Hispanic Heritage Month, which is observed from September 15 to October 15, is an annual celebration of the history, culture and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The observation began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded to a thirty day event by President Reagan in 1988. The four week period beginning with September 15 is significant because it encompasses the anniversaries of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico and Chile. In addition, Columbus Day, or Día de la Raza, falls on October 12. Learn more about the celebration and the contributions of the Hispanic community from these sites: the United States Census Bureau; the History Channel; and the official Hispanic History Month site. Check out the titles below for Hispanic voices both new and exciting and established and venerated; click on the book jacket to be taken to the link.
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month