Hispanic Heritage Month 2023


September 15 to October 15 marks the yearly observance of Hispanic Heritage Month, a time to reflect on the lives and contributions of Hispanic and Latinx figures in our world’s history. Peruvian-American children’s book author Monica Brown has written a number of biographies introducing young readers to key figures in history, from artists to sports stars. Below is a selection of her books.

My Name is Celia

Celia Cruz first became a well-known singer in her homeland of Cuba before moving to the United States and helping to create a new type of music called salsa.

Tito Puente: Mambo King

Tito Puente loved banging pots and pans as a child, dreaming of one day having his own band. He would grow up to have his dream realized, becoming the “King of Mambo.”

Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos
Frida Kahlo was a fascinating artist who brought attention to Mexican and indigenous culture. This is the story of her many beloved pets, playfully considering how she embodied the characteristics of each animal.

My Name Is Gabriela

Gabriela Mistral was a Chilean poet who became the first Nobel Prize-winning Latina woman in the world. She was also a teacher, inspiring many children to let their voices be heard.

Pelé, King of Soccer

Pelé began as a poor boy from Brazil who loved fútbol more than anything else. Following his passion, he became the biggest soccer star the world has ever known.

Side by Side: The Story of Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez

Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez teamed up in the 60s to motivate overworked and underpaid farmworkers to fight for their rights, forming the labor union United Farm Workers.

Sharuko: El Arqueólogo Peruano Julio C. Tello

Julio C. Tello was a Peruvian archaeologist who grew up exploring caves and burial grounds in the foothills of the Peruvian Andes. His bravery earned him the nickname Sharuko, which means brave in Quechua, the language of the Native people of Peru.

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