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Latinx Heritage Month Books: 2022: Home

Celebrate Latinx Heritage Month with these books by Latinx authors! (Looking for more? We've got them!)

So Many Books!

Celebrate Latinx Heritage Month with these books by Latinx authors! In the mood for films directed by Latinx directors? We've got you covered there too. 

Curious about what was on display this month last year? Check out those books here!

Art & Music

Desperately Seeking Frida by Ian Castello-Cortes

Detrás del muro edited by Elvia Rosa Castro-Martín et al

The Great Woman Singer: Gender and Voice in Puerto Rican Music by Licia Fiol-Matta

Border Bang by Jorge Guitérrez

Land of a Thousand Dances: Chicano Rock 'n' Roll from Southern California by David Reyes and Tom Waldman

Dissonant Divas in Chicana Music: The Limits of La Onda by Deborah R. Vargas


Latinx Curriculum Theorizing edited by Theodorea Regina Berry, Mariela Rodríguez, & Krystal A. Kalinec-Craig

Understanding the Language Development and Early Education of Hispanic Children by Eugene E. García & Erminda H. García

Teaching Writing with Latino/a Students: Lessons Learned at Hispanic-Serving Institutions edited by Cristina Kirklighter, Diana Cárdenas, & Susan Wolff Murphy

Hispanic-Serving Institutions: Advancing Research and Transformative Practices edited by Anne-Marie Núñez, Sylvia Hurtado, & Emily Calderón Galdeano

Bicultural Parent Engagement: Advocacy and Empowerment edited by Edward M. Olivos, Oscar Jiménez-Castellanos, & Alberto M. Ochoa

Working from Within: Chicana and Chicano Activist Educators in Whitestream Schools by Luis Urrieta

Novels, Poetry, Stories, & Graphic Novels

Novels, Short Stories, & Graphic Novels

Los detectives salvajes por Roberto Bolaño 

Woman Hollering Creek by Sandra Cisneros (local author)

Todos los fuegos el fuego por Julio Cortázar 

Like Water for Chocolate: A Novel in Monthly Installments, with Recipes, Romances, and Home Remedies by Laura Esquivel, suggested by Dr. López 

A Lupita le gustaba planchar por Laura Esquivel 

El general en su laberinto por Gabriel García Márquez 

Puerto Rico Strong edited by Lopez et al

Las tierras arrasadas por Emiliano Monge y sugerido por el Dr. Espiña-Barros

Angola Janga: Kingdom of Runaway Slaves by Marcelo D'Salete & translated from the Portuguese by Andrea Rosenberg

Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea, suggested by Dr. Vilella


Citizen Illegal by José Olivarez (local author)

The Crazy Bunch by Willie Perdomo

The Essential Hits of Shorty Bon-Bon by Willie Perdomo

Lessons on Expulsion by Erika Sánchez (local author)

Novels for Young Adults

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar (Pura Belpré Award winner)

They Call Me Güero: A Border Kid's Poems by David Bowles (Pura Belpré Honor Book)

Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz 

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez (local author)

Yo no soy tu perfect hija méxicana por Erika L. Sánchez (local author)

Writing About Writing

Graphic Borders: Latino Comic Books Past, Present, and Future edited by Frederick Luis Aldama & Christopher González

Latinx Superheroes in Mainstream Comics by Frederick Luis Aldama

Your Brain on Latino Comics: From Gus Arriola to Los Bros Hernandez by Frederick Luis Aldama

Lives: Memoirs, Biographies, & More

Knitting the Fog by Claudia D. Hernández:

My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor

Darkroom: A Memoir in Black and White by Lila Quintero Weaver

Social Sciences & Analyses

Chicana Movidas: New Narratives of Activism and Feminism in the Movement Era edited by Dionne Espinoza, María Eugenia Cotera, and Maylei Blackwell

Brown in the Windy City: Mexicans and Puerto Ricans in Postwar Chicago by Lilia Fernández

Visión de los vencidos: Relaciones indígenas de la Conquista editada por Miguel León-Portilla y traducido por Ángel María Garibay K. y Miguel León-Portilla

Solito, Solita: Crossing Borders with Youth Refugees from Central America edited by Steven Mayers & Jonathan Freedman

Latinx: The New Force in American Politics and Culture by Ed Morales

El laberinto de la soledad, Postdata, y Vuelta a "El laberinto de la soledad" por Octavio Paz

Slave Rebellion in Brazil: The Muslim Uprising of 1835 in Bahia by João José Reis, suggested by Dr. López


Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza by Gloria Anzaldúa: The pioneering Chicana feminist and activist delves into life on the border in this autobiographical collection of essays and poetry.

Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paolo Freire, suggested by Dr. López (You can also read it as an ebook!)

Books for Young Folks

Middle Grade Novels

The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya (Pura Belpré Honor Book)

Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina

Becoming Naomi León by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Picture Books & Easy Readers

Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré by Anika Denise & Paola Escobar

Sembrando Historias: Pura Belpré: Bibliotecaria y Narradora de Cuentos por Anika Denise & Paola Escobar y tranducida por Omayra Ortiz

Islandborn by Junot Díaz & Leo Espinosa (Pura Belpré Honor Book)

La Princesa and the Pea by Susan Middleton Elya, Juana Martinez-Neal, & H.C. Anderson (Pura Belpré winner)

Drum Dream Girl written by Margarita Engle and illustrated by Rafael López

Yo Soy Muslim: A Father's Letter to His Daughter by Marc Gonzalez & Mehrdokht Amini

All Around Us by Xelena Gonzalez & Adriana M. García (Pura Belpré Honor Book, American Indian Book Award, International Latino Book Award, Tómas Rivera Book Award)

Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martínez-Neal

The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez (Pura Belpré Honor Book, local author) 

Danza! Amalia Hernández and el Ballet Folklórico de México written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh

Coming Soon!

These books aren't on our shelves quite yet--but they'll be here soon!

General Nonfiction

Echoes of a Land: Mexico edited by Miquel Adria for the Vienna Architectural Bicentennial

Tales from La Vida: A Latinx Comics Anthology edited by Frederick Luis Aldama

Latin American Migrations to the U.S. Heartland: Changing Social Landscapes in Middle America by Linda Allegro

Aftershocks of Disaster: Puerto Rico Before and After the Storm edited by Yarimar Bonilla & Marisol LeBrón

Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky: Myths of Mexico by David Bowles 

General Literature 

Novels (including Young Adult)

Jazz Owls by Margarita Engle

Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older (también se puede leerlo en español: La formasombras)

Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Pérez

Undocumented: A Worker's Fight written & drawn by Duncan Tonatiuh


When I Walk Through That Door, I Am: An Immigrant Mother's Quest by Jimmy Santiago Baca

elegia/elegy by Raquel Salas Rivera

While They Sleep (Under the Bed is Another Country) by Raquel Salas Rivera

Lima :: Limón by Natalie Scenters-Zapico

Middle Grade

Lowriders to the Center of the Earth by Cathy Camper & Raúl the Third

Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish! by Pablo Cartaya 

Dragonslayer: Folktales from Latin America written & drawn by Jaime Hernández 

La Matadragones: Cuentos de Latinoamérica por Jaime Hernández

Picture Books & Easy Readers

Carmela Full of Wishes by Matt de la Peña & Christian Robinson

All the Way to Havana by Margarita Engle & Mike Curato

My Papi Has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero & Zeke Peña 

Vamos! Let's Go to the Market! written & illustrated by Raúl the Third

Soldier for Equality: José de la Luz Saénz and the Great War written & illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh 

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