From September 15 to October 15, the United States celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month by honoring the contributions of Hispanic Americans.
Hispanic Americans are those with ancestors from Spain, Mexico, and Central or South America. And to recognize the importance of this month, I have compiled a list of my favorite diverse children’s books.
While it can be challenging to demonstrate big themes like “cultural contributions” to small children, I believe in starting young. Begin with board books, continue through picture books, and eventually encourage independent reading of diverse authors and voices. By doing so, parents have a chance to share other cultures and experiences with even the youngest readers.
Ranging from board books to middle grade books and spanning from Latin America to the United States, I hope you will enjoy sharing these pieces of Hispanic and Latino cultures with your own children.
Islandborn by Junot Díaz
An Afro-Caribbean girl named Lola is assigned a project about her first home, along with the other immigrant students in her class. Since Lola was only a baby when she moved to the US, she doesn’t remember what The Island was like. Join Lola on her journey to rediscover her Dominican homeland.
I Love Saturdays y domingos by Alma Flor Ada and illustrated by Elivia Savadier
Saturdays and Sundays are days spent with two different sets of grandparents. On Saturdays, the child visits their Grandma and Grandpa from European-American ancestry; on los domingos (Sundays), she visits her Mexican-American Abuelio y Abuelita. Parents and children will enjoy spending a weekend with this multicultural family.
The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez
Twelve-year-old Malú (María Luisa) is uprooted in middle school to a new city and school. Just as she makes new friends, her group faces a new challenge. Follow along on Malú’s adventures as she explores rock music, skateboarding, zines, and more.