Upcoming Spring ’19 Book Releases by Latinx Authors & Illustrators

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(banner that says “Latinx Spring Reads 2019” on top, @boricuareads under the 2019, and in the bottom there are book covers with leaves and stems under them to simulate flowers)

The snow is starting to melt, the trees are looking green again, flowers are beginning to welcome sunshine and showers…

Here? It’s gonna get hotter as Easter approaches, with more people bathing at the beach and more tourists starting to arrive for their Spring Breaks. That’s right, Spring is around the corner. The time between Spring and Summer is my favorite, as it’s cool enough for me to wear cool jackets and but also hot enough that we don’t have to wear coats (I mean, I don’t have to wear coats at any given time here, but I’m being empathetic for those going through harsh winters and who are waiting for Spring to arrive).

It also means it’s time to bring a new list to your lives, or, what I’ve dubbed “#Read&Latinx.” We’ve had Summer 2018 (#ReadLatinx), Fall 2018 (#2Read2Latinx), and Winter ‘18-19 (#ReadLatinx:Winter Drift) to prepare for this monster list. 

Curating these lists is both a joy and a curse, seeing as I’d like to buy every single book but I know that can’t be feasible (I’m both broke and unemployed). Working on these posts is my way to give back to a community of writers that can be often ignored by a community of readers as well as publishing at large when they’re not given ample publicity in comparison to many hegemonic writers.

In any case, I’m proud to present over 70 books that will be releasing between February 15th and May 31st, 2019. It consists of books written and/or illustrated by Latinx authors. The list will be divided by age category (Picture Books, MG, YA, or Adult) as well as genre (Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Anthology) and subgenres (Literary, Contemporary, Fantasy, etc.) Each of the books listed will have the title, the name of the author/illustrator, its release date, and a short description written by yours truly. Each category is sorted by release date. Books marked by an asterisk (*) are ones I don’t know their official release date or don’t have enough information about.

Disclaimer: This compilation is by no means exhaustive or comprehensive; it only contains titles I’ve been able to find through extensive research. If you know of a book I didn’t list, or have a correction to make, don’t hesitate to let me know!

Picture Books

Realistic:*

  • One is a Piñata: A Book of Numbers by Roseanne Thong, illustrated by John Parra (03/12/2019) -Everything around us has numbers, including fiestas! A picture book for the child ready to learn about counting.
  • Babymoon by Hayley Barrett, illustrated by Juana Martínez-Neal (04/02/2019) – For parents who are receiving a new baby into their home, it translates into a story of warmth and love.
  • A New Home/Un Nuevo Hogar by Tania de Regil (04/09/2019) – One child in Mexico City is moving to New York City, while another is moving from New York City to Mexico City. What is home and what does it mean when you have to leave the only place you’ve known.
  • Luca’s Bridge/El Puente de Luca by Mariana Llanos, illustrated by Anna López Real (04/16/2019) – A bilingual story about family from the point of view of a boy’s whose family faces deportation in the U.S. to Mexico.
  • A Library for Juana: The World of Sor Juana Inés by Pat Mora, illustrated by Beatriz Vidal (04/23/2019) – A reprint of the 2002 biography of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz and her life as a scholar and a nun.

Animals:

  • Bravo, Chico Canta! Bravo! by Pat Mora & Libby Martinez, illustrated by Amelia Lau Carling (03/05/2019)- Paperback re-release of a classic picture book by two amazing Latina authors, about a mischievous mouse who saves his family from a clever cat.
  • ¡Vamos! Let’s Go to the Market by Raúl the Third (04/02/2019) – Follow Little Lobo and friends around a border town market as they teach readers Spanish words.
  • I’m A Baked Potato! by Elise Primavera, illustrated by Juana Medina (05/07/2019) – A little dog named Baked Potato loves his owner, but when he gets lost whilst looking for her, he suffers from an identity crisis. [Review]
  • Lion and Mouse by Jairo Buitrago, illustrated by Rafael Yockteng, translated by Eliza Amado (05/07/2019) – An update to the classic fable of Lion and Mouse, two unlikely creature become friends.

Fantasy:

  • Friends by Geraldo Valério (03/05/2019) – In this wordless picture book, a girl and a frog go on an underwater adventure full of friendship and imagination.
  • Zombies Don’t Eat Veggies! by Megan Lacera and Jorge Lacera (04/02/2019) – In their picture book debut, this married duo lets Mo Romero and his zombie family take center stage as Mo decides he wants to switch to a veggie diet.
  • The Windy Day by Tony Sandoval (05/14/2019) – A young girl sets out on her own to fly her kite and encounters a pirate cloud full of goblins looking to cause trouble.

