Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated September 15–October 15 and honors the contributions of Americans whose ancestors came from South and Central America, the Caribbean, Spain and Mexico. Did you know that Hispanic Heritage Month, opens a new window began as a week-long celebration under President Lyndon B. Johnson? President Ronald Reagan expanded it to a month-long celebration in 1988.
Brazil celebrates its independence day on September 7. September 15 is the anniversary of independence for El Salvador, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Honduras. September 16 is Mexico's independence day and September 18 is Chile's independence day.
Explore Lists and Staff Picks
- Read aloud a Hispanic heritage-focused picture book, perfect for ages 0-5, or chose a picture book to read in Spanish.
- For elementary and middle school kids, read about influential Hispanic Americans.
- Hey teens, we hand-picked these young adult novels all about Hispanic Heritage Month and fifteen new Latinx books for teens just for you.
- Read a Pura Belpre Award-winning book for youth (teens and children).
- Pick up some novels (and two memoirs!) by Latino authors.
- Celebrate with this list in Spanish and English of Hispanic authors who have inspired many.
- Check out a novel from the Great American Read...in Spanish.
- Listen to music from Hispanic artists.
- Stream a Spanish-language film from Kanopy, opens a new window.
- Teach yourself Spanish using Rosetta Stone Library Solution.
- Find music in Spanish from hoopla.
Spanish Language Page
- Head over to the Spanish Language page to discover audiobooks, DVDs and Blu-rays, children's books and much more, all offered in Spanish.