Hispanic Heritage Month-Juvenile and Teen books

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central, and South America. This is a curated list of Juvenile and Teen books about, by, and/or for the Latinx and Hispanic communities.

Updated September 27, 2023
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Plátanos go with everything
Norman, Lissette
Paletero Man meets Fry Bread in this vibrant and cheerful ode to plátanos, the star of Dominican cuisine, written by award-winning poet Lissette Norman, illustrated by Sara Palacios, and translated by Kianny N. Antigua. Plátanos are Yesenia's favorite food....
Only for a little while
Belt, Gabriela Orozco
A heartwarming picture book with Spanish words woven in, about a father helping his daughter adjust when they temporarily have to move in with extended family. Perfect for fans of My Papi Has a Motorcycle and Where Are You From. When Maribel's family has to move in with Tía...
With lots of love
Torres Sanchez, Jenny
A beautiful, lyrical story about a girl who moves from her home in Central America to the United States, and everything she leaves behind and longs for-especially her Abuela-as she makes a new life. Rocio has grown up in Central America, but now she and her family are moving to...
Living beyond borders : growing up Mexican in America
Longoria, Margarita
*"This superb anthology of short stories, comics, and poems is fresh, funny, and full of authentic YA voices revealing what it means to be Mexican American . . . Not to be missed."--SLC, starred review *"Superlative . . . A memorable collection." --Booklist, starred...
Evelyn Del Rey is moving away
Medina, Meg
The 2020 Jumpstart Read for the Record Selection (2.24 million readers) * An American Library Association Notable Children's Book * A Publisher's Weekly Best Children's Book of the Year * A Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Book of the Year * A School Library Journal Best Book of...
Latinitas : celebrating 40 big dreamers
Menéndez, Juliet
Dream big with the Latinitas in Latinitas: Celebrating 40 Big Dreamers. Discover how 40 influential Latinas became the women we celebrate today! In this collection of short biographies from all over Latin America and across the United States, Juliet Menéndez explores the...
Latinitas : Una celebración de 40 soñadoras audaces
Menéndez, Juliet
In this Spanish edition of her author-illustrator debut Latinitas, Juliet Menéndez celebrates inspiring Latinas and Latin American women. Descubre cómo cuarenta latinas influyentes se convirtieron en las mujeres que hoy celebramos. En esta colección de biografías cortas...
Nuestra América : 30 inspiring latinas/latinos who have shaped the United States
Vourvoulias, Sabrina
Celebrate 30 influential Latinas/Latinos/Latinxs in U.S. history with Nuestra América, a fully-illustrated anthology from the Smithsonian Latino Center. Nuestra América highlights the inspiring stories of thirty Latina/o/xs...
Iveliz explains it all
Arango, Andrea Beatriz
NEWBERY HONOR AWARD WINNER * In this timely and moving novel in verse, a preteen girl navigates seventh grade while facing mental health challenges. A hopeful, poetic story about learning to advocate for the help and understanding you deserve. "Powerful." --Lisa Fipps,...
El español es la lengua de mi familia
Genhart, Michael
An intergenerational story of family ties, cultural pride, and spelling bee victory following a young boy who bonds with his beloved abuela over a love of Spanish. As a boy prepares for his school's Spanish spelling bee, he asks his grandmother for help with some of the words he...
Mis dos pueblos fronterizos
Bowles, David
A Spanish-language edition of My Two Border Towns, a picture book debut by award-winning author David Bowles. Cover may vary. Un sabado por la manana, un nino se prepara para un viaje al Otro Lado / the Other Side. Esta cerca, solo bajando la calle y pasando...
Mi perro solo habla español
Cáceres, Andrea
A young bilingual immigrant meanders through her city park, translating for her beloved dog, in a heartwarming picture book debut. Cuando Aurora llegó a los Estados Unidos, aprendió a hablar inglés, pero Nena, su spaniel, no. Por eso, cuando pasea a Nena, Aurora les explica a sus...
Magia : en una tierra muy lejana
Ortega, Mirelle
Libro de Honor de los Premios Pura Belpré en ilustración En su debut como autora e ilustradora, Mirelle Ortega comparte su historia, empezando por la finca de piñas de su familia en México, donde aprendió el verdadero significado de la magia.   Aprendí que la...
Hasta que alguien me escuche : una historia sobre las fronteras, la familia y la misión de una niña
Juarez, Estela
Hasta que alguien me escuche is the Spanish edition of Until Someone Listens. La familia de Estela vive junta en un hogar feliz y lleno de amor. O, al menos, así lo hacían... hasta que su hogar fue destrozado. Mi madre tuvo que volver...
Evelyn Del Rey se muda
Medina, Meg
A Bank Street College Best Spanish Language Picture Book of the Year/El mejor libro infantil en español del año Evelyn Del Rey es la mejor amiga de Daniela. Hacen todo juntas e incluso viven una al frente de la otra en la misma calle en apartamentos que son casi iguales: Daniela...
