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Latinx Heritage Month kicks off every Sept. 15, and there are so many ways to celebrate with kids. Whether parents want to try out new recipes, like this one for Mexican mazapánes, or share stories about well-known (and not so well-known) people who are making a difference, there are so many options.
One way to celebrate the month is for parents to read books about the Latinx experience to their kids. Here are five books for little ones — picture books and books for early readers — from Latinx authors that will help immerse kids in Latin culture as well as foster understanding and appreciation. And that goes for any and every month of the year!
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Dreamers, by Yuyi Morales, $12.68
In this award-winning best seller from Yuyi Morales, Dreamers tells the story of the Mexican-born author and her move to the U.S. with her infant son in 1994. While not taking many things with her on her journey, Morales shares the importance of what she did take with her on that life-changing move — namely her dreams and her history.
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Last Stop on Market Street, by Matt de la Peña, $11.65
Every Sunday, CJ and his nana ride a bus across town. One day, CJ starts to wonder why they have to wait for the bus in the rain or why a man needs a dog to help him “see.” “Some people watch the world with their ears,” Nana says. CJ’s grandma helps her grandson shift his perspective to see the wonder in everyday details.
Listening with my Heart, by Gabi Garcia, $12.95
In this book that champions self-compassion, Esperanza finds a heart-shaped rock that inspires her to be more kind to those around her. But when something at school doesn’t go as planned, the little girl has to remind herself that being kind to ourselves in just as important, too.
Coquí in the City, by Nomar Perez, $17.99
When Miguel learns that his family is moving to the mainland U.S., namely New York City, from his beloved Puerto Rico, he’s skeptical to say the least. And what will happen to his pet frog, Coquí? Miguel wonders about what the food will be like, if there will be baseball. After all, he loves hearing his abuelo talk about that time he met Puerto Rican MLB star Roberto Clemente. In this book that’s sprinkled with Spanish phrases, author Nomar Perez finds inspiration in his own childhood experience.
If Dominican Were a Color, by Sili Recio, $16.14
Just how many colors make up a whole country? Turns out, quite a few! From maiz that comes up amarillo to a blazing red sunset and mahogany-hued skin, there are so many beautiful shades in the Dominican Republic. Young readers can listen to the gentle rhymes of the text as they take in the vibrant colors of the Caribbean nation.
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