Tomorrow begins Hispanic Heritage Month! I have no doubt that teachers and librarians are adorning their bulletin boards, and probably scrambling to find relevant books, so they can "cover" the month appropriately. But what about when October ends? Are the books re-shelved?
Wouldn’t it be better if Hispanic Heritage Month, Black History Month, and all the "other" celebratory months, dropped the Months from their titles? I’d much prefer to incorporate reading lists like the one featured on the Florida’s Department of Education’s website, as an integral (integrated) part of a teacher’s language arts curriculum.
|Elementary (Pre K–2)|
|Doña Flor||Pat Mora|
|My Mexico||Tony Johnston|
|Salsa Stories||Lulu Delacre|
|Family Pictures||Carmen Lomas Garza|
|Extraordinary Hispanic Americans||Susan Sinnott|
|The Bossy Gallito||Lucia Gonzalez|
|Love to Mamá: A Tribute to Mothers||Pat Mora|
Middle School (6–8)
|César Chávez: A Voice for Farmworkers||Bárbara C. Cruz|
|When I was a Boy Neruda Called Me Policarpo||Poli Délano|
|Cool Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Growing Up Latino in the United States||Lori Carlson, Editor|
High School (9–12)
|Journey of the Sparrows||Fran Leeper Buss|
Also, where are the W.A.R. writers on this list? By the way, who decides who makes the list, and who doesn’t? After today, I, along with other W.A.R. will be compiling our own K-12 reading lists!