Loteria : first words = Primeras palabras : a bilingual picture book
Rodríguez, Patty
A Lil' LIbros Bilingual Picture Book Introduce your little one to one of the oldest games of chance, Loteria, as you teach them their first English and Spanish words! Learn el gallo(the rooster), la luna(the moon), el corazón(the heart), and more.
The life of Salazar : a bilingual picture book biography = La vida de Salazar
Rodraiguez, Patty
Introduce your little ones to the life of bicultural journalist, Ruben Salazar, in both English and Spanish! Born March 3, 1928, Ruben Salazar was the first Mexican American columinst of the Los Angeles Times. Salazar devoted his career to bringing Chicano issues to mainstream...
Ay, Mija! : My Bilingual Summer in Mexico
Suggs, Christine.
"An absolutely heartwarming and vibrant story of belonging, family, and the meaning of home. This book is a treasure." - Julie Murphy, New York Times bestselling author of Dumplin' In this bilingual, inventive, and heartfelt debut, graphic novel...
Iveliz lo explica todo
Arango, Andrea Beatriz
Libro de Honor Newbery Libro ganador del premio Junior Library Guild Gold Selection 2023 ¿Cómo expresarte cuando sientes que nadie te escucha? En esta conmovedora novela en verso  ̶ que Lisa Fipps, autora galardonada con un Printz Honor Award, llama "potente" &...
Una vez fui tú
Hinojosa, Maria,
Ahora para jóvenes lectores, la periodista ganadora de cuatro premios Emmy y presentadora de Latino USA de NPR, María Hinojosa, cuenta la historia de la inmigración en los Estados Unidos a través de las experiencias de su familia y décadas de hacer reportajes, con lo cual crea un...
Tumble
Pérez, Celia C.
From the award-winning author of The First Rule of Punk and Strange Birds, a dazzling novel about a young girl who collects the missing pieces of her origin story from the family of legendary luchadores she's never met. A 2023 Pura Belpre Author Honor Book
Quiaen es Sonia Sotomayor?
Stine, Megan
Spanish speakers can now learn the truly inspiring story of the first Latin Supreme Court Justice. Los hispanohablantes pueden ahora conocer la historia verdaderamente inspiradora de la primera jueza latina del Tribunal Supremo. Outspoken, energetic, and fun, Sonia...
Nuestra America : 30 Latinas/Latinos inspiradores que han forjado la historia de los Estados Unidos
Vourvoulias, Sabrina
Se celebran 30 latinas y latinos influyentes en la historia estadounidense con Nuestra América, una antología completamente ilustrada del Centro Latino Smithsonian. Nuestra América resalta las historias inspiradoras de treinta...
When we make it
Velasquez, Elisabet
"The energy. The clarity. The beauty. Elisabet Velasquez brings it all. . . . Her voice is FIRE!"-NYT bestselling and award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson An unforgettable, torrential, and hopeful debut young adult novel-in-verse that redefines what it means to "make it,"...
Celia Cruz
Romo Edelman, Claudia
Read about "La Reina de la Salsa" in Hispanic Star: Celia Cruz, and learn the most groundbreaking, iconic Hispanic and Latinx heroes that have shaped our culture and the world in this gripping biography series for young readers, perfect for fans of the Who Was series. ...
Who was Celia Cruz? : a who was? board book
Kaiser, Lisbeth
The latest addition to the Who HQ board book series- a biography of Celia Cruz, created specifically for the preschool audience! The #1 New York Times Bestselling Who Was? series expands into the board book space, bringing age-appropriate biographies of influential...
Con cuba en el bolsillo
Cuevas, Adrianna
«No recuerdo. Cuéntamelo todo, Pepito. Cuéntame de Cuba». Cuando la fallida invasión de Bahía de Cochinos en 1961 solidifica el poder de Castro en Cuba, la familia de Cumba, de doce años, toma la difícil decisión de enviarlo solo a la Florida. Ante la idea de vivir en otro...
Celia Cruz
Romo Edelman, Claudia
Escrito por Claudia Romo Edelman y William Alexander, con ilustraciones por Alexandra Beguez, Hispanic Star en español: Celia Cruz, forma parte de una emocionante serie de biografías para lectores jovenes, perfecto para los fanaticos de la serie ¿Quién fue?<...
¿Quién fue Celia Cruz?: ¿Quién fue? Un libro de cartón
Kaiser, Lisbeth
The first Spanish addition to the Who HQ board book series- a biography of Celia Cruz, created specifically for the preschool audience! La primera adici n en espanol de la serie de libros de cart n Who HQ- una biografia de Celia Cruz, creada especificamente para los ninos de...
