Fall 2023

Mi maestro tiene tatuajes (My Teacher Has Tattoos)

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

En el barrio de Javier, los tatuajes identifican a miembros de una pandilla. Cuando Javier ve los tatuajes del maestro, aprende que no todo es como parece y descubre el significado cultural de los tatuajes.

Esta historia está basada en lo que sucedió cuando Darren López cursaba el primer año como maestro en Washington DC sin conocer la cultura centroamericana. Es un buen punto de partida para hablar con los niños sobre formas de autoexpresión, como los tatuajes, y cómo pueden mostrar positivamente una cultura o el recorrido personal de alguien en vez de tener una conexión con algo peligroso.

In Javier’s neighborhood, tattoos represent gang membership. After Javier catches an unexpected glimpse of his new teacher’s tattoos, he learns that there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to the cultural significance of tattoos.

Based on real events that took place during author Darren Lopez’s first year teaching in Washington DC, My Teacher Has Tattoos is an impactful conversation starter that brings to life the pitfalls of stereotyping in the classroom and beyond. This Spanish-language translation brings an important story of overcoming bias to a new audience.

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Picture Books, Social Studies
Category Diverse Books: Celebrating Differences , Diverse Books: #OwnVoices, Diverse Books: Race & Ethnicity, Diverse Books: Social Class, Diversity, SEL: C Social Awareness, SEL: D Relationship Skills, Social Emotional Learning, Spanish-Language
Copyright 2023
Publisher Soaring Kite Books
Imprint Soaring Kite Books
Language Spanish
Number of Pages 48
Publication Date 2023-08-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV011030, JUV039120, JUV039220
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 8 x 10
Features Author/Illustrator note and Awards

Author: Darren Lopez

Darren Lopez is a proud Puerto Rican and Colombian author. Learning oral histories from his elders enabled him to fine-tune his storytelling and share his traveling adventures with his students. He lives in New York.

Illustrator: Bhagya Madanasinghe

Bhagya Madanasinghe grew up on the hilly side of Sri Lanka. As an illustrator, she plays with lighting and shadows, which helps her emphasize the mood of the drawing.


  • Bank Street College Best Spanish Books of 2024, Winner, 2024