Books of the Month

Last Updated: 9/15/2021 2:40 PM
Evangelina Takes Flight 
It's the summer of 1911 in northern Mexico, and soldiers are in the region. Evangelina's father decides they must move to a small town on the U.S. side of the border. Life in Texas is confusing, though the signs in shop windows that say 'No Mexicans' and some people's reactions to them are all-too clear. With the help and encouragement of the town's doctor and the attentions of a handsome boy, Evangelina begins to imagine a new future for herself.


The Circuit Best Books for Young Adults Award
Explores a migrant family's experiences moving through labor camps, facing poverty and impermanence, and discusses how they endure through faith, hope, and back-breaking work.


A bilingual collection of poems, stories, and other writings that celebrates diversity among Latinos.


Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the UniverseStonewall Award, Printz Honor Book, Lambda Literary Award, and Pura Belpre Award 
Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before. 



The Jumping Tree







Rey, a Mexican American living with his close-knit family in a Texas town near the Mexican border, describes his transition from boy to young man.


Cesar Chavez

A biography of the union activist who led the struggle of migrant farm workers for better working conditions.





Each Tiny Spark
Sixth-grader Emilia Torres struggles with ADHD, her controlling abuela, her mother's work commitments, her father's distance after returning from deployment, evolving friendships, and a conflict over school redistricting.

Harbor MeAuthor awards include Newbery, Lambda Literary Award, National Book Award, Coretta Scott King Award





When six students are chosen to participate in a weekly talk with no adults allowed, they discover that when they're together, it's safe to share the hopes and fears they have to hide from the rest of the world.



Cuba 15Pura Belpre Award






Violet Paz, a Chicago high school student, reluctantly prepares for her upcoming "quince," a Spanish nickname for the celebration of an Hispanic girl's fifteenth birthday.



Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy

Stonewall Book Award and Lambda Literary Award

Sixteen-year-old Carlos Duarte is on the verge of realizing his dream of becoming a famous make-up artist, but first he must face his jealous boss at a Macy's cosmetics counter, his sister's abusive boyfriend, and his crush on a punk-rocker classmate.















Books of the Month: Hispanic and Latinx Heritage

Each month the library will showcase books dealing with diversity, social emotional learning, and cultural heritage.  Students are encouraged to read a book from this list to understand and identify with others in our globally connected world.


Students who read one of these books are encouraged to complete the Book of the Month Challenge.  Download the challenge board for more information.


Challenge Board