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Books to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Sep 06, 2019    |   Celebrating DiversityChildren’s BooksFall

Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrated this year from September 15 – October 15, is a perfect opportunity to explore Hispanic heritage with young learners. Reading books that explore tradition, food, and famous icons will help children to learn about the culture in an engaging and authentic way. If you are looking for fun books to get started, you can find a list of some of our favorites below.

Board Books for Infants & Toddlers

La Catrina: Emotions / Emociones

This book, written by Patti Rodriguez and illustrated by Ariana Stein, explores emotions while featuring an icon of Día De Muertos (Day of the Dead), La Calavera Catrina. The images of this book are colorful with both English and Spanish words describing a range of feelings and emotions.

Introduce little ones to the life of Frida Kahlo with this book, written by Patti Rodriguez and Ariana Stein. While learning about the life of one of Mexico’s most iconic painters, young learners will also have an opportunity to explore early mathematic skills by counting in both English and Spanish.

This sweet book, written and by Jen Arena and illustrated by Blanca Gomez, shows that love is the same in every language. With bold graphics and colors, this story beautifully integrates English and Spanish languages together while exploring the love that a mother and father share with their baby.

Picture Books for Preschool & Pre-K

Green Is a Chile Pepper

Written by Roseanne Thong and illustrated by John Parra, Green Is a Chile Pepper is a fun, bright, rhyming book that explores colors. Each item, from the masa to the tortillas, is connected to Hispanic cooking, food, and culture.

Harvesting Hope, written by Kathleen Krull and illustrated by Yuyi Morales, introduces children to one of America’s greatest civil rights leaders. Cesar Chavez fought for the rights of farmworkers by leading a peaceful protest march through California. This book shares a story of hope, perseverance, and leadership.

Waiting for the Biblioburro, illustrated by John Parra, tells the story of a young girl who loves books but lives in a Latin American village far from access to a library. She only has one book until she is greeted by the biblioburro, a librarian traveling on a donkey with a mobile library. This sweet and inspiring story explores Hispanic culture while also reminding children about the special joy that reading can bring.

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