September 15 - October 15

    Mes de la Herencia Hispana



    Department of Social Studies

    TBA, District Director of Humanities

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    During National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15) we recognize the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate their heritage and culture. 

    Hispanics have had a profound and positive influence on our country through their strong commitment to family, faith, hard work, and service. They have enhanced and shaped our national character with centuries-old traditions that reflect the multiethnic and multicultural customs of their community.

    Hispanic Heritage Month, whose roots go back to 1968, begins each year on September 15, the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico, Chile and Belize also celebrate their independence days during this period and Columbus Day (Día de la Raza) is October 12.

    Hispanic Heritage Teaching Resources

    Teaching resources from the Smithsonian Institution’s education foundation

    Hispanic Heritage Month

    Basic information about Hispanic Heritage Month and links to other online resources

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    Lesson ideas for celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month from Education World®


    Hispanic Heritage Month -  Recommended Reading List


    Elementary (K-Grade 2)

    Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale

    Carmen Agra Deedy

    Doña Flor

    Pat Mora

    Juan Bobo Goes to Work

    Marisa Montes

    From the Bellybutton of the Moon and Other Summer Poems

    Francisco X. Alarcón

    Pablo's Tree

    Pat Mora

    Chato and the Party Animals

    Gary Soto

    Mama & Papa Have a Store

    Amelia Lau Carling

    Snapshots from the Wedding

    Gary Soto

    In My Family

    Lomas Garza, Carmen

    Rainbow Tulip

    Pat Mora

    Xochtil and the Flowers

    Jorge Argueta

    The Spirit of Tío Fernando

    Janice Levy

    Hispanic Scientists: Ellen Ochoa, Carlos A. Ramirez,
    Eloy Rodriguez, Lydia Villa-Komaroff, Maria Elena Zavala

    Jetty St. John

    Angels Ride Bikes: And Other Fall Poems

    Francisco X. Alarcon

    Get Ready for Gabi: A Crazy Mixed Up Spanglish Day

    Marisa Montes Illustrated by Joe Cepeda

    Gracias Thanks

    Pat Mora, Illustrated by, John Parra and written by Pat Mora

    Nacho and Lolita

    Pam Munoz Ryan

    Gathering the Sun: An Alphabet in Spanish and English

    Alma Flor Ada

    The Storyteller’s Candle/La velita de los cuentos

    Lucia Gonzalez and Lulu Delacre

    Book fiesta!: Celebrate Children's Day/Book Day; Celebramos El dia de los ninos/Eldia de los libros

    Pat Mora, illustrated by Rafael Lopez

    Elementary (3–5)

    Under the Royal Palms: a Childhood in Cuba

    Alma Flor Ada

    My Diary from Here to There

    Amada Irma Pérez

    Magic Windows

    Carmen Lomas Garza

    Hands-on Latin America: Art Activities For All Ages

    Yvonne Y. Merrill

    Where the Flame Trees Bloom

    Alma Flor Ada

    Amazing Hispanic American History

    George Ochoa

    Charro: The Mexican Cowboy

    George Ancona

    Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez

    Kathleen Krull

    Family Pictures

    Carmen Lomas Garza

    The Bossy Gallito

    Lucia Gonzalez

    Calling the Doves/El Encanto De Las Palomas

    Juan Felipe Herrera

    Under the Royal Palms: a Childhood in Cuba

    Alma Flor Ada

    Learning About Determination From the Life of Gloria Estefan

    Meanne Stazzabosco

    Ivan Rodriguez

    Tony DeMarco

    Alicia Alonso: First Lady of the Ballet

    Sandra Martin Arnold

    The Biographical Dictionary of Hispanic Americans

    Nicholas E. Meyer

    Famous Hispanic Americans

    Janet Morey

    Ellen Ochoa: The First Hispanic Woman Astronaut

    Romero Maritza

    Return to Sender

    by Julia Alvarez

    Book Fiesta!: Celebrate Children’s Day/Book Day; Celebremos El 
    día de los niños/El día de los libros

    illustrated by Rafael López, written by Pat Mora

    The Day It Snowed Tortillas: A Classic from the American Southwest

    Joe Hayes

    How Tia Lola Came to Stay

    Julia Alvarez

    Poet and Politician of Puerto Rico: Don Luis Munoz Marin

    Carmen T. Bernier-Grand

    Tales Our Abuelitas Told: A Hispanic Folktale Collection

    Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy, Illustrated by Leyla Torres, Susan Guevara, and Felipe Davalos

    Maximilian & the Mystery of the Guardian Angel: A Bilingual Lucha Libre Thriller

    Xavier Garza

    The Dreamer

    Pam Munoz Ryan

    Middle School (6–8)

    César Chávez : Crusader for Social Change

    Brenda Haugen

    When I was a Boy Neruda Called Me Policarpo

    Poli Délano

    Cool Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Growing Up Latino in the United States

