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Books and other educational resources to help celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15)

National Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15- October 15. During this month we celebrate the histories, cultures, and contributions of Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America. 

According to the National Hispanic Heritage Month website, "The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period."

This guide has books and other informational resources to help you recognize and honor Latinx culture. 

Online Resources

Latinx in Kid Lit

This website has great content related to Latinx children's books. Features suggested books, videos, and blog posts. 

Teaching Books's Teaching Ideas for National Hispanic Heritage Month

This website has recommended books with lesson ideas and activities such as meet the author recordings, reader's theater scripts, and more. 

Pura Belpre Award

This award is named after Pura Belpre the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library. It is presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator. 


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