Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month Reading Latinx Literature


Another year of celebrating Latinx culture! We are well into Hispanic Heritage Month and have a calendar full of festivals and opportunities to taste foods that represent every corner of our culture. It is also a great opportunity learn about the folklore and enjoy dancing. For me, the best way to celebrate is by embracing and reading Latinx literature. These amazing authors create engaging books about my culture and our experiences. To me, this is a wonderful way to connect with how we can contribute and build up the United States.

It is hard to generalize our experiences, since Latinx represents an array of colors and backgrounds, but one thing I have found universally throughout Latinx literature is that we find our place. The duality of our identity is so beautiful, yet so difficult to understand. As a mother, I have been trying to connect my boys to those varying voices. My initial idea was to provide them a gateway to those voices that I had searched for a long time. I was lucky to know so many great published authors, which expanded their opportunities to find something they would like, connect with, and read.

Hispanic Heritage Month and Latinx LiteratureUnderstand you child’s interests in literature

As we navigated Latinx authors, I started getting books on topics I connected with. Of course, pushing my personal agenda did not help since my oldest kept rejecting anything I suggested. But just as I do with food, I kept offering until we found something they liked. It took time to find something of interest for the boys. My oldest son loves anything with magic and mythology, but his refusal to read my suggestions made things very challenging. Fortunately, we found a way to explore new books.

My oldest was very drawn to specific literature, and had a big preference for series over stand alone novels. As a child who loves anything Harry Potter and Percy Jackson, it was clear that the genre had to be mythical in some way. Thankfully the world of #bookstagram kept providing recommendations to add to out TBR (to be read) list. Finally, we hit a sweet spot.

Middle School Latinx Literature

As with everything, focusing on our children’s interests makes things much more enjoyable.  When it comes to reading, the main point is for them to enjoy the process. It’s hard not to impose our own preferences, but with time the process becomes more natural.

The gates to our enjoyment of Latinx literature came courtesy of Charlie Hernandez. As my 9 year old says, Percy Jackson with a twist. The Hernandez series of three books go through Latino and Hispanic mythology in a very engaging way, while Charlie learns to understand his identity. This book has sparked the curiosity on Latinx literature and the bilingual nature of our community. Here are our top Latinx Literature recommendations for middle schoolers as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.

As we continue to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, let’s read Latinx Literature to listen to and support the many emerging authors who continue to provide us with amazing reads.

Hispanic Heritage Month Latinx Literature

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Tatiana Laborde
Tatiana was born in Bogota, Colombia and moved to the United States at age 15. She moved from Houston to DC in 2007 to work for an international organization. She met her husband at work and married in 2011. She has two children: Santiago (2013) and Antonio (2015) and a Masters degree in Conflict Resoliution. After the birth of her second child, she decided to take time off to stay home and focus on the kids. She is passionate about nutrition, self-led weaning and homemade food. The Story of My Table is her Instagram account and blog where she shares her adventures in the kitchen. She strongly believes that a wine a day keeps the doctor away and that the key to parenting two boys is to keep in good shape. She is not a fan of baking, but would occasionally do it to avoid highly processed food. She is an advocate for natural foods, Montessori education and allowing children to get bored. One day she dreams of building an organization where she can combine her passion for food with peacebuilding.