Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15) is a celebration of histories, cultures and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans. Whether you’re Latino or you want to learn more about Hispanic heritage, discovering more about this culture is a great way to celebrate!
Here are the top three well-known Latino American children’s books to read:
1. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros: Told in a series of vignettes, this story is about a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, inventing for herself who and what she will become (chapter book, ages 10 and up).
2. Abuela by Arthur Dorros: While riding on a bus with her grandmother, a little girl imagines that they are carried up into the sky and fly over the sights of New York City (picture book, ages 2-8).
3. Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan: Esperanza thought she'd always live with her family on their ranch in Mexico--she'd always have fancy dresses, a beautiful home, and servants. But a sudden tragedy forces Esperanza and Mama to flee to California during the Great Depression, leaving her to find a way to rise above difficult circumstances (chapter book, ages 8-12).
Reading stories about diverse cultures are a terrific way to build empathy and understanding. What are your favorite book to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month? Leave a comment on Facebook!