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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month at AADL

Sat, 10/10/2020 - 9:34pm by copelands

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 to October 15. AADL honors the contributions of the Hispanic/Latinx community year-round and offers a wide range of materials that explore the rich history of the Latinx experience in the U.S. Below are a few recommendations to check out this month or anytime:

Adult Non-Fiction:

Definitely Hispanic: Growing Up Latino and Celebrating What Unites Us by LeJuan James

Social media superstar and first time author LeJuan James writes a collection of essays about growing up Hispanic in the U.S. There are moments full of comedy, reflection, and nostalgia inside. Cultural pride is displayed throughout the book and is entertaining for all readers. For the book review on this, click here.

Simple Food, Big Flavor

Looking for new recipes? Learn how to make flavorful Mexican-inspired dishes with Aaron Sanchez! Sanchez is a popular celebrity chef and Food Network star. Inside he gives recipes that come from his own kitchen. Sanchez has also written a memoir, Where I Come From: Life Lessons from a Latino Chef, that talks about his road to success.

Adult A/V:


The story of Selena, the late singer who revolutionized Latin pop is a popular film showing her life and career. She was the top selling Latin artist of the 1990s and popularized Tejano music to the mainstream. Selena continues to be influential today throughout the U.S., and is held in high regard in the Hispanic/Latinx community. Also, Who is Selena?, from the popular Who Is? series tells the singer’s biography for young readers.

Youth Picture Books:

We’ve Got the Whole World In Our Hands by Rafael Lopez

This beautiful picture book features the lyrics of the popular spiritual but is rearranged to affirm that we all can discover the beauty of the world. The pictures are done by award winning illustrator Rafael Lopez. The images are vivid in color and contribute greatly to the meaning of the text.

Youth A/V:


In this beautiful film, young Miguel wants to be just like his favorite singer Ernesto de la Cruz but his family disapproves. Longing to pursue his dreams, he goes on a journey through the beautiful and colorful Land of the Dead and learns about his family history along the way. This film is sure to be enjoyed by all ages.

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