Disclaimer: This post will most likely be expanded upon as the month goes by
September 15 marks the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month. It is observed every year in the United States in various forms at libraries, museums or cultural centers, schools, and in the media.
So, what is Hispanic Heritage Month?
Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to reflect on the histories, cultures, and the contributions of American citizens, who are of Hispanic or Latinx descent or Hispanic or Latinx origin.
Okay, but why does it start on Sep 15?
It’s not a random date, if that’s what you’ve been wondering. September 15 marks the date of independence for many Latin American countries (including, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua).
Who exactly are we celebrating?
American citizens of Hispanic or Latinx descent or origin. This may include anyone from North America, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America.
How exactly do we observe, reflect, and celebrate Hispanic Heritage?
I’m glad you asked! One great way to celebrate Hispanic Heritage is to read (you know where I was going with that). Whether it’s nonfiction or fiction, reading the narratives of Hispanic and Latinx people and characters will not only allow you to learn about another culture, but to share in the successes of our Latinx community.
So, by all means, celebrate, learn, and discuss. Just don’t do this.
Authors/Books to check out:
Meg Medina’s Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass // Goodreads // Piddy Sanchez has her luck cut out for her. One morning, some girl lets her know Yaqui Delgado wants to beat her up for reasons Piddy has no control over. With a bully at school and secrecy at home, all Piddy wants is to know more about her father. Be sure to check this one out, the ebook is currently on sale for $1.99. [Note: Yaqui, is now available in English and Spanish]
Isabel Quintero’s Gabi, A Girl in Pieces // Goodreads // Gabi Hernandez chronicles her last year in high school in her diary: college applications, Cindy’s pregnancy, Sebastian’s coming out, the cute boys, her father’s meth habit, and the food she craves. And best of all, the poetry that helps forge her identity.
Margarita Engle’s Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir // Goodreads // A memoir told in verse and poetry, Engle retells her life living in two cultures during the Cold War.
For those who lean toward picture books, check out:
- Mango, Abuela, and Me by Meg Medina
- The Secret Footprints by Julia Alvarez
I’m not going to list too many because there are lots of great lists out there for you to check out. As I find them, I’ll update this post (or maybe make a new one).
Like these book recs:
- Brightly: 13 Picture Books That Celebrate Hispanic Heritage
- Goodreads: Children’s Books with Hispanic Characters
- Naz’s Book Recommendations
And don’t forget to check out these blogs and websites for bookish things and articles. The official hashtag for the month on Twitter is #HispanicHeritageMonth and #HHM
Blogs/Sites/Accounts to Visit:
This is a great time to reflect on and appreciate all the contributions of Latinx and Hispanic artists and creators.
If you have your own posts you’d like me to link to, let me know in the comments or on Twitter.