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El día de los niños
El día de los libros

Celebrate Children's Day / Book Day with our special 50% discount off books purchased for Día events! For inexpensive paperback books for children, such as Día founder Pat Mora's The Desert Is My Mother / El desierto es mi madre, please click here.
The Party for Papá Luis
La fiesta para Papá Luis
by Diane Gonzales Bertrand
Party for Papa¡ Luis
Named to the 2010-2011 Tejas Star Book List

Told in lively verse, this cumulative tale builds from one page to the next as popular children's book author Diane Gonzales Bertrand presents a charming look at a big family gathering that celebrates the patriarch's birthday.

List Price $16.95
Special Price $8.48

René Has Two Last Names
René tiene dos apellidos

by René Colato Laínez

Rene Has Two Last Names

Named to the 2010-2011 Tejas Star Book List

Young René is from El Salvador, and doesn't understand why his name has to be different in the United States. So when the students are given a project to create a family tree, René is determined to explain the importance of using both last names.

"The significance of [a] Hispanic tradition respecting both sides of a child's parentage is well explained in this easily understood example of a cultural difference."
-Kirkus Reviews

List Price $ 15.95
Special Price $7.98

Baseball on Mars
Béisbol en Marte
by Tim Hoppey & Rafael Rivera, Jr.
Baseball on Mars
Named to the 2010-2011 Tejas Star Book List

"Readers learn how a simple game of catch between father and son can become an event of cosmic proportions. Color illustrations and flavor and dimension . . . a satisfying read."
-School Library Journal

"Reminiscent of Ezra Jack Keat's Regards to the Man in the Moon . . . the subtle message of the importance of a parent's role in a child's creative play blends seamlessly with the simpler theme of a son's love for his father."   -Kirkus Reviews

List Price $15.95
Special Price


by Gwendolyn Zepeda


Finalist, Texas Institute of Letters Award, 2010

The tender relationship between grandparent and grandchild is illuminated in this story as seven-year-old Marisol helps Grandad make a garden. Children will sow and reap ideas of their own about ways to share a little joy, just as Marisol does with sunflowers.

"A pleasing and effective multicultural offering"
-Kirkus Reviews

List Price $15.95
Special Price$7.98

On the Biblioburro...

Even kids in remote Colombian villages are reading Piñata Books like
Monica Brown's Butterflies on Carmen Street / Mariposas en la calle Carmen!

Click here to read our latest blog post about Luis Soriano, his donkeys Alfa and Beto, and their mission to spread literacy by taking books to children in rural areas in Colombia.

Pat Mora

Pat Mora

El día de los niños / El día de los libros (Children's Day / Book Day), known as Día, is a celebration of children, families, and reading held annually on April 30. The celebration was founded by author Pat Mora and emphasizes the importance of advocating literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds. To learn more about Día, click here.

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This special offer is good on books ordered before April 30, 2010 for events celebrating El día de los niños / El día de los libros.  Visit our online catalog at Fax your order to (713) 743-2847 or e-mail your order to [email protected].

ARTE PÚBLICO PRESS is the nation's largest and most established publisher of contemporary and recovered literature by U.S. Hispanic authors.  Its imprint for children and young adults, Piñata Books, is dedicated to the realistic and authentic portrayal of the themes, languages, characters, and customs of Hispanic culture in the United States. Based at the University of Houston, Arte Público Press, Piñata Books and the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage project provide the most widely recognized and extensive showcase for Hispanic literary arts, history, and politics.  For more information, please visit