Hispanic Heritage Month for Kids

Juvenile Fiction

90 Miles to Havana

Enrique Flores-Galbis
J Floresg

When unrest hits the streets of Havana, Cuba, Julian's parents must make the heartbreaking decision to send him and his two brothers away to Miami via the Pedro Pan operation. But when the boys get to Miami, they are thrust into a world where bullies seem to run rampant and it's not always clear how best to protect themselves. Suggested for ages 9-12

The Dreamer

Pam Muñoz Ryan
J Ryan

A fictionalized account of the Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet Pablo Neruda (Neftalí), who grew up a painfully shy child in the rainforests of Chile, ridiculed by his overbearing father, but who became one of the most widely-read poets in the world. Suggested for ages 9-13

Esperanza Rising

Pam Muñoz Ryan
J Ryan

Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to go work in the labor camps of Southern California, where they must adapt to the harsh circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the eve of the Great Depression. Suggested for ages 10-15

Tortilla Sun

Jennifer Cervantes
J Cervant

While spending a summer in New Mexico with her grandmother, twelve-year-old Izzy makes new friends, learns to cook, and for the first time hears stories about her father, who died before she was born. Suggested for ages 9-12

Yes! We Are Latinos

Alma Flor Ada & F. Isabel Campoy
J Ada

A collection of stories about young Latino's immigrant experiences in the United States. Suggested for ages 10-13

Juvenile Nonfiction

	 Sonia Sotomayor : a judge grows in the Bronx = la juez que creció en el Bronx

Jonah Winter
J 921 Sotomayor Win

A biography of U.S. Supreme Court judge, Sonia Sotomayor. Suggested for ages 4-9

Cool salsa : bilingual poems on growing up Latino in the United States

Lori M. Carlson
- editor
J 811.54 Coo

Poems celebrating Hispanic culture are the focus of this collection. Liberal sprinkling of Spanish words and phrases with some poems translated from one language to another make this an ideal anthology for both the English class and the bilingual ESL classroom. Topics for poems extend from hot dogs to learning English to the revolution in Nicaragua. What all of the selections have in common is the adolescent experience at the core of the poem. Suggested for ages 12-17


Jonah Winter
J 759.13 Kahlo Win

Discusses the childhood of Frida Kahlo and how it influenced her art. Suggested for ages 4-10

Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras

Duncan Tonatiuh
J 759.13 Posada Ton

Funny Bones tells the story of how the amusing calaveras--skeletons performing various festive activities came to be. They are the creation of Mexican artist José Guadalupe (Lupe) Posada (1852-1913). They have become synonymous with Mexico's Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival. Suggested for ages 8-12

Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez

Kathleen Krull
J 921 Cha

A biography of Cesar Chavez, from age ten when he and his family lived happily on their Arizona ranch, to age thirty-eight when he led a peaceful protest against California migrant workers' miserable working conditions. Suggested for ages 9-12

Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes

Juan Felipe Herrera
J 920 Her

A dazzling collection of short biographies on 20 Latino men and women who have shaped United States history. Profiled chronologically, each entry provides a succinct but lyrical description of how these heroes have made their mark. Suggested for ages 8-12

Juvenile Picture Books


Arthur Dorros

While riding on a bus with her grandmother, a little girl imagines that they are carried up into the sky and fly over the sights of New York City. Suggested for ages 3-7

Drum Dream Girl:: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music

Margarita Engle
Ej Eng

A young girl fulfills her dreams in this video treatment of the acclaimed Pura Belpre' Award winner. -- Girls cannot be drummers. No one questioned that rule; until one dream girl. When at last her dream-bright music was heard, it was decided everybody should be free to drum and dream! Inspired by the childhood of Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, a Chinese-African-Cuban girl who broke Cuba's traditional taboo against female drummers, Drum Dream Girl tells an inspiring true story for dreamers everywhere. Suggested for ages 3-8

Grandma's Records

Eric Velasquez
Ej Ve

Eric spends the summer with his grandmother in Spanish Harlem and learns about her favorite salsa records. Suggested for ages 5-8

Green is a Chile Pepper: a Book of Colors

Eric Velasquez
Ej Ve

A little girl discovers all the bright colors in her Hispanic American neighborhood. Suggested for ages 3-5

Mango, Abuela, and Me

Meg Medina
Ej Med

When a little girl’s far-away grandmother comes to stay, love and patience transcend language in a tender story written by acclaimed author Meg Medina. Suggested for ages 5-8

Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match

Monica Brown

Marisol McDonald, a biracial, nonconformist, soccer-playing pirate-princess with brown skin and red hair, celebrates her uniqueness. Suggested for ages 4-8

Niño Wrestles the World

Yuyi Morales
Ej Mor

Lucha Libre champion Niño has no trouble fending off monstrous opponents, but when his little sisters awaken from their naps, he is in for a no-holds-barred wrestling match that will truly test his skills. Suggested for ages 4-8

The Quiet Place

Sarah Stewart
Ej Ste

A little girl moves to the United States from Mexico with her family and writes letters to her aunt in Mexico about her new life. Suggested for ages 5-10

The Storyteller's Candle = La velita de los cuentos

Lucía M. González

During the early days of the Great Depression, New York City's first Puerto Rican librarian, Pura Belpré, introduces the public library to immigrants living in El Barrio and hosts the neighborhood's first Three Kings' Day fiesta. Suggested for ages 6-10

What can you do with a paleta? = ¿Qué puedes hacer con una paleta?

Carmen Tafoya

A young Mexican American girl celebrates the paleta, an icy fruit popsicle, and the many roles it plays in her lively barrio. Suggested for ages 3-7