Author Highlight, Gary Soto

Gary Soto's books, are sprinkled with Spanish expressions and phrases, and typically portray Mexican-American children and teenagers growing up in California. Although many of his characters are Mexican-American, all readers can easily identify with the situations and emotions of growing up that Soto presents.

Books for Older Readers

Baseball in April and Other Stories by Gary Soto.

A collection of eleven short stories focusing on the everyday adventures of Hispanic young people growing up in Fresno, California.

Local News by Gary Soto.

In thirteen stories full of wit and energy, Gary Soto illuminates the ordinary lives of young people. Meet Angel, who would rather fork over twenty bucks than have photos of his naked body plastered all over school; Philip, who discovers he has a "mechanical mind," whatever that means; Estela, known as Stinger, who rules Jos 's heart and the racquetball court; and many other kids, all of them with problems as big as only a preteen can make them. Funny, touching, and wholly original, Local News is Gary Soto in top form.

Worlds Apart: Traveling with Fernie and Me : Poems  by Gary Soto 

We met these spirited best friends in Fearless Fernie, and now they're taking on the world! From boxing a kangaroo in Australia to craving Mexican food in Taiwan, or riding a runaway camel in Egypt and eating cheese as holey and smelly as their socks in Switzerland, the globe is their imaginary playground. Gary Soto's accessible and humorous poems will elicit nods of recognition and bursts of laughter as readers enjoy this outrageous jaunt around the world. Praise for Fearless Fernie: Hanging Out With Fernie and Me.

Books for Younger Readers

My Little Car = Mi Carrito by Gary Soto

Teresa loves to show off her shiny, new, pedal-powered lowrider car from Grandpa, but the toy soon looks old when she neglects it.

The Old Man and His Door by Gary Soto

Misunderstanding his wife's instructions, an old man sets out for a party with a door on his back. Includes "glossary of Spanish terms."


Chato's Kitchen by Gary Soto

To get the "ratoncitos," little mice, who have moved into the barrio to come to his house, Chato the cat prepares all kinds of good food: fajitas, frijoles, salsa, enchiladas, and more.