Best YA Books to Read During Hispanic Heritage Month

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

From the National Book Award Finalist I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erkia L. Sánchez to the upcoming inspirational book of reflections by actress Jenna Ortega, each of these books by Hispanic and Latinx authors offer a unique perspective and experience. We hope you’ll share your own YA book picks for Hispanic Heritage month with us here or on social media!

YA Books by Hispanic and Latinx Authors to Read for Hispanic Heritage Month and Beyond:

A Summer Life

A Summer Life

By Gary Soto

Gary Soto writes that when he was five "what I knew best was at ground level." In this lively collection of short essays, Soto takes his reader to a ground-level perspective, resreating in vivid detail the sights, sounds, smells, and textures he knew growing up in his Fresno, California, neighborhood. The "things" of his boyhood tie it all together: his Buddha "splotched with gold," the taps of his shoes and the &quo...

Before We Were Free

Before We Were Free

By Julia Alvarez

A new paperback edition of Julia Alvarez’s beloved Pura Belpré winner about life in Trujillo’s Dominican Republic. “Diary entries written by a child while in hiding will remind readers of Anne Frank’s story.” —SLJ
 
Anita de la Torre never questioned her freedom living in the Dominican Republic. But by her twelfth birthday in 1960, most of her relatives have immigrated t...

Cuba 15

Cuba 15

By Nancy Osa

For fans of Matt de la Peña and Sandra Cisneros comes a novel about family and identity, where Violet Paz prepares for her quinceañero and learns about her Cuban heritage.

   Violet Paz has just turned fifteen, a pivotal birthday in the eyes of her Cuban grandmother. Fifteen is the age when a girl enters womanhood, traditionally celebrating the occasion with a quinceañero.
   But ...


Enrique's Journey (The Young Adult Adaptation)

Enrique's Journey (The Young Adult Adaptation)

By Sonia Nazario

Adapted for young people, this edition of Enrique’s Journey is written by Sonia Nazario and based on the adult book of the same name. It is the true story of Enrique, a teenager from Honduras, who sets out on a journey, braving hardship and peril, to find his mother, who had no choice but to leave him when he was a child and go to the United States in search of work. Enrique’s story will bring to light the dail...

Finding Miracles

Finding Miracles

By Julia Alvarez

A new paperback edition of Julia Alvarez’s beloved story about family, identity, and first love.
 
Milly Kaufman is an ordinary American teenager living in Vermont—and then she meets Pablo, a new student at her high school. His exotic accent, strange fashion sense, and intense interest in Milly force her to confront her identity as an adopted child from Pablo’s native country. As their relationship gro...

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

By Erika L. Sánchez

National Book Award Finalist!
Instant New York Times Bestseller!

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
meets Jane the Virgin in this poignant but often laugh-out-loud funny contemporary YA about losing a sister and finding yourself amid the pressures, expectations, and stereotypes of growing up in a Mexican American home. 

 
Perfect Mexican daughters do not go away...




I Will Save You

I Will Save You

By Matt de la Peña

Newbery Medal-winning author Matt de la Peña’s I Will Save You is a "heartwarming, root-for-the-underdog novel." [SLJ]

   Kidd is running from his past and his future. No mom, no dad, and there’s nothing for him at the group home but therapy. He doesn’t belong at the beach where he works either, unless he finds a reason to sta...

It's All Love

It's All Love

By Jenna Ortega

On Sale 01.05.21

This uplifting and beautifully illustrated gift book from award-winning actress Jenna Ortega will inspire you to lean into faith and love and family during life's most difficult, and most joyous, moments.  

I want you, my readers, to know that you are not alone. We are in this together.

This collection from actress Jenna Ortega is filled with Jenna's own original quotes and affirmations, alongside intimate, p...



Mexican WhiteBoy

Mexican WhiteBoy

By Matt de la Peña

Newbery Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Matt de la Peña's Mexican WhiteBoy is a story of friendship, acceptance, and the struggle to find your identity in a world of definitions.

