Hispanic Heritage Month began in 1968 as just a weeklong celebration. It was expanded to a month in 1988, lasting from September 15 – October 15. These dates were chosen because September 15 was the beginning of the Mexican War of Independence. This war gave independence to Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Honduras, and Nicaragua. For this month, we celebrate the US communities whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. This month pays tribute to all they have contributed to society.
This year's theme is "Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation." See more information at https://www.hispanicmonth.net/ and https://www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov/
Then check out these kid and teen books featuring Hispanic and Latine characters and celebrate these vibrant cultures!
Written by Lisa Clark, Youth Collection Coordinator