Picture Books to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Updated September 12, 2023
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Isabel and her colores go to school
Alessandri, Alexandra
English, with its blustery blues and whites, just feels wrong to Isabel. She prefers the warm oranges and pinks of Spanish. As she prepares for class at a new school, she knows she's going to have to learn--and she would rather not! Her first day is uncomfortable, until she discovers there's more...
La guitarrista
Diaz, Lucky
From the creators of Paletero Man--Latin Grammy-winning musician Lucky Diaz and celebrated artist Micah Player--comes a story about a tenacious girl who achieves her wildest dreams with a little help from her community and a broken guitar....
A song of frutas
Engle, Margarita
From Pura Belpré Award-winning author Margarita Engle comes a lively, rhythmic picture book about a little girl visiting her grandfather who is a pregonero--a singing street vendor in Cuba--and helping him sell his frutas. When we visit mi abuelo, I help...
The coqui?es still sing
Gonza?lez, Karina Nicole
Pura Belpré Honor Book for Children's Text Pura Belpré Honor Book for Children's Illustration Chicago Public Library Best Picture Books of 2022 Bank Street College of Education Children's Book Committee's Best Children's Books of the Year 2023 New...
The yellow handkerchief : el pa?elo amarillo
Higuera, Donna Barba
A child confronts conflicting feelings of embarrassment and love for her Mexican abuela in this moving, personal story from Newbery- and Pura Belpré Award-winning author Donna Barba Higuera My abuela wears an old yellow handkerchief that her grandmother gave to...
A crown for Corina
Kemp, Laekan Zea
A charming story about a girl who learns a beloved family tradition and the symbolism behind the Mexican flower crown, from two Pura Belpré award-winning creators. Today is Corina's birthday, and she's excited to wear the biggest crown with the most...
de la Vega, J.
Introduce your little ones to wepa, or what is better known medically as ADHD, in both English and Spanish! A 2023 Best Book for Kids, New York Public Library Her mom thinks she is too messy; her teachers think she is too loud. But Abuela says that's nonsense....
Mango, Abuela, and Me
Medina, Meg.
"A poignant tale of intergenerational connection, transition, and patience. . . . Heartfelt, layered, and beautiful." - Booklist (starred review) Mia's abuela has left her sunny house with parrots and palm trees to live with Mia and her parents in the city. While...
Areli is a dreamer : a true story
Morales, Areli
In the first picture book written by a DACA Dreamer, Areli Morales tells her own powerful and vibrant immigration story. When Areli was just a baby, her mama and papa moved from Mexico to New York with her brother, Alex, to make a better life for the family--and when she was in...
Reina Ramos works it out
Otheguy, Emma
"A sparkling tale starring a resilient young protagonist" --Kirkus (starred review) Reina Ramos Works It Out is a Level Two I Can Read story about Reina Ramos, a loyal friend whose high-spirited antics sometimes cause chaos, but who always finds a way to make things right....
¡Vamos! Let's go to the market
Rau?l the Third
An Eisner Award Nominee! A Pura Belpré Award Honor Book! Explore the marketplace of a buzzing Mexican-American border town in ¡Vamos! Let's Go to the Market, a paper-over-board picture book from New York Times bestselling, three-time Pura Belpré Award-winning author-illustrator...
Papá's magical water-jug clock
Trejo, Jesús
Is this jug really magical? In Mexican American comedian Jesos Trejo's debut picture book, little Jesos makes a big, funny mistake as he works alongside his landscaper papa, but father and son find a heartwarming solution. Little Jesos is excited to spend a Saturday with...

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