Great Reads That Celebrate Hispanic Heritage
Six books that expose children to the diversity of Latino culture, from Mexico to Puerto Rico and beyond
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8
I Love Saturdays y Domingos by Alma Flor Ada (PreK-2)
A bilingual girl recounts Saturdays spent with her Euro-American grandparents and Sundays with her Mexican-American Abuelito and Abuelita.
Cuckoo: A Mexican Folktale by Lois Ehlert (PreK-2)
This bilingual tale from Mexico tells the story of the vain and lazy cuckoo who annoys the other birds with her constant singing. One day however, when a fire threatens the seed crops, it is the cuckoo who single-handedly saves the seeds.
Isla by Arthur Dorros (K-2)
Through the power of story, Abuela takes her young granddaughter, Rosalba, on a trip to the Caribbean island where Abuela grew up.
Vejigante Masquerader by Lulu Delacre (K-3)
The time of Carnaval is approaching in the town of Ponce, Puerto Rico, and young Ramon dreams of becoming a vejigante, a masked reveler.
My Name Is Maria Isabel by Alma Flor Ada (Gr. 3-5)
When Maria Isabel Salazar Lopez starts her first day of class at a new school, the teacher dubs her "Mary Lopez" as there are already two other Marias in the class. This story thoughtfully explores the significance of heritage in one's sense of self.
The Most Beautiful Place in the World by Ann Cameron (Gr. 3-5)
Life for 7-year-old Juan is difficult in his impoverished Guatemalan village, but his life is filled with beauty all the same. Abandoned by his mother, Juan lives with his grandmother and shines shoes to support the family, but his true desire is to go to school.