National Hispanic Heritage Month

Updated September 19, 2023
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My name is Maria Isabel
Ada, Alma Flor
For María Isabel Salazar López, the hardest thing about being the new girl in school is that the teacher doesn't call her by her real name. "We already have two Marías in this class," says her teacher. "Why don't we call you Mary instead?" But María Isabel has been named for her Papá's mother...
I love Saturdays y domingos
Ada, Alma Flor.
Saturdays and Sundays are very special days for the child in this story. On Saturdays, she visits Grandma and Grandpa, who come from a European-American background, and on Sundays -- los domingos -- she visits Abuelito y Abuelita, who are Mexican-American. While the two sets of...
Mediopollito/half-chicken
Ada, Alma Flor.
Do you know why a weather vane has a little rooster on the top, spinning around to tell us which way the wind is blowing? Here is the answer in this old story about Half-Chicken, who has one eye, one leg, and one wing. His adventures take him far and wide until he's carried straight to the top, in...
Xochitl and the flowers
Argueta, Jorge.
Xochitl and her family, newly arrived in San Francisco from El Salvador,reate a beautiful plant nursery in place of the garbage heap behind theirpartment, and celebrate with their friends and neighbors.
Galápagos girl = Galapagueńa
Arnold, Marsha Diane
This charming bilingual English & Spanish picture book from the illustrator of Mango, Abuela, and Me introduces the fascinating creatures of the Galápagos Islands through the life of one very lucky girl. Valentina was born on an island formed by fire, surrounded by blue-green...
A thousand white butterflies
Betancourt-Perez, Jessica
As if being new to the United States wasn't hard enough, Isabella's first day of school is canceled due to snow! Isabella has recently arrived from Colombia with her mother and abuela. She misses Papa, who is still in South America. It's her first day of school, her make-new...
Marisol McDonald doesn't match = Marisol McDonald no combina
Brown, Monica 1969-
Pura Belpré Illustrator Award Honor - American Library Association (ALA) Mismatched and fabulous Marisol McDonald celebrates her Peruvian and Scottish heritage. Bilingual English/Spanish. Marisol McDonald has flaming red hair and nut-brown skin. Polka dots and stripes...
My name is Celia : the life of Celia Cruz = Me llamo Celia : la vida de Celia Cruz
Brown, Monica 1969-
This bilingual book allows young readers to enter Celia Cruz's life as she becomes a well-known singer in her homeland of Cuba, then moves to New York City and Miami where she and others create a new type of music called salsa. School Library Journal has named My Name is Celia "[a]n exuberant...
Tito Puente, Mambo King = Tito Puente, Rey del Mambo : a bilingual picture book
Brown, Monica 1969-
Meet Tito Puente--the King of Mambo. Tum Tica! From musical prodigy on the streets of Harlem to five-time Grammy Award winner, Tito's life was full of rhythm. Drums and claves, saxophones and tambourines were all part of the fun. Tac Tic! Monica Brown and...
A girl named Rosita : the story of Rita Moreno: actor, singer, dancer, trailblazer!
Denise, Anika
The inspiring biography of the incredibly talented Rita Moreno, actor in and executive producer of Steven Speilberg's upcoming West Side Story. "An inspirational title for young elementary children. This energetic, illustrated biography honors her determined spirit with...
Abuela
Dorros, Arthur
A young girl and her grandmother celebrate their home and relationship in this magical story. Winner of the Parents' Choice Award! Come join Rosalba and her grandmother, her abuela, on a magical journey as they fly over the streets, sights...
Islandborn
Díaz, Junot 1968-
From New York Times bestseller and Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Díaz comes a debut picture book about the magic of memory and the infinite power of the imagination. A 2019 Pura Belpré Honor Book for Illustration   Every kid in Lola's school was...
Día de los Muertos
Eliot, Hannah
Learn all about the traditions of Día de los Muertos with this second book in the brand-new board book series Celebrate the World, which highlights special occasions and holidays across the globe. At the end of October each year, it's time to celebrate an ancient tradition: Día...
