Celebremos! Celebrate Hispanic Heritage and El Día De Los Muertos
By: Cristina Bueno, Youth Associate
National Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrated from September 15 through October 15, honors the histories, cultures, and contributions of people from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.
El Día De Los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, is a multi-day holiday celebrated October 31 through November 2. It originated in central and southern Mexico and is a celebration of loved ones who have died. It is celebrated throughout Mexico and elsewhere by people of Mexican heritage and has grown in popularity throughout the United States.
You can learn more about the Day of the Dead from books like Day of the Dead and Daniela’s Day of the Dead, and learn about the Mexican artist behind the popular skeleton figures in Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras.
Other ways you can celebrate Hispanic Heritage month are by checking out books that focus on Spanish countries and cultures or feature Hispanic characters or authors. There are books on traditional costumes, meals, and even folktales. Keep an eye out for the display near the entrance where some of these books will be featured throughout the month of October. Some titles include the following.
Meals in Mexico by Cari Meister
Peru by Michael Burgan
The Bossy Gallito = El Gallo de Bodas ; A Traditional Cuban Folktale by Lucía M. González
Hispanic Heritage month is also a great time to learn some simple Spanish words and phrases, read some bilingual books, or read an entire book in Español! GEPL has a growing collection of books in other languages. These books include bilingual text, which is a great way to practice going from English to Spanish or vice versa. The Language category in the Picture Books section features easy-to-read books with text in both languages.
You could also explore our bilingual picture books or books entirely in Spanish. The Non-Fiction 400s section contains both picture and chapter books in Spanish, including some well-known favorites such as the Harry Potter and Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. There are several new titles from the popular Who-Was / Who-Is books on the New in Non-Fiction shelf!
Other bilingual options include Bilingual Storytime (Hora de Cuentos Bilingue) on Saturday, October 27 and Saturday, November 17 where you can enjoy fun books, poems, songs, and finger plays around a different monthly theme in both English and Spanish! All ages welcome.
Disfruta con nosotros mientras participamos con libros divertidos, poemas, canciones, y toques de mano en ingles y espanol! Cada mes tendra un tema diferente! Todas las edades son bienvenidas.Tags: books, early literacy, reading, recommendations