I am always in the hunt for children books that features the culture, folklore, and heritage of Ecuador. It is a difficult find since Ecuador is such a diverse country and there is not a large selection for local children books. However, Edna Iturralde, an Ecuadorian author does an outstanding job bringing information of the ethnicity and history of the country in engaging and exciting stories for children.
My favorite books from Edna Iturralde are:
This popular book is a set of fascinating stories for children that provides an accurate portrayal of the Amazon indigenous groups of Ecuador and their way of life. It is a “Skipping Stones Honor Award Winner” for ethnic and intercultural diversity in the United States.
What a touching book for little people about the importance to protect endangered animals! The stories create awareness about those animals in South America.
The exciting story of this book develops in the Andes mountains during the Inca empire. It is an excellent resource for children to learn and understand the Inca customs and traditions.
This book is about the life of Oswaldo Guayasamín (a famous Ecuadorian painter) and how his indigenous roots inspired his artwork.
It has been hard to get this gem in the Unites States but, it is definitely on my “things to buy when I visit Ecuador” list. This book brings up the magic and beautiful area of Yasuní and creates awareness of its importance for the environment.
The book is about the history of Ecuadorians of African descent. The set of stories are tender and at the same time, fascinating and fun.
Other favorite books from other authors that I would like to get
Do you have any other suggestions?