Recently, while covering in the teen department, a young woman asked for books written by women from Latin America. The timing was perfect, I had been working on creating a display of Latinx authors for the adult department so I already had some titles in mind.
What became apparent pretty quickly while searching the catalog for this young woman was that YA literature has a lot of great options when it comes to Latina writers. Many of us have read Isabel Allende, Julia Alvarez and Sandra Cisneros. But have we read, or even heard, of Gabby Rivera, Elizabeth Acevedo or Cristina Moracho? I, admittedly, had not.
So, in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month I have decided to read some of the new Latina authors I discovered. I hope you will read a couple of them too—maybe we can all be inspired by the young woman I helped.
Here are some suggestions to get you started:
- With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
- Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova
- All the Wind in the World by Samantha Marby
- Althea & Oliver by Cristina Moracho
- The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera
- I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika Sanchez
- Because of the Sun by Jenny Torres Sanchez
- Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera
– Aimee, WFPL Reference Librarian