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Hispanic Heritage Month: A Reading List
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August 2, 2021
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Updated August 2021

As we kick off Hispanic Heritage Month, we are thrilled to share an updated list of books we love, written and illustrated by and about Latinx authors and characters. We are so excited to dive into these powerful stories, poems, and nonfiction pieces across the grade bands and think you will be, too!

Elementary School:

Mango, Abuela, and Me by Meg Medina
Waiting for the Biblioburro by Monica Brown
Islandborn by Junot Diaz
Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library by Carole Boston Weatherford
Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell
Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family's Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tontatiuh
Drum Drum Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music by Margarita Engle
Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal
Ana María Reyes Does Not Live in a Castle by Hilda Eunice Burgos

Middle School:

Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan
90 Miles to Havana by Enrique Flores-Galbis
The First Rule of Punk by Celia Pérez
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
When I Was Puerto Rican by Esmerelda Santiago
Efrén Divided by Ernesto Cisneros
Sal and Gabby Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez
The Only Road by Alexandra Diaz
Furia by Yamile Saied Méndez
We Are Not From Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez
Latinas: Struggles & Protests in 21st Century USA by Iris Morales
The Epic Fail of Arturro Zamorra by Pablo Cartaya
Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina

High School:

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez
The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez
How the García Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez
Collected Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges
Days and Night of Love and War by Eduardo Galeano
Bright Dead Things by Ada Límon
The Poetry of Pablo Neruda by Pablo Neruda

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