Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated every year from September 15 to October 15, and it’s the perfect time to make sure that Latinx voices are included in your classroom library. Whether it’s through seeing themselves reflected in the story or simply learning about the heritage of their neighbors and classmates, all children will enjoy these books by HMH authors and illustrators with roots in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean that reflect the full spectrum of Hispanic life in America.
Drum Dream Girl by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Rafael López
Engle, a Cuban American, was inspired by the story of Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, a Chinese-African-Cuban girl who broke the Cuban taboo against female drummers. She practiced in secret, on tall congas and small bongos, and when she finally performed in the open, everyone sang and danced.