Discover a collection of books that celebrate and recognize the contributions of Hispanic Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States.
|Luis Antonio Andrade Ramirez
Luis Antonio Andrade Ramirez was born in Michoacán, Mexico and migrated in 1980 to the United States. Luis shares that his reason for immigration was to outrun his debts. Luis shares his misperceptions about life in the United States viewing it as a country where one could find comfort, but instead he found a fiercely competitive culture. Luis shares that he had a business in Mexico, and experienced a much stricter environment pertaining to the operation of business in the United States. Luis works for Cisco Carpentry Services currently in the United States, but once operated a restaurant in Mexico, both of which led to financial hardship. Luis imparts remorse for his loss of communion with nature, which he once had in Mexico that he believes vital to the human spirit that is lost or perhaps diluted due to technology and the work-ethic that dominates US culture. Luis laments the freedom from routine and the respite from a culture he believes causes stress in the states. Luis shares that he has not seen his siblings or parents in many years. His siblings remain in Mexico as he works toward a multilevel marketing project in the United States. Luis fondly recounts his childhood in Mexico.
Subject tags: Michoacán, Mexico, California, Cisco Carpentry Services, Business, Family, Language Acquisition, Entrepreneur, Culture, Nature,
Rogelio Banuelos was born in Nayarit, Mexico and lived on a Ranchero owned and run by his family. Banuelos shares stories of warm and comical conversations over dinner between a large family on both his mother and father’s side. He recounts riding horses and a close connection with the land and local wildlife. The decision to migrate, Banuelos recalls, was headed by his mother who brought the family to the states in waves as she gathered the resources and finances to bring each member across the border over time. Banuelos discusses the pain of separation from not only his mother but also his father who elected to care for his younger sister on a separate path toward the states while he remained with his grandfather in Mexico in the interim. Banuelos would finally immigrate to Southern California at 14-years-old to attend Costa Mesa Middle School and Costa Mesa High School before he began college at Orange Coast College. He would also become involved in community organizing at the Orange County Congregational Community Organization (OCCCO) for immigrant rights.
Subject Tags: LGBT, Orange County Congregational Community Organization, Nayarit, Mexico, Community Organizing, Immigrant Rights, Rancheros, Dreamer, First generation, English Language Learner, Costa Mesa Middle School, Costa Mesa High School, Orange Coast College
Ada Briceño lived in Nicaragua for six years before her family immigrated to the United States. Her father was a financial professional with direct ties to the Samoza regime that would be upended by the rise of the Sandinista movement and Civil War that erupted in the region. Her family would arrive in California in 1980. Her father would face challenges in securing stable work before settling in Long Beach with her great-uncle before ultimately moving to spend her formative years in San Pedro, California. She recounts the challenges of adapting despite the language barrier while also trying to build her foundational knowledge in school without bilingual fluency. Ada credits the bond she formed with extended family on the socioeconomic demands placed upon her family during their transition. Briceño describes returning to Nicaragua for visits with her son and the joy in sharing her childhood stories and the region’s traditions.
Subject Tags: Nicaragua, Sandinistas, Samoza, Civil War, Long Beach, San Pedro, English Language Learners
Aura Carrillo was born in 1992 in Guadalajara, Mexico. She immigrated to the US in 1999 at 7-years-old. Her family migrated in pursuit of educational opportunities for their children they hoped to find in the United States. Aura’s parents came to the United States before her and her siblings to arrange necessary documentation to ensure their secure passage. Her family moved together to Costa Mesa, California. Aura Carrillo has gone on to teach within Santa Ana Unified School District, and worked for the Santa Ana Public Library as a Senior Tutor running successful writing and scholarship programs for Young Adult Services in the Santa Ana Public Library’s TeenSpace helping teens receive as much as $10,000 in scholarship award funds toward post-secondary education.
Subject Tags: Migration, Guadalajara, Mexico, Costa Mesa, Santa Ana, Teacher
Books for Adults
|Pedro's Theory: Reimagining the Promised Land
by Gonsalez, Marcos
|Frida in America: The Creative Awakening of a Great Artist
by Stahr, Celia
|Mexico City: Heritage Recipes for Classic Home Cooking
by Oseland, James
|La Vida Verde: Plant-based Mexican Cooking with Authentic Flavor
by Ramirez, Jocelyn
|Durable Ethnicity: Mexican Americans and the Ethnic Core
by Telles, Edward Eric
|Mexicanos: A History of Mexicans in the United States
by Gonzales, Manuel G.
|Patrias: Cuatro Amigos, dos Países y el Destino de la gran Migración Mexicana
by Corchado, Alfredo
Aparte de proporcionar un importante contexto hist rico para el actual debate sobre inmigraci n, Patrias es una meditaci n personal y oportuna sobre lo que significa ser un "migrante" en Estados Unidos.
