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Cinco de Mayo


Are you looking for literature to support classroom instruction about Cinco de Mayo? Check out Our Editors’ Choices for titles recommended by the Education World team. Then it's your turn to share books that you enjoy or use in your classroom in the Our Readers’ Voices section below. With your help, we will build the best list on the Web of Best Books for teaching about Cinco de Mayo.



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by Mary Dodson Wade, Nanci R. Vargus (2003)
Cinco de Mayo outlines the events that led up to the Battle of Puebla in remarkably simple terms, and then shows various aspects of contemporary festivities, including a mariachi band, dancers, parades, and so on. The pictures and words of this book combine to offer a bright, serviceable introduction. Presenting only the basics, the book leaves many children with questions, including the location of Mexico (no maps are included). A vocabulary review closes each book. (Booklist) Part of the Rookie Read-About Holidays series.

by Janice Levy (2007)
It's Cinco de Mayo! Everyone is celebrating the holiday in their own way. "Mama marches in the parade. Papa plays in a mariachi band. Abuelita cooks a special meal." A very simple history of the holiday is interspersed with the story of a young boy celebrating Cinco de Mayo with his family. This bilingual book features a section with "find what's missing" pictures and simple crafts perfect for any child's Cinco de Mayo celebration.

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by Argentina Palacios, Alex Haley
An easy biography combined with a brief and accurate explanation of the Battle of Puebla, which occurred during Juarez's presidency and is the basis for the holiday celebrated on the fifth of May (Cinco de Mayo). Palacio's vivid, informal writing will appeal to readers. Her facts are well researched, and transitions are fairly smooth. There is an introductory note by Alex Haley and an end note about Cinco de Mayo that briefly summarizes the main ideas. (School Library Journal)

by Carol Gnojewski
Celebrations of Cinco de Mayo are becoming increasingly common in the U.S. Gnojewski explains the history behind the fiesta, telling about the battle on May 5, 1862, in which the Mexican army and residents of the city of Puebla fought the French army. After outlining the history and introducing Mexican heroes such as Benito Juarez, she takes a look at some of the traditional elements of a Cinco de Mayo celebration -- food, music, and dance. (Booklist)

by F. Isabel Campoy, Alma Flor Ada (2006)
As students prepare to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, they practice a Mexican dance and try their best not to step on the hat. Includes an informative section about Cinco de Mayo.

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