Historical:

  • Goodnight ‘70s by Peter Stein, illustrated by Alyssa Bermudez (05/07/2019) – A throwback to the 70’s and an homage to Goodbye Moon, this parody will appeal to nostalgia aficionados who want their children to go to sleep.

Early Reader/Middle Grades

Contemporary:

  • La selva (Forest World) by Margarita Engle, translated by Alexis Romay (02/26/2019) – Spanish version of Forest World; Edver wasn’t looking forward to visiting Cuba, much less when he learns he has an older sister.
  • Lety Out Loud by Angela Cervantes (02/26/2019) – Set in the same universe as Gaby, Lost and Found, our protagonist, Lety, is trying to learn English as well as win a coveted volunteer spot to write animal profiles at the animal shelter.
  • The Moon Within by Aida Salazar (02/26/2019) – A novel in verse about learning about yourself, growing up, and accepting your friends, family, and identity.  [Review]
  • Beast Rider by Tony Johnston and María Elena Fontanot de Rhoads (03/19/2019) – Manuel has tried many times to cross the U.S. border to get to his brother in L.A. to brutal effect. When he finally gets there, things don’t feel the same…
  • Sarai and the Around the World Fair by Sarai Gonzalez and Monica Brown (03/26/2019) – Sarai is back in the fourth installment of the series! This time, her school is hosting the “Around the World Fair,” which allows Sarai to live out her dream of traveling to different places.
  • Manuelito by Elisa Amado, illustrated by Abraham Urias (04/09/2019) – In this graphic novel, we follow Manuelito as he travels with his family from Guatemala to seek asylum in the U.S., all while evading many dangerous situations.  [Review to come]
  • Silver Meadows Summer by Emma Otheguy (04/30/2019) – Carolina has to attend SIlver Meadows summer camp, all while dealing with the move from Puerto Rico to upstate New York and family troubles.
  • Juana & Lucas: Big Problemas by Juana Medina (05/14/2019) – In the sequel to Juana and Lucas, Juana’s mother announces she’s getting married. Though Juana is distraught, she knows her Mami and their dog, Lucas, love her. [Review to come]

Fantasy:

  • Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez (03/05/2019) – Sal gets into big trouble when he conjures a chicken into a classmate’s locker. When he teams up with Gabi, and they start manipulating space and time, shenanigans ensue. [Review to come]
  • Red Panda & Moon Bear by Jarod Roselló (03/26/2019) Red Panda & Moon Bear team up to defeat bad guys, aliens, and time warps before their parents find out in this children’s graphic novel.
  • The Unicorn Rescue Society: The Chupacabras of the Rio Grande by Adam Gidwitz & David Bowles, illustrated by Hatem Aly (04/16/2019) – Adam Gidwitz joins forces with acclaimed author David Bowles as The Unicorn Rescue Society is called upon to save the Chupacabras!
  • Dactyl Hill Squad: Freedom Fire by Daniel José Older (05/14/2019) – The thrilling sequel to Dactyl Hill Squad, follow Magdalys and her crew as they travel South with their dinosaurs to find Magdalys’ brother, even as the CIvil War continues raging around them.
  • Fun Fun Fun World by Yehudi Mercado (05/18/2019) – A wacky and colorful alien crew must save the planet with the help of Javi Camacho, conspiracy theorist and son of an amusement park’s engineer.

Nonfiction:


Young Adult

Contemporary:

  • Brief Chronicle of Another Stupid Heartbreak by Adi Alsaid (04/30/2019) – Lu Charles is in a funk after her boyfriend breaks up with her. So, she decides to shadow a couple planning on breaking up before they leave to college, to observe what love actually looks like.
  • Barely Missing Everything by Matt Mendez (03/05/2019) – Three kids dealing with their own problems decide to go on a road trip to find out more about the identity of a prison pen pal, and along the way they could learn more about themselves… [Review to come]
  • Fat Angie: Rebel Girl Revolution by E.E. Charlton-Trujillo (03/05/2019) – In the sequel to Fat Angie, Angie is still struggling with grief, her tormentors, and her girlfriend’s move. Angie, thus, decides to go on a road trip with a few outsiders in order to fulfill her late sister’s wish and perhaps find herself in the process.
  • The Universal Laws of Marco by Carmen Rodrigues (03/19/2019) – In eighth grade, Marco Suárez kissed a girl, except the day after that she left, leaving behind a brokenhearted Marco. When she comes back during senior year, Marco has to grapple with his feelings, even as he’s on the brink of leaving.
  • This Train is Being Held by Ismée Williams (04/09/2019) – Fate keeps throwing together Isabelle Warren and Alex Rosario in the downtown 1 train. As each deal with their struggles for the next three years, will they be able to get together at last?
  • With the Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo (05/07/2019) – Emoni Santiago dreams of traveling and working in a real kitchen, but her home life as a high school teen mom has her holding back.
  • Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno (05/14/2019) – Rosa and her family have been cursed, at least that’s what Abuela says, but when she’s caught in the riptide made by her own family, desires, and culture, she has to decide whether to keep with tradition or follow her own heart. [Review to come]
  • Cecilia’s Magical Mission by Viola Canales (05/31/2019)* – Cecilia’s family has certain gifts, except her. She needs to figure out what her don is before her confirmation in this book full of magical realism by the author of The Tequila Worm.

