Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Books for Children and Teens by Latinx Authors

Hispanic Heritage month, running from September 15 to October 15, is an annual celebration of the rich cultures and traditions of people living in the United States who trace their ancestry to Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and South America.  There has been a very welcome increase in books written by and for the Latinx community in the past several years, which is helping to fill a long-standing publishing gap.  Here are a few of our recent favorites:

In Dreamers author Yuyi Morales recounts her experience moving from Mexico to the United States with her young son.  It was on one hand a typical journey as they navigate a new city and learn English, but unusual in that Morales gives equal attention to how being bilingual also shaped and enhanced their creative journey.  Mexican motifs and Spanish words are integrated into the inviting pages of this inspirational story.  For ages 4-8. Continue reading “Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Books for Children and Teens by Latinx Authors”

Novels to read during Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15th-October 15th, honors the histories, cultures and contributions of Americans with ancestry in Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. To help you celebrate through reading, our librarians put together a list of fiction by Latinx authors published between 2016-2018; see the full list and place holds in our catalog.

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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month Through Reading – With Kids!

Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15th – October 15th, honors the histories, cultures and contributions of Americans with ancestry in Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Children’s librarians from the Central Library’s Children’s Center have compiled a list of favorites for children to help you and your children celebrate the month through reading! Here are some highlights: Continue reading “Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month Through Reading – With Kids!”

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month Through Reading

Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15th-October 15th, honors the histories, cultures and contributions of Americans with ancestry in Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. Here are a few recent books written by Hispanic American authors to help you celebrate the month through reading.

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How the García Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez is a collection of linked short stories set over 30 years and following the four García sisters after their family escapes political tensions in the Dominican Republic and resettles in the U.S. Night at the Fiestas by Kirstin Valdez Quade is a collection of short stories, all set in rural New Mexico, about characters exploring the pressures and joys of family life and growing up. Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club by Benjamin Alire Sáenz is a collection of short stories about borders and boundaries centered on the Kentucky Club, a bar just south of the U.S.- Mexican divide. Continue reading “Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month Through Reading”

Movie Mondays: Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15 – October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month. To celebrate, here are some notable Hispanic DVDs released this year.

Click here to view Bless Me, Ultima in the SPL catalogBless Me, Ultima (2013) is a film adaptation of the classic and controversial young adult novel by Rudolfo Anaya set in New Mexico during World War II. Antonio (Luke Ganalon) is a boy who seeks the help of Ultima (Miriam Colon, in an award winning performance), a medicine woman with supernatural powers, to cope with the challenges in his young life. Director Carl Franklin’s adaptation received generally favorable reviews from critics, especially in translating the novel’s magical realism to the screen. Continue reading “Movie Mondays: Hispanic Heritage Month”