Danny is tall and skinny. Even though he’s not built, his arms are long enough to give his pitch a power so fierce any college scout would sign him on the spot. Ninety-five mile an hour fastball, but the boy&r...

Suncatcher

Suncatcher

By Jose Pimienta

Beatriz must create the perfect song in order to free her grandfather's soul . . . but what will be the cost? A fantastical YA graphic novel about creative passion and obsession, great for fans of The Prince and the Dressmaker and Level Up.

If life wasn't already hard enough for Beatriz -- being a teenager, trying to start a band, and going to school -- then she discovers that her gr...

The Go-Between

The Go-Between

By Veronica Chambers

Fans of Jane the Virgin will find much to love about The Go-Between, a coming-of-age novel from bestselling author Veronica Chambers, who with humor and humanity explores issues of identity and belonging in a world that is ever-changing.
 
She is the envy of every teenage girl in Mexico City. Her mother is a glamorous telenovela actress. Her father is the go-to voice-over talent for blockbuster films. Hers is a ...

The Living

The Living

By Matt de la Peña

Newbery Award-winning author Matt de la Peña's The Living is "a rare thing: a plot-driven YA with characters worthy of a John Green novel.” [Entertainment Weekly, A-]

   Shy takes the summer job to make some money. A few months on a luxury cruise liner--how bad can it be? Bikinis, free food, maybe even a girl or two . . . every cruise has a fresh crop of passengers, after all. He'll...

The Tequila Worm

The Tequila Worm

By Viola Canales

Sofia comes from a family of storytellers. Here are her tales of growing up in the barrio, full of the magic and mystery of family traditions: making Easter cascarones, celebrating el Dia de los Muertos, preparing for quincea–era, rejoicing in the Christmas nacimiento, and curing homesickness by eating the tequila worm. When Sofia is singled out to receive a scholarship to an elite boarding school, she longs to e...

We Were Here

We Were Here

By Matt de la Peña

Newbery Award-winning author Matt de la Peña's We Were Here is a "fast, funny, smart, and heartbreaking" novel [Booklist].

   When it happened, Miguel was sent to Juvi. The judge gave him a year in a group home—said he had to write in a journal so some counselor could try to figure out how he thinks. The judge had no idea that he actually did Miguel a favor. Ever since it happened, his mom can...

Spanish Editions:

Antes de ser libres

Antes de ser libres

By Liliana Valenzuela

Anita de la Torre nunca cuestionó su libertad viviendo en la República Dominicana. Pero al cumplir doce años de edad en 1960, la mayoría de sus familiares han emigrado a Estados Unidos, su tío Toni ha desaparecido sin dejar rastro y la policía secreta del gobierno aterroriza a su familia restante dada su presunta oposición a la dictadura de Trujillo.
 
Utilizando la fuerza y el valor d...

En busca de milagros

En busca de milagros

By Julia Alvarez

MILLY KAUFMAN ES una adolescente estadounidense común y corriente que vive en el estado de Vermont hasta que un estudiante nuevo llamado Pablo llega a su escuela secundaria. Su acento exótico, su extraño sentido de la moda y el interés intenso que Milly despierta en él hacen que ella enfrente su identidad de niña adoptada del país natal de Pablo. A medida que su relación crece, Milly decide ...

La Travesía de Enrique

La Travesía de Enrique

By Sonia Nazario

“Un relato conmovedor que le da un rostro humano a los indocumentados, tan bello como marcado de cicatrices. Imprescindible”.—Kirkus Reviews, reseña destacada.
 
Basada en el libro homónimo para adultos, La Travesía de Enrique de Sonia Nazario está disponible en su versión adaptada para lectores jóvenes traducida al español por Ana Ras. Esta es la verdader...

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  1. sarinafield

    The Education of Margot Sanchez is a quick and engaging read. The book tries to tackle a lot of themes from family dynamics to how difficult it is to fit in. free run 3 running game in outer space I think the book tried to take on too many themes and didn’t do any of them justice. However, the book is worth reading because of the complex characters and storyline.

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