When I first mentioned that I was going to write a post about Hispanic and Latino heritage books for kids, my husband started pulling books out of the closet. Most of them, I did not even know we had. Then, he started talking about why he purchased these books. Not only are they Hispanic heritage books for kids, they are Afro-Cuban and Afro- Puerto Rican influenced. Tony says, “Our African American children need to know about their Latin roots.” So, with that in mind, I had to write about it. May 5th will be here in a few days and I could not let it pass without sharing some Hispanic and Latino heritage books for kids.
Most schools will celebrate Cinco De Mayo this week and there will be plenty of discussions about Hispanic heritage. The kids will get to participate in activities, assemblies, and parades to celebrate as well as read stories about Cinco De Mayo. Children love reading and hearing stories about kids that look like them and their friends. And, it gets even better when there is a celebration to tie it all together.
I am sharing Roberto Clemente: Pride of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Tito Puente, Mambo King, and My Name is Celia because we own these books. Of course, my son has taken My Name is Celia to school for his Spanish teacher to read to the class. This book is written in English and Spanish! My son’s teacher was so sweet because she also found a song by Celia Cruz and played it for the class. This week, my son will take Tito Puente, Mambo King to school.
There are many Hispanic and Latino heritage books for kids to read. They come in all genres and for all ages, you just have to take the time to search for the ones that your child will like to read. I am sharing some books that we already have and some that are on my husband’s books to buy list. You can believe that he will be buying Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx about the Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
Happy Cinco De Mayo! 🙂
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