SFF:

  • Kissing Magic by Day Leitao (02/22/2019) – In this companion novel of the Whyland series, sixteen-year old Karina is called to Whyland to save a boy, risking heartbreak in the process.
  • We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejía (02/26/2019) – Dani Vargas’ life is upturned when a rebel group blackmails her to get information on her new husband and his powerful family. As tensions in Medio grow, Dani must choose between remaining complicit in the face of oppression or risking everything she’s worked for. Also it’s gay. [Review]
  • Dealing in Dreams by Lilliam Rivera (03/05/2019) – All Nalah wants is a place to call home, even though she has her gang “Las Mal Criadas” by her side. She must prove her worth by fighting other gangs in order to win a place in the Mega Towers. [Review to come]
  • The Last 8 by Laura Pohl (03/05/2019) – Clover Martínez is a survivor, which is how she’s alive after an alien invasion. After she hears a distress call, she sets out to find other survivors and finds a ragtag group instead. [Review to come]
  • The Tesla Legacy by K.K. Pérez (03/12/2019) – A girl obsessed with Nikola Tesla discovers she has electrical powers and in the process becomes embroiled in a battle between people who want her help and those who want her dead. [Review to come]
  • Nocturna (A Forgery of Magic #1) by Maya Motayne (05/07/2019) – A shapeshifter tasked with a heist. A prince dabbling in forbidden magic. Together, they must work to defeat an ancient, terrible magic they accidentally unleash. [Review to come]

Thriller:

  • End of the Lie (Anastasia Phoenix #3) by Diana Rodriguez Wallach (03/04/2019) – The finale to a thrilling series, Anastasia must deal with the aftermath of her work out in the open. Will she be able to survive old enemies who are looking for her as she avoids the horrible things her parents have done?

Non-fiction:

  • Soaring Earth: A Companion Memoir to Enchanted Air by Margarita Engle (02/26/2019) – A companion memoir to Enchanted Air, Margarita tells of her life post-Cuban Revolution and how she came of age in America as a young girl who wanted to learn who she was her own place in the world.
  • Ink Knows No Borders: Poems of the Immigrant and Refugee Experience foreword by Javier Zamora and contributors such as Elizabeth Acevedo, Erika L. Sánchez, and Ada Limón (03/12/2019) – A collection of over 60 poems written by diasporic, immigrant and refugee writers tackling issues affecting their lives and cultures.

Adult

Literary Fiction:

  • Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli (02/12/2019) – A story of memory, family, and politics, a family travels through Arizona in search of answers in the hopes of rebuilding their lives.
  • When I Walk Through That Door, I Am: An Immigrant Mother’s Quest by Jimmy Santiago Baca (02/19/2019) – Written in verse, this tale focuses on a woman’s journey into crossing the U.S. border after her husband is killed, she’s separated from her son and then sent into detention camps, all while suffering loss of self and trauma. [Review to come]
  • The Glass Eye by Yolanda Gallardo (03/31/2019) – A woman with a glass eye observes life in a Puerto Rican community in New York, even as her neighbors suspect she’s killed the woman who blinded her.
  • Sabrina & Corina: Stories by Kali Fajardo-Anstine (04/02/2019) – A collection of short stories focusing on Indigenous Latinx women in Denver, CO. An exploration on gender, race, and what home means to different people.
  • The Affairs of the Falcóns by Melissa Rivero (04/02/2019) – An undocumented Peruvian woman struggles to make ends meet in the U.S. even as a loan threatens her and her family’s livelihoods.
  • Manhattan Tropics/Trópico en Manhattan by Guillermo Cotto-Thorner (04/30/2019) – A re-release from 1951 and for the first time in English translation, follow Juan Marcos after his move from Puerto Rico to New York City in a story that should still resonate.

