HISPANIC AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH 2020: SEPTEMBER 15-OCTOBER 15
Hispanic Heritage Month recognizes and celebrates the contributions to U.S. society and culture of those who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Spanish-speaking nations of the Caribbean. The observance was born in 1968 when Congress authorized the president to issue an annual proclamation designating National Hispanic Heritage Week. Just two decades later, lawmakers expanded it to a month-long celebration, stretching from September 15 to October 15 each year. The 2020 theme -- Hispanic Americans: A History of Serving Our Nation -- invites all to reflect on Hispanic Americans' service and contributions to the history of the United States. Below are a couple of books to get the reading going! Note: If you have a relevant book site to suggest for this page, please contact us at email@example.com.
The Good Stranger's Sancocho Surprise/ El sancocho sorpresa del buen desconocido is a bilingual re-telling of the classic “Stone Soup” tale, set in the Dominican Republic. A stranger who has lost his family to tragedy comes to a rural town, and he is starving. He asks for help, but only a penniless girl, with no knowledge of cooking, will offer it. Together they make sancocho ― a traditional Dominican soup where everything can get thrown into the pot ― using a secret recipe the stranger learned from his grandfather. From seemingly nothing, they create a miraculous banquet and teach the villagers a lasting lesson about generosity, and overcoming fear.
The book Sal & Gabi Break the Universe, won the 2020 Pura Belpré Award from the American Library Association. Named after the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library, the award is presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth. In this book, best-selling author Rick Riordan presents a sci-fi romp with Cuban influence that poses the question: What would you do if you had the power to reach through time and space and retrieve anything you want: Read more here.
• Hispanic Mama is a website whose goal is to empower through heritage and language. On the site, find a list of the author's top 40 children's picture books for Hispanic Heritage Month. Family favorites all, many of the listed books focus on typical Latin American dishes.
• Colours of Us has curated a list of books in celebration of Hispanic heritage for children ages five through 10. Find that here.
• Multicultural Children's Book Day has also curated a list of diverse book links. Find that here...and mark your calendars for the next Multicultural Children's Book Day, January 29, 2021.
• What Do We Do All Day is a website and newsletter started by a mom who wanted her children to unplug and get more engaged in games and reading aloud. Her site provides an interesting list of children's books intended for Hispanic Heritage Month. Click to see that list here.
• A Mighty Girl, a site with great book ideas for raising confident girls, offers a list of books starring Latina Mighty Girls. Find that here.
• School Library Journal features a list of biographies about Latinx luminaries. Find that list here.
• Interested in Spanish language chapter books? How about this list from Discovering the World Through My Son's Eyes, a website focusing on multicultural parenting, culture, raising bilingual kids, food, and travel.
• Brightly, a website geared to raising children who love to read, features a list of 15 picture books that celebrate Hispanic heritage. Click here for this list.
• Reading Rockets has curated a list of books for the month aimed at ages three through nine. Discover stories about families and everyday life in Hispanic communities, as well as books about joyful festivals and holidays. Man books are written in Spanish and English. Click here for more. Plus, there is a tool called Book Finder where readers can create a customized list of fiction and nonfiction books by author, illustrator, age, reading level, genre, format, and topic. That's linked here.
• Pragmatic Mom is a blog that tackles all kinds of topics in the broad field of children's literature. Find a list of top 10 books for Hispanic American Heritage Month here.
• Scholastic has curated a list of 15 books to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month that embrace Hispanic culture, characters, and traditions with, and for, kids of all ages.
• ADL has a list, too, of the top eight must-read books for Hispanic Heritage Month. That's here.
• Goodreads has curated a list of children's books for Hispanic American Heritage Month, too. Find that here.