Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebremos el Mes de la Herencia Hispana

hhmHispanic Heritage Month is celebrated each year, from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.

At the Petworth Library, we had a special bilingual story time, and we enjoyed a flannel board story of "The Bossy Gallito," sang "La Granja," and read "Caperucita Roja (Little Red Riding Hood)" in Spanish. Ms. Bridgid told the story using a Little Red Riding Hood Doll, that, when flipped over, became the Grandmother and the Big Bad Wolf. We made tissue paper flowers after hearing stories and songs.

The celebration continues with a performance of "Yo La Llamo Rusita Rojas/I Call Her Rusita Rojas" by local theater group Teatro de la Luna.

All are welcome to enjoy this humorous, bilingual play, which features singing and dancing, at the Petworth Library on Saturday, Oct. 5th at 3 p.m.

We have many books that explore Latino culture. Some of our favorites are:

  • Yes! We Are Latinos, by Alma Flor Ada, explores Latino immigrants' experiences in the United States.
  • Rubia and the Three Osos, by Susan Middleton Elya, is a humorous retelling of "The Three Bears," using many Spanish words and phrases.
  • The Bossy Gallito is a classic Cuban tale about a rooster who runs into trouble on the way to his uncle's wedding.
  • In Mice and Beans, by Pam Munoz Ryan, Grandma is preparing for a party, and is unaware that the mice are, as well!
  • I Am Latino: The Beauty in Me, by Sandra Pinkney, features photographs and poetry celebrating the diversity of Latino children.
  • My Very Own Room, by Amada Irma Perez, is the autobiographical story of a girl that wants a space of her own, away from her four brothers.
  • Golden Tales, by Lulu Delacre, feautures myths, legends and folktales from Latin America.