Dia de Los Muertos

It’s Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and children throughout the pueblo, or town, are getting ready to celebrate! They decorate with colored streamers, calaveras, or sugar skulls, and pan de muertos, or bread of the dead. There are altars draped in cloth and covered in marigolds and twinkling candles. Music fills the streets. Join the fun and festivities, learn about a different cultural tradition, and brush up on your Spanish vocabulary, as the town honors their dearly departed in a traditional, time-honored style.


¡Es el Día de los Muertos y todos los niños del pueblo y ciudad están listos para celebrar! Decoran con calaveras lo calavera de azucar, pan de muertos y banderas. Hay altares cubriertos de manta con muchas flores, y velas parpadiendo. Musica llena las calles. Hay que unirse con los festivales y abrender una diferente cultura y traduciones y repasar el vocabulario en español, mientras el pueblo honra sus queridos en una tradución con el transcurso y con el estilo del tiempo.

  • 32 Pages
  • 10.75" x 8.5"
  • 9780807515662
  • September 2015

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  • 32 Pages
  • 10.75" x 8.5"
  • 9780807515778
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  • Thong once again proves her mastery at creating a multicultural picture-book text that engages all readers…The rhyme is rhythmic and effortless, making it a delightful read-aloud…This enchanting presentation of the Dia de los Muertos holiday will resonate with both those who are new to its traditions and those who have been celebrating for generations.

    - Kirkus, starred review

  • Thong smoothly incorporates Spanish words into her playful verse: “We share in the foods that our guests loved to eat—/ fresh fruit and tamales, a holiday treat.”

    - Publishers Weekly

  • Ballesteros’s vibrant and child-friendly art bursts off the page, sometimes overcrowding the tableau in a way that marries well with the partylike atmosphere…A jovial primer on the Latin American holiday for the uninitiated and a fiesta for those who already partake.

    - School Library Journal

  • Spanish words are so seamlessly woven throughout the text that readers unfamiliar with the terms will easily grasp their meanings through context and accompanying illustrations…A great choice for readers who celebrate the holiday and those wanting to learn more about it.

    - Booklist Online

Awards & Accolades

  • 2015 Gelett Burgess Children's Book Award: Multicultural Celebrations
  • Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2016—CBC/NCSS


Common Core

SL.2.1,1a,1b,1c,2,3,4,5,6 RF.2.3,3f,4,4a,4b,4c L.2.2,2a,2d,3,4,4a,4e,5,5a,6 RL.2.1,2,4,5,7,9,10 W.2.2,5,6,7,8


  • Accelerated Reader Points: 0.5
  • ATOS Level: 3.6