Each year, National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed from September 15 – October 15.

In classrooms across the country, it's a time to honor the contributions that people of Hispanic origins have made to our history and our culture, and to reflect on the issues that we face as a society today.

Below, you'll find recommended texts for middle and high school readers, along with links to our curated vocabulary lists for each text. Bear in mind that the recommendations below represent only a fraction of our vocabulary lists. You can find more great resources on our Lists page.

Ideas for integrating vocab instruction with your lessons:

Try some new books this year, and leave the vocab to us. Introducing new titles to your curriculum doesn't have to mean starting from scratch. Our content team has developed thousands of ready-made vocabulary lists that are designed to align with your curriculum. You can use the lists as they are, or copy and customize them.

Pair assigned reading with a practice activity. With each reading assignment, assign a corresponding list practice on Vocabulary.com. When students practice the words on the lists you assign, they learn key vocabulary and preview the text before they tackle the reading. List practice boosts your students' comprehension and their overall word-knowledge.

Have students create their own lists. Students love our list-making tool as much as teachers do. Have your kids "collect" the words that interest and challenge them as they read, then invite them to share, discuss and practice each other's lists. If your kids like incentives, have them vote for their favorite student-made list and then use it to create a Vocabulary Jam for an engaging follow-up activity.

Recommended reading:

Middle Grade Titles

The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez (2018 Pura Belpré Honor Book)
The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya (2018 Pura Belpré Honor Book)
Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar (2018 Pura Belpré Medal Winner)
The Red Umbrella by Christina Diaz Gonzalez
The Circuit by Francisco Jiménez
Esperanza Rising by Pamela Muñoz Ryan (Pura Belpré Medal Winner)
Neighborhood Odes by Gary Soto
They Call Me Güero by David Bowles
Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina

YA / High School Titles

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez (National Book Award Finalist)
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (2013 Pura Belpré Medal Winner)
In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario
Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
Bodega Dreams by Ernesto Quiñonez
Hunger of Memory by Richard Rodriguez
“Woman Hollering Creek” by Sandra Cisneros
With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
Barely Missing Everything by Matt Mendez
Before We Were Free by Julia Alvarez
Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Pérez
We Were Here by Matt de la Peña
When I Was Puerto Rican by Esmerelda Santiago

Classic Titles

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros (American Book Award Winner)
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez (Nobel Prize Winner)
Dreaming in Cuban by Cristina García (National Book Award Finalist)
Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya (Premio Quinto Sol Winner)
How the García Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez