Books for Latinx & Hispanic Heritage Month

By Kaitlyn Spotts | September 15 2021 | General

Penguin Random House is proud to celebrate Latinx & Hispanic Heritage Month.  We are highlighting the works of our incredible authors from the Latinx and Hispanic community whose stories and characters have a profound impact on our society.  Using #IAmLaCultura, join us this month and beyond in sharing stories of the Latinx and Hispanic voices shaping culture from food to music to politics and everything in between.

We recognize the importance and influence of this community and as such we are donating 15% of net proceeds on from September 15th to October 15th, 2021 to the Hispanic Heritage Foundation in support of their mission to promote cultural pride, accomplishment and the great promise of the community through public awareness campaigns.


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A Young People's History of the United States
A Young People’s History of the United States brings to US history the viewpoints of workers, slaves, immigrants, women, Native Americans, and others whose stories, and their impact, are rarely included in books for young people. A Young People’s History of the United States is also a companion volume to The People Speak, the film adapted from A People’s History of the United States and Voices of a People’s History of the United States.
$22.95 US
Jun 02, 2009
464 Pages
Triangle Square

Before We Were Free
A new paperback edition of Julia Alvarez’s beloved Pura Belpré winner about life in Trujillo’s Dominican Republic. “Diary entries written by a child while in hiding will remind readers of Anne Frank’s story.” —SLJ
$11.99 US
Mar 27, 2018
208 Pages

Imaginary Borders
"It won't take you long to read this book, but it will linger in your heart and head for quite a while, and perhaps inspire you to join in the creative, blossoming movement to make this world work." -- Bill McKibben, environmentalist, New York Times bestselling author of The End of Nature, journalist, and founder of"An inspiring story that will change the way all of us think about the climate crisis - and how we can solve it." -- Van Jones, New York Times bestselling author of The Green Collar Economy and Rebuild the Dream, and co-founder of Dream Corps"A hopeful, well-argued book on climate change written in a refreshing new voice."-- Kirkus Reviews, starred review"Martinez presents a meaningful, heartfelt call to action with content that reflects current issues. Additionally, the book's short length will appeal to reluctant readers. An essential purchase for any high school or public library."-- School Library Journal, starred reviewIn this personal, moving essay, environmental activist and hip-hop artist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez uses his art and his activism to show that climate change is a human issue that can't be ignored.
$8.99 US
Jun 02, 2020
64 Pages
Penguin Workshop

Letters from Cuba
Pura Belpré Award Winner Ruth Behar's inspiring story of a young Jewish girl who escapes Poland to make a new life in Cuba, while she works to rescue the rest of her family
$17.99 US
Aug 25, 2020
272 Pages
Nancy Paulsen Books

The House on Mango Street
In her acclaimed debut work, Cisneros tells the story of Esperanza Cordero, a young girl growing up in the Latino section of Chicago. Esperanza's thoughts and emotions are expressed in her fable-like poems and stories, which portray the alternating beauty and desolation of her life and its realities. Esperanza doesn't want to belong—not to her rundown neighborhood, and not to the low expectations the world has for her. Esperanza's story is that of a young girl coming into her power, and inventing for herself what she will become.
$12.95 US
Apr 03, 1991
144 Pages

The Broken Spears 2007 Revised Edition
The Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico
For hundreds of years, the history of the conquest of Mexico and the defeat of the Aztecs has been told in the words of the Spanish victors. Miguel León-Portilla has long been at the forefront of expanding that history to include the voices of indigenous peoples. In this new and updated edition of his classic The Broken Spears, León-Portilla has included accounts from native Aztec descendants across the centuries. These texts bear witness to the extraordinary vitality of an oral tradition that preserves the viewpoints of the vanquished instead of the victors. León-Portilla’s new Postscript reflects upon the critical importance of these unexpected historical accounts.
$22.00 US
Nov 15, 2006
264 Pages
Beacon Press

The Book of Unknown Americans
Finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Fiction
$16.00 US
Mar 03, 2015
304 Pages

An African American and Latinx History of the United States
An intersectional history of the shared struggle for African American and Latinx civil rights
$17.00 US
Dec 11, 2018
296 Pages
Beacon Press

A Long Petal of the Sea
A Novel
From the New York Times bestselling author of The House of the Spirits comes an epic novel spanning decades and crossing continents, following two young people as they flee the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War in search of a new place to call home.
$28.00 US
Jan 21, 2020
336 Pages
Ballantine Books

Sabrina & Corina
Selected for common reading at:
$17.00 US
Apr 07, 2020
240 Pages
One World

Concrete Kids
A Goddard CBC's Social Justice Prize Nominee • A YALSA Amazing Audiobook for Young Adults"I will close my eyes and disappear into the pages of this book for many years to come."--Hanif Abdurraqib (New York Times bestselling author of Go Ahead in The Rain: Notes to A Tribe Called Quest)"Amyra's wondrous awe for life in all its terror and splendor is inspiring to witness."--Rosario Dawson (award-winning actor, singer, and activist)"A moving, inspiring love letter to and about 'the concrete kids. The kids with a melanin kiss.'"-- Kirkus Reviews "Leon's powerful book will embolden readers find their own ways of speaking out against injustice." -- Booklist, Starred Review"A raw and complex free verse exploration of self-love, Blackness, womanhood, and healing. A timely, essential ­purchase for all young adult collections." -- School Library Journal, Starred ReviewIn Concrete Kids, playwright, musician, and educator Amyra León uses free verse to challenge us to dream beyond our circumstances -- and sometimes even despite them.
$8.99 US
Oct 13, 2020
96 Pages
Penguin Workshop