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Resources to Teach About Famous Hispanics to Children- Perfect for Hispanic Heritage Month!

HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH, celebrated from September 15 to October 15 in the United States, is a great opportunity for teachers and families to share about FAMOUS HISPANICS who have had an influence on our culture and country. (Of course, any time of year is the right time of year to teach about these amazing people!) Below are links and resources that are particularly accessible for young learners:

Resources to Teach about Famous Hispanics to Children- Hispanic Heritage Month

*SONIA SOTOMAYOR: the first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice of the United States and only the third woman to hold this position, Sotomayor is an inspirational figure for us all! Sotomayor's parents were from Puerto Rico. There are a number of wonderful children's books about Sonia, here's a link to a quick search I did on Amazon-click here.

This video in Spanish tells Sotomayor's biography:

This Sesame Street video incorporates both English and Spanish:

*ELLEN OCHOA: Astronaut and Engineer, Ellen was the first Hispanic woman in space.

A video in Spanish about her life:

and another in English from Nick Jr-click here.

*TITO PUENTE: Mambo King, Tito Puente played with Celia Cruz and is considered one of the greats in Latin Music.

Monica Brown wrote a terrific bilingual book about him, Tito Puente, Mambo King, and shares about creating the book in this video:

Tito visits Sesame Street:

Nick Jr created a video in English about Puente here.

*CELIA CRUZ: Queen of Salsa, Celia moved to the US from Puerto Rico when she was a child. Be sure to visit my post on resources for teaching about Celia (click here), but additionally, don't miss this video of Celia on Sesame Street!

CÉSAR CHAVEZ: Activist for equal rights for migrant workers. There are a number of picture books about his life, including 'Harvesting Hope' by Kathleen Krull, 'César' by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand, and 'A Picture Book of Cesar Chavez' by David A. Adler

A biography of Chavez in Spanish:

*Don't miss this great set of quotes by famous Hispanics!

Hispanic Heritage Month

INTERESTED IN INTRODUCING MORE FAMOUS HISPANICS in Spanish class? Be sure to check out our growing set of biographies for young learners, including Sonia Sotomayor,  Celia Cruz, José Feliciