¡Feliz Mes de la Herencia Hispana! Happy Hispanic Heritage Month!
September 15th – October 15th marks the celebration of the rich history and diverse culture of Hispanic and Latin American communities. To join in on the fun, we made some posters in honor of our Hispanic and Latinx students, librarians, and teachers! We also included some great resources to inspire new books and authors for you to check out.
Download the posters below!
Texas State University College of Education developed the Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award to honor authors and illustrators who create literature that depicts the Mexican American experience. The award was established in 1995 and was named in honor of Dr. Tomás Rivera, a distinguished alumnus of Texas State University.
Tomás Rivera was a writer and educator in Texas. His writings inspired hope for many migrants that their lives and experiences would not be forgotten. His legacy lives on within the Hispanic communities of Texas. This award helps to bring awareness to the educational importance and the contributions of Mexican Americans in the Southwest and greater United States.
Speaking of the Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award, our very own representative, Alma Medina, has served on the panel to select runner-ups! Alma is a retired school librarian who now works for us to advocate for library success. Her passion for education has been a tremendous asset to our company's goal. If you get the chance to work with her make sure to give her a big thank you!
Below are some of her favorite Hispanic authors that she recommends.
Amada Irma Pérez has been a bilingual educator, consultant and presenter for more than twenty-five years. Her teaching experience includes kindergarten through university. She is an advocate of programs that encourage literacy and multicultural understanding. She believes that better communication will lead to world peace. Amada Irma Pérez speaks at local, state, national and international conferences and inspires diverse audiences of students, teachers, parents, businesses and community organizations.
Pat Mora is an award-winning author of books for children, teens, and adults. Pat’s honors include honorary doctorates from North Carolina State University and SUNY Buffalo, a lifetime achievement award from the Texas Institute of Letters, and the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award. She’s a lifetime member of the United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY), an honorary member of the American Library Association, and she received a Kellogg National Leadership and a Poetry Fellowship from NEA.
Pam Muñoz Ryan is an American author and the 2018 U.S. nominee for the international Hans Christian Andersen Award. She is the author recipient of the National Education Association’s Civil and Human Rights Award, the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award for Multicultural Literature, and is twice the recipient of the Pura Belpré Medal and the Willa Cather Award. Many of her stories reflect her half-Mexican heritage.