan de muerto. Then she lays a path of marigold petals with her papa. But mostly, she thinks of her abuelito. She misses him very much and is excited for his spirit to visit that night. And when she sees the butterflies fly through the sky, she knows that his spirit is with them.

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Festival of Bones/El Festival De Las Calaveras

by Luis San Vicente

The works of Mexico City artist Luis San Vicente have been exhibited in Mexico, Venezuela, Europe, and the United States. He has won UNESCO’s prestigious NOMA Encouragement Concours Prize for Illustration, and UNESCO honored his work (1997, 1998, and 1999) in their prestigious Youth and Children’s Catalog of Illustrations. San Vicente lets children join the celebration as they watch the skeletons rock, rattle, and roll those long old bones as they get ready for the biggest event of their social calendar.

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About La Casa Azul Bookstore:

Grounded in Latino culture, La Casa Azul Bookstore is dedicated to providing cultural, and educational programs via literature and art in East Harlem. It is our vision to foster public awareness and appreciation of the arts by being a focal point where people come to find unique gifts and participate in culturally-based workshops that celebrate Latino traditions.

La Casa Azul Bookstore has been online for 3 years (lacasaazulbookstore.com). Since the launch of the website in 2008, La Casa Azul Bookstore has hosted over 60 events in local cultural institutions, schools and cafés with authors like Esmeralda Santiago, Daisy Martinez and Junot Diaz. La Casa Azul Bookstore also established the annual East Harlem Children’s Book Festival, and also works with local schools and non-profit organizations to promote literacy.

La Casa Azul is currently in the midst of an exciting and ambitious fundraising project to take them from an online space to a brick and mortar store in East Harlem.

Founder Aurora Anaya-Cerda launched the ‘40K in 40 days’ campaign to open La Casa Azul Bookstore in East Harlem. A generous benefactor has committed to matching the $40,000 dollar for dollar if La Casa Azul Bookstore and its supporters can match the amount by October 23rd.

This is a campaign to open a real, physical, retail space in East Harlem. La Casa Azul Bookstore will sell new & used books, coffee, pastries, art, clothing and locally-made cards and gifts. We will continue to work with area schools and nonprofits to promote literacy in our community, and will cross-promote with local businesses to highlight the importance of sustainability & buying locally.

A wide array of incentives are offered to campaign supporters, with gifts ranging from autographed books, T-shirts, to naming a bookshelf! The money raised in the ‘40K in 40 days’ campaign will guarantee a matching investment and the opportunity to secure inventory, fixtures and café equipment. Most importantly, it will secure the deposit on the retail property and allow for La Casa Azul Bookstore to open its doors in 2012.

40K in 40 days campaign information:
Indiegogo campaign link: www.indiegogo.com/lacasaazulbookstorenyc
Website: lacasaazulbookstore.com
Twitter: @lacasaazulbooks
Blog: www.luchalibrosnyc.blogspot.com
Email: lucha.libros@gmail.com

One thought on “October OSCURO presents La Casa Azul Bookstore’s Top 5 Children’s Books for Dia de los Muertos

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