This week we are kicking off Hispanic Heritage Month with 10 of the best children’s picture books out there! Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15 to October 15 every year, celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans. To celebrate the beautiful traditions, heritages, and culture from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America, you can find some great activities here.
I love children’s books! Books are a wonderful way to bridge the cultural gap and dive into another world without needing to travel. You can even take your reading to another level and provide a hands-on experience to help the book come alive, like listening to music or trying foods from that county.
Enjoy this collection of children’s picture books — I’ve tried to move away from the popular titles that you see featured all the time! You can stop by my blog, Inspired by Familia, to get the Top 10 Children’s Books for Kids to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (Early Reader to Independent Reader books).
Top 10 Hispanic Heritage Month Children’s Books 1 of 11
These books are full of vibrant and beautiful illustrations that will take you and your child into another world as you explore the beauty of our Hispanic culture.
Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match by Monica Brown 2 of 11
Marisol McDonald has flaming red hair and nut brown skin. Polka dots and stripes are her favorite combination. She prefers peanut butter and jelly burritos in her lunch box. And don t even think of asking her to choose one or the other activity at recess — she ll just be a soccer-playing pirate princess, thank you very much.
The Rainbow Tulip by Pat Mora 3 of 11
Stella loves her family and her Mexican heritage, but she doesn't always like being different from the other kids at school. Now her class is going to dance around the maypole at the school's May parade, and Stella wants her tulip costume to be special, even if she won't look like the other girls at school.
Tomas and the Library Lady by Pat Mora 4 of 11
TomÃ¡s is a son of migrant workers. Every summer, he and his family follow the crops north from Texas to Iowa, spending long, arduous days in the fields. At night, they gather around to hear Grandfather's wonderful stories. But before long, TomÃ¡s knows all the stories by heart.
Napi by Antonio Ramirez 5 of 11
NapÃ is a young Mazateca girl who lives with her family in a little village on the bank of a river in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. Each afternoon, the family sits beneath the shade of a huge ceiba tree and listens to the grandfather's stories. As NapÃ listens dreamily, the afternoons take on different colors in her imagination orange, purple, violet, and green.
A Day’s Work by Eve Bunting 6 of 11Francisco, a young Mexican-American boy, helps his grandfather find work as a gardener, even though the old man cannot speak English and knows nothing about gardening.
Gathering the Sun by Alma Flor Ada 7 of 11
In simple words and sun-drenched paintings, Alma Flor Ada and SimÃ³n Silva take us into the fields and orchards, and into the lives of the people who work them. Simple poems in Spanish and English, one for each letter of the Spanish alphabet, describe the wonder of the vegetable and fruit farms.
Chato and the Party Animals by Gary Soto 8 of 11
With a lively text featuring Spanish words throughout and bright, bold artwork, this sequel to Chato's Kitchen is truly a cause for celebration!
What Can You Do With a Paleta? by Carmen Tafolla 9 of 11
As she strolls through her barrio, a young girl introduces readers to the frozen, fruit-flavored treat that thrills Mexican and Mexican-American children. Create a masterpiece, make tough choices (strawberry or coconut?), or cool off on a warm summer's day — there's so much to do with a paleta.
I Love Saturdays Y Domingos by Alma Flor Alda 10 of 11
While we follow our narrator to the circus and the pier, share stories from her grandparents' pasts, and celebrate her birthday, the depth and joy of both cultures are conveyed in Spanish and English. This affirmation of both heritages will speak to all children who want to know more about their own families and ethnic backgrounds.
Dona Flor: A Tall Tale About a Giant Woman With a Big Heart by Pat Mora 11 of 11
DoÃ±a Flor is a giant lady who lives in a tiny village in the American Southwest. Popular with her neighbors, she lets the children use her flowers as trumpets and her leftover tortillas as rafts.
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