Algeria, M. (2006). Estrella's Quinceanera. New York.
Simon and Schuster Publishing.
Estrella is mortified when plans begin for her fifteenth-birthday celebration. She envisions a large, tacky celebration and
a gaudy, fufu rufu gown. Even worse, her damas (female escorts) are bitter childhood friends who accuse Estrella of abandoning
them since she won a scholarship to a private school in the ritziest neighborhood in San Jose. Then Estrella falls for Speedy,
a former grade-school classmate who is also Mexican American, and she feels increasingly conflicted as she moves between her
wealthy school friends and the "one big crazy family" of her barrio.
Chambers, V. (2001). Quinceanera Means Sweet Fifteen.
In this sequel to Marisol and Magdalena (Hyperion, 1998), the two 14-year-old Brooklyn friends are looking forward to their
quincea-eras that mark their coming-of-age. Magda and her family are planning a huge party and Marisol is upset because her
mother cannot afford one. She is also upset because Magda's new friends taunt her and convince her friend to shoplift. Marisol's
thoughts and worries about her approaching birthday, her parting from Magda, and a new romance flow realistically. Spanish
phrases add flavor to the dialogue. As in the first book, Chambers wraps up all the tensions and problems with ribbons, and
Marisol ends by reflecting happily about the quincea-era her family chipped in to give her: "I spent the whole night dancing
on a blanket of silver stars
Diocese San Bernardino. (2003). The My 15th Birthday: Teaching Material for Quinceaneras Formation (More for Kids). Pauline
Books & Media.
A book to help learn the formations for the Quinceanera to kids. Teaching tool.
Erevia, A. (1980). Religious Celebration for the Quinceanera. Mexican American Cultural Center.
The Religious Ceremony of the Quinceanera. This book tells about the celebration for the fifteenth birthday party for a Hispanic
Hoyt-Goldsmith, D., & Migdale, L. (2002). Celebrating a Quinceanera: A Latina's 15 Birthday Celebration. Holiday House.
Cynthia Cuevas is turning 15, which marks a rite of passage for a girl-her quincea-era-the day on which she leaves behind
her childhood and becomes a young woman. In this beautifully crafted photo-essay, 10-year-old Ariana helps her cousin prepare
for the big day. The eye-catching, full-color photos follow the buildup-from writing and hand delivering invitations, planning
a menu, choosing the attendants and dresses, and learning to waltz to the event itself. The clearly written, engaging text
conveys both the social and religious significance of the event, including a one-page sidebar on Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Salcedo, M. (1997). Quinceanera!: The Essential Guide to Planning the Perfect Sweet Fifteen Celebration. Henry Holt
The perfect planning guide for a Quinceanera. This book suggests wonderful ideas for having a great party.