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Voices of the Sea Delve Deeper Reading List

Nonfiction for Younger Readers

Canetti, Yanitzia, First. De la A a la Z Cuba. León, Spain: Everest, 2011.

An alphabet book of the Spanish language which explores the culture and history of Cuba. Text in Spanish.

Kent, Deborah. Cuba. Children's Press, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., 2016

Despite its relatively small size, the island nation of Cuba has often played a major role in global politics. Readers will explore the country’s fascinating and sometimes tumultuous history as they tour its beautiful beaches, rugged mountains, and bustling cities. They will also be immersed in Cuba’s rich culture, from its delicious cuisine to its many contributions to the arts.

Engle, Margarita: The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano. Henry Holt, 2006.

Born into the household of a wealthy slave owner in Cuba in 1797, Juan Francisco Manzano spent his early years by the side of a woman who made him call her Mama, even though he had a mama of his own. Denied an education, young Juan still showed an exceptional talent for poetry. His verses reflect the beauty of his world, but they also expose its hideous cruelty. Powerful, haunting poems and breathtaking illustrations create a portrait of a life in which even the pain of slavery could not extinguish the capacity for hope.