Pinta tu mundo en tu barrio /

Color Your World in Your Neighborhood

Books to Share

  • Abuelo y los tres osos / Abuelo and the Three Bears by Jerry Tello.
  • Erandi’s Braids by Antonio Hernandez Madrigal.
  • Carlos and the Carnival / Carlos y la feria by Jan Romero Stevens.
  • The Day It Snowed Tortillas: Tales from Spanish New Mexico by Joe Hayes.
  • From Here to There by Margery Cuyler.
  • Grandma Fina and Her Wonderful Umbrellas by Benjamin Alire Saenz.
  • El gusto del mercado mexicano / A Taste of the Mexican Market by Nancy Maria Grande Tabor.
  • Pérez y Martina and Perez and Martina by Pura Belpré.
  • The Rainbow Tulip by Pat Mora.
  • La Señorita Amelia by María de la Luz Uribe.
  • Somos un arco iris: We Are a Rainbow by Nancy Maria Grande Tabor.
  • Speak English for Us, Marisol by Karen English.

Bulletin Board

Pinta tu mundo en tu barrio / Color Your World in Your Neighborhood

Let your school-age children draw their neighborhood on craft paper or tag board and color it with markers or crayons. Display their pictures on the bulletin board along with the artist’s name, for instance, “Steven’s Neighborhood” or “Jaclyn’s Neighborhood.”

Name Tags

Copy and cut out the house and car patterns and give them to the children as they enter storytime.


Invite the storytime moms to bring treats. Let the children set up a lemonade stand in the library or storytime room and take turns sitting behind the stand and serving the lemonade.


Pitita, pitón Pitita, Pitón


Pitita, pitón

de San Antón,

la más hermosa

que tiene una rosa

Que seas tú.

(Translated by Rose Treviño.)

Pitita, pitón

from San Antone,

Everyone knows

The one with the rose

Is the prettiest, and that’s you.

Pon, Pon Pon, pon


Pon, pon, tata,

mediecito pa’ la papa;

pon, pon, tía

mediecito pa’ sandía;

pon, pon, pon,

mediecito pa’ jabón

y me lavan mi camisón.

(Translated by Rose Treviño.)

Pon, pon, la la,

A little sock from papa;

Pon, pon, maybe

A little sock for baby.;

pon, pon, pon,

wash my socks

And nightie.


El reloj The Clock


A la una como tuna,

a las dos me da la tos,

a las tres veo a Andrés,

a las cuatro voy al teatro,

a las cinco salto y brinco,

a las seis merendaré,

a las siete jugaré,

a las ocho seré como Pinocho.

(Translated by Rose Treviño.)

At one I eat cactus,

at two I have a cough,

at three I see Andrew,

at four I go to the theater,

at five I jump and jump,

at six I have a snack,

at seven then I play,

at eight I will be like Pinocchio.

Arroz con leche Rice Cereal with Milk


Arroz con leche,

Me quiero casar

Con un mexicano

Que sepa cantar

El hijo del rey

Me manda un papel,

Me manda decir

Que me case con él.

Con éste no.

Con éste sí.

Con éste favorito

Me caso yo.

(Translated by Rose Treviño.)

Rice cereal with milk

I want to wed

a fine young man

who knows how to sing.

The king’s own son

has sent me a letter

to let me know

That I should wed him.

With this one no.

With this one yes.

With this special one

I will wed.

Crossword Puzzle Fun

The answers to this crossword puzzle are Spanish words that are commonly used in English.

In Your Neighborhood

  • 2. This is round and made with flour.
  • 5. This is filled with candy.
  • 6. Hot sauce served with Mexican food.
  • 1. A musical Mexican singing group.
  • 3. The center of town.
  • 4. This appetizer has chips and cheese.

crossword puzzle

Answers to the English crossword puzzle:
Across: Down:
2. Tortilla 1. Mariachis
5. Piñata 3. Plaza
6. Salsa 4. Nachos

En tu barrio

  • 1. Este se llena de dulces.
  • 5. Tocan musica Mexicana tradicional.
  • 6. Picante servido con comida Mexicana.
  • 2. Una comida redonda hecha de harina.
  • 3. Un centro publico.
  • 4. Esta comida incluye chips y queso

crossword puzzle

Answers to the Spanish crossword puzzle:
Across: Down:
1. Piñata 2. Tortilla
5. Mariachis 3. Plaza
6. Salsa 4. Nachos


Leaf Rubbings

  • Leaves in various sizes and shapes
  • White construction paper
  • Crayons
  • Newspaper

Cover the tables with newspaper to provide padding for the rubbings. Arrange the leaves on top of the newspaper. Lay the white paper on top of the leaves. Remove the paper covers from the crayons and use the sides of the crayon to rub firmly on the white paper over the outline and veins of the leaves.


A balero is a popular toy in Latin American counties. After making their baleros, the children will attempt to catch the ball in the cone.

illustration of a cone with a ball on a string.

  • Tagboard
  • Markers or crayons
  • Stapler
  • String
  • Beads (large size)
  • Hole punch
  • Tape
  • Reinforcements

Cut tagboard into circles and cut the circles into quarter circles. The quarter circles will be used to make the cones for the baleros. Each child colors festive designs on the outside of the quarter circle using markers and crayons. They then punch a hole in the middle of the curved side of the quarter circle and affix a reinforcement each side of the hole. They next bring both ends of the cone together and staple and/or tape the top and bottom of the cone. Next, they tie a large bead onto the end of a piece of string about 12-inches long and tie the other end of the string through the reinforced hole. They are ready to play with their boleros!

Guest Presenter

Invite an officer from the police department to present a neighborhood watch program.

Audio Recordings

  • “Feliz en tu día” on A mis niños de treinta años by Miliki.
  • “Viva mi barrio!" on Lírica infantil, volumen 3 by José-Luis Orozco.


  • Abuela. (12 minutes)
  • Let's Help Each Other. (40 minutes)


Texas Reading Club 2004 Programming Manual / Color Your World...Read!

Published by the Library Development Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Page last modified: June 14, 2011