16 Best Latino Children’s Books on Hispanic Heroes

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One of the most asked questions I get as a Latina blogger is what are my recommendations for Hispanic Heritage Children’s books. I finally decided to put together on some of the best Latino Children’s books on Hispanic Heroes. These books can be added to your home library or at school, it’s a great resource.

A few months ago I shared some of my favorite children’s books on Mexican culture so if you’re looking for books on all things Mexico then pop over and checkout the list. My hope is to start collecting many of the books below and giving them to my children as gifts through out  the year, expanding our home library!

One of my favorite books from this list is “Separate is Never Equal” by Duncan Tonatiuh. If you know me, you know that I’m very justice oriented and since I was as young as 5 years old, I’ve been standing up for those without a voice whether it was family or those around me who couldn’t speak English and didn’t have the vocabulary to defend themselves. So this book holds a special place in my heart because the Mendez family stood up for what they believed was right and as a result they made a difference for thousands of children in school. I love this quote in the book, they were waiting to hear the judges response and were shocked that so many people of different backgrounds and different parts of the country supported their cause. The mom replies with, “Cuando la causa es justa los demas te siguen.” which means “When you fight for justice others will follow.”

16 Best Latino Children’s Books on Hispanic Heroes

Pablo Neruda by Monica Brown

Ellen Ochoa by Pam Walker

My Name is Celia by Monica Brown

That’s Not Fair Emma Tenayuca’s Struggle for Justice by Carmen Tafolla

Side by Side The Story of Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez by Monica Brown

Tito Puente Mambo King by Monica Brown

Sonia Sotomayor A Judge Grows in the Bronx by Jonah Winter

Yes, we can! by Diana Cohn

Pele King of Soccer by Monica Brown

Separate is Never Equal by Duncan Tonatiuh

My Name is Gabito by Monica Brown

Frida Kahlo by Isabel Sanchez Vegara

My Name is Gabriella by Monica Brown

Cesar Chavez by David A. Adler

Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes by Juan Felipe Herrera

A Kid’s Guide to Latino History by Valerie Petrillo

Time Magazine put together this piece on their website The 25 Most Influential Hispanic in America.

I’m participating in the Read Around the World Summer Series with lots of other awesome bloggers in the Multicultural Bloggers Group. So this is the third year in a row they’ve been doing this. Throughout the summer bloggers from all corners of the world are sharing their favorite children’s books. If you want to know more about the series check out our Pinterest board and follow the Multicultural Kids Blog Facebook page.


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