Celebrate Day of the Dead

The Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos, is based on ancient Aztec traditions. Originally celebrated at the beginning of August, this tradition was later adopted by the Catholic Church and became el Día de los Muertos. The Day of the Dead is primarily celebrated in Mexico, Central America, and in the South West of the United States. Ever more frequently, it is celebrated in cities of the United States that have large Mexican and Central American populations. The Day of the Dead is celebrated on November 1st and 2nd. These days are also known as Día de los Angelitos (All Saints Day) and Día de los Difuntos (All Souls Day) in the Catholic tradition.

Families gather together for this festive holiday to honor and remember family members and friends who are no longer with them. Some of the holiday’s traditions include creating altars celebrating the deceased called ofrendas, and visiting the graveyard at night on November 1st where families sing and eat around the tombs of their loved ones. For several years families have been coming together at the Library to craft altars, share their memories of their loved-ones, and eat treats such as pan de muertos.

This year you can celebrate this day by creating your own altar honoring your deceased loved ones with a Day of the Dead Grab & Go Starter Kit from the Trove. Register on our online calendar or by phone (914-422-1476) and we will give you a kit with an altar, decorations and craft materials (while supplies last). Create your altar, take photos, and share them with us – submit here by October 25th. We will display them on the Library's website on November 1-5, 2021.

(Kits will be available for pickup starting October 4th, while supplies last)

View last year's altar submissions here.

Gathered together below is a great list of books, eBooks, audiobooks, and movies in both English and Spanish to further celebrate the holiday – enjoy!

Celebra el Día de los Muertos

El Día de los Muertos, o Day of the Dead, está basado en tradiciones aztecas antiguas. Originalmente se celebraba a principios de agosto, lo cual cambió al ser esta tradición adoptada por la iglesia católica, convirtiéndose así en el Día de los Muertos. Este día se celebra principalmente en México, América Central y el suroeste de los Estados Unidos. Esta celebración es más frecuente ahora en las ciudades de Estados Unidos donde existen comunidades significativas de mexicanos y centroamericanos. El Día de los Muertos se celebra el 1 y 2 de noviembre. Estos días también se conocen como el Día de los Angelitos (All Saints Day) y el Día de los Difuntos (All Souls Day) en la tradición católica.

Las familias se unen este día para honrar y recordar a familiares y amigos ya fallecidos. Una de las tradiciones de esta celebración es crear altares honrando a los difuntos, llamados “ofrendas”; otra tradición es visitar los cementerios la noche del primero de noviembre, donde las familias cantan y comen alrededor de las tumbas de sus seres queridos. Por varios años, familias de nuestra comunidad se han reunido en la Biblioteca para crear altares, compartir recuerdos de sus seres queridos y comer delicias tradicionales como el “pan de muertos”.

Este año puedes celebrar creando tu propio altar honrando a tus amados difuntos con un Day of the Dead Grab & Go Starter Kit del Trove. Inscríbete en nuestro calendario en línea o por teléfono (914-422-1476) y te daremos un kit con un altar, decoraciones y materiales para manualidades (mientras se encuentren disponibles). Crea tu altar, toma fotos y haz clic aquí para someter tus fotografías antes del 25 de octubre. Expondremos los altares en la página web de la Biblioteca del 1-5 de noviembre de 2021.

(Los Kits se podrán recoger a partir del 4 de octubre, mientras duren.)

A continuación puedes encontrar una lista de libros, libros digitales, audiolibros y películas en inglés y en español para continuar celebrando este día.

Titles/Títulos:

Day of the Dead by Bob Barner
(Preschool – 2nd Grade)
Hoopla: Audiobook
Library Catalog: Book, DVD & Kit

My Family Celebrates Day of the Dead by Lisa Bullard
(Preschool – 2nd Grade)
Hoopla: eBook
Library Catalog: Book
Citlali and the Day of the Dead
By Berta De Llano & Jaime Rivera Contreras
(Preschool – 2nd Grade)
OverDrive: eBook
Hoopla: eBook
Día de los Muertos by Hannah Eliot & Jorge Gutierrez
(Preschool – 1st Grade)
OverDrive: English eBook
Library Catalog: Book
The Art of the Book of Life by Jorge Gutierrez & Guillermo Del Toro
(Grades 4-6)
OverDrive: eBook
Hoopla: eBook
Days of the Dead by Kersten Hamilton
(Grades 4-6)
Hoopla: eBook
Library Catalog: Book
I Remember Abuelito: A Day of the Dead Story/
Yo recuerdo abuelito: un cuento del Día de los Muertos
By Janice Levy, Loretta Lopez & Miguel Arisa
(Grades K-3)
OverDrive: Bilingual eBook
Library Catalog: Bilingual Book
Day of the Dead by Linda Lowery & Christian Barillas
(Grades K-2)
OverDrive: Read-Along
Library Catalog: English Book, Spanish Book
Paper Crafts for the Day of the Dead by Randel McGee
(Grades 2-6)
OverDrive: eBook
Library Catalog: Book
The Remembering Day/El Día de los Muertos by Pat Mora
(Grades K-3)
OverDrive: Bilingual eBook
Library Catalog: Bilingual Book
Day of the Dead by Julie Murray
(Grades K-2)
OverDrive: eBook
Hoopla: eBook
Día de los Muertos by Julie Murray
(Grades K-2)
OverDrive: Spanish eBook
Hoopla: Spanish eBook
Celebrating Day of the Dead! By Marisa Orgullo
(Grades 1-3)
OverDrive: eBook
¡Celebramos el Día de los Muertos! by Marisa Orgullo
(Grades 1-3)
OverDrive: Spanish eBook
Day of the Dead by Rebecca Pettiford
(Grades K-3)
OverDrive: eBook
Hoopla: eBook
Library Catalog: Book
Day of the Dead by Joanna Ponto
(Grades 1-3)
Hoopla: eBook
Festival of the Bones/El festival de las calaveras
by Luis San Vicente, Bobby Byrd, Benjamin Alire Saenz
(Grades K-3)
OverDrive: Bilingual eBook
Library Catalog: Bilingual Book
Día de los Muertos
by Roseanne Greenfield Thong & Carles Ballesteros
(Grades K-3)
OverDrive: English eBook
Library Catalog: English Book
Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras
By Duncan Tonatiuh
(Grades K-4)
OverDrive: eBook
Hoopla: Audiobook
Library Catalog: Book, CD Audiobook, & DVD
Coco Little Golden Book by Various Authors
(Grades K-2)
OverDrive: eBook
Library Catalog: Book
Coco Read-Along Storybook by Various Authors
(Grades K-2)
Hoopla: Read-Along
Library Catalog: Kit
Art And Culture, Día De Los Muertos: Factors And Multiples
by Elise Wallace
(Grades 2-4)
Hoopla: English and Spanish eBooks
The Boxcar Children: The Day of the Dead Mystery
By Gertrude Chandler Warner
(Grades 3-6)
OverDrive: eBook
Hoopla: eBook & Audiobook
Library Catalog: Book
Calavera Abecedario: A Day of the Dead Alphabet Book
by Jeanette Winter
(Preschool – 2nd Grade)
OverDrive: Bilingual eBook
Library Catalog: Bilingual Book
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