    Lori Carlson, Editor

    Crossing the Wire

    Will Hobbs

    Breaking Through

    Francisco Jiménez

    Under the Same Sky

    Cynthia DeFelico

    Struggling to Become an American

    Robin Santos Doak

    The Color of My Words

    Lynn Joseph

    Wachale! Poetry and Prose about Growing Up Latino in America

    Ilan Stavans, Editor

    Extraordinary Hispanic Americans

    Susan Sinnott

    Baseball in April and Other Stories

    Gary Soto

    Call Me Maria: a Novel

    Judith Ortiz Cofer

    Hispanic, Female and Young: An Anthology

    Edited by Phyllis Tashlik

    My Daughter, My Son, the Eagle, the Dove: An Aztec Chant

    Ana Castillo

    Cuba 15

    Nancy Osa

    Becoming Naomi León

    Pam Muñoz Ryan

    The Tree is Older than You Are

    Edited by Naomi Shihab Nye

    Facts of Life

    Gary Soto

    Flight to Freedom

    Ana Veciana–Suarez

    Among the Volcanoes

    Omar S. Castañeda

    The Smell of Old Lady Perfume

    Claudia Guadalupe Martínez

    Delores Huerta: Labor Leader and Civil Rights Activist

    Robin S. Doak

    Esperanza Rising

    Pam Munoz Ryan

    The Circuit: Stories From the Life of a Migrant Child

    Francisco Jimenez

    Journey of Dreams

    Marge Pellegrino

    Tropical secrets : Holocaust refugees in Cuba

    Margarita Engle

    The Dreamer

    Pam Munoz Ryan

    The Firefly Letters

    Margarita Engle

    César Chávez: A Photographic Essay

    Ilan Stavans

    Under the Mesquite

    Guadalupe Garcia McCall

    Hurricane Dancers: The First Caribbean Pirate Shipwreck

    Margarita Engle

    Dancing Home

    Alma For Ada

    El Caracol: The Story of Alfonso, Labor Camp Child

    Yolanda Espinosa Espinoza

    High School (9–12)

    Journey of the Sparrows

    Fran Leeper Buss


    Gary Soto


    Julia Alvarez

    El Bronx Remembered

    Nicholasa Mohr

    Famous Hispanic Americans

    Wendy Dunn, Janet Nomura Morey, and Carlos E. Cortes

    Laughing Out Loud, I Fly: Poems in English and Spanish

    Juan Felipe Herrera

    How the Garcia Girls Lost their Accents

    Julia Alvarez

    Bless Me, Ultima

    Rudolfo Anaya

    When I Was Puerto Rican

    Esmeralda Santiago

    Red Hot Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Being Young
    and Latino in the United States

    Lori Marie Carlson

    The Shadow of the Wind: A Novel

    Carlos Ruiz Zafón translated by Lucia Graves

    One Hundred Years of Solitude

    Gabriel García Márquez

    American Chica

    Maria Arana

    Taking Sides

    Gary Soto

    Before We Were Free

    Julia Alvarez

    Riding Low on the Streets of Gold: Latino Literature for Young Adults

    edited, with an introduction Judith Ortiz Cofer

    Growing Up Inside the Sanctuary of My Imagination

    Nicholasa Mohr

    Curse of the Chupa Cabra

    Rudolfo Anaya

    Accidental Love

    Gary Soto

    The Importance of a Piece of Paper: Stories

    Jimmy Santiago Baca

    Crazy Loco

    David Talbot Rice

    Reaching Out

    Francisco Jiménez

    Voices in First Person: Reflections on Latino Identity

    edited by Lori Marie Carlson

    I, Juan De Pareja

    Elizabeth Borton de Trevino

    The Emerald Lizard: Fifteen Latin American Tales to Tell

    Pleasant DeSpain

    Kids Like Me

    Judith M. Blohm, Terri Lapinsky Powells

    Hispanic Surnames and Family History

    Lyman DePlatt

    The Hispanic America, Texas and the Mexican War, 1835 - 1850

    Christopher Collier

    The Last Summer of the Death Warriors

    Francisco X. Stork

    You Don’t Have a Clue: Latino Mystery Stories for Teens

    Edited by Sarah Cortez

    When I Am Singing to You

    Rebecca Burke

    The Distance Between Us: A Memoir

    Reyna Grande

    Latinnovating: Green American Jobs and the Latinos Creating Them

    Graciela Tiscareno-Sato

    Adult Reading

    Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez

    Richard Rodriguez

    The Line of the Sun

    Judith Ortiz Cofer

    Empress of the Splendid Season

    Ơscar Hijuelos

    In the Time of the Butterflies: A Novel

    Julia Alvarez

    Never Through Miami

    Robert Quesada

    Down These Mean Streets

    Piri Thomas

    Our House in the Last World

    Ơscar Hijuelos

    The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love

    Ơscar Hijuelos

    Collected Fictions

    Jorge Luis Borges, translated by Andrew Hurley

    Shadow without a Name

    Ignacio Padilla, translated by Peter R. Bush & Anne McCleane

    By the Lake of Sleeping Children: The Secret Life of the Mexican Border

    Luis Alberto Urrea

    The Latino Holiday Book: From Cinco de Mayo to Dia de los Muertos--the Celebrations and Traditions of Hispanic-Americans

    Valerie Menard

    Latino Literacy: The Complete Guide to Our Hispanic History and Culture

    Frank De Varona

    Chronology of Hispanic-American History: From Pre-Columbian Times to the Present

    Nicolas Kanellos

    Everything you need to know about Latino History

    Himilce Novas

    Thirty Million Strong: Reclaiming the Hispanic Image in American Culture

    Nicolas Kanellos

    Strangers Among Us: How Latino Immigration is Transforming America

    Roberto Suro

    Women's Tales from the New Mexico WPA: La Diabla a Pie (Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Series)

    Tey Diana Rebolledo and María Teresa Márquez

    Just Like Us: The True Story of Four Mexican Girls Coming of Age in America

    Helen Thorpe

    The Eastern Stars: How Baseball Changed the Dominican Town of

    Mark Kurlansky