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Happy Dia de los Muertos!

When I lived in San Antonio, I witnessed large celebrations of Dia de los Muertos. Being from Pittsburgh, I had no idea what it meant but because I love everything about the Hispanic culture, I was hooked after some education. Day of the Dead translates simply into day of the dead. Despite what you think, it’s not some creepy zombie thing.  It’s a celebration of the lives of those you’ve loved who have died.  The way Mexicans honor those loved ones is by dressing up in sugar skulls and eating lots of candy, decorating in bright festive colors, dancing, drinking and general merriment. Anything that involves candy and cake is my kind of holiday, no?

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I try to review dia books each year but this year I decided just to point you in the direction of other sites to see what they are doing.   Click the link to see my review.

Here’s a link to a list of books from Babble.

Beautiful slide show from National Geographic.

Here’s how they’re celebrating in San Diego. Oh what a beautiful city!

And there’s a movie called The Book of Life which references the beautiful colors of Dia…

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I haven’t seen the movie so if you’ve seen it let me know what you think.

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Here’s an activity book in case you need some ideas for your sugar skulls.

Now you’re all set.

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5 Books to help you celebrate el Dia de los Muertos

 

I loved living in Texas because of all of the fiestas.  And the food. But that’s another story.  But while living in Texas I learned to celebrate el Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead.  Day of the dead celebrates your loved ones who have died and if you think about it, it’s kind of nice remembering loved ones.  el Dia celebrations include decorative festive skulls (sugar skulls), brightly colored flowers, music, and food.

Think it sounds like fun?

You betcha!

Here are five books to introduce or help your family celebrate Dia de los Muertos:

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courtesy The Latin Baby Book Club

Day of the Dead paper dolls.

 

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Day of the Dead by Tony Johnston, a picture book incorporating Spanish and English words.

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courtesy The Latin Baby Book Club

I Remember Abuelito by Janice Levy, a bilingual picture book in which a little girl fondly remembers her grandfather, abuelito.

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courtesy The Latin Baby Book Club

Just a Minute by Yuyi Morales, is a trickster tale that helps children learn to count in English and Spanish.

 

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courtesy Mommy Maestra

Rosita y Conchita by Eric Gonzalez & Erich Haeger a fact based picture books describing how to celebrate Dia de los Muertos.

 

And because everyone loves a fun app there’s…

Oy, Mexico, a Dia de los Muertos app!

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courtesy Mommy Maestra

So now you have everything you need to celebrate your loved ones

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now pass the pan de muerte!