Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Latinx Authors

This October, students across the district continue learning about historical and current Hispanic and Latinx figures during Hispanic Heritage Month. As we reflect on the unique contributions of these communities in American history, we encourage engaging students in lessons and meaningful discussions about Hispanic history, equity, and issues affecting these communities today. 

See our curated list of children’s books by Hispanic authors that you can add to your home or classroom library. These books can be found at your campus AR Zone, public library, and local bookstores.   

1st and 2nd grade

Paletero Man by Lucky Diaz

Cover of Paletero Man

Written by Latin Grammy Award Winner, Lucky Diaz and illustrated by artist Micah Player, this vibrant and colorful book tells the story of the joy Paletero José brings to his Los Angeles neighborhood. Watch and listen to the bilingual narration on YouTube. 

Paletero Man por Lucky Diaz read-aloud (bilingual) 

Rafa Counts on Papá by Joe Cepeda 

Cover of Rafa Counts on Papá

Written and illustrated by Joe Cepeda, this counting story follows Rafa and his papá and their love for counting and measuring just about everything. Check out the preview as told by the author. 

Joe Cepeda Presents RAFA COUNTS ON PAPA from LB School on Vimeo.



3rd –  5th Grade

Shine On, Luz Véliz! By Rebecca Balcárel 

Cover of Shine On, Luz Veliz! 

This coming-of-age story follows Luz Véliz as she discovers her heritage and identity after taking a break from soccer due to an injury.  

Falling Short by Ernesto Cisneros 

Cover of Falling Short by Ernesto Cisneros

Neighbors Isaac and Marco bond over basketball, culture, and the hardships of middle school relying on each other for support to keep themselves from Falling Short.  



6th – 7th grade  

Efrén Divided by Ernesto Cisneros 

Cover of Efrén Divided by Ernesto Cisneros

 Efrén lives with his parents and grandparents until his worst nightmare is realized. When his mother doesn’t return from work one day, he learns she has been deported to Mexico. Drawing on his family’s support and channeling his ancestors’ strength, Efren must try to take care of and reunite his family.  

Invisible by Christina Diaz Gonzalez & Gabriela Epstein 

Cover of Invisible by Christina Diaz & Gabriela Epstien 

This colorful graphic novel features a cast of characters that are forced to work together to complete community service hours. While they think they have nothing in common, they discover a common thread that brings them together.  


Hispanic Heritage Month is an opportunity to share and learn about the diverse cultures and people that make up our school communities. We strive to create spaces where our students can celebrate who they are and where they come from. Read more about our commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion here




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