11 Hispanic Heritage Month Books To Share With Your Students

Hispanic Heritage Month, observed from September 15 to October 15, is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the rich culture and history of Hispanic and Latinx communities. One of the best ways to honor this heritage is by sharing stories written by and about individuals from these backgrounds. Here are 11 books that would make great additions to your classroom reading list during Hispanic Heritage Month.

1. “Esperanza Rising” by Pam Muñoz Ryan

This novel tells the story of Esperanza, a young girl who moves from her luxurious life in Mexico to a labor camp in California during the Great Depression. The book provides opportunities for discussing themes like immigration, perseverance, and social issues.

2. “The House on Mango Street” by Sandra Cisneros

Through a series of interconnected stories, this novel explores the life of Esperanza Cordero, a Latina teenager growing up in Chicago. The book touches on themes of identity, community, and coming-of-age experiences.

3. “My Name is María Isabel” by Alma Flor Ada

In this book, a young Puerto Rican girl named María Isabel learns the importance of embracing her cultural identity and standing up for herself in her new American school.

4. “The Poet X” by Elizabeth Acevedo

Written in verse, this award-winning novel follows Xiomara Batista, an Afro-Latina high school student as she navigates adolescence and addresses issues like racial identity, body-image, and relationships.

5. “In the Time of Butterflies” by Julia Alvarez

This historical fiction novel explores the lives of the Mirabal sisters, who became symbols of defiance against the tyrannical Dominican Republic dictator Rafael Trujillo.

6. “I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter” by Erika L. Sánchez

This powerful novel tells the story of Julia Reyes as she deals with family expectations, mental health, and further exploration of her Mexican-American identity after her older sister’s sudden death.

7. “The First Rule of Punk” by Celia C. Pérez

Set in Chicago, this book follows twelve-year-old Malú as she embarks on a journey to understand her mixed heritage and start a punk rock band.

8. “Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass” by Meg Medina

This coming-of-age novel explores themes of bullying, friendship, community, and personal growth through the eyes of Latina protagonist Piddy Sanchez.

9. “A Dash of Trouble” by Anna Meriano

In this magical adventure, eleven-year-old Leonora discovers that she comes from a long line of Mexican brujas (witches). The book is a fun mix of magic and cultural exploration for middle-grade readers.

10. “They Both Die at the End” by Adam Silvera

This YA novel imagines an alternate present where individuals receive a phone call to inform them of the day they will die. It follows two Latinx teenagers – Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio – as they connect on their “End Day.”

11. “Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos” by Monica Brown

This beautifully illustrated picture book celebrates the life of renowned Mexican artist Frida Kahlo through her love for animals.

Incorporating these books into your classroom during Hispanic Heritage Month will not only spark engaging conversations about culture, history, and identity but also foster understanding and appreciation for the diverse experiences within the Hispanic community.