Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
You can celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month by reading a book written by a Hispanic or Latino author or that features a Hispanic or Latino main character. Many of these books on display in the Library right now, so please check them out!
According to the Hispanic Heritage Month website, "During National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15) we recognize the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate their heritage and culture."
Since 1995, the Association for Library Service to Children sponsors an annual award to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth. The award is named after Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library.
Here are a few of the Pura Belpre narrative winners:
Juana & Lucas by Juana Medina
Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir by Margarita Engle
I Lived on Butterfly Hill by Marjorie Agosin
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall
The Dreamer by Pam Munoz Ryan
Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez
The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom by Margarita Engle
The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzanoby Margarita Engle