Los coquíes aún cantan
González, Karina Nicole
Un libro galardonado del premio honor Pura Belpré, por su edición en inglés, The Coquies Still Sing. Una selección de los mejores libros ilustrados para niños por el Chicago Public LibraryUna selección de Bank Street College...
¡José! Nacido para bailar (Jose! Born to Dance): La historia de José Limón
Reich, Susanna
¡José! Nacido para bailar cuenta la historia de un niño que nació en un pequeño pueblo mexicano y que se convirtió en uno de los más grandes bailarines de todos los tiempos: José Limón. José era un niño con una canción en su corazón y la danza en los pasos. Nacido...
Hear my voice : the testimonies of children detained at the southern border of the United States
Binford, Warren
The moving stories of children in migration--in their own words. "In Spanish and in English, a devastating first-person account of children's experiences in detention at the southern U.S. border.... A powerful, critical document only made more heartbreaking...
La casita de Esperanza
Jennings, Terry Catasu?s
When Esperanza and her family arrive in the United States from Cuba, they buy a little house, una casita. It may be small, but they soon prove that there's room enough to share with a whole community. "It was a little house. Una casita . . . It was small.
Un verano especial con la abuela
De Regil, Tania
On a first solo visit with her grandmother outside Mexico City, a young girl discovers what makes Grandma so special in this enchanting and personal picture book. Julia va a pasar el verano en casa de su abuela -será su primera vez lejos de papá y mamá. En la casa de la abuela,...
Con mucho amor
Torres Sanchez, Jenny
The Spanish-language edition of With Lots of Love! A beautiful, lyrical story about a girl who moves from her home in Central America to the United States, and everything she leaves behind and longs for-especially her Abuela-as she makes a new life. Rocio has grown up in...
The immortal boy
Montaña Ibáñez, Francisco
Two intertwining stories of Bogotá. One, a family of five children, left to live on their own. The other, a girl in an orphanage who will do anything to befriend the mysterious Immortal Boy. How they weave together will never leave you. Presented...
POR UN RATITO
Belt, Gabriela Orozco
Un libro ilustrado conmovedor de padres e hijas sobre cómo navegar por cambios y emociones grandes después que una familia tiene que mudarse temporalmente con parientes. Perfecto para lectores de Mi papi tiene una moto, y ¿De dónde eres?  Cuando la familia de Maribel se tiene que...
Still dreaming = Seguimos soñando
Martinez, Claudia Guadalupe
Pura Belpré Illustrator Award Honor 2023 - American Library Association (ALA) A 2023 Pura Belpré Illustrator Award Honor In the first children's book to describe the long-forgotten chapter of US history known as Mexican Repatriation, a boy and his family leave their...
El eclipse total de Néstor López
Cuevas, Adrianna
Lo único que Néstor López quiere es vivir en un mismo lugar por más de unos meses y cenar con su papá. Después de que el papá de Néstor se marcha a otra misión, el muchacho y su mamá se mudan a un nuevo pueblo a vivir con su abuela. Néstor planea pasar desapercibido, y de...
The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez
Cuevas, Adrianna.
2021 Pura Belpré Honor Book NYPL Best Book of 2020 2020 Evanston Public Library Great Books for Kids In this magical middle-grade debut novel from Adrianna Cuevas, The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez, a Cuban American boy must use his secret ability...
Tumbos
Pérez, Celia C.
Libro de Honor de los Premios Pura Belpré Libro ganador del premio Junior Library Guild Gold Selection 2022 De la galardonada autora de La primera regla del punk nos llega una asombrosa novela sobre una joven que reúne las piezas faltantes de su origen, la...
Cuba in my pocket
Cuevas, Adrianna
From Pura Belpré Honoree Adrianna Cuevas is a sweeping, emotional middle grade historical novel about a twelve-year-old boy who leaves his family in Cuba to immigrate to the U.S. by himself, based on the author's family history. "I don't remember. Tell me everything,...
Me dicen Güero : poemas de un chavo de la frontera
Bowles, David
La vida de un niño nacido en la frontera no es fácil, pero Güero sabe cómo hacerle frente: escribiendo poemas. Güero tiene doce años y es mexicano y americano al mismo tiempo. Sabe sentirse en casa en ambos lados del rio, y en su vida hay tanto español como inglés. Güero ha...
They call me Güero : a border kid's poems
Bowles, David
Bluebonnet Award Master List 2020-2021 Pura Belpré Author Honor Book, 2019 ALSC Notable Children's Book, 2019 Walter Award Honor Book, 2019 This collection of narrative poetry explores a year in the life of a Mexican-American boy: caring, talented, and irrepressibly...
Something about Grandma
De Regil, Tania
On a first solo visit to her grandmother's home outside Mexico City, a young girl discovers what makes Grandma so special in this enchanting and personal picture book. At Grandma's house, where Julia is staying without her parents for the first time, the breeze is sweet like...

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