6 Hispanic Read-Alouds for Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15-October 15, with Novel Effect's top 6 Hispanic read-alouds!
6 Hispanic Heritage read-alouds found on Novel Effect

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage with Novel Effect

Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15-October 15, is a great time to celebrate Hispanic customs and traditions! Make these lessons fun and easy with our top 6 Hispanic read-alouds. Featuring themes of family, identity, and self-love, these stories are a great way to educate your budding bookworms about Hispanic culture. You can keep the festivities going all month long with our Hispanic Heritage Month Collection.

Is there an ES icon next to your favorite? We have a soundscape to accompany the book’s Spanish translation! A pencil icon means there’s an activity available on our website.

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National Hispanic American Heritage Month starts on September 15th, the independence day of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days during the month as well! (Mexico on September 16th and Chile on September 18th)

6 Hispanic Read-Alouds We Love

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De la Peña

In Last Stop on Market Street, a little boy learns about the power of community and kindness during his weekly bus ride with his nana to volunteer at the soup kitchen. Through the pitter patter of raindrops and the bustling noise of city streets, this soundscape will transport your little listeners straight to Market Street. 

Dreamers by Yuyi Morales

Moving to a new place, especially one filled with an unknown language and culture, can be scary. Dreamers is about how a mother and her child lean on books to feel at home in the United States after immigrating from Mexico. The gentle rhythm of Latin percussion and string create a charming soundscape for you and your little learners.

With Lots of Love by Jenny Torres Sanchez

What’s the best cure for a bout of homesickness? Presents from Abuela, of course! With Lots of Love shows that no amount of distance can stop the love of your family. Through playfully timed voiceovers, this soundscape breathes life into the story’s main characters, Rocio and Abuela. An added bonus? This is Jumpstart’s 2023 Read for the Record title!

PRO TIP: After finishing the story, have your students practice empathy by asking them to share about a time they felt homesick.

Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal

Alma and How She Got Her Name book cover

Everyone’s name has a story—Alma’s is just a long one! A true tribute to the generations that come before us, Alma and How She Got Her Name is a cute tale about honoring the memory of our ancestors by being ourselves. Your blossoming bookworms will smell the flowers, stand by the seaside, and walk through the mountains in this soundscape adventure.

Round is a Tortilla by Roseann Thong

Read Round is a Tortilla to teach your students about the different shapes we see in our every-day lives. Learners will be fully absorbed in this read-aloud thanks to our soundscape’s upbeat mariachi music.

PRO TIP: At the end of each shape’s section, have your class list other items that match the featured shape.

Where Are You From? by Yamile Saied Méndez

A story about belonging, Where Are You From? is about a young girl’s journey to self-acceptance thanks to the ever-present wisdom of her Abuelo. Crunching leaves, chirping bugs, and crashing waves create a harmonious soundscape perfect for educating readers about identity.

National Hispanic American Heritage Month is a time to celebrate where people come from, who we are, and where we are going. We hope this collection of Hispanic read-alouds helps you teach your students more about identity and the importance of being you! Also teaching Spanish? Check out our Todos Los Libros en Español. You can find all of our Spanish soundscapes for your favorite classic read-alouds inside!

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