Best YA Books to Read During Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month, highlights the contributions of Hispanic and Latinx Americans and celebrates their heritage and culture.

Each of the YA books on our reading list offers a unique perspective on the experience of Hispanic and Latinx Americans. We’re sure you’ll recognize some of the Hispanic and Latinx authors on the list, and maybe find some new authors and titles, too. We hope you’ll share your own YA book picks for Hispanic Heritage month with us here or on social media!

Our Hispanic Heritage Month YA Book Reading List

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

By Erika L. Sánchez

When Julia’s seemingly perfect older sister, Olga, dies in a tragic accident, Julia struggles with her grief, discovers unexpected secrets about her sister, and learns more about what her immigrant parents went through when they left Mexico for the United States.

The Far Away Brothers (Adapted for Young Adults)

The Far Away Brothers (Adapted for Young Adults)

By Lauren Markham

This gripping must-read nonfiction YA book by an award-winning reporter follows the journey of two brothers trying to escape violence in El Salvador. When one brother gets on the wrong side of a dangerous gang, he and his identical twin have to flee for their safety. When they finally reach the United States, they struggle to navigate the immigration system and create a new life in California.

Mexican WhiteBoy

Mexican WhiteBoy

By Matt de la Peña

Danny, an aspiring baseball player, thinks the kids at his private school only see his Mexican side. Meanwhile, he thinks his Mexican American relatives feel sorry for him because he doesn’t speak Spanish. When Danny spends the summer with his dad’s side of the family, he begins to explore and embrace his identity.

The Go-Between

The Go-Between

By Veronica Chambers

As the daughter of a famous telenovela actress, Cammi has a glamorous life in Mexico City, with a lot of celebrity perks. When her mom gets a job in LA playing a maid in a new sitcom, Cammi has to adjust to a new country and new stereotypes. The kids at school assume she’s a scholarship student, and her new best friend feels betrayed when she discovers that Cammi isn’t actually poor.

The Poet X

The Poet X

By Elizabeth Acevedo

Xiomara Batista writes poetry to explore her feelings and frustrations. Since the time she and her twin brother were born, considered miracle babies by her Dominican parents, it’s seemed like everyone is talking about her. When she joins a slam poetry club at school, will she finally be able to find and claim her own voice?

More Happy Than Not

More Happy Than Not

By Adam Silvera

Aaron Soto has had a very tough year, a year he might like to forget. He’s offered a tempting memory-altering procedure, but will it fix him, or erase everything that makes him who he is?

The Education of Margot Sanchez

The Education of Margot Sanchez

By Lilliam Rivera

Margot works at her family’s grocery store in the South Bronx to pay back her parents for the expensive clothes she covets. She struggles to feel like she fits in at her prep school and rebels against her parents’ strict rules.

With the Fire on High

With the Fire on High

By Elizabeth Acevedo

High school student Emoni Santiago has a lot of family responsibilities, including a young daughter, but her happy place is the kitchen, where she infuses a little magic into everything she makes. Will a new culinary arts elective at school help her realize her dreams of being a chef?

 Don't Date Rosa Santos

Don't Date Rosa Santos

By Nina Moreno

They say Rosa Santos is cursed by the sea, which is tough if you live in a small coastal town in Florida. Rosa hopes to break the curse by dating a boy with a boat and exploring the family history that her abuela refuses to discuss.

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