Romance:

  • Crashing Into Her (Love On Cue #3) by Mia Sosa (02/19/2019) – Eva Montgomery doesn’t like Anthony Castillo, but when they’re forced to train together, they’ll overlook their difference and fall for each other.
  • Hired (Happy Endings #2) by Zoey Castile (02/26/2019) – Aiden Ríos has been stranded in New Orleans for the week by his client, and all he wants is to mope. Too bad Faith Charles isn’t planning on letting him do just that.  [Review]
  • American Dreamer by Adriana Herrera (03/04/2019) – When Nesto moves his food truck from NYC to upstate New York, all he wants is for his business venture to succeed. The last thing he expects is to fall in love with Jude Fuller. [Review to come]
  • The Winter of My Love by J. L. Lora (03/15/2019) – A rich man becomes embroiled with an artist when she’s accidentally inseminated with his sperm and she decides to become his surrogate.
  • When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton (04/09/2019) – A companion novel to Next Year in Havana, this time we follow Beatriz Perez as she’s recruited by the CIA to infiltrate Fidel Castro’s inner circle. Will she compromise herself, or heart, in the process?
  • American Fairytale by Adriana Herrera (05/20/2019)* – Camilo is all-business and no nonsense, especially since he’s a social worker working to get funding for his project. Except that when a one-time fling turns out to be a wealthy donor, his walls might just break down, for him.
  • Shadows You Left by Jude Sierra & Taylor Brooke (05/20/2019)* – In this New Adult story, an underground cage fighter and a tattoo artist come together and perhaps find love with each other.

Mystery:

  • Death Blow (Veranda Cruz #3) by Isabella Maldonado (03/08/2019) – The third in the Veranda Cruz Mystery series sees the homicide detective face off with the ruthless, cunning, new leader of the cartel: Daria Villalobos.
  • Hipster Death Rattle by Richie Narváez (03/11/2019) – Police detectives and amateur investigators alike are drawn into a mysterious case as hipsters are getting killed in in a hip neighborhood of New York City.

Non-Fiction – Poetry:

  • Losing Miami by Gabriel Ojeda-Sagué (02/15/2019) – “an experiment in grieving the potential loss of Miami to rising sea levels. What are we losing if we lose Miami, a seemingly impossible city formed out of Caribbean migration and the transformation of language?”
  • (the Other House) by Rocío Carlos (02/15/2019) – “This book is a response, a map, a thread of hauntings, a reconstructed memory of loss and the body, language and desire.”
  • The Book of Ruin by Rigoberto González (03/04/2019) – “These poems consider the history of the Americas and their uncertain future, particularly regarding the danger of climate change, and suggest a line from colonialism toward a shattering ‘Apocalipsixtlán.’”
  • How To Love A Country by Richardo Blanco (03/26/2019) – “digs deep into the very marrow of our nation through poems that interrogate our past and present, grieve our injustices, and note our flaws, but also remember to celebrate our ideals and cling to our hopes.”
  • Gold That Frames the Mirror by Brandon Melendez (04/01/2019) – Taking a closer look at heritage, grief, and mental illness, it takes an unflinching look at sadness “with a possibility of wonder and joy.”
  • Why I Am Like Tequila by Lupe Méndez (04/05/2019)* – Divided into 4 parts, the writer peels back each layer from the perspective of a Mexican/Mexican American in the South.
  • Lima :: Limón by Natalie Scenters-Zapico (05/14/2019) – “illuminates both the sweet and the sour of the immigrant experience, of life as a woman in the U.S. and Mexico, and of the politics of the present day.” [Review to come]

Non-Fiction – Memoir:

  • Native Country of the Heart: A Memoir by Cherríe Moraga (04/02/2019) – A look into famed feminist Cherríe Moraga’s connection to her mother, the life her mother led prior to having her, and how their relationship and lives can be seen as parallels at times.
  • Magical Realism for Non-Believers: A Memoir of Finding Family by Anika Fajardo (04/16/2019) – A daughter seeks out her estranged father in Colombia, getting to know more about her family, herself, and perhaps a little more.

Non-Fiction – Social Science:


Are there books you think I might have missed? Let me know in the comments or reach out to me on social media (@boricuareads on IG, Twitter, and Tumblr), and I’ll add it.

If you enjoyed this list or think it’s a good resource as I believe it is, please think about maybe donating some money. I don’t get compensated for any of this, this is just what I do in my free time because I love boosting marginalized voices, but I am unemployed and in need of paying off debts. My paypal is here (paypal.me/adrianammf) and my Ko-Fi is here (ko-fi.com/boricuareads). If you’d like to get me any of these books, I have an Amazon wishlist with a lot of the books listed here and in past lists.

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