Little Luchadores / Luchadores pequeños

Watch a video with ideas on this program, performed by Devo Carpenter

Books to Share

Kid Cyclone Fights the Devil and Other Stories by Xavier Garza
Lucha Libre: The Man in the Silver Mask by Xavier Garza
Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner
Super Cilantro Girl / La superniña del cilantro by Juan Herrera Felipe
Superhero ABC by Bob McLeod

Books to Show or Booktalk

Captain Underpants Series by Dav Pilkey
The Curse of the Bologna Sandwich, Vol. 1. by Greg Trine
Ladybug Girl Series by Jacky Davis and David Soman
Lucha Libre, The Family Portraits by Lourdes Grobet
Lucha Loco:  The Free Wrestlers of Mexico by Malcolm Venville 

Bulletin Board

Alter Egos: Superheroes & Luchadores

Cover the bulletin board with blue butcher paper. Cut the words “Superheroes & Luchadores” out of red construction paper and affix to the butcher paper.  Decorate with images of popular superhero and luchador characters.      


The Champion / El campeón

Print the champion template at the end of this program onto yellow construction paper.


Superheroes around the World

Ask a local comic book store or comic fanatic to lend a variety of comic books about popular superhero characters to exhibit in a display case.


Use the Luchadero Mask Template at the end of this program to print out a Lucha Libre Cartelera to promote your event throughout the library.


Snack de campeónes

Serve popcorn and apple juice.


The Muscle Show

Have children participate in a muscle show by flexing their arm and leg muscles, just for fun.  The participant with the most interesting muscle show wins a small prize.

Costumes and Props

Decorate the program area with luchador masks and capes.


Super Heroes vs. Super Villainsby The Backyardigans

Action Rhymes

Muscle, Muscle Show

(by Priscilla Celina Suarez)

Muscle, muscle show,
I want to show
my muscles off.

Watch me flex my right arm
watch me flex my left arm.

Muscle, muscle show,
I want to show
my muscles off.

Watch me flex my right leg
watch me flex my left leg.

Muscle, muscle show,
I want to show
my muscles off.

Watch me flex my right thumb
watch me flex my left thumb.

Muscle, muscle show,
I want to show
my muscles off.

If I Were a Gran Mascarado

(by Priscilla Celina Suarez)

If I were a Gran Mascarado
you would not know it so,
my mask would hide me
and my identity
so that you would wonder
“Who is that Gran Mascarado?”

Si fuera un Gran Mascarado

(by Johana Resendez and Priscilla Suarez)

Si yo fuera un Gran Mascarado
usted no se daría cuenta,
mi máscara me ocultaría
la identidad
de modo que usted se preguntaría
"¿Quién es ese Gran Mascarado?"

Audio Recordings

Flashby Queen

Kryptoniteby Three Doors Down

Reader’s Theater

The Three Little Luchadores

(by Priscilla Celina Suarez)

  • Little Luchador 1
  • Little Luchador 2
  • Little Luchador 3

Little Luchador 1: My mom tells me I am too little, but I don’t really, really don’t think so.

Little Luchador 2: My mami says I am too nice of a boy to be the luchador I’d like to choose.

Little Luchador 3: Well, my mother tells me I am too big of a boy to be a sidekick instead of the gran luchador.

Little Luchador 1: My mom tells me that I will get hurt, but, you see, I have my own technique. Not everything I do has to be so rude, and superheroes come in all sizes. Haven’t you seen Clark Kent before, he is superman even though he might not look so at first sight. I’d like to tell you, don’t judge a book by its cover.

Little Luchador 2: As nice as I can be, I have so much energy, that sometimes I think I’d like to wear the rough masks as scary as Halloween. You might think I’m mean because I choose to be a rudo, but really, it’s more flying and climbing I get to do. But being a rudo and enemy of the ring, I sure do think I’ll have my own fans. For as nice or as mean as I might seem, I’d like to tell you, don’t judge a book by its cover.

Little Luchador 3: Sure I am tall and bigger than Little Luchador 1, but I have my own techniques too. If we were a team, I could have his back and keep an eye out to make sure nobody tags him. Because, if we were a team we would never be beat and Little Luchador 1 and I would always win the grand championship. Being a sidekick doesn’t make me any less important in the ring, so I tell you, don’t judge a book by its cover.

Luchadores 1 and 3: But here as a team, we just might win, root for us if you agree.

Luchador 2: Who needs a team when by myself I can win, and if you like you can root for me, but there is no doubt about it, I’d win!

Shopping for My Luchador Mask

(by Priscilla Celina Suarez)

  • Little Luchador
  • Mami

Mami:  Little Luchador, are you ready to choose?

Little Luchador:  No, Mami, I just need a little more time.

Mami:  Little Luchador, from so many to choose, I fear you might never decide.

Little Luchador:  No, Mami, I am almost done.

Mami:  Little Luchador, which do you like the most.

Little Luchador:  (pointing at several different masks) It is between this one, and that one, and that one.  And maybe that one or that one.

Mami:  Little Luchador, I agree with you, those are just so beautiful.

Little Luchador:  Ay, Mami, they are all so unique, I just want to make the right choice.  That one there is my favorite color, green, with layers of gold around the eyes. But that one there looks like El Gran Santo’s, and he is my favorite wrestler. Look at this one, white and so plain, but it stands out the most. Or this other one here, with a braid on the back, would make me look like a rudo. So many to choose from, I just need more time before making my final decision.

Mami:  I know what you mean, just look at me…

Little Luchador:  Mami, you found a mask for yourself!

Mami:  Little Luchador, how could I not, with pink and flower details?!

Little Luchador:  Ay, Mami, this is not fair.  It didn’t take you long to choose your own mask, and yet, here I stand with so many possibilities!

Tongue Twister

Lucha Libre Ring

(by Priscilla Celina Suarez)

This lucha libre ring looks longer and wider the longer I look around this large-looking lucha libre ring.


Luchador Cubee Craft

Provide crayons, glue, and scissors. Copy the template provided at
and let the children create a cool Lucha Libre cubee craft.

Luchador Mask
  • Cardstock paper (white)
  • Jumbo Craft Sticks
  • Crayons
  • Glitter
  • Glue
  • Scissors

Print the Lucha Libre mask template provided at the end of this program onto white cardstock paper.  Let children decorate the mask with colors and glitter.  They can then cut out the mask and glue a craft stick to the back.

For older kids that can do more complex crafting, see How to Make a Lucha Libre Mask – Viper Comics

Games and Activities

Show the children how to thumb wrestle and host a contest.  Bring in a face painter and let them choose a design for their cheek or arm.

Guest Speakers

Inivite a comic book artist or local high school wrestling team to present a library program.  Or, invite a Police or Fire Department to bring their mascots to show the children.


Nacho Libre (92 minutes)

Web Sites

Consejo mundial de lucha libre - site for Spanish speakers with details on current and upcoming Lucha Libre events.

Lucha Libre USA - Find out about upcoming luchas in the United States, as well as news about your favorite American luchadores.

Professional Resources

Cubee Craft - Create a paper cubee craft using the template provided in this website.

How to Make a Lucha Libre Mask – Viper Comics - Create your own lucha libre mask using a simple cotton tee.  This one would be great for older boys as it does take some significant cutting and other work.

The Champion Nametag - Print out this pdf file of The Champion nametag and cut to use as a nametag.
The Champion Nametag - Print out this pdf file of The Champion mask template and cut to use as a mask.
Page last modified: February 1, 2012