Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 – October 15, celebrates the contributions to American society and culture of Americans with roots in Mexico, Central America, South America, the Spanish-speaking nations of the Caribbean, and Spain. To celebrate, we’re highlighting some recent books by phenomenal Latinx authors and illustrators. You can learn more about Hispanic Heritage Month here.
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreño Played the Piano for President Lincoln by Margarita Engle. Illustrated by Rafael Lopez
The true story of Teresa Carreño, a young refugee from Venezuela, who comforted a grieving Abraham Lincoln with her extraordinary piano playing.
Planting stories: the life of librarian and storyteller Pura Belpré by Anika Aldamuy Denise. Illustrated by Paola Escobar.
A lyrical portrait of New York City’s first Puerto Rican librarian, describes how Pura Belpré moved to America in 1921 and became an influential writer, puppeteer, and champion of bilingual literature.
CELEBRATIONS OF CULTURE AND TRADITION
One is a Pinata: A Book of Numbers by Roseanne Thong. Illustrated by Jon Parra
In this playful bilingual counting book, each number has its own theme, representing a year’s worth of Latinx cultural festivities.
¡Vamos! Let’s Go Eat by Raul the Third
Little Lobo and his dog go out in search of yummy food to deliver to the luchadores, in this visually dazzling bilingual celebration of Mexican food and wrestling.
STORIES OF FAMILY, FRIENDSHIP, AND IDENTITY
My Papi has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero. illustrated by Zeke Peña.
When Daisy’s father comes home from work, he takes her on a motorcycle ride where she gets to see family, friends, and the changes in her busy Latinx neighborhood.
Where are you from? By Yamile Saied Méndez by Yamile Saied Méndez. illustrated by Jaime Kim.
A girl is repeatedly asked, “where are you from?”, troubled she turns to her abuelo for some help with this ever-persistent question. This book will offer validation and solace to many children who deal with this racial microaggression, and provide a learning opportunity for others.
A New Kind of Wild by Zara Gonzalez Hoang
Ren misses his old home when he moves to the city, but making a new friend helps, inspired by the stories the author’s father told her about moving from Puerto Rico to New York as a child.