Hispanic Heritage Month - adults

President Lyndon B. Johnson first introduced National Hispanic Heritage week in 1968. 

At that time President Johnson wrote, “Wishing to pay special tribute to the Hispanic tradition, and having in mind the fact that our five Central American neighbors celebrate their Independence Day on the fifteenth of September and the Republic of Mexico on the sixteenth, the Congress by House Joint Resolution 1299, has requested the President to issue annually a proclamation designating the week including September 15 and 16 as National Hispanic Heritage Week.”

On August 17, 1988, Congress passed a law to extend it into a monthlong holiday during Ronald Reagan's presidency. The first Hispanic Heritage Month was celebrated in 1989.

Celebrate this year by reading a book describing or imagining the Hispanic experience in the US or elsewhere or written by a Hispanic author.  List includes both fiction and nonfiction titles. (revised September 2023)

Learn more from the Smithsonian Institute National Museum of the Latino

The House Of Spirits

by Isabel Allende

A Long Petal Of The Sea

by Isabel Allende

The Soul of a Woman

by Isabel Allende

How The Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents

by Julia Alvarez

Our Last Days In Barcelona

by Chanel Cleeton

Fruit Of The Drunken Tree

by Ingrid Rojas Contreras

What Would Frida Do

by Arianna Davis


by Carolina De Robertis

Ordinary Girls

by Jaquira Diaz

The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao

by Junot Diaz

Like Water For Chocolate

by Laura Esquivel

Of Women And Salt

by Gabriela Garcia

Olga Dies Dreaming

by Xochitl Gonzalez

In The Country We Love

by Diane Guerrero

The Mambo Kings Play Songs Of Love

by Oscar Hijuelos

What Happened to Ruthy Ramirez?

by Claire Jimenez

One Hundred Years Of Solitude

by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The Daughter of Doctor Moreau

by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Mexican Gothic

by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Neruda On The Park

by Cleyvis Natera

The Complete Memoirs

by Pablo Neruda

The Self-Made Widow

by Fabian Nicieza

Crying in the Bathroom

by Erika Sanchez

The Worst Best Man

by Mia Sosa

The House Of Broken Angels

by Luis Alberto Urrea

Undocumented Americans

by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio

In the Shadow of the Mountain

by Silvia Vasquez-Lavado

Why Didn't You Tell Me

by Carmen Rita Wong