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Written by Rebecca Quinones, Materials Selection Librarian, Downtown Main Library

Each year, from September 15 to October 15, communities around the US celebrate the rich diversity of Latinx/Hispanic culture. This month is a great time to explore the histories, traditional stories, food, pop culture, local communities and more of the different nationalities that are part of this culture. Not sure where to start? The library can help, with all kinds of materials that celebrate the Latinx/Hispanic experience, from popular movies, to CDs, to magazines and books. 

Below is a snapshot of a few titles you don’t want to miss.              

Ana Maria Reyes Does Not Live in a Castle by (por) Hilda Eunice Burgos

Children's Book
With a new sibling (her fourth) on the way and a big piano recital on the horizon, Dominican-American Ana María Reyes tries to win a scholarship to a New York City private school.

¡Bravo! : Poemas sobre hispanos extraordinarios by (por) Margarita Engle ; illustrated by (ilustrado por) Rafael López / Bravo! : Poems About Amazing Hispanics 
Children's Book
Bold, graphic portraits and beautiful poems present famous and lesser-known Latinxs from varied backgrounds who have faced life's challenges in creative ways.

Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book by (por) Yuyi Morales

Children's Book
In this version of a traditional tale, Senor Calavera arrives at Grandma Beetle's door, ready to take her to the next life; but after helping her count, in English and Spanish, as she makes her birthday preparations, he changes his mind.

Yo no soy tu perfecta hija mexicana by (por) Erika L. Sánchez ; translated by (traducción de) Graciela Romero Saldaña / I am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
Teen Fiction
Julia is not your perfect Mexican daughter. That was [her sister] Olga's role. Then a tragic accident on the busiest street in Chicago leaves Olga dead and Julia left behind to reassemble the shattered pieces of her family. And no one seems to acknowledge that Julia is broken, too. Instead, her mother seems to channel her grief into pointing out every possible way Julia has failed.

Shadowshaper by (por) Daniel José Older 
Teen Fiction
When the murals painted on the walls of her Brooklyn neighborhood start to change and fade in front of her, Sierra Santiago realizes that something strange is going on--then she discovers her Puerto Rican family are shadowshapers and finds herself in a battle with an evil anthropologist for the lives of her family and friends.

The House of Broken Angels by (por) Luis Alberto Urrea 
Adult Fiction
Taking place over the course of two days, with time out for an extended flashback to Big Angel's journey from La Paz to San Diego in the 1960s, the narrative follows Big Angel and his extended familia as they air old grievances, initiate new romances, and try to put their relationships in perspective. It is a vital, vibrant book about the immigrant experience that is a messy celebration of life's common joys and sorrows" 

This film tells the story of the Grammy Award-winning South Texas singer whose life tragically ended just as she was taking Tejano music into mainstream America. 

Sin Nombre 
Sayra is a beautiful young Honduran woman who joins her father and uncle on an odyssey to cross the gauntlet of the Latin American countryside en route to the United States. Along the way she crosses paths with El Casper, a teenage Mexican gang member, who is maneuvering to outrun his violent past and elude his unforgiving former associates.


Despite his family's baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. There, he meets charming trickster Hector, and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel's family history.

The life of artist Frida Kahlo, from her humble upbringing to her worldwide fame and controversy that surrounded both her and her husband, Diego Rivera.

Mi Sangre by (por) Juanes 
The Latin Recording Academy’s Person of the Year, Juanes has released 7 studio albums over the years, with Mi Sangre being one of his finest. It features the songs “La camisa negra,” “Amame,” and “Volverte a ver”.

La Misma Gran Señora by (por) Jenni River
Featuring some of Jenni Rivera’s most popular songs, including her last release “La Misma Gran Señora” (“The Same Great Lady”), this compilation celebrates her love of banda (Mexican regional music). Released two days after her unexpected death, Rivera’s legacy lives on in her music and in her advocacy work against domestic violence and for immigration rights. 

Freegal Music

Music Streaming
Download or stream a wide range of Latin music genres, such as reggaetón, regional, pop, and more. 

People en Español 
The Spanish version of the popular magazine, People, features articles similar to the English version, but with Latinx/Hispanic celebrities taking front and center.

RB Digital Magazines

The magazines Esquire, Good Housekeeping, InStyle México, ELLE México, Women’s Health España, Women’s Fitness España, TVyNovelas USA, and Cosmopolitan en español are all available for check out with our popular digital magazine service. There’s no due date – any downloaded magazines are yours to keep!

Visit the Overdrive app for 124 more books written by Latinx/Hispanic authors, including books for adults, teens, and kids.

Do you want to learn Spanish? Quiere aprender inglés? With only your library card, you can sign up and use all of Transparent Languages’ learning modules to practice or gain more language skills! Click here get started


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