During Hispanic Heritage Month, we celebrate the powerful influence and valuable contributions of the vibrant Latinx community in the United States.
This is a time set aside to honor the food, music, traditions, and celebrations brought into this country from so many others—and to learn as much as we can about the diverse cultures that make up the Latinx community.
Hispanic peoples including those from Spain, Mexico, and South and Central America have shared countless gifts over the years, creating an America that is richer and more well-rounded than it ever could have been without these contributions.
"We need to help students and parents cherish and preserve the ethnic and cultural diversity that nourishes and strengthens this community—and this nation." —César Chávez
This shouldn't surprise you: At Books-A-Million, our favorite contribution from any cultural group is its literature. Hispanic literature does not disappoint. Below is a list of some favorites from our curated collection of books by Hispanic authors that seek to inspire, inform, entertain, and expand worldviews.
- Bright Star by Yuyi Morales – A thoughtful and gentle children's storybook that approaches immigration in a wonderfully child-friendly way
- Nuestra América by Sabrina Vourvoulias – A fully illustrated anthology celebrating 30 influential Latinos and Latinas
- Velvet Was the Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – A riveting suspense thriller set in Mexico City in the 1970s.
- Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World by Benjamin Alire Sáenz – The sequel to Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe continues the love story of two boys in a border town as they strive to build a relationship in a world that doesn't understand them.
- The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera – A dystopian fantasy centering on one young girl who holds the secrets of an entire planet's past
- Who Was the Voice of the People?: César Chávez by Terry Blas – A moving and informative graphic novel that introduces young readers to Cesar Chavez and the Delano Grape Strike
- Trejo by Danny Trejo – The fascinating and inspirational journey of Danny Trejo from a life of crime and addiction to Hollywood fame
- My Broken Language: A Memoir by Quiara Alegría Hudes – A lyrical coming-of-age memoir of a young Puerto Rican girl growing up in a Philadelphia barrio with her sprawling and multilayered family.