Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month

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More than one word. More than one heritage.

See our curated list below that is a selection of the many wonderful books on our shelves celebrating Latinidad culture and history.

Magic: Once Upon a Faraway Land By Mirelle Ortega Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781951836573
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - September 6th, 2022

In Magic: Once Upon a Faraway Land, her acclaimed debut as author and illustrator, Mirelle Ortega shares her own story of growing up near her family’s pineapple farm in Mexico, where she learned the true meaning of magic.
 
A 2023 Pura Belpré Youth Illustration Honor Book
 
Growing up on a pineapple farm in Mexico,


Mi Ciudad Sings By Cynthia Harmony, Teresa Martinez (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Cynthia Harmony, Teresa Martinez (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593226841
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Published: Penguin Workshop - June 14th, 2022

After experiencing a devastating earthquake, the spirit of a charming and vibrant Mexican neighborhood might be shaken, but it cannot be broken.


If Your Babysitter Is a Bruja By Ana Siqueira, Irena Freitas (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Ana Siqueira, Irena Freitas (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534488748
Availability: Not in stock but may be ordered. Subject to Publisher Availability.
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - August 23rd, 2022

This bouncy, bilingual picture book is an enchanting, rollicking read-aloud for small ones with big imaginations.

On the night before Halloween, a new babysitter might be more than she appears. If she wears a black sombrero and cackles like a crow, she might just be a bruja! One little girl is determined not to fall victim to an evil witch or her cats.


Leila, the Perfect Witch (The World of Gustavo) By Flavia Z. Drago, Flavia Z. Drago (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Flavia Z. Drago, Flavia Z. Drago (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536220506
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Published: Candlewick - July 12th, 2022

In this charming picture book from the author-illustrator of Gustavo, The Shy Ghost, a witch who is spellbindingly good at everything discovers that baking is no piece of cake.


The Notebook Keeper: A Story of Kindness from the Border By Stephen Briseño, Magdalena Mora (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Stephen Briseño, Magdalena Mora (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593307052
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Published: Random House Studio - June 28th, 2022

Based on true events, this inspiring story follows a mama and her daughter who are denied entry at the U.S. border, and must find the refugee in charge of “the notebook,” an unofficial ledger of those waiting to cross into the U.S.


With Lots of Love By Jenny Torres Sanchez, André Ceolin (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593205006
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - March 8th, 2022

A beautiful, lyrical story about a girl who moves from her home in Central America to the United States, and everything she leaves behind and longs for—especially her Abuela—as she makes a new life.


Dreamers By Yuyi Morales Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823440559
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Published: Neal Porter Books - September 4th, 2018

We are resilience. We are hope. We are dreamers.

Yuyi Morales brought her hopes, her passion, her strength, and her stories with her, when she came to the United States in 1994 with her infant son. She left behind nearly everything she owned, but she didn't come empty-handed.


Lola Out Loud: Inspired by the Childhood of Activist Dolores Huerta By Jennifer Torres, Sara Palacios (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jennifer Torres, Sara Palacios (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316530125
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - August 9th, 2022

A powerful and inspiring imagined story about real-life civil rights activist and labor leader Dolores Huerta that reminds us that even our biggest heroes started out small.

Her grandpa calls her “Lolita Siete Lenguas”—Little Lola, Seven Tongues, all fighting to be heard.


Invisible: A Graphic Novel By Christina Diaz Gonzalez, Gabriela Epstein (Illustrator) Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338194548
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Published: Graphix - August 2nd, 2022

A USA TODAY and Indie Bestseller!

For fans of New Kid and Allergic, a must-have graphic novel about five very different students who are forced together by their school to complete community service...


Red Panda & Moon Bear By Jarod Roselló Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781603094443
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Published: Top Shelf Productions - July 23rd, 2019

Two Latinx kids battle supernatural threats to their working-class neighborhood with the power of science, magic, and a pair of very special hoodies.


Cece Rios and the Desert of Souls By Kaela Rivera Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780062947567
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Published: HarperCollins - August 30th, 2022

When a powerful desert spirit kidnaps her sister, Cece Rios must learn forbidden magic to get her back, in this own voices middle grade fantasy perfect for fans of The Storm Runner and Aru Shah and the End of Time


Miss Quinces: A Graphic Novel By Kat Fajardo, Kat Fajardo (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kat Fajardo, Kat Fajardo (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338535594
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Published: Graphix - May 3rd, 2022

Rising star Kat Fajardo's debut middle-grade graphic novel about a girl who would rather do anything other than celebrate her quinceañera!


Twin Cities: (A Graphic Novel) By Jose Pimienta Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780593180624
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Published: Random House Graphic - July 19th, 2022

FOUR STARRED REVIEWS • A critically acclaimed graphic novel with rave reviews about this timely story featuring middle school twins living on the Mexico-US border and trying to discover exactly who they are – together or apart.

