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.

Implementation Tips

Prep students for closer reading with paired practice activities.

  1. Before students tackle their reading assignment, search for the book in our list library. Using our curated lists, you can pair the title you're teaching with text-based vocabulary instruction.
  2. Assign a Practice activity based on the list you selected. Our tools make it easy to assign work to multiple classes, create a series of assignments for an entire book, and adjust due dates.
  3. Have students independently complete the Practice assignment. As they work, they'll learn the key vocabulary words from the book, presented in usage examples from the source text.

Encourage students to choose their own reading material.

Teachers often want to allow self-selected reading within a theme or genre, but when students are reading multiple titles that can make it difficult to manage. Vocabulary.com makes it easy to support individual choice with ready-made lists that teach the relevant words in a given text. First, students can browse the selections on Vocabulary.com for a book that interests them. Then they can select the practice activity to independently learn the words so they're prepared to understand the challenging language they'll encounter in the text.

Below, you'll find recommended texts for middle grade and high school readers, along with links to our curated vocabulary lists for each text.

Middle Grade Titles

Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez
The Other Half of Happy by Rebecca Balcárcel
Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar
They Call Me Güero by David Bowles
Charlie Hernández & the League of Shadows by Ryan Calejo
Each Tiny Spark by Pablo Cartaya
The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya
Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya
Efren Divided by Ernesto Cisneros
The Red Umbrella by Christina Diaz Gonzalez
Lupe Wong Won’t Dance by Donna Barba Higuera
The Circuit by Francisco Jiménez
Beast Rider by Tony Johnston and María Elena Fontanot de Rhoads
Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina
Paola Santiago and the River of Tears by Tehlor Kay Mejia
The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez
Esperanza Rising by Pamela Muñoz Ryan
The Dreamer by Pamela Muñoz Ryan
Land of the Cranes by Aida Salazar
The Moon Within by Aida Salazar
Neighborhood Odes by Gary Soto

YA / High School Titles

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
Before We Were Free by Julia Alvarez
In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
“Woman Hollering Creek” by Sandra Cisneros
Mexican WhiteBoy by Matt de la Peña
We Were Here by Matt de la Peña
Barely Missing Everything by Matt Mendez
Furia by Yamile Saied Méndez
Sanctuary by Paola Mendoza and Abby Sher
Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older
Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Pérez
Bodega Dreams by Ernesto Quiñonez
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

Nonfiction

The Far Away Brothers by Lauren Markham
Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario
Hunger of Memory by Richard Rodriguez
When I Was Puerto Rican by Esmerelda Santiago
The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor by Sonia Sotomayor
The Other Side by Juan Pablo Villalobos

Classic Titles

How the García Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez
Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
Dreaming in Cuban by Cristina García
Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel García Márquez
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez