National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated September 15th to October 15th! This month celebrates the cultures and contributions of Latino Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. September 15th is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. While Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18.
In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month try reading these great children’s books:
The Barking Mouse by Antonio Sacre. This is a Cuban folktale retold by Antonio Sacre is about the value of being bilingual.
I Love Saturdays y Domingos by Alma Flor Ada. Saturdays and Sundays are very special days for the child in this story. On Saturdays, she visits Grandma and Grandpa, who come from a European-American background, and on Sundays (los domingos) she visits Abuelito y Abuelita, who are Mexican-American. While the two sets of grandparents are different in many ways, they also have a great deal in common–in particular, their love for their granddaughter.
Round is a Tortilla by Roseanne Greenfield Thong. A little girl discovers that shapes are all around her. They are part of her culture and the food she eats, games she plays, and objects in her room and around her town. Everywhere she looks, she sees shapes!
Green is a Chile Pepper by Roseanne Greenfield Thong. A little girl discovers all the bright colors in her Hispanic American neighborhood.
AUTHOR: JACKIE GUZMAN, EXTENSION EDUCATOR | THE LEARNING CHILD
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