Hispanic Heritage Month Book List: Children’s Literature for Inside & Outside the Classroom

This month, students across the district are continuing to learn about historical and current Hispanic and Latinx figures, including those whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America, and their contributions to society in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. 

As we continue to celebrate the contributions, achievements and voices of these important groups, we also acknowledge that, all too often, the accomplishments of people of color are overlooked in history books, curriculum, literature and so many other facets of school and society. As we reflect on the unique contributions of Hispanic and Latinx communities in American history, we should also engage students in lessons and meaningful discussions about Hispanic history, equity, and issues affecting these communities today. Cultural heritage months, like Hispanic Heritage Month, allow for sharing, awareness and learning of diverse cultures and create spaces where our students can celebrate who they are and where they come from. 

By educating, empowering and encouraging our young people and ensuring the increased inclusion of Hispanic and Latinx history and experiences throughout all grade levels and curricula, we are all working together toward progress. Hispanic Heritage Month continues to be a celebration of how far we have come and the belief that anything is possible no matter where you come from or what you look like.   

Please see our curated list of children’s books centered around Hispanic and Latinx history and stories that you can use at home or in your classroom. These books can be found at your campus AR Zone, public library, and local bookstores. 

Lower Academy (Grades 1-2) 

Title: Alma and How She Got Her Name 

Author: Juana Martinez-Neal 


Title: Pepe and the Parade: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage 

Author: Tracy Kyle 


Title: Maybe Something Beautiful 

Author: Isabel Campoy 

IDEA Public Schools Hispanic Heritage Month Book List


Upper Academy (Grades 3-5) 

Title: Mango, Abuela, and Me 

Author: Meg Medina 


Title: Mañanaland 

Author:  Pam Muñoz Ryan 

IDEA Public Schools Hispanic Heritage Month Book List


Title: Confetti Girl 

Author: Diana Lopez 

IDEA Public Schools Hispanic Heritage Month Book List


Middle School (Grades 6-7) 

Title: Latinitas: Celebrating 40 Big Dreamers 

Author: Juliet Menendez 


Title: Dreams from Many Rivers: A Hispanic History of the United States Told in Poems 

Author: Margarita Engle 

IDEA Public Schools Hispanic Heritage Month Book List


Title: The Smell of Old Lady Perfume 

Author: Claudia Guadalupe Martinez 

IDEA Public Schools Hispanic Heritage Month Book List


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