Hispanic Heritage Month!
Oh what a fabulous month, to celebrate all of the Hispanic & Latin culture & authors/illustrators! Hispanic Heritage month typically goes for one month, & this year it's Sept. 15-Oct. 15.
So it was high time I got on & shared a handful of favorites with you! I'd love to hear what books or authors YOU & your family enjoy as well!
Hispanic Heritage Books:
1. My Papi Has a Motorcyle
by: Isabel Quintero y Zeke Pena
(Daisy looks forward to the evening each day, when her Papi returns home from work & takes her on a motorcycle ride. She loves riding through their town, & the sights & sounds that greet them are traditionally happy & colorful; especially when they end their trip by enjoying some raspados.)
2. Paletero Man
by: Lucky Diaz
(What does every kid want on a hot day? Paletas! Ice cream! This little boy is no different! But in his excitement to meet up with Paletero Jose cart, he loses some money along the way. Will he end up getting to enjoy his paleta with everyone else?)
3. Alicia's Happy Day
by: Meg Starr & Ying-hwa Hu
(It's Alicia's birthday & everyone in their barrio/neighborhood is determined to make it a nice birthday for her.)
by: Junot Diaz & Leo Espinosa
(Lola can't exactly remember the island she immigrated from & she's nervous when her teacher asks them all to draw a picture of their family's country. Luckily Lola's family & friends remember plenty from the island, & help her learn more about the Dominican Republic while she does her school assignment.)
5. Where Are You From?
by: Yamile Saied Mendez
(One little girl gets asked all the time where she's from at school, because her skin tone & language are different than the other kids'.
6. Manana Iguana
by: Ann Whitford Paul & Ethan Long
(Iguana has a lazy trio of friends, who are unwilling to help her get ready for a fiesta; but they lose out in this classic retelling of the LIttle Red Hen.)
7. We Laugh Alike/Juntos Nos Reimos
by: Carmen T. Bernier-Grand
(A darling book with the reminder that you don't need to speak the same language to laugh together. 3 kids are playing at a park, when 3 more kids show up who speak a different language. Will they find a way to play together? They learn a lot by watching each other's group & end up learning they can in fact interact & become friends without speaking the same words.)
8. May Your Life Be Deliciosa
by: Michael Genhart & Loris Lora
(Making tamales is a Christmas Eve tradition & Rosie's tia, abuela, sister & cousins all gather in the kitchen to knead cornmeal dough & cutting up onions & garlic.....all while telling stories. Rosie learns how to make a delicious tamale...& a delicious life from her grandma.)
9. Pepe & the Parade
by: Tracey Kyle
(Pepe wakes up excited & anxious for the parade that will showcase his friends from many different Latin cultures (Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, Spain, etc.)
10. Dear Abuelo
by: Grecia Huesca Dominguez & Teresa Martinez
(Juana will miss her home, as she moves from Mexico to New York. But she's going to miss her abuelo most of all! She writes him letters once they arrive in NY & tells all about flying in an airplane, her new school & their new apartment; Juana makes her first friend & things finally start to turn around for her.)
11. Alma & How She Got Her Name
by: Juana Martinez-Neal
12. Digging for Words/Rescatando Palabras
by: Angela Burke Kunkel & Paola Escobar
13. Last Stop on Market Street
by: Matthew de La Pena
14. Isabel & Her Colores Go To School
by: Alexandra Alessandri
(Isabel loves the colors of pink & warm orange, but it seems like English is a lot of blue & white, which aren't her favorite. She's nervous about having to learn new things, but Isabel will learn that there is more than one way to communicate with new friends.)
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Hi, I'm Katie! I'm 33 years old, love the outdoors, reading books & being a mama! And I also enjoy literacy research for my podcast.