It's Hispanic Heritage Month!
Hispanic Heritage Month, observed from September 15 to October 15, celebrates Latino and Hispanic Americans, from their diverse cultures to their immense contributions and achievements.
At Brilliant Books, we're celebrating by highlighting some amazing stories by Latino and Hispanic authors! Whether you're looking to see yourself represented in stories (for adults or children), trying to diversify your bookshelf, or working to deepen your understanding of a Hispanic community or culture, explore the titles below to find a wonderful new read from a Latinx author. We've got books for kids, adults, and everyone in between!
Prefer listening? Visit Libro.fm for a collection of audiobooks by Latinx authors.
Choose your book category, or explore below:
Happy Hispanic Heritage Month, and happy reading!
Remember to support and celebrate Latino/Hispanic authors, artists, and businesses year round.
Hispanic? Latino? Latinx?
Since there's not one singular Hispanic American culture or identity, finding common language can be difficult—especially considering the ongoing impacts of colonialism and imperialism on culture and language. Interested in learning more?
A great jumping off point is a 2021 article on NPR: "Yes, We're Calling It Hispanic Heritage Month And We Know It Makes Some Of You Cringe" by Vanessa Romo. Read the article on NPR's website
If you want to dive a little bit deeper into these the history of these language problems, there are a lot of great books that touch on this. Here are just a few:
Basically, there's no one perfect word to encapsulate all Hispanic/Latino individuals. There are so many distinct cultures and communities within this broad umbrella. And according to Vanessa Romo, people are more likely to identify with their country or culture of origin than by identifying with broad terms like "Hispanic," "Latin American," or "Latino."
Adult Literature & Fiction:
Adult Nonfiction, Biography, & Memoir:
Young Adult Titles:
Middle Grade (9-12):
Chapter Books (6-9):