fun things to do with kids in mexico - family travel   Travel for Kids


Mexico is a complex country where Olmec, Mayan, Toltec, Aztec and Spanish history have created a unique culture. Traveling with kids in Mexico, there's lots of places to choose, from dry deserts of Baja California, underground caves, mangrove swamps, Maya ruins in the Yucatan, or warm water beaches on the Pacific coast.
  Mexico City
    The Yucatan Peninsula
Caribbean Coast
Chichen Itza
    Pacific Coast
kids books mexico
spanish english childrens books poems My Mexico - Mexico Mio  
My Mexico-Mexico Mio
Tony Johnston, F. John Sierra

Poems in English and Spanish, each one a little gem about life in Mexico – "Iguanas on the Taxco Road," "Corn," "Adobe Brick," "Street Dogs," "Downtown, Mexico City," and more. Warm, soft-pastel illustrations. (Picture book)


Just a Minute
Yuyi Morales

When Senor Calavera comes to call on Grandma, she's only too happy to go with him, but she has one house to sweep, two pots of tea to boil, three pounds of corn to make into tortillas… An irresistible tale, fabulously illustrated. (Picture book)


Just a Minute kids day of the dead mexico
day of the dead bob barner  

Charming introduction to Day of the Dead, in Spanish and English. Two children prepare for the holiday, and then under the moon glowing bright, they dance and sing. Beautiful paper collage illustrations. (Picture book)

Also, make your own decorations: Paper Crafts for the Day of the Dead



On the Day of the Dead, as Nando and his mother prepare to go to the cemetery, Nando wonders how he will know his Tio Fernando's spirit. Nando goes to the market to buy things to remind him of his uncle – bread of the dead, marzipan candy, an orange and black paper goblin. Story in English and Spanish. (Illustrated chapter book)


The Spirit of Tio Fernando mexico kids english spanish day of dead
Frida kahlo biography kids mexico  
Jonah Winter, Ana Juan

For Frida, imagination was everything. Magical, marvelous story of Frida Kahlo, one of Mexico's best-loved artists, who took her tears and painted miracles. Fabulous, original illustrations. (Picture book)

Also, an illustrated biography – Who Was Frida Kahlo?


Jeanette Winter, Jonah Winter

Diego Rivera, the famous painter, drew everywhere as a child, and when he grew up, Diego painted what he saw, people on the Day of the Dead, fiestas, scenes of the deserts and jungles, murals that tell the story of Mexico. Vibrantly illustrated, this is a gem! (Picture book)


Diego rivera biography kids mexico
folktales mexico  
Whiskers, Tails & Wings
Judy Goldman, Frabricio VandenBroeck

Colorful retelling of five animal folktales from Mexico - a tiny cricket tricks Senor Puma, Mosni the sea turtle retrieves grains of sand to make the earth, possum is the fire-bringer (but his tail catches on fire), the flea gets lazy ones to work, frog wants to fly. Plus background about the Tarahumara, Seri, Huichol, Triqui and Tseltal indigneous people. (Illustrated chapter book)


Cinco de Mayo
Linda Lowery, Barbara Knutson

Cinco de Mayo is celebrated every year to remember the victory of the Mexican army over the French, on May 5, 1862. Read about the Battle of Puebla and todays fiestas with dancing in the streets, fireworks, and parades. (Easy reader)


mexico kids holiday Cinco de Mayo
Hill of Fire easy reader kids mexico  
Hill of Fire
Thomas P. Lewis, Joan Sandin

A farmer is plowing his field, when a small hole in the ground becomes a big hole, white smoke billows out and, crack, the earth opens up. The farmer's field turns into the volcano Paricutin! (Easy reader



Super introduction to ancient Maya daily life and history, calendar and hieroglyphs, gods and sacrifices, plus activities and crafts – make a clay drinking cup, royal jewelry, or musical instrument, cook tortillas, count with Maya numbers, and more (Activity book)


Maya: Amazing Inventions You Can Build Yourself activity book kids ancient maya mexico
kids ancient maya myth mexico Rain Player  
Rain Player
David Wisniewski

Pik, challenges the mighty god Chac to a ball game – if Pik wins, Chac will bring the rain. A jaguar, quetzal bird and the sacred cenote help Pik win against Chac. Dazzling cut-paper illustrations. (Picture book)


The Chocolate Tree
Linda Lowery, Richard Keep, Janice Lee Porter

In this Maya folktale, chocolate was the favorite food of the gods in paradise. Kukulkan helped the people of earth bringing corn, music, the Maya calendar, and then he gave them seeds from cacao tree, so they too could eat chocolate. (Easy reader)


the chocolate tree

Retelling of a Mexican creation myth, how two volcanoes Iztaccihutal (sleeping woman) and Popocatepetl (smoky mountain) were formed. A princess Itza falls in love with the warrior Popoca, but she is given a sleeping potion by their enemy. (Picture book)



Choose three different paths for life in the Aztec empire – as a healer in the city, Eagle or Jaguar warrior, or travel with the Spanish conqueror Hernan Cortes. (Illustrated chapter book)

Also, good overview and introduction to the ancient Aztecs: The Aztec Empire


the smoking mirror  
The Smoking Mirror
David Bowles

Shapeshifter twins Carol and Johnny go on a quest to the underworld (Mictlan), to rescue their mother. Aided by Xolotl, animal self of Quetzcalcoatl, Lord of Life, the twins battle demonic birds, gigantic snatch-bats, fierce guardians of Mictlan who only let dead souls pass, and dark shadow magic of Tezcatlipoca, Lord of Chaos. Aztec mythology and lore is woven into an exciting adventure (Chapter book)


Elaine Landau

Fun facts about Mexico, "The Land of 40 Shades of Green"– landscape (rain forests, beaches, volcanoes), wildlife, history, art, music, fiestas and food, daily life, sports. (Picture book)


Off We Go to Mexico toddlers books  
Off We Go to Mexico!
Laurie Krebs, Christopher Corr

A delightful introduction to Mexico in rhymes and pictures – hop aboard a canyon train, climb the pyramids, celebrate festivals, dance to mariachi bands, explore the capital city, swim in turquoise waters, plus simple Spanish words. Two page, colorful illustrations, and perfect for younger kids. (Picture book)


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