Arte Público Press is the nation's largest and most established publisher of contemporary and recovery literature by U.S. Hispanic authors. Publishing twenty five to thirty books each year, Arte Público Press is David to New York publishing industry Goliaths. However, because of its cultural sensitivity to its writers and the experiences they write about, along with a vision for the role of Hispanic literature in the United States, Arte Público Press has demonstrated that size (or lack of it) is not proportionately related to success in the commercial book market.
Hispanic topics appropriate for Elementary students, written in bilingual format with English and Spanish in the same book.
The Ruiz Street Kids
Filled with humor and mystery, the Ruiz Street kid's adventures unfold as they try to understand the peculiar new kid on the block named David.
El monstruo en el colchón y otros cuentos
Children take the lead in these amusing and entertaining stories as they try to solve mystifying puzzles that occur in daily activities. Accompanied by line drawings, these conundrums are sure to grab the interest of early readers. (In Spanish.)
Ruido de cadenas
Based on the tradition and superstitions of a previous generation, these stories will send shivers up kids' spines while capturing the essence of New Mexican folklore. (In Spanish.)
A Mummy in Her Backpack
When Flor returns from her family vacation in Mexico, she's shocked to find a mummy in her backpack! Rafa, a mummy from the famous museum in Guanajuato, hitched a ride to the United States. But soon he realizes that he needs to get home for El Día de los Muertos / The Day of the Dead.
Adapted by celebrated author Judith Ortiz Cofer, these Puerto Rican folktales will delight young readers. Available in both English and Spanish, these stories featuring a variety of animals share lessons that will appeal to kids who enjoy animals and storytelling.
English titles with Hispanic topics and culture.
Autobiographical stories about growing up as the son of Mexican immigrants in California.
The Summer of El Pintor
The small shops and battered houses of Lucia Street are a far cry from the upper crust neighborhood and the posh boarding school Monica Ramos left behind when she moved to the barrio. She doesn’t realize that the miserable summer she expects will be quite an adventure. From the moment she discovers a mysterious letter in a musty hiding place forgotten since her mother’s death, she is drawn into a web of questions surrounding the disappearance of her neighbor, El Pintor. Why did he live on her grandparents’ property free of charge? Why did he paint portraits of her mother and the ruins on Chimney Hill? Why are all the young people in the barrio so intrigued by him? Monica is soon drawn into the search for El Pintor, the mysterious man she believes holds the secret to her mother’s past.
Fat No More
In this fascinating memoir, twenty-year-old Alberto Hidalgo-Robert writes about his lifelong struggle with obesity. This spirited book offers a roadmap for living a healthy life and regaining self-respect and social acceptance.
The Witches of Ruidoso
In the last years of the nineteenth century, in the western territory that would become New Mexico, young Elijah and fourteen-year-old Beth Delilah become constant companions. They roam the ancient country of mysterious terrain, where the mountain looms and reminds them of their insignificance, and observe the eccentric characters in the village. Together, they come of age in a land of mountains and ravens, where good and evil vie for the souls of Mexicans, Indians and white men alike.
Hispanic topics appropriate for MS and HS students, written in bilingual format with English and Spanish in the same book.
Lorenzo's Secret Mission
Fifteen-year-old Lorenzo Bannister becomes involved in supplying George Washington's army, leading from the docks of New Orleans to the battlefields of the American Revolution.
The Year of Our Revolution
This landmark collection of poetry, fiction, fable and essay presents a kaleidoscopic vision of growing up as seen through the eyes of young women.
Fernández's Spanish-language version of her award-winning novel is made up of sensitive portraits of six extraordinary women of the Texas-Mexican border.
El dilema de Trino
Trino Olivares must decide which choices will impress his friends—and which choices are the best for Trino.
This collection gathers the complete short fiction of the late Tomás Rivera. Framed within the Odyssean cycle of migratory farmworkers, Rivera's stories are myths and parables that relate the universal themes of alienation, love and betrayal, man and nature, death and resurrection and the search for community. (In Spanish.)