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Hispanic Heritage


Are you looking for literature to support classroom instruction about Hispanic Heritage? Check out Our Editors’ Choices for titles recommended by the Education World team. Then it's your turn to share books that you enjoy or use in your classroom in the Our Readers’ Voices section below. With your help, we will build the best list on the Internet of Best Books for teaching about Hispanic Heritage.



by Kathleen Krull
Cesar Chavez is known as one of America's greatest civil rights leaders. When he led a 340-mile peaceful protest march through California, he ignited a cause and improved the lives of thousands of migrant farmworkers. But Cesar wasn't always a leader. As a boy, he was shy and teased at school. His family slaved in the fields for barely enough money to survive. Cesar knew things had to change, and he thought that -- maybe -- he could help change them. So he took charge. He spoke up. And an entire country listened.

by Susanna Reich
Jos was a boy with a song in his heart and a dance in his step. Born in Mexico in 1908, he came into the world kicking like a steer, and grew up to love to draw, play the piano, and dream. Jos's dreaming took him to faraway places. He dreamed of bullfighters and the sounds of the cancan dancers that he saw with his father. Dance lit a fire in Jos's soul. With his heart to guide him, Jos left his family and went to New York to dance. He learned to flow and float and fly through space with steps like a Mexican breeze. When Jos danced, his spirit soared. From New York to lands afar, Jos Limn became known as the man who gave the world his own kind of dance.

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by Cesar Alegre
This volume has short biographies of more than 200 people, from historical figures to those in present-day politics, entertainment, and sports. The writing is energetic, interesting, and without bias. For example, the early Spanish conquistadors are depicted as brave explorers and yet the atrocities they committed against the native citizens of the lands they conquered are also explained. Black-and-white photographs appear throughout. Extraordinary Hispanic Americans is a good general reference source for reports. (School Library Journal)

by Mary Dodson Wade, Nanci R. Vargus
Cinco de Mayo outlines the events that led up to the Battle of Puebla in remarkably simple terms, and then shows various aspects of contemporary festivities, including a mariachi band, dancers, parades, and so on. This holiday is often overlooked in books for youth, especially for this age group, and the pictures and words combine to offer a bright, serviceable introduction. (Booklist) Part of the Rookie Read-About Holidays series.

by Cynthia Downs, Gloria Erickson
Hispanic Games and Rhymes is an exciting resource that will be used by any educator who wishes to incorporate an entertaining bilingual approach. Each of these Central and South American poems, rhymes, songs, and games has been translated into English. Educators can approach these wonderful traditional games and rhymes and enjoy them in either English or Spanish. The adventurous student and teacher will explore the poems and songs in both languages. Beautifully illustrated and filled with patterns for fingerplays, this wonderful resource will soon become a well-worn and much-loved addition to your classroom.

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