Hispanic Heritage Month Reading Recommendations

Ask Ms. Iba about her Hispanic Heritage Month book selection in the Library, and check out this selection of kids book to learn about Hispanic culture and traditions!   Do you have a favorite book that you would like to recommend?  Email inclusion@alkipta.com. We’d love to hear from you!

Just a Minute

This original trickster tale, with its vivacious illustrations and dynamic read-aloud text, is at once a spirited tribute to the rich traditions of Mexican culture and a perfect introduction to counting in both English and Spanish. read more…

My name is Maria Isabel

The book is about a little girl named Maria Isabel who struggles letting her teacher know the importance of her name.  A great book to discuss about identity and family. read more…

Drum Dream Girl

Drum Dream Girl is the true story of a little girl growing up in Cuba. She wants to be a drummer, like so many of the talented musicians she sees in her country.  But she is constantly told no, drumming is for boys only.  This story is beautifully illustrated and tells a very important story with a very powerful message. read more…

Dear Primo: A Letter to my Cousin

This book is about a boy in America who writes letters to his cousin who lives in Mexico.  The two boys write back and forth to one another, comparing their lives.  The text is sprinkled with Spanish and provides a wonderful point of view, not normally seen.  It would pair very nicely with the story, Same, Same but different. read more…

Sonia Sotomayor

This book shows a woman in a powerful, important position, not only is this woman from a minority population but the books is written in both English and Spanish!! read more…

Esperanza Rising

Esperanza is a young girl who grew up in Mexico, but her family has to move to California, during the Great Depression. Better suited for 5th graders and middle school, as there are some tough issues to discuss and some historical background information references. read more…

Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez

Cesar Chavez is known as one of America’s greatest civil rights leaders. But Cesar wasn’t always a leader. Cesar knew things had to change, and he thought that–maybe–he could help change them. So he took charge. He spoke up. And an entire country listened! read more…

Tito Puente

In this vibrant bilingual picture book biography of musician Tito Puente, young readers will dance along to the beat of this mambo king’s life. read more…

Pablo Neruda, Poet of the People

This book tells the story of Neftalí, Chilean author and Nobel Prize winner, showing the children that telling their story is important and that stories can be told in many different ways. read more…
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