Celebrating the Books of Hispanic Heritage Month. Three book children's book covers are shown: Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal, Max’s Lucha Libre Adventures: The Man in the Silver Mask by Xavier Garza and The Day of the Dead / El Día de Los Muertos: A Bilingual Celebration by Bob Barner.

Celebrating the Books of Hispanic Heritage Month

September 14, 2023

Hispanic Heritage Month, observed from September 15th to October 15th each year, is a time to celebrate the rich cultural contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to our society. This month provides an opportunity to explore and appreciate the diverse stories, traditions, and histories that have shaped our nation. One wonderful way to commemorate this occasion is by reading children’s books highlighting Hispanic and Latino authors’ experiences, voices, and talents. Below is a curated selection of six outstanding children’s books that beautifully encapsulate the spirit of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal

Alma learns about her family’s heritage and the significance of her unique name, discovering the stories behind each of her ancestors, leading to a deeper appreciation of her identity.

Just In Case: A Trickster Tale and Spanish Alphabet Book by Yuyi Morales

Young readers will delight in this playful alphabet book, where characters embark on a hilarious adventure led by the mischievous Señor Calavera, showcasing the Spanish alphabet with wit and charm.

Max’s Lucha Libre Adventures: The Man in the Silver Mask by Xavier Garza

Max, a young wrestling fan, embarks on a thrilling journey when he stumbles upon a mysterious Lucha Libre wrestler known as “The Man in the Silver Mask,” revealing the power of friendship and bravery in the world of Mexican wrestling.

Nino Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales

Join Nino, a spirited young boy, as he uses his imagination to wrestle against a host of fantastical opponents from around the globe, showcasing the joy of creative play and cultural diversity.

The Day of the Dead / El Día de Los Muertos: A Bilingual Celebration by Bob Barner

This bilingual board book beautifully captures the essence of the Day of the Dead celebration, blending English and Spanish text to introduce young readers to this vibrant Mexican tradition.

Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto

Maria helps her family prepare a massive batch of tamales for Christmas, but when she misplaces her mother’s ring inside one of them, chaos ensues, offering a heartwarming tale of family, traditions, and the importance of honesty.

The United Through Reading book list includes books that have been sent to our story stations or partner organizations. United Through Reading selects books using recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics, our partner organizations, and other high-profile associations in the education field. The books we select have positive messaging that reflects our organization’s ethos, reflect the diversity of the military community, and are books we know service members will want to read. The engaging, compelling, and fun stories are sure to resonate with military children. Click here to view 17 titles offered in Spanish on our Recommended Books list.