by Diana Cohn, illustrated by Francisco Delgado
Cinco Puntos Press
Carlitos' mother is a janitor. Every night while he sleeps, his mother cleans in one of the skyscrapers in downtown L.A. One night, his mama explains that she can't make enough money to support him and his abuelita the way she needs to unless she makes more money as a janitor. She and the other janitors have decided to go on strike. Will he support her and help her all he can? Of course, Carlitos wants to help but he cannot think of a way until he sees his mother on TV making a speech in support of the strike. Finally, Carlitos knows how he can show his mama how proud he is of her. He and the other children in his class make posters and Carlitos joins the marchers with a very special sign for his mom!
Si, Se Puede! has an essay written by acclaimed author Luis J. Rodriguez about Dolores Sanchez, one of the women involved in the L.A. Janitor's Strike. The book also has a poster with a poem by Rodriquez, and information about unions directed to grades 4-6.