Celebrating Hispanic Heritage

Let's Celebrate Authors & Illustrators!

Share the Inspiration With Your School Community!

Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15th through October 15th. This is a great time to share book lists and resources on authors & illustrators with teachers, students, and parents. Make sure you read "Twelve Ways to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month" below for ideas to inspire your school community.

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How about celebrating all year long!

Don't stop after celebrating for one month! Make sure you check out the 14 literacy units in Celebrate Hispanic Culture...all year long and these lists of Recommended Reads with Latinx Representation for elementary, middle school, and high school students. Great resources to engage and inspire students throughout the year!

12 Ways to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month


  1. Read a biography about a notable Hispanic person or a book inspired by the life of a notable Hispanic person: Carlos Santana, Celia Cruz, Frida Kahlo, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta, Ellen Ochoa, Sonia Sotomayor, Roberto Clemente, Salena, Juan Garcia Esquivel, Teresa Carreño, Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, Emma Tenayuca

  2. Watch the movie Coco. Read a book based on the movie: "Miguel and the Grand Harmony" by Matt De La Pena , "Coco La Novela" by Angela Cervantes, or "Coco Movie Storybook".

  3. Read a book that received the Pura Belpre Award - here is a list.

  4. Read Funny Bones by author Duncan Tonatiuh and discover the story behind Jose Guadalupe Posada’s iconic Dia de los Muertos skeletons.

  5. Make Arroz Con Leche for dessert.

  6. In 2015 author/poet Juan Felipe Herrera was appointed the 21st U.S. Poet Laureate, the first Mexican American to hold that position. He created the i-Promise Joanna / Yo te Prometo Joanna Project which focuses on anti-bullying and advocacy of the arts for children. Read about the i-Promise Joanna Project and create a “No Bullying Allowed” poster for your classroom.

  7. Dance with your family and friends! Put on Salsa music, have fun dancing, and get a good workout! La Clave by 123 Andres; Gloria Estefan - Mambo; Vivir Mi Vida by Marc Anthony; La Bamba by Los Lobos.

  8. Take time for an art project. Take inspiration from illustrator Rafael López and create a design that you would love to see as a mural in your school or community. Be inspired by the illustrations in the book Dreamers by Yuyi Morales. Download the Dreamers Event Kit for fun ideas for elementary students. Draw Señor Calavera! Find directions here.

  9. Go to the “Latinx Authors” eBook collection in Sora eBooks and check out an eBook.

  10. Read The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes and learn about Mayan Mythology. Draw your interpretation of Ah Puch, the evil death God of the underworld.

  11. Read Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal. Discuss family names with family and friends. What is the story of your name? Even if you were not named for family members or ancestors, what story would you like to tell about your name and yourself?

  12. Read Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes by Juan Felipe Herrera illustrated by Raul Colón.

60.6 Million - The Hispanic Population of U.S. as of July 1, 2019

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