Childrens Books for Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15th-October 15th and all month long we’re sharing a list of books to celebrate! This week we’re showcasing different Childrens chapter books celebrating Hispanic heritage or written by Hispanic authors!

Lola Levine is not mean! / Monica Brown

Second-grader Lola has a wonderful family, a great teacher, and the best friend ever, Josh, and they all help her feel better after she is teased and forbidden to play team sports at recess for having accidentally hurt classmate Juan during a soccer game.

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Catalina incognito / Jennifer Torres

Eight-year-old Catalina Castañeda uses Taia Abuela’s sewing kit to turn ordinary clothing into a magical disguise, enabling her to uncover a thief at the local library.

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Amazon cover imageMarcus Vega doesn’t speak Spanish/ Pablo Cartaya

After a fight at school leaves Marcus facing suspension, Marcus’s mother takes him and his younger brother, who has Down syndrome, to Puerto Rico to visit relatives they do not remember or have never met, and while there Marcus starts searching for his father, who left their family ten years ago and is somewhere on the island.

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Falling short / Ernesto Cisneros

Best friends Isaac and Marco face various challenges in sixth grade, such as Isaac getting better grades, Marco winning a spot on the basketball team, and both seeing their efforts make a change in their respective family lives. They hope their friendship and support for one another will be enough to help them from falling short.

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Lety out loud / by Angela Cervantes

Lety Muñoz’s first language is Spanish, and she likes to take her time putting her words together. She loves volunteering at the Furry Friends Animal Shelter because the dogs and cats there don’t care if she can’t always find the right word. When the shelter needs a volunteer to write animal profiles, Lety jumps at the chance. But grumpy classmate Hunter also wants to write profiles–so now they have to work as a team. Hunter’s not much of a team player, though. He devises a secret competition to decide who will be the official shelter scribe. Whoever helps get their animals adopted the fastest wins. The loser scoops dog food. Lety reluctantly agrees, but she’s worried that if the shelter finds out about the contest, they’ll kick her out of the volunteer program. Then she’ll never be able to adopt Spike, her favorite dog at the shelter!

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Stella Diaz has something to say / Angela Dominguez

When her class is assigned a project where each student must speak on their favorite subject, Stella Diaz, who sometimes lapses into Spanish and pronounces words wrong, must overcome her fear of public speaking.

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Nightlights / Lorena Alvarez

When a mysterious girl appears at school and learns of Sandy’s drawings, that she creates from the tiny stars that appear in her room at night, Morfie’s fascination soon turns into something sinister.

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The first rule of punk / Celia C. Pérez

Twelve-year-old María Luisa O’Neill-Morales (who really prefers to be called Malú) reluctantly moves with her Mexican-American mother to Chicago and starts seventh grade with a bang–violating the dress code with her punk rock aesthetic and spurning the middle school’s most popular girl in favor of starting a band with a group of like-minded weirdos.

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Lotera̕ / Karla Arenas Valenti

In Oaxaca City, Mexico, ancient friends Life and Death discuss free will while engaged in a game of chance, with eleven-year-old Clara as the protagonist of their theories and a pawn in their game, moving inevitably towards her ultimate fate. Includes author’s notes and reader’s guide.

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Merci Suárez changes gears / Meg Medina

Merci Suárez knew that sixth grade would be different, but she had no idea just how different. For starters, Merci has never been like the other kids at her private school in Florida, because she and her older brother, Roli, are scholarship students. They don’t have a big house or a fancy boat, and they have to do extra community service to make up for their free tuition. So when bossy Edna Santos sets her sights on the new boy who happens to be Merci’s school-assigned Sunshine Buddy, Merci becomes the target of Edna’s jealousy. Things aren’t going well at home, either: Merci’s grandfather and most trusted ally, Lolo, has been acting strangely lately — forgetting important things, falling from his bike, and getting angry over nothing. No one in her family will tell Merci what’s going on, so she’s left to her own worries, while also feeling all on her own at school.

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Tight / Torrey Maldonado

After his quick-tempered father gets in a fight and is sent back to jail, sixth-grader Bryan, known for being quiet and thoughtful, snaps and follows new friend Mike into trouble.

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Witchlings / Claribel A. Ortega

Every year, in the magical town of Ravenskill, Witchlings who participate in the Black Moon Ceremony are placed into covens and come into their powers as full-fledged witches. And twelve-year-old Seven Salazar can’t wait to be placed in the most powerful coven with her best friend! But on the night of the ceremony, in front of the entire town, Seven isn’t placed in one of the five covens. She’s a Spare! Spare covens have fewer witches, are less powerful, and are looked down on by everyone. Even worse, when Seven and the other two Spares perform the magic circle to seal their coven and cement themselves as sisters, it doesn’t work! They’re stuck as Witchlings and will lose their magic. Seven invokes her only option: the impossible task. The three Spares will be assigned an impossible task: If they work together and succeed at it, their coven will be sealed and they’ll gain their full powers. If they fail… Well, the last coven to make the attempt ended up being turned into toads. Forever. But maybe friendship can be the most powerful magic of all..

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Cover Lookalikes: 3 or More Women Staring into Distance in a Historically Fashionable Outfit

You ever notice how many covers look alike? Or maybe you can’t remember the book you read but you remember the basic details of the cover. We’re showcasing cover lookalikes every other week with a different trend each time. Today’s cover collection is titled “3 or More Women Staring into Distance in a Historically Fashionable Outfit” and is perfect for those who can’t remember the book, but there were three or more women in historical outfits on the cover.


Cover Lookalikes (6)

The school for German bridesDaughters of the occupationSwitchboard soldiersFast girlsThe Surplus GirlsThe War Girls Band of SistersThe women’s march/The Tiffany girlsAs Bright as Heaven


Women Staring into Distance in a Historically Fashionable Outfit (3 0r more))

 Lilac GirlsThe flight girlsThe girls in navy blueWhen we had wingsThe wives of Los Alamos




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Picture Books for Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15th-October 15th and all month long we’re sharing a list of books to celebrate! This week we’re showcasing different picture books celebrating Hispanic heritage or written by Hispanic authors!

Carmela full of wishes / Matt de la Peña

Carmela, finally old enough to run errands with her brother, tries to think of the perfect birthday wish, while his wish seems to be that she stayed home.

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Areli is a dreamer / Areli Morales

In the first picture book written by a DACA dreamer Areli Morales tells her own powerful and vibrant immigration story of moving from a quiet town in Mexico to the bustling and noisy metropolis of New York City

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My Papi has a motorcycle / Isabel Quintero

When Daisy Ramona zooms around her neighborhood with her papi on his motorcycle, she sees the people and places she’s always known. She also sees a community that is rapidly changing around her.

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La princesa and the pea / Susan Middleton Elya

A rhyming twist on a classic fairy tale in which a queen places a pea under a young lady’s mattress to see if she is truly a princess. Incorporates Spanish words and Includes a glossary

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Islandborn / Junot Díaz

Lola was just a baby when her family left the Island, so when she has to draw it for a school assignment, she asks her family, friends, and neighbors about their memories of her homeland…and in the process, comes up with a new way of understanding her own heritage.

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Alma and how she got her name / Juana Martinez-Neal

When Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela asks her father why she has so many names, she hears the story of her name and learns about her grandparents.

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Marta! big & small / Jen Arena

In this story that incorporates Spanish words, Marta explores the world of opposites and animals.

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Sofia Valdez, future prez / by Andrea Beaty

When her abuelo is injured at the local landfill, second-grader Sofia is determined to transform the dangerous Mount Trashmore into a park, taking on City Hall in the process.

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