Green Is a Chile Pepper – Roseanne Greenfield Thong

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  • Age Range: 3 – 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – Kindergarten
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; Reprint edition (August 2, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145215645X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452156453



In this lively picture book that Booklist described as “a cheerful color-concept book that presents a slice of Latinx culture through food and fun,” children discover a world of colors all around them: red is spices and swirling skirts, yellow is masa, tortillas, and sweet corn cake. Many of the featured objects are Latinx in origin, and all are universal in appeal. With rich, boisterous illustrations, fun-to-read rhyming text, and an informative glossary, this playful concept book will reinforce the colors found in every child’s day.


Notable Acknowledgements: 2015 Pura Belpré Illustrator Honor, International Latinx Book Awards: Best Latinx Focused Children’s Picture Book & Best Educational Children’s Picture Book Honor


Rationale for Inclusion: In addition to receiving awards and getting a starred review in School Library Journal, this book wonderfully depicts Latinx culture—Mexican specifically, using colorful illustrations that seek to introduce children to Latinx food, customs, and traditions. I also liked how this book made great use of rhymes throughout the story which is sure to keep children engaged and entertained. With a different color being presented on each new page to depict some element of Latinx culture, children also have an opportunity to improve their vocabulary and learn how to identify and pronounce various colors in both English and Spanish. Perhaps most importantly, this book can be used as a mirror for many Latinx children around the country who may seldom see themselves represented in children’s books. Likewise, children who are not of Latinx origin, can use this book as a window to learn about various elements of Latinx culture, so that they may learn to embrace diversity. The fact that this book also adds a glossary at the end to define some of the culturally-specific terms used throughout the book, further helps to teach children various elements of Latinx and Mexican-American culture specifically.



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