Hispanic & Latinx Heritage Month

September 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month.

Chapter Books

Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega

Shortly before Halloween, Lucely and her best friend, Syd, cast a spell that accidentally awakens malicious spirits, wreaking havoc throughout St. Augustine. Together, they must join forces with Syd’s witch grandmother, Babette, and her tubby tabby, Chunk, to fight the haunting head-on and reverse the curse to save the town and Lucely’s firefly spirits before it’s too late. Request this title

The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez by Adrianna Cuevas

A Cuban-American boy must use his ability to communicate with animals to save the inhabitants of his town when they are threatened by a witch that transforms into animals. Request this title.

Mañanaland by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Twelve-year-old Max, who loves the legend Buelo tells him about a mythical gatekeeper who can guide brave travelers on a journey into tomorrow, sets out on a dangerous quest to discover if he is true of heart and what the future holds, armed with a treasured compass, a mysterious stone rubbing, and Buelo’s legend as his only guides. Request this title.

A Dash of Trouble by Anna Meriano

Wanting to be a part of her family’s Dia de los Muertos preparations, Leonora sneaks out of school to discover her mother, aunt, and older sisters have been keeping a secret. Request this title.

The Dragon Slayer : Folktales from Latin America by Jaime Hernandez

How would a kitchen maid fare against a seven-headed dragon? What happens when a woman marries a mouse? And what can a young man learn from a thousand leaf cutter ants? Famed Love and Rockets creator Jaime Hernandez asks these questions and more as he transforms beloved myths into bold, stunning, and utterly contemporary comics. Request this title.

Picture Books

Imagine by Juan Felipe Herrera

When Juan Felipe Herrera was very young, he picked flowers, helped his mama feed the chickens, slept under the starry sky, and learned to say goodbye to his amiguitos each time his migrant family moved on. When he grew up, Juan Felipe Herrera became a poet. Request this title.

Carmela Full of Wishes by Matt de la Peña

Carmela, finally old enough to run errands with her brother, tries to think of the perfect birthday wish, while his wish seems to be that she stayed home. Request this title.

Lucía the Luchadora by Cynthia Leonor Garza

When the boys on the playground tell her that girls can’t be superheroes, Lucía is discouraged until her abuela reveals to her the power of the luchadoras. Request this title.

A Sled for Gabo by Emma Otheguy

Gabo, shy with other children and having no sled or winter clothing, yearns to go sledding and his neighbor’s granddaughter, Isa, helps him find a way. Request this title.

Octopus Stew by Eric Velasquez

Ramsey dons his superhero cape to rescue Grandma from the huge octopus she is trying to cook–or is he simply telling a story? Includes author’s note on the story’s origin and a recipe for Octopus stew. Request this title.

Non-Fiction Books

Bravo! : Poems about amazing Hispanics by Margarita Engle

Musician, botanist, baseball player, pilot–the Latinos featured in this collection, Bravo!, come from many different countries and from many different backgrounds. Celebrate their accomplishments and their contributions to a collective history and a community that continues to evolve and thrive today! Request this title.

Nuestra América : 30 inspiring Latinas/Latinos who have shaped the United States by Sabrina Vourvoulias

A celebration of 30 of history’s most influential Latinas and Latinos shares the uplifting stories of subjects ranging from Pura Belpré and César Chávez to Jennifer Lopez and Sonia Sotomayor. Request this title.

Path to the Stars : My Journey from Girl Scout to Rocket Scientist by Sylvia Acevedo

The inspiring memoir for young readers about a Latina rocket scientist whose early life was transformed by joining the Girl Scouts and who currently serves as CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA. Request this title.

Young Adult Books

For a list of YA fiction by Hispanic authors, click here!

Unless otherwise noted, all plot descriptions are from our online catalog. View previous booklists | 2020