Hispanic/Latine Heritage Month occurs between September 15th and October 15th. In honor of this celebration, a list of five Hispanic/Latine authors shining bright with their publications and successes is below. Of course, it’s important to support Hispanic/Latine authors all year long, but Hispanic/Latine Heritage Month offers a great opportunity to learn about these up-and-coming writers. Plus, your kids will love reading these amazing books as you wait for their newest ones to arrive!
After decades of being under-represented in the industry, Hispanic/Latine authors are finally beginning to receive the recognition they deserve. This post highlights five authors who write amazing books for kids of all ages. Many of them are available in both English and Spanish. And, they all have works in progress, which is why it’s a great idea to start following them now!
Ana Siqueira is a multilingual and award-winning Brazilian children’s book author and teacher. Her publications include Bella’s Recipe for Success and If Your Babysitter Is a Bruja/Cuando Tu Niñera Es una Bruja.
Ana also has several books coming out soon, including Boitatá the Fire Snake, Abuela’s Super Capa/La Supercapa de Abuela, and Room in Mami’s Corazón. So, be sure to keep an eye out for those!
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Frances Díaz Evans
Frances Díaz Evans is also a bilingual Latina children’s book author and educator. Her books include Coco la Cotorra Puertoriqueña and Puerto Rico’s ABC’s Reading and Writing Workbook/Cuaderno de Trabajo de Lectura y Escritura del Abecedario de Puerto Rico en Español.
Impressively, Coco la Cotorra Puertorriqueña recieved not one, but two, honorable mentions at the International 2022 Latino Book Awards: Best Illustrated Children’s Book – Fiction and Best First Book in the Children & Youth category.
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Alyssa Reynoso-Morris is a queer Afro-Latine Puerto Rican and Dominican author and community organizer. In 2020, she won three significant writing mentorships: Las Musas, PB Chat, and The Word Mentorship.
Her forthcoming picture books are Plátanos are Love, The Bronx is My Home, and Gloriana Presente: A First Day of School Book.
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Federico Erebia is an LGBTQ Mexican American author. He is also a retired physician, furniture designer, and illustrator! His picture books include The Amazing Stories of Pepito the Squirrel and More Amazing Stories of Pepito the Squirrel. In 2023, Levine Querido will publish Erebia’s debut novel, Pedro & Daniel.
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Laekan Zea Kemp
Laekan Zea Kemp is a former ESL teacher and a prolific Chicana author. Her young adult novel Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet was a Pura Belpré Honor Book and one of the best books of 2021.
Recently, she published Heartbreak Symphony, a young adult novel, and Omega Morales and the Legend of the Lechuza, her debut middle-grade novel. Her forthcoming books include An Appetite for Miracles, a young adult novel in verse, and A Crown for Corina, a picture book.
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Tell us about your favorite Hispanic/Latine authors! What books do your kids love? And what other authors should we be watching for?
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