“Transcendentally good.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review


Shine On, Luz Véliz! By Rebecca Balcarcel Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781797209678
Availability: Not in stock but may be ordered. Subject to Publisher Availability.
Published: Chronicle Books - May 3rd, 2022

A beautiful coming-of-age story for fans of Front Desk and Merci Suárez Changes Gears, this book celebrates identity, language, heritage, family, and the determination to follow one's own inner light.

Have you ever been the best at something . . . only to lose it all?


Falling Short By Ernesto Cisneros Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780062881731
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Published: Quill Tree Books - March 14th, 2023

Ernesto Cisneros, Pura Belpré Award-winning author of Efrén Divided, is back with a hilarious and heartfelt novel about two best friends who must rely on each other in unexpected ways. A great next pick for readers who loved Ghost by Jason Reynolds or The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez.


Tumble By Celia C. Pérez Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780593325186
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Published: Kokila - April 18th, 2023

From the award-winning author of The First Rule of Punk, a dazzling novel about a young girl who learns the missing pieces of her origin story from the family of legendary luchadores she’s just met.


ChupaCarter By George Lopez, Ryan Calejo, Santy Gutiérrez (Illustrator) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780593465981
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - May 9th, 2023

With his signature laugh-out-loud humor, world-famous comedian George Lopez launches a magical series inspired by his own colorful childhood and Latinx folklore.


The One Who Loves You the Most By n/a medina Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781646140909
Availability: Backordered - Subject to Publisher Availability
Published: Levine Querido - May 31st, 2022

I have never felt like I belonged to my body. Never in the way rhythm belongs to a song or waves belong to an ocean.


This Is Why They Hate Us By Aaron H. Aceves Cover Image
$19.99
Not available for order currently.
ISBN: 9781534485655
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - August 23rd, 2022

This “hilariously chaotic and profound” (Adam Silvera, #1 New York Times bestselling author of They Both Die at the End) summer romp is Netflix’s Never Have I Ever meets What If It’s Us about a high school senior determined to get over his unrequited feelings for his best friend by getting under someone else.

Enrique &


The Lost Dreamer (The Lost Dreamer Duology #1) By Lizz Huerta Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781250898012
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Published: Square Fish - March 7th, 2023

A lush, immersive debut fantasy about a group of women whose way of life is threatened by a new king; a fierce celebration of community, sisterhood, and finding our power.


The Sea-Ringed World: Sacred Stories of the Americas By Maria Garcia Esperon, Amanda Mijangos (Illustrator), David Bowles (Translated by) Cover Image
By Maria Garcia Esperon, Amanda Mijangos (Illustrator), David Bowles (Translated by)
$21.99
ISBN: 9781646140152
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Published: Levine Querido - February 23rd, 2021

Batchelder Award Honor Book
School Library Journal Best of the Year
Kirkus Best of the Year
Booklist Editors' Choice
Evanston Public Library's 101 Great Books for Kids
Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best
ABC Group Best Books for Young Readers


"Hypnotizing...Provocative...Disarming"—The New York Times


Dreams from Many Rivers: A Hispanic History of the United States Told in Poems By Margarita Engle, Beatriz Gutierrez Hernandez (Illustrator) Cover Image
$21.99
Not available for order currently.
ISBN: 9781627795319
Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - October 8th, 2019

From award-winning poet Margarita Engle comes Dreams from Many Rivers, an middle grade verse history of Latinos in the United States, told through many voices, and featuring illustrations by Beatriz Gutierrez Hernandez.


Latinitas: Celebrating 40 Big Dreamers By Juliet Menéndez, Juliet Menéndez (Illustrator) Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250234629
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - February 23rd, 2021

Dream big with the Latinitas in Latinitas: Celebrating 40 Big Dreamers.


De Colores and Other Latin American Folksongs for Children By Jose-Luis Orozco, Elisa Kleven (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jose-Luis Orozco, Elisa Kleven (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9780140565485
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Published: Puffin Books - August 1st, 1999

Bursting with color and spirit, this collection of Latin-American songs is a tribute to Latino culture. From traditional tunes to rhymes and hand games, De Colores has songs for all occasions and moods. Each song is accompanied by simple musical arrangements, with lyrics in both English and Spanish.


The Dragon Slayer: Folktales from Latin America: A TOON Graphic (TOON Latin American Folktales) By Jaime Hernandez, F. Isabel Campoy (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Jaime Hernandez, F. Isabel Campoy (Introduction by)
$11.99
ISBN: 9781943145294
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Published: TOON Books - April 3rd, 2018

How would a kitchen maid fare against a seven-headed dragon? What happens when a woman marries a mouse? And what can a young man learn from a thousand leaf cutter ants? Famed Love and Rockets creator Jaime Hernandez asks these questions and more as he transforms beloved myths into bold, stunning, and utterly contemporary comics. Guided by the classic works of F.


