Hispanic Heritage Month

Curriculum Materials Center

Davie & Lorraine Cheng Library

William Paterson University

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In celebration of Hispanic Heritage month, the Curriculum Materials Center at the David and Lorraine Cheng Library, has created a display of children’s literature in the library featuring contemporary Hispanic authors and illustrators. William Paterson University, a Hispanic-Serving-Institution, is proud to celebrate our Hispanic community now and into the future. Join us in this celebration!

Each year, National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the contributions and importance of various LatinX communities in the United States and those American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. The observance began in 1968 under President Lyndon Johnson as a week-long celebration. It was extended to a month in 1982 by President Ronald Reagan and enacted into law on August 17, 1988. The whole 2021 press release can be found at: https://nationalcouncilhepm.org/.

Hispanic Heritage Month display

Display Case located by the Curriculum Materials Center in the Cheng Library
Display Case located  by the Curriculum Materials Center in the Cheng Library

Online Teaching Resources for PreK - 12 Lesson Plans

American Latino Heritage Theme Study

A publication by the National Park Service presents an overview of the Latino journey personified in five historical figures.

Books to Share During Hispanic Heritage Month

This ALA blog has a list of children's books and links to other lists that can be used to celebrate Hispanic Americans.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Resources for honoring, learning, and teaching about Hispanic Heritage through social justice.

Celebrate National Hispanic Latinx Heritage Month

MacKids School and Library booklist with links to some discussion guides.

For the Love of Spanish: Barefoot Books to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Blog that lists books and other resource links for grades PreK-8 to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.

Hispanic Heritage Month

This History.com page gives the background on how Hispanic Heritage Month was founded.

EDSITEment teacher's Guide: Hispanic Heritage and History in the United States

This teacher's guide brings together resources for lesson plans for K-12 classrooms and think pieces on events and experiences across Hispanic history and heritage.

Key facts about U.S. Latinos for National Hispanic Heritage Month

Key facts about the nation's Latino population by age, geography, and origin groups.

Scholastic Publishing

A month of ideas for celebrating Hispanic Heritage.


Join us online for vibrant performances, lectures, and family activities that celebrate our nation's rich cultural heritage and help us understand our shared history.

Curriculum Materials Center Resources

Picture This: Diversity in Children’s Books 2018 Infographic

Click on Infographic for link to blog post

Featured Authors and Illustrators

Hispanic American Contributions to American Culture
Hispanic Heritage Month | Be Inspired | Disney Channel