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5 Children’s Books in Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated each year from October 15th to November 15th to honor the Hispanic, Latinx, and Latino-identified communities and their tremendous impact throughout our country. It provides an opportunity to learn about individuals’ stories of successes and challenges, and deepen our awareness of the Hispanic community.
 
In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, we wanted to share a list of wonderful children’s books that help educate and celebrate the Hispanic culture. 
 
 

Alma and How She Got Her Name

By Juana Martinez-Neal

Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela thinks that six names is way too many! But for one little girl, her very long name tells the vibrant story of where she came from — and who she may one day be.

Where Are You From?

By Yamile Saied Méndez

When a little girl is asked a simple question, she can’t seem to find the right answer. With help from her abuelo, she gets a better answer than she expected. With themes of identity and home, this book is a must for anyone who has ever felt like they don’t belong.

Dreamers

By Yuyi Morales

The author and illustrator created this book to tell the story of her move to the United States with her son. This beautifully illustrated memoir is a story about family, resilience, dreams, hopes and history. It's the story of finding your way in a new place, of navigating an unfamiliar world and finding the best parts of it. In dark times, it's a promise that you can make better tomorrows.

Carmela Full of Wishes

By Matt de la Peña

When Carmela wakes up on her birthday, her wish has already come true — she's finally old enough to join her big brother as he does the family errands. But when she happens upon a lone dandelion in the sidewalk and can make only one wish… what should she wish for? Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson have crafted a moving ode to family, to dreamers, and to finding hope in the most unexpected places.

I am Frida Kahlo

By Brad Meltzer

Young readers will learn about Frida’s childhood, struggles and artistic journey in this easy-to-digest nonfiction book. By incorporating herself, Mexican culture, and history into her paintings, she set herself apart and became a beloved icon in the art world.

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