Hispanic Heritage Booklists and Resources

The following booklists for children and young adults are organized by topic so that they can easily be used all year long and across the curriculum. Many books on our recommended lists are bilingual or are available in Spanish. You can find more great titles and tips in the recommended resources below.

Image: Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina, Winner of the 2019 Newbery Medal

Books for Children

Books for Young Adults

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Recommended Resources

Using Diverse Books with ELLs: A Guide for Educators

If you teach English language learners (ELLs) and immigrant students, you may be wondering how to choose books that reflect your students' experiences, cultures, and languages. You may also wonder how to choose books at an appropriate reading and language level for your students. This guide offers numerous practical resources and tips for finding books for your students, as well as ideas on how to expand access to diverse books for all students. Highlights include:

Book awards celebrating Hispanic Heritage

  • Pura Belpré Book Award: Books that best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth
  • Américas Award: Children’s and young adult books that portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinx in the United States
  • Tomas Rivera Book Award: Books highlighting Mexican American characters and experiences

To see additional books that have won other recent major awards, see the following lists:

More booklists

Resources for educators and librarians