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 Missing Chancleta
Narrated by Detective Flaca in hard-boiled detective style, this bilingual collection of inter-related short stories for intermediate readers will appeal to seasoned and reluctant readers alike. And Flaca will surely inspire a host of amateur private investigators!
Los muchachos de la calle Ruiz
Filled with humor and mystery, the Ruiz Street kids adventures unfold as they try to understand the peculiar new kid on the block named David. (In Spanish.)
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.)
El caso de la pluma perdida
When Toots approaches P.I. Mickey Rangel at school, he knows something is up. Rumor has it that Toots stole a valuable pen, and she needs Mickey to prove her innocence. But as Mickey begins his investigation, all clues point to Toots and her newly ex-boyfriend as the primary suspects. (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.
English titles with Hispanic topics and culture.
The spunky protagonists in these stories navigate the uncertain waters of adolescence in Miami. It’s tough to be caught between the two worlds of childhood and womanhood, but it’s even harder when a Cuban girl must cross the bridge between two cultures to fit into a foreign environment.
Spirits of the High Mesa
A young boy growing up in a rural town in New Mexico has a special relationship with his grandfather, one of the village elders. But the coming of electricity, the U.S. Forest Service and a large sawmill will forever change the town, and he is torn between the seductiveness of progress and his loyalty to the village traditions.
Looking for La Unica
While visiting a local guitar shop, Monica overhears a heated argument between father and son. They have lost La Única, a precious family heirloom that should never have been sold. Suddenly, Monica finds herself fingered as the chief suspect. Blending a puzzling mystery with the ordinary trials of adolescence, this entertaining novel will keep readers guessing.
Autobiographical stories about growing up as the son of Mexican immigrants in California.
Two Badges: The Lives of Mona Ruiz
This engrossing memoir charts Ruiz’s journey toward self-identity, tracing the tortuous path of her life—a life in which Ruiz assumed contradictory roles: gang chola, high school drop-out, disowned daughter, battered wife, welfare mother, student, and policewoman. At each step in the journey, Ruiz faced violence, ridicule, and skepticism. She nevertheless prevailed in exchanging her badge of social defiance for one of protecting her community.
Hispanic topics appropriate for MS and HS students, written in bilingual format with English and Spanish in the same book.
...y no se lo tragó la tierra
This classic novel in the original Spanish is about a Mexican-American family's life as migrant workers during the 1950s, as seen through the eyes of a young boy.
El año de nuestra revolución
Shimmering fragments of poetry, fiction, fable and essay reflect a kaleidoscopic vision of burgeoning adulthood as seen through the eyes of the young protagonists.
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.)
The spunky Cuban-American protagonists in this Spanish-language collection of short stories navigate the uncertain waters of adolescence in Miami.