The poet slave of Cuba : a biography of Juan Francisco Manzano
Engle, Margarita.
A lyrical biography of a Cuban slave who escaped to become a celebrated poet. Born into the household of a wealthy slave owner in Cuba in 1797, Juan Francisco Manzano spent his early years by the side of a woman who made him call her Mama, even though he had a mama of his own....
Lucía the luchadora
Garza, Cynthia Leonor
Lucia zips through the playground in her cape just like the boys, but when they tell her 'girls can't be superheroes', suddenly she doesn't feel so mighty. That's when her beloved abuela reveals a dazzling secret: Lucia comes from a family of luchadoras, the bold and valiant women of the Mexican...
I got this : to gold and beyond
Hernandez, Laurie 2000-
Gold medal-winning Olympic gymnast and Dancing with the Stars favorite Laurie Hernandez shares her story in her own words in this debut audiobook for fans of all ages! At sixteen years old, Laurie Hernandez has already made many of her dreams come true--and yet it's only the beginning for...
She's got this
Hernandez, Laurie 2000-
A New York Times bestseller! From gold-medal-winning Olympic gymnast and bestselling author Laurie Hernandez comes a picture book about chasing your dreams and never giving up. Even Olympians have to start somewhere. And in this charming illustrated book, Laurie Hernandez tells the...
Who was Celia Cruz?
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...
Harvesting hope : the story of Cesar Chavez
Krull, Kathleen
In this Pura Belpre award-winning picture book, illustrated by Caldecott Honree Yuyi Morales, acclaimed author Kathleen Krull celebrates Latinx civil rights leader Cesar Chavez. An inspirational book about resistance and hope. When Cesar Chavez led a 340-mile peaceful protest march through...
Sing with me : the story of Selena Quintanilla
López, Diana
An exuberant picture book celebrating the life and legacy of Selena Quintanilla, beloved Queen of Tejano music. From a very early age, young Selena knew how to connect with people and bring them together with music. Sing with Me follows Selena's rise to stardom, from front...
Alma and how she got her name
Martinez-Neal, Juana
A 2019 Caldecott Honor Book "A beautifully illustrated, tender story to be shared with all children, sure to evoke conversations about their names." --School Library Journal (starred review) If you ask her, Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela has way too...
Latinitas : celebrating big dreamers in history!
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...
Tomás and the library lady
Mora, Pat
A Common Core Exemplar Text by an award-winning author-illustrator team Tomás is a son of migrant workers. Every summer he and his family follow the crops north from Texas to Iowa, spending long, arduous days in the fields. At night they gather around to hear Grandfather's...
A birthday basket for Tía
Mora, Pat.
With the help of her mischievous cat, Cecilia finds the perfect birthday present for her Tía. Today is Tía's birthday! Cecilia wants to surprise her great-aunt with a very special present. But what could it be? Could it be Tía's favorite mixing bowl that she and Cecilia used to...
Dreamers
Morales, Yuyi
We are resilience. We are hope. We are dreamers. Yuyi Morales brought her hopes, her passion, her strength, and her stories with her, when she came to the United States in 1994 with her infant son. She left behind nearly everything she owned, but she didn't come empty-handed.<...
A sled for Gabo
Otheguy, Emma
The Snowy Day meets Last Stop on Market Street in this heartwarming classic in the making about a young boy who is in a new town and doesn't have much, but with the help of a loving community discovers the joys of his first snowy day. On the day it snows, Gabo sees...
Between us and Abuela : a family story from the border
Perkins, Mitali
A unique holiday story about love overcoming the border fences between Mexico and the United States from a National Book Award nominee. A new must-read classic for Christmas! It's almost time for Christmas, and Maria is traveling with her mother and younger brother, Juan, to...
Who was Celia Cruz?
Pollack, Pam
How did a working-class girl from Cuba become a symbol of artistic freedom for Cuban Americans and the "Queen of Salsa"? Find out in this addition to the Who HQ library! Although her family and friends know her as Úrsula Hilaria Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alfonso, the world refers...
