Meet Your Neighbors Storybox: Mexico and Central America

Meet your neighbors story box

Inspiration.  As our neighborhoods grow more diverse, our community is enriched by new voices, different experiences, and unique perspectives.

Recognizing this, WDMCS Community Education partnered with West Des Moines Public Library to create the Meet Your Neighbors Story Boxes. Each Story Box focuses on a different cultural group found in our WDMCS neighborhoods. We believe that shared stories, food, crafts, music, and activities can foster understanding across differences and help us be good neighbors to all who make the West Des Moines area their home.

What You’ll Find Inside

Inside each Story Box, you’ll find both fiction and nonfiction books, music, and a reading and listening guide you can use at home or in your classroom. You can also explore expansion activities and resources online.

While not every country, culture, or experience is represented in this Story Box, we hope the included books will serve as an entry point for learning. If you have suggestions about how we might better represent the experiences of our neighbors in different regions around the world, please visit the website listed above and fill out our feedback form.

We hope these Story Boxes will be useful tools to engage young children with materials that reflect their experience, as well as invite the whole community to learn from our neighbors both near and far.

Story Boxes are available for checkout at the West Des Moines Public Library.

Created in partnership by WDMCS Community Education and the West Des Moines Public Library.



  • Lil' Loteria board picture word bingo game with 6 gameboards and 36 cards
  • If the world were a village by David J. Smith
  • I'm an immigrant too by Mem Fox
  • Pepe and the parade: a celebration of Hispanic heritage by Tracey Kyle
  • Dreamers by Yuyi Morales
  • Carmen learns English by Judy Cox
  • Vamos! Let's go to the market by Raul the Third
  • Dear Primo a letter to my cousin by Duncan Tonatiuh
  • A new home by Tania de Regil
  • Rainbow weaver: Tejedora del arcoiris by Linda Elovitz Marshall
  • Between us and abuela: a family story from the border by Mitali Perkins
  • Imagine by Juan Felipe Herrera
  • My shoes and I: crossing the border by Rene Colato Lainez
  • Living in Mexico by Chole Perkins
  • What is a refugee? by Elise Gravel
  • Putumayo Presents Carribean Playground (music CD)
  • Materials packet


  • Mexico
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala