September 15th marks the start of Hispanic Heritage Month — a month-long celebration to honor the history, cultures and traditions of U.S. citizens with heritage from countries in Latin America and Spain. The dates of September 15 through October 15th were chosen because several countries celebrate their independence day during those weeks: México, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua. The celebration also includes October 12th, known as Columbus Day.
Of course, I always like to say that as a Latina mom raising a bilingual and bicultural child, we celebrate Hispanic heritage every single day. But the beauty of this month is that we get a bigger opportunity and more online, on-air and community events and tools to teach all children about the rich heritage that Latino Americans have in this country.
If you want to join in on the Hispanic Heritage Month festivities with your kids, here’s a list of 15 children’s books that celebrate important Latino personalities and traditions.