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Children's Books to Read for Hispanic and LatinX Heritage Month

Any day is a great day to share stories that celebrate LatinX stories and cultures — start with these books for early readers.

Maria Bailey and Sarah Burns · about 2 months ago

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It's Hispanic and LatinX Heritage Month, an opportunity to celebrate the rich histories, incredible cultures, and inspiring contributions of Hispanic and LatinX people. One great way to do it? Dive into the pages of a good book! The month-long celebration starts September 15th and ends October 15th — but any time is the perfect time to share these wonderful titles young readers will love. 

Skeletitos: Make Every Moment Count

Day of the Dead — or Día de los Muertos — is a celebration of life and death originating from Mexico but celebrated in many parts of the world. This special holiday is brought to life in Skeletitos: Make Every Moment Count, a charming Day of the Dead-themed book featuring beautiful illustrations inspired by the Mexican Calavera art of Jose Guadalupe Posada. With unique counting rhymes, and a clock with movable hands perfectly sized for little fingers, this is a fun, interactive way to teach children to count and tell time. Recommended for ages 3 to 6.

Little People, BIG DREAMS: Frida Kahlo

Mexican artist Frida Kahlo is cultural icon revered worldwide. But she didn't always dream of being an artist. As a girl, Frida wanted to study medicine — but a tragic childhood accident changed the course of her life. The accident and her recovery inspired her to express herself through artwork, and as her talents grew and developed, she eventually become one of the most famous artists to have ever lived! Little People, BIG DREAMS: Frida Kahlo is a wonderfully illustrated biography for the very youngest readers, detailing Frida's life and how her success was born from determination. Recommended for ages 3-7. 

Carmela Full of Wishes

This beautiful picture book explores what hope looks like in a migrant community steeped in Mexican culture. Carmela Full of Wishes follows a young girl who wakes up on her birthday to discover her birthday wish has already come true: she's finally old enough to join her big brother to run family errands. The pair set off through the neighborhood until Carmela finds a dandelion. Instinctively, she goes to blow the little white floaties away, but not before her brother tells her to make a special wish before sending those wishes away into the sky! Recommended for ages 4-8.

Alma and How She Got Her Name

Meet Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela; or just Alma, for short. She might be little, but she has a big name — too big If you ask her. That is until she learns the vibrant stories behind each of her names, a story of where she came from and how she came to be! Join Alma as she explores her colorful ancestry: grandmother Sofie, who loved books and flowers; great-grandmother, Esperanza, who longed to travel and discover new places, just as Alma does. This touching story of connecting with the past is recommended for ages 4-8.

Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré

When Pura Belpré came to the United States in 1921, she arrived with her belongings and folktales of her beloved homeland: Puerto Rico. She would go on to become a bilingual assistant at the New York Public Library before turning her tales into much-loved books. Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré is an inspiring picture book that celebrates Pura's legacy and life as a librarian, puppeteer, and champion of bilingual literature. Recommended for ages 4-8.

Dreamers

The lyrically written book Dreamers follows the arrival of an immigrant mother and child as they navigate and adapt to their new life in the United States. Along the way there are some welcoming experiences — but also some unfamiliar, and some scary. During their exploration, they find a local library, turn to books to learn a new language, and become increasingly accustomed to their new home. The book includes an autobiographical essay detailing the author's own immigration story, emigrating from Mexico to Texas with her two-month-old son. An Insightful read recommended for ages 4-8.

Tiny Travelers Puerto Rico Treasure Book

Take a trip to la Isla de Encanta, or the Island of Enchantment! Tiny Travelers Puerto Rico Treasure Book is a page-turning adventure celebrating the history and culture of Puerto Rico. Richly illustrated, with engaging prompts to encourage young readers to keep their eyes peeled, this is a lively interactive read recommended for aspiring travelers ages 4-8 years old.

Islandborn

When a school assignment asks little Lola to draw where she came from, she faces a dilemma; she left as a little baby, and can’t remember what it looks like! With the help of her friends and family, Lola goes on an exciting adventure into the past with tales of joy, sorrow, longing, and hope. Islandborn is a Pulitzer prize winning tale with wonderful, vibrant illustrations that bring the story and characters to life. A celebration of color, creativity and culture, recommended for readers ages 5-8. 

Tiny Travelers Mexico Treasure Quest Book

Go on a colorful journey and explore ancient pyramids, masked fighters, music and more, without even leaving your living room. This activity book is full of fun facts and image search games designed to keep inquisitive, aspiring travelers engaged, entertained, and enchanted! Recommended for jet-setters ages 4-8.