The life of Selena = La vida de Selena
Rodríguez, Patty
A Lil' Libros Bilingual Biography Selena's career started at a young age when she became lead singer in her family's band, Selena Y Los Dinos. She went on to become an award-winning artist with albums like Amor Prohibido and Selena Live, and earned the title "Queen of Tejano...
Mańanaland
Ryan, Pam Muńoz
Children's Literature Legacy Award Winner This timeless tale of struggle, hope, and the search for tomorrow has much to offer today about compassion and our shared humanity. Perfect for fans of Amal Unbound, The Bridge Home, and Beyond the Bright Sea. ...
Pelé : the king of soccer
Simon, Eddy 1968-
Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known to his schoolmates as Pelé, grew up in poverty in the Sao Paulo region of Brazil. He was too poor to afford a real soccer ball, so he played with a ball of newspaper tied together with string. Yet he dominated the youth leagues and signed his first professional...
Chato and the party animals
Soto, Gary
Chato-the coolest cat in the barrio-loves to party. So when he learns that Novio Boy has never had a birthday party, Chato decides to throw him a surprise pachanga. He gets right to work-inviting everyone in the neighborhood, cooking up a feast, arranging for music and a pinata, and...
Chato's kitchen
Soto, Gary
Chato can't believe his luck. Not only is he the coolest low-riding cat in East L.A., but his brand-new neighbors are the plumpest, juciest, tastiest-looking family of mice to move into the barrio in a long time. So Chato and his best friend, Novio Boy, get out the pots and pans, the tortillas and...
Just ask! : be different, be brave, be you
Sotomayor, Sonia 1954-
Justice Sonia Sotomayor and award-winning artist Rafael Lopez create a kind and caring book about the differences that make each of us unique. A #1 New York Times bestseller! Winner of the Schneider Family Book Award! Feeling different,...
Turning pages : my life story
Sotomayor, Sonia 1954-
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor tells her own story for young readers for the very first time! As the first Latina Supreme Court Justice, Sonia Sotomayor has inspired young people around the world to reach for their dreams. But what inspired her? For young Sonia, the answer...
Día de los muertos
Thong, Roseanne
El Día de Muertos, Day of the Dead, is here--a holiday for celebrating the lives of departed family and friends. Altars are decorated with sugar skulls and marigolds. Tamales and sweets are ready to eat. Soon it will be time for picnics, music, and a costume parade! Come join in these joyful and...
Pancho Rabbit and the coyote : a migrant's tale
Tonatiuh, Duncan
Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote is an allegorical picture book about the hardships and struggles of immigration from award-winning children's book author and illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh.   A Pura Belpré Author and Illustrator Honor Book!...
Soldier for equality : José de la Luz Saénz and the Great War
Tonatiuh, Duncan
Soldier for Equality: José de la Luz Sáenz and the Great War is the incredible story of one man's fight for Mexican American civil rights, from award-winning picture book creator Duncan Tonatiuh. A 2020 Pura Belpré Award Author Honor Book
Nuestra America: 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...
Frida
Winter, Jonah 1962-
This long-awaited companion to Jonah Winter's acclaimed DIEGO feature the paintings of young Spanish artist, Ana Juan. This stunning picture book is the perfect gift for art enthusiasts of all ages.Cuando su madre la deja a cargo de sus cinco hermanas, su padre la enseña a utilizar los pinceles y a...
Sonia Sotomayor : a judge grows in the Bronx = Sonia Sotomayor : la juez que creció en el Bronx
Winter, Jonah 1962-
The inspiring and timely story of Sonia Sotomayor, who rose up from a childhood of poverty and prejudice to become the first Latino to be nominated to the US Supreme Court. Before Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor took her seat in our nation's highest court, she was just a...
ĄEsquivel! : un artista del sonido de la era espacial
Wood, Susan 1965-
A playful picture-book biography of the father of space-age bachelor-pad lounge music. Gorgeously illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh, this lively biography follows Juan Garcia Esquivel from Mexico to New York City. Juan grew up to the sounds of mariachi bands; he loved music and...

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