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Hispanic Heritage Month

"Savor the power and pleasure of words."
—Pat Mora, author

"You can always spot bright people. They are reading a book."
—Gary Soto, author

"I believe in the power art has to save lives, because it saved mine."
—Sandra Cisneros, author

"People frequently ask me, "What is your motivation to write?" The answer is simple. I want the reader to turn the page."
—Pam Munoz Ryan, author

Hispanic Heritage Week was approved by President Lyndon Johnson, was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover 30-days, and was enacted into law on August 17, 1988. It is celebrated at this time because September 15th is the anniversary of the independence of the Latin American countries of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, September 16 is the independence day of Mexico and Chile celebrates theirs on September 18th.

There are many wonderful Hispanic authors, most of whom draw on their Hispanic background, culture and upbringing to write their books. Hispanic Heritage Month is a good time to focus on these authors and their experiences in your class. These websites will help get you started on your journey into Hispanic literature.

Pam Munoz Ryan

Yuyi Morales

Pat Mora

Alma Flor Ada

Gary Soto

Julia Alvarez

Sandra Cisneros

For an extensive list of children's books for Hispanic Heritage Month, by grade level (K-12), click here.

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