The Hummingbird Sings and Dances: Latin American Lullabies and Nursery Rhymes  By Mariana Ruiz Johnson, Grupo Cántaro (Other primary creator) Cover Image
By Mariana Ruiz Johnson, Grupo Cántaro (Other primary creator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9782924774205
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Published: The Secret Mountain - September 1st, 2018

An extraordinary collection featuring 19 traditional Latin American nursery rhymes and lullabies in Spanish that have withstood the test of time. Warm, colorful illustrations accompany this endearing repertoire of family-friendly songs from 17 different countries.


La Madre Goose: Nursery Rhymes for los Niños By Susan Middleton Elya, Juana Martinez-Neal (Illustrator) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780399251573
Availability: Not in stock but may be ordered. Subject to Publisher Availability.
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - July 19th, 2016

Classic favorites get a modern Latino twist, with Spanish sprinkled throughout

The itsy arañita
climbed up the water spout.
Down came la lluvia
and washed la araña out.


Mi Casa Is My Home By Laurenne Sala, Zara González Hoang (Illustrator) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536209433
Availability: Backordered - Subject to Publisher Availability
Published: Candlewick - August 19th, 2021

Lucia invites you to visit her bustling casa and meet an intergenerational array of loved ones in a charming Spanglish celebration of family life.

Este es el baño . . . It’s where I shave my barba con Abuelo.


Strollercoaster By Matt Ringler, Raul the Third (Illustrator), Elaine Bay (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Matt Ringler, Raul the Third (Illustrator), Elaine Bay (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316493222
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - June 1st, 2021

A Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book

This joyous romp through the neighborhood celebrates the bond between a father and a child, illustrated by an award-winning artist team.

Buckle up as a toddler's tantrum is cleverly averted when a loving dad transforms an everyday neighborhood stroll into an extraordinary adventure, reminding us that all you need to chase a


Alma and Her Family/Alma y su familia (Alma's Words/Las palabras de Alma) By Juana Martinez-Neal, Juana Martinez-Neal (Illustrator) Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780763693626
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Published: Candlewick - September 5th, 2023

Meet Alma’s family . . . in two languages! The beloved star of the Caldecott Honor Book Alma and How She Got Her Name appears in a series of joy-filled bilingual board books featuring words and simple phrases in English and Spanish.

I play with my cousins. / Juego con mis primas.
I sing to Pajarito. / Le canto a Pajarito.


Gustavo, the Shy Ghost (The World of Gustavo) By Flavia Z. Drago, Flavia Z. Drago (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Flavia Z. Drago, Flavia Z. Drago (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536211146
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Published: Candlewick - July 14th, 2020

A #1 New York Times bestseller!

This winning debut picture book from Mexican artist Flavia Z. Drago about finding the courage to make friends is perfect for the spooky season — or anytime.


Across the Bay By Carlos Aponte, Carlos Aponte (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Carlos Aponte, Carlos Aponte (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781524786625
Availability: Not in stock but may be ordered. Subject to Publisher Availability.
Published: Penguin Workshop - September 17th, 2019

RECIPIENT OF THE PURA BELPRÉ ILLUSTRATOR HONOR

Author-illustrator Carlos Aponte takes readers on a journey to the heart of Puerto Rico in this enchanting picture book set in Old San Juan.


"A lively and honest story about filling voids and exploring what defines a family--as well as a love letter to a childhood home."--Horn Book


Training Day: El Toro & Friends (World of ¡Vamos!) By Raúl the Third Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780358380382
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Published: Versify - May 4th, 2021

"Bursting with imagination and creativity! Your kids will go loco for El Toro!" —Jeff Kinney, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series


Tag Team: El Toro & Friends (World of ¡Vamos!) By Raúl the Third Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780358380399
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Published: Versify - May 4th, 2021

"Wildly imaginative and creative! Your kids will go loco for El Toro!" —Jeff Kinney, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series


Once Upon a Time/Habia una vez: Traditional Latin American Tales/Cuentos tradicionales latinoamericanos (Bilingual English-Spanish) By Rueben Martinez, Raúl Colón (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Rueben Martinez, Raúl Colón (Illustrator)
$19.99
Not available for order currently.
ISBN: 9780061468957
Published: HarperCollins Espanol - March 9th, 2010

Enter an enchanted world of kings and giants, where cockroaches play dress-up and coyotes fly to the moon! In this lively bilingual collection of short stories, Spain and Latin America's most beloved tales are retold for a new generation.