Thursday, September 15, 2011

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Join Prestwick House in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins each year on September 15 — the anniversary of independence for the Latin countries of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.

Share with your students the rich culture of a variety of Hispanic nations by sharing new stories and authors. Check out sites like for a list of influential Hispanic authors, the Educator Page at, and a wide variety of multicultural books and teaching materials available at

When I Was Puerto Rican
Esmeralda Santiago

A universal coming-of-age story, this autobiographical memoir tells of Santiago's childhood in Puerto Rico and subsequent move to America. Her process of acclimating to a new culture and language — all while undergoing adolescence — is an experience your students will find both compelling and resonant.

Paperback |
Teaching Unit | PDF | Class Set Package

Esperanza Rising
Pam Munoz Ryan

Believable, insightful, and sincere, the emotional quality of this “riches to rags” story will captivate you and your students. When tragedy strikes Esperanza’s wealthy and respected family, they must start anew, working hard and struggling to make a living. Winner of the Pura Belpre Award and Publisher’s Weekly’s Best Book of the Year.

Paperback | Spanish Version
PowerPack | PDF

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
Julia Alvarez

Yolanda's father is a wealthy man who provides his family with a comfortable lifestyle until the political situation in the Dominican Republic forces them to flee to the safety of New York City. Yolanda and her three sisters must adjust to a new culture and a reduction in their lifestyle. The sisters, torn between two cultures, struggle to establish their self-identities in their new

Teaching Unit | PDF | Class Set Package

The House on Mango Street
Sandra Cisneros

This modern classic, rich in Latino heritage, tells the story of Esperanza, a young Hispanic girl living in the Latino section of Chicago. Using poems and stories that lend themselves to classroom use, Esperanza gives insight into the modern Hispanic-American experience.

Paperback |
Complete Teacher's Kit
Teaching Unit | PDF | Class Set Package
Activity Pack | PDF | Class Set Package
Response Journal | PDF | Class Set Package
Multiple Perspectives | PDF | Class Set Package

Bless Me, Ultima
Rudolfo Anaya

For those seeking ethnic diversity in their literature curriculum, Rudolfo Anaya's Bless Me, Ultima, a classic of Chicano literature, is a superior choice. While Anaya's novel explores many universal themes, including the struggle of good over evil, it is, essentially, a tale of the loss of innocence.

Paperback | Hardcover | Complete Teacher's Kit
Teaching Unit | PDF | Class Set Package
Activity Pack | PDF | Class Set Package
Response Journal | PDF | Class Set Package

Other Great Multicultural Reads Available at

Before We Were Free
Cool Salsa
One Hundred Years of Solitude

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