23 YA and Middle Grade Books To Honor Hispanic Heritage Month | School Library JournalAs Maya grows, the blanket is made into smaller and smaller items, from a dress to a bookmark. Each item has a special meaning for Maya and helps her in some way. When she loses the bookmark, she creates a book about all the items which she eventually shares with her own daughter. Includes glossary of Spanish words. A Chair for my Mother tells the story of little Rosa who — together with her mother and grandmother — saves up coins to buy a comfortable chair after the family home was destroyed by a fire. Rain Player by David Wiesniewsky. Based on the Mayan belief that the future is determined and cannot be changed, this is a story about a young ballplayer who challenges the Rain God in order to prevent disaster for his people.
Hispanic and Latino Heritage Books for Kids and Teens
Tortilla Sun by Jennifer Cervantes. Tortilla Sun is a gentle story about family, friendship and dealing with the past. El Lector by William Durbin. In the immigrant community of Ybor City year-old Bella wants to become a lector, just like her grandfather. He reads novels, the newspaper and union news to the workers in a cigar factory.
Friedman Family Foundation. In this booklist, you'll find a range of titles — young adult novels by award-winning Hispanic-American authors, bilingual poetry, biography, memoir — celebrating Latino culture and examining the immigrant experience. Danny's a great baseball player but he's not even on the school team — he's consumed with feeling like his private-school classmates only see him as a Mexican who doesn't belong and that his Mexican relatives see him as an "almost albino. This classic of Latin American literature tells the story of Esperanza, who lives in a poor Hispanic neighborhood in Chicago. Told in a series of vignettes, Esperanza tries to leave, while realizing the house on Mango Street will always be with her. This autobiography details Guerrero's rise from Tijuana to fame in the United States as a professional wrestler.
Please see my disclosure policy for more information. Read more HERE. I hope they inspire you. A young Cuban immigrant eases his homesickness by re-creating the city of Havana in a poignant tale that will resonate with readers today. Gaby, Lost and Found by Angela Cervantes.
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Add to Bag. Stella is lonely; she loves her family, and her fish, Pancho, but her best friend Jenny is in another class this year. When a new boy arrives, Stella is ready to be his friend, but she is shy, and sometimes when she talks, Spanish comes out instead of English, making feel awkward about being an immigrant.
As a middle school educator, author, and blogger at Latinxs in Kid Lit , I am always seeking out books by Latinx authors and about Latinx characters, especially those for middle grade readers. I teach struggling students, almost all students of color and the majority Latinx, in grades 6—8, so these books are of particular interest. Each year, Latinx middle grade titles seem much fewer in number compared to books for older and younger readers. They seem to suffer from middle child syndrome — overlooked by the edgier older sibling, the young adult novel, and the fun, visually-stunning younger sibling, the picture book. Here are ten titles that I plan to buy, read, and share with my students.
These intriguing novels by Hispanic authors will help your preteen or teen learn more about Latin culture and tradition. Lupita, who has always found comfort in the closeness of her Mexican-American immigrant family, must become an adult as she cares for her seven younger siblings after her mother is diagnosed with cancer. Written in verse, this book is full of emotional honesty that ultimately leaves readers feeling empowered. Finally, in an effort to understand himself better, Danny sets out on a voyage to visit his father in Mexico. On her family's ranch in Mexico, Esperanza enjoy a luxurious life in a beautiful home full of pretty dresses.