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Today’s post about The Day of the Dead comes to you in English and in Spanish!

El Día de los muertos or The Day of the Dead is celebrated on November 1–2 in Mexican and other Latin American cultures. It has been increasingly popular with Latinos and other communities in the United States who find this to be a spirited holiday to remember and honor beloved ones who have died.

Families and friends visit the graves of people they loved. They create altars at home with yellow marigolds, prepare the food their loved ones liked to eat, and drink chocolate caliente (hot chocolate) along with special sweet bread called pan de muerto. Grown-ups can talk about those who died and children learn about their family history.

Introduce kids to Bob Barner’s fun and colorful book, El Día de los muertos/The Day of the Dead. His vibrant collage of illustrations and the simple rhyming text in English and Spanish capture this unique festivity.

This book is directed toward young readers, but it will sure become a school and family favorite! Simple, poetic text sets a musical and lively tone!

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The book includes an author’s note with additional information and facts about the holiday.

El Día de los muertos se celebra el 1o y 2o de noviembre en las culturas mexicana y latinoamericana. En los Estados Unidos se ha convertido en una fiesta cada vez más popular entre los latinos y otras comunidades porque la consideran una celebración llena de vida para recordar y honrar a los seres queridos que han fallecido.

Las familias y los amigos visitan las tumbas de sus seres queridos. Ponen altares en casa decorados con flores de cempazuchitl, preparan la comida que disfrutaban sus seres queridos y beben chocolate caliente acompañado con pan de muerto. Los adultos cuentan historias sobre las personas que han muerto y los niños aprenden sobre la historia de su familia.

El divertido y colorido libro de Bob Barner El día de los muertos/The Day of the Dead es perfecto para que los niños aprendan por primera vez sobre esta celebración. El estupendo collage que ilustra este libro y el sencillo texto rimado, en inglés y en español, capturan el carácter único de esta fiesta

Este libro está dirigido a los pequeños lectores, pero se convertirá en un favorito de todos en la escuela y la familia. El texto simple y poético tiene un tono alegre y musical.

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El libro incluye una nota del autor con información y datos sobre esta celebración.

Mariel López-Mota joined Scholastic Book Clubs in 2008 as the Editor of Club Leo in the New York offices. Before joining Scholastic, she worked with educational institutions and philanthropic organizations. She completed her Master’s degree in Communication and Visual Arts in Mexico City, where she also obtained a degree in Journalism with a focus in Arts and Spanish Literature. She was a Pre-K teacher for 5 years while she was a college student.

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