National Hispanic Heritage Month: It's Always Time to Read!

Let’s celebrate the contributions that Hispanic people made to art, math, science, society, and culture. These books are great for your ELA, ELL, and Spanish language classes that are sure to immerse your kids in this richly diverse society. Have fun reading, bookworms!
National Hispanic Heritage Month runs from Sept. 15  to Oct. 15.
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Grades K-5

Too Many Tamales
By Ed Martinez and Gary Soto
Maria loses her mom’s diamond ring…in the tamale dough?! What happens next?
ISBN-13: 9780698114128
Pages: 32

Side by Side/Lado a lado
By Monica Brown and Illustrated by Joe Cepeda
Join Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez on their journey to motive their fellow workers to fight for farm laborers’ civil rights in the US. Together they changed history.
Bilingual in English and Spanish
ISBN: 9780031227813
Pages: 32

Astronaut Ellen Ochoa
By Heather E. Schwartz
Read about a trailblazing Hispanic woman named Ellen Ochoa who loved math and science. She became a NASA astronaut before becoming a scientist and inventor. Fact: She has logged over a thousand hours in outer space!
ISBN-13: 978-1512456271
Pages: 32

Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes
By Juan Felipe Herrera, Illustrated by Raul Colón
Great for history lessons, this book covers Cesar Chavez, Sonia Sotomayor, Ellen Ochoa, Roberto Clemente, and many more.
ISBN 9780803738096
Pages: 96

Grades 6-8

Tortilla Sun
By Jennifer Cervantes
Twelve-year-old imaginative Izzy is staying with Nana, her paternal grandmother in New Mexico. She doesn’t know much about her own father, but she’s about to make new discoveries. 
ISBN-13: 9781452131504 
Pages: 224

Me, Frida, and the Secret of the Peacock Ring
by Angela Cervantes
Paloma is travels to Mexico City and meets two kids who put her on a quest to find Frida Kahlo’s jewelry. 
ISBN-13: 9781338277661
Pages: 240

The Dreamer
by Pam Muñoz Ryan & Peter Sís
Neftalí is a Chilean boy who loves words and nature. However, his father wants him to grow up to be someone he’s not. Join Neftalí as he sets out on the start of his journey to become Pablo Neruda.
Historical fiction
ISBN-13: 9780439269988
Pages: 384

Grades 9-12

The House on Mango Street
By Sandra Cisneros
Join 12-year-old Esperanza Cordero in a series of coming-of-age vignettes on Mango Street in Chicago. She learns aspects about her Latina identity, struggles with her family ongoing experiences with poverty (like their annual move to different neighborhoods) and dreams of a life beyond traditional marriage.
ISBN-13: 9780780743229
Pages: 132

by Yamile Saied Méndez
Camila is a soccer player who plans to get a scholarship to a North American University. She has to traverse gender norms present in her community–her parents believe girls shouldn’t play futbol–and deal with fact that Diego, the guy she likes, just returned from Italy after playing for a famous team.
ISBN-13: 978-1616209919
Pages: 368

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
By Erika L. Sanchez
Julia and Olga are a pair of daughters to Mexican immigrant parents. One day Olga loses her life in a tragic accident that shatters their family. Julia must piece together her sister’s story as she wants to know more about her sister to discover buried secrets. School, her teenage social life, and the family’s expectations add to the mounting pressure in Julia’s life after loss.
ISBN-13: 978-1524700485
Pages: 352

The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano
By Sonia Manzano
Evelyn Serrano is growing up in El Barrio, New York City. It’s 1969 and there’s a revolt on the horizon. The Young Lords, a Puerto Rican activist group, set a fire in the street as part of a protest. What is this all for? 
ISBN-13: 978-0545325066
Pages: 224




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