New Mexico


How Chile Came to New Mexico =: Como Llego El Chile a Nuevo Mexico by Rudolfo a Anaya, illustrated by Nicolas Otero, and translated by Garcia Nasario


Learn about the Native Americans who helped bring chile to New Mexico through a long, dangerous journey. Intertwined in the book is love and romance and the story of the influence of many cultures in New Mexico’s history. Award winning.

  • Reading age : 4 – 8 years
  • Publisher : Rio Grande Books (July 20, 2018)
  • ISBN-10 : 1943681260
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1943681266

Tortilla Sun by Jennifer Cervantes

Kindle | Paperback | Hardcover

When twelve-year-old Izzy spends the summer in her grandmother’s remote New Mexico village, she not only learns how to make tortillas but also uncovers mysteries concerning her father’s death.

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; Reprint edition (April 1, 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 1452131503
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452131504

The Boy Who Made Dragonfly:  A Zuni Myth by Tony Hillerman and illustrated by Janet Grado

Kindle | Paperback | Library binding

Re-telling of a Zuni myth about the consequences of a drought.

  • Reading age: 10+
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press (1993)
  • ISBN-10: 0826309100
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826309105

Josefina Books (American Girl Series) by Valerie Tripp

These books are about Josefina Montoya, a nine-year-old girl growing up in New Mexico in the 1820s.


  • Reading age : 9 years and up
  • Publisher : Amer Girl; Limited edition (September 1, 2004)
  • ISBN-10 : 1584854421
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1584854425

Carlos and the Squash Plant by Jan Romero Stevens


A boy living in New Mexico refuses to take a bath until a squash plant starts growing in his ear!

  • Age Range: 5 – 8 years
  • Publisher: Cooper Square Publishing Llc; Bilingual edition (August 1, 1995)
  • Language: Multilingual
  • ISBN-10: 0873586255
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873586252

Cecilia’s Year by Susan Gonzales Abraham and Denisa Gonzales Abraham

Paperback | Hardcover

This story follows the life of a poor, young New Mexico girl in the years right after the Great Depression.

  • Age Range: 9 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 – 6
  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Cinco Puntos Press (February 1, 2007)
  • ISBN-10: 1933693029
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933693026


Georgia O’Keeffe (Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists) by Mike Venezia

Paperback | Library binding

Combining fun cartoons with fabulous art, Mike Venezia’s biographies of artists are one of a kind. This particular title features New Mexico icon Georgia O’Keeffe. Look for the revised edition.

  • Series: Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists
  • Paperback: 31 pages
  • Publisher: Childrens Pr; Revised edition (February 2015)
  • ISBN-10: 0531212912
  • ISBN-13: 978-0531212912

E is for Enchantment: A New Mexico Alphabet by Helen Foster James and illustrated by Neecy Twinem

Kindle | Hardcover

Reading age : 6 – 9 years
Publisher : Sleeping Bear Press; 1st Printing edition (July 30, 2004)
ISBN-10 : 9781585361533
ISBN-13 : 978-1585361533

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