Luis Y Mia / Mia and Luis is a new children’s book written in both English and Spanish. This flip-over book tells the story of a cross-cultural friendship from each child’s perspective. Luis is the child of Mexican immigrants and Mia is a White American child. Their story begins when Mia makes a culturally insensitive remark to Luis. Prayer and thoughtful conversations with family help Luis and Mia move past this rocky start and develop a lasting friendship. Mia’s story explores important issues such as what makes someone American, biblical perspectives on immigrants, and how to make amends. Luis’s story explores issues such as cultural pride, challenges faced by immigrants, and forgiveness. Children will learn the importance of showing love to people who are different, apologizing when you’re wrong, forgiving one another, and making everyone feel welcome.
This colorful picture book is for children ages 6-9. The book tells the story from Luis’s perspective in half of the book. Flip the book over and read the same story from Mia’s perspective. Both stories are in English and Spanish on the same page.
The story is written by Mónica Reyna and L. J. Zimmerman, illustrated by Marce Gómez, and published by Abingdon Press. Zimmerman also wrote Eek! Said Amy, a children’s picture book that was published earlier this year as a supplement to Adam Hamilton’s Unafraid study.
Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15th through October 15th. Celebrate by reading this book to the children in your church to increase intercultural understanding.
For additional resources, view our pathfinder on Hispanic/Latino Ministries. The list includes more children’s books in both English and Spanish related to the Advent and Lenten seasons. The list also includes books for adults in Spanish, DVD documentaries, children’s curricula in Spanish, and English resources about Hispanic/Latino Ministries.
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