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Ten Books by Latina/Hispanic Authors to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Frances Diaz Evans

The United States celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15. An event that recognizes the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States. Many Hispanic countries celebrate their independence during this period, including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico gained its independence on September 16. Followed by Chile on September 18.

During this month I’m delighted to highlight the works of Latina and Hispanic authors who have been recognized with Honorable Mentions by the International Latino Book Awards.

Picture Books
¡I Have a Secret!/¡Tengo un Secreto!: Yunito's Adventures-Las Aventuras de Yunito by Author Maritere Rodríguez Bellas and Illustraror Jayri Gómez

Honorable Mention from the International Latino Book Awards 2022 under the Best Bilingual Children’s Fiction Picture Book category.

Mari's book is a true treasure of embracing and being proud of your culture. It is a sweet story of Yunito who has a secret and he refuses to respond in español. For those of us parents raising bilingual kids, does that sound familiar? You need to get this book for your kids to find out what the secret is. I love the diverse characters and the illustrations and the glimpse of their Puerto Rican culture.

Valentina Valente: She is my Dad (Ella en mi papá) by Author Adriana Devers and Illustrations by Adámico

Honorable Mention from the International Latino Book Awards 2022 under the Most Inspirational Bilingual Children’s Picture Book category.

Adriana has written the most beautiful story of 8-year-old Valentina who has two moms! This bilingual book is a story of love, acceptance, and being brave enough to speak up. Her book celebrates family diversity, the LGBTQ+ community, and single mothers who consider themselves the father figure for their children.

Courageous History Makers: 11 Women from Latin America Who Changed the World (English and Spanish Edition) by Author Naibe Reynoso Illustrator Jone Leal.

Honorable Mention from the International Latino Book Awards 2022 under the Best Educational English Children’s Picture Book category.

Naibe focuses on 11 Latin American women who changed the world. A celebration of Mexican painter Frida Khalo, Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchu, Grammy-winning music icon Celia Cruz, and renowned pilot Hermelinda Urvina. True biographical stories for young and old.

The Mean Flower: A story about: The Power of Empathy by Authors Ariatna G. Claudio, Almaris Alonso-Claudio, and Illustrator QBN Studios