National Hispanic Heritage month occurs each year, from September 15 to October 15. It is a time to celebrate the history and culture of Hispanics and Latinos in the United States along with the contributions they have made to American society.
This specific time of the year was chosen because the U.S government wanted to pay tribute to the Hispanic tradition during a time when many Latin American countries celebrate their independence. September marks the independence anniversaries of Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Mexico and Chile.
Lee & Low Books is proud to have many wonderful titles written and illustrated by Latino/a authors and illustrators. Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in your own home, classroom, or library with these favorites:
A young boy gives thanks to all that he loves and is thankful for in the lighthearted bilingual celebration, Gracias • Thanks, written by Pat Mora and illustrated by John Parra.
Carmen Lomas Garza’s Family Pictures shows different aspects of the traditional Mexican American culture in which she grew up, including picking cactus and making tamales with her family.
Her second book, In My Family, depicts birthday celebrations, eating empanadas and other fond memories of Carmen’s childhood in Kingsville, Texas.
Family Pictures and In My Family are two of the most beloved books published by Children’s Book Press, and we’re thrilled to bring them back into print as part of our CBP imprint!