September is Hispanic Heritage Month. Our picks this month celebrate this rich culture. Enjoy!


Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina:

A sometimes heartbreaking, but mostly heart-warming story about Merci as she weaves in and out of her school life and her home life, facing difficulties in both. It’s especially challenging for her to understand and accept the mental decline of her beloved grandfather, Lolo, due to Alzheimers. It was the Newbery Award winner for 2020.  -KZ
Ghost Squad by Claribel Ortega:  This is a celebration of Dominican folklore, described as Coco meets Ghostbusters. When Lucely Luna and her best friend Syd cast a spell that accidentally awakens evil spirits in St. Augustine, Florida, they must join forces with Syd’s witch grandmother and a cat to save not only the town but also the spirits of Lucely’s ancestors.  – LSB
Loteria by Karla Voelenti:  A blend of magic, surprise, and adventure with a good dose of Mexican mythology, this book explores the concept of free will through the game of “Loteria.” -SE

Stef Soto—Taco Queen by Jennifer Torres:

A fun, well-storied middle-grade read. Kids will embrace this story because it’s one they can relate to and parents will remember those trying days dealing with middle school drama.

Estefania “Stef” Soto is itching to shake off the onion-and-cilantro embrace of Tia Perla, her family’s taco truck. She wants nothing more than for Papi to get a normal job and for Tia Perla to be a distant memory. Then maybe everyone at school will stop seeing her as the Taco Queen.

But when her family’s livelihood is threatened, and it looks like her wish will finally come true, Stef surprises everyone (including herself) by becoming the truck’s unlikely champion. In this fun and heartfelt novel, Stef will discover what matters most and ultimately embrace an identity that even includes old Tia Perla. – DDA

Bubba and Squirt’s Mayan Adventure by Sherry Ellis:An Ancient Mayan Civilization! That’s what Bubba and Squirt find when they travel through the mysterious vortex for another wild adventure. There they meet archeologists who are unearthing priceless artifacts.

But someone is stealing them. And an encounter with the Tate Duende awakens magic within Bubba. Throw in the mysterious Alux and a new discovery and things get sticky.

Will Bubba and Squirt solve the mystery, or will they be stuck forever in the jungles of Belize? “. . . a truly wonderful, magical romp through Mayan culture that is both entertaining and educational.” –Readers’ Favorite 5 Star Review  -LLT