|Where I Come from: Life lessons from a Latino Chef
by Sánchez, Aarón
|A Long Petal of the Sea: A Novel
by Allende, Isabel
|Finding Latinx: In Search of the Voices Redefining Latino Identity
by Ramos, Paola
Books for Teens
|Voces Sin Fronteras
by Latin American Youth Center Writers
by Amado, Elisa, Urias, Abraham
|Don't Ask Me Where I'm From
by De Leon, Jennifer, Garnu, Elena
by Méndez, Yamile Saied
by Peña, Matt de la
Matt de la Peña's critically acclaimed novel is an intimate and moving story that offers hope to those who least expect it.Audio Excerpt
|Dreams from Many Rivers
by Engle, Margarita, Hernandez, Beatriz Gutierrez
|The Far Away Brothers: Two Teenage Immigrants Making a Life in America
by Markham, Lauren
|The Inexplicable Logic of My Life
by Saenz, Benjamin Alire
|Love in English
by Andreu, Maria E.
by Mejia, Tehlor Kay
Books for Kids
|Alma and How She Got Her Name
by Martinez-Neal, Juana
One little girl's name tells the vibrant story of where she came from--and who she may one day be.
by Díaz, Junot
Lola was just a baby when her family left the Island, so when she has to draw it for a school assignment, she asks her family, friends, and neighbors about their memories of her homeland...and in the process, comes up with a new way of understanding her own heritage.
|My Papi has a Motorcycle
by Quintero, Isabel
When Daisy Ramona zooms around her neighborhood with her papi on his motorcycle, she sees the people and places she's always known. She also sees a community that is rapidly changing around her
|Stella Díaz Dreams Big
by Dominguez, Angela
Stella is happy as a clam in fourth grade. She's the president of the Sea Musketeers conservation club, she starts taking swim lessons, and she joins a new art club at school. But as her schedule fills up, school gets harder, too. Suddenly the tides have turned, and she is way too busy!
|The First Rule of Punk
by Pérez, Celia C.
Twelve-year-old María Luisa O'Neill-Morales (who really prefers to be called Malú) reluctantly moves with her Mexican-American mother to Chicago and starts seventh grade with a bang--violating the dress code with her punk rock aesthetic and spurning the middle school's most popular girl in favor of starting a band with a group of like-minded weirdos.
by Cisneros, Ernesto
Efrén Nava's Amá is his Superwoman—or Soperwoman, named after the delicious Mexican sopes his mother often prepares. Both Amá and Apá work hard all day to provide for the family, making sure Efrén and his younger siblings Max and Mía feel safe and loved.
But Efrén worries about his parents; although he's American-born, his parents are undocumented. His worst nightmare comes true one day when Amá doesn't return from work and is deported across the border to Tijuana, México.
Now more than ever, Efrén must channel his inner Soperboy to help take care of and try to reunite his family.
|Who was Celia Cruz?
by Pollack, Pam
Although her family and friends know her as rsula Hilaria Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alfonso, the world refers to her simply as Celia Cruz. Starting her career in 1950, Celia grew increasingly popular as the new lead singer of the Cuban band Sonora Matancera. Her exceptional vocal range and flashy costumes made fans fall in love with her.
Celia's talent took her all around the world, including the United States. After Fidel Castro came to power in Cuba, she wasn't allowed to return to her native country. She and other Cubans who were exiled used their music to express their love for their homeland.
Celia rose to the top of the charts in a genre that was dominated by men. She become an award-winning singer and the most popular Latin artist of the twentieth century. Azucar indeed
|Selena: Reina de la Música Tejana
by Lopez, Silvia
This is a moving and impassioned picture book about the iconic Queen of Tejano music, Selena Quintanilla, that will embolden young readers to find their passion and make the impossible, possible En Espa ol
Selena Quintanilla's music career began at the age of nine when she started singing in her family's band. She went from using a hairbrush as a microphone to traveling from town to town to play gigs. But Selena faced a challenge: People said that she would never make it in Tejano music, which was dominated by male performers. Selena was determined to prove them wrong.
Born and raised in Texas, Selena didn't know how to speak Spanish, but with the help of her dad, she learned to sing it. With songs written and composed by her older brother, and the fun dance steps Selena created, her band, Selena Y Los Dinos, rose to stardom A true trailblazer, her success in Tejano music and her crossover into mainstream American music opened the door for other Latinx entertainers, and she became an inspiration for Latina girls everywhere.
|Isabel and Her Colores Go to School
by Alessandri, Alexandra, Dawson, Courtney
|The Hero of Cinco de Mayo: Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín
by Gutiérrez, José Angel
|Bravo! Poems About Amazing Hispanics
by Engle, Margarita
|Latinitas: Celebrating Big Dreamers in History
by Menéndez, Juliet
|Latinos Beyond Reel
Directors Chyng Sun, Miguel Parker
|Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Directors Mauricio Martinez-Caviard, Yves Billon
|Pablo Picasso: The Legacy of a Genius
Director Michael Blackwood
|Salvador Dali: In Search of Immortality
Director David Pujol
Director Ali Ray