Latino/a Kid Lit Challenge: What Can You Do with a Paleta?

For the 2014 Latin@s in Kid Lit Reading Challenge:

2014-reading-challengeSummer is around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than with a book and an ice cold paleta?

What Can You Do with a Paleta? by Carmen Tafolla and illustrated by Magaly Morales is a playful tribute to the fruit-flavored icy treats so popular with Mexican-American children.

What Can You Do with a Paleta?

Probably the best way to get the “flavor” of the book is to listen to the marvelous Carmen Tafolla read it.


Things to love:

  • The over-sized paper paleta prop the author uses when reading the book. Too cute!
  • All the Spanish words incorporated in English text:  tortillas, fruta, paleta, sarape, barrio, Tio, senora
  •  The yummy acrylic illustrations in warm colors to complement the “cool” topic.

It is obvious that What Can You Do with a Paleta? is as much delicious fun as the treat itself. Help yourself to a copy today!


Paletas are easy to make because all you need is some fruit, ice pop molds, a blender and a freezer. These watermelon paletas are some of our family favorites, made of seedless watermelon chunks, 1/3 cup orange juice, and a few Tablespoons of sugar (the sugar gives the pops a smoother texture, but may be omitted). Puree all the ingredients in the blender and pour into the paleta molds. Freeze for about four hours.

Looking for more paleta recipes? Visit our paleta Pinterest board for icy goodness!

Age Range: 3 – 7 years
Grade Level: Preschool – 2
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Tricycle Press (April 14, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1582462216
ISBN-13: 978-1582462219

Look for 2014 Latin@s in Kid Lit Reading Challenge books on the third Wednesday of each month. Interested in multicultural children’s books? Follow the our Multicultural Children’s Books pinterest board.

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