Hispanic Heritage KidLit
Did you know that September 15th to October 15th is Hispanic Heritage Month? That means there is a whole month devoted to celebrating Hispanic heritage, whether that is in the form of food, art, music, or our favorite stories! Whether you are Hispanic or not, now is a great time to jump in and learn about the culture and the people. You are opening up our children’s worlds to the diverse world around us. In this post, we are sharing 9 Hispanic Heritage Kidlit picture books that you may enjoy. Before we begin, please take a moment and pin this post to your reading board.
Hispanic Heritage KidLit Picture Books
Fiesta Babies written by Carmen Tafolla and illustrated by Amy Cordova. This is a perfect book pick for babies and toddlers as well as preschool-aged children. My daughter picked this one out to read to her brother. It is such a fun book about babies who love to dance, march on parade, sing along to mariachi songs, wear coronas made out of flores and enjoy a good fiesta. We love this simple book, with colorful illustrations, and an excellent introduction to Latino culture and language.
Viva Frida written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales. This book was recommended to us, and we were excited to read it. It has very minimal wording which was a disappointment. But the illustrations are a work of art all on their own. The book although minimal in text is lovely with its bilingual and exploratory. You feel like you are Frida exploring and learning about yourself in this journey. We particularly liked the author’s note at the end of the book which shined a light on who Frida was and how she inspired her.
Tito Puente, Mambo King
Tito Puente, Mambo King, written by Monica Brown, illustrated by Rafael Lopez. This book was a fun read! Learning about Tito Puente and his interest in music from a young age and how he became the Mambo King we know and love was truly extraordinary. We loved the rhythmic beats brought to life in this book. Such an enjoyable read, that was yet another bilingual storybook!
Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in The Bronx
Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in The Bronx; this book sets the stage for inspiration like no other. Sonia Sotomayor is an amazing woman, proud of her Latina roots. She shows how education and hard work is essential and how with hard work and determination and support you can do anything. She is indeed an inspiration to many. Overcoming many obstacles to be the first-ever Latina US Supreme Court Justice. This book was another fantastic bilingual read.
Separate is Never Equal: Slyvia Mendez & Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation
Separate is Never Equal: Slyvia Mendez & Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuth was an eye-opening book, that we genuinely recommend as a must-read. We hear over and over about so many other cultures being segregated, but the Latin stories often get pushed aside. This book shows how we had to fight for quality education. The injustices so many faces just because they are different. Sylvia Mendez and her parents helped end school segregation in California. Sylvia was an American citizen of Mexican and Puerto Rican heritage who spoke and wrote perfect English. She was denied enrollment in a school because of her skin tone, and her name. Her parents supported her and fought like heck to get justice.
A Picture Book of Cesar Chavez
A Picture Book of Cesar Chavez written by David A. Adler and illustrated by Micheal S. Adler is a book we read last year that we revisited this year, it is such a good book that teaches you about Cesar Chavez who dedicated his life to helping American farmworkers. We love that this story touches on his childhood and how he grew up. He fought for fair wages and working conditions.
Me, Frida was written by Amy Novesky and illustrated by David Diaz this book introduces you to Frida, the doting wife of Diego Rivera. In this book, she explores her surroundings and finds beauty in America even though she desperately misses Mexico. She finds her own voice in this book.
Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin
Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh is about two cousins one who lives in Mexico and one who lives in America. They write letters back and forth and even though they are miles apart they learn how their lives may be different but also amazingly similar.
Isabella’s Hispanic Heritage Book Review
By the way, don’t you love her hairstyle? Frida Kahlo inspired it.