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 Mystery of the Mischievous Marker
Kid detective Mickey Rangel has another mystery to solve in the third book in this series of bilingual "flip" books for middle readers.
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.
Kid Ciclón se enfrenta a El Diablo
Popular kids' author Xavier Garza returns with more stories featuring spooky characters from Mexican-American folklore. These hair-raising stories are sure to lure even the most reluctant readers into their pages. (In Spanish.)
The Lemon Tree Caper
Mickey Rangel, kid detective extraordinaire, has another mystery to solve. His neighbor, Señorita Andrade, has been robbed of her prize-winning lemons! But who could have done it? "I'll get to the bottom of this, ma'am. Mickey Rangel is on the case."
Brujas, lechuzas y espantos
Based on oral tradition, these stories featuring witches, owls and other spooky creatures have been told in Spanish-speaking barrios for generations. This bilingual collection will entertain and terrify a new generation of English- and Spanish-speaking children with the supernatural tales of the Hispanic community. (In Spanish.)
English titles with Hispanic topics and culture.
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.
Who's Buried in the Garden?
Young adult author and educator Ray Villareal has written another fast-paced, exciting novel for middle-school students that explores the impact of making poor decisions and the importance of choosing the right friends.
A Good Long Way
Author and educator René Saldaña, Jr. writes a fast-paced, thought-provoking novel that will engage young adults in questions about their own lives and responsibilities to family, friends, and most of all, to themselves.
With little help from any adults, Trino has to decide which choices will impress his friends and which are the best for him in this dramatic story about the difficult problems that kids today face and the sometimes deadly consequences that can result.
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.
Hispanic topics appropriate for MS and HS students, written in bilingual format with English and Spanish in the same book.
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.)
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.
Bailando con el diablo y otros cuentos del más allá
This story collection features supernatural beings and elements rooted in Latino folklore.
...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.