Paper Tigers Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

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After our July/Aug literacy focus, we now make way for Hispanic Heritage Month, a celebration of the cultures and traditions of US residents who trace their roots back to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean. There are all sorts of events happening throughout the country, and right here at PaperTigers you will find lots of great features and children's books to help you make the most of it - in your classroom, library or at home.


Highly-acclaimed author Pam Muñoz Ryan talks about her heritage, her new book, Paint The Wind, and her commitment to writing good stories, no matter the theme.

Bilingual coordinator of youth services at the Houston Public Library, Rose Zertuche-Treviño talks about the joys and challenges of her work, and offers some advice for those considering a career in children's librarianship...

David Diaz's fiesta-inspired colors lend themselves to a variety of media, styles and themes.

Book of the Month

My Name is Gabito: The Life of Gabriel García Márquez by Monica Brown, illustrated by Raul Colón (Luna Rising, 2007), celebrates the childhood of a little boy with a big imagination who grew up to become one of the world’s best loved storytellers. The book describes some of the experiences that shaped the writer’s early life, and the people that influenced him, such as his beloved grandfather, Nicolas, who had a giant dictionary filled with many words.

My Name is Gabito, bookcover

Personal Views:

My Childhood Readings: A Short List to Grow On
by Yuyi Morales

Heritage Apartment
by Juan Felipe Herrera

We, Latinos
by F. Isabel Campoy

Book Reviews:

Check out the new reviews from PaperTigers, Resource Links, CCBC and Books for Keeps. In addition to them, we have compiled a celebratory list of previously featured titles that relate to Hispanic Heritage by way of theme, author or illustrator.

Lists & Links:

Here you will find a wide range of reading lists, annotated resources and links to online material. And for even more inspiration, take a peek at how we celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month in 2006 and 2007. There's plenty of pride, information and fun to be gained from going deeper into this celebration. So dive in, and have fun!... and hop on over to our blog, too, as we continue the fiesta of "Hispanic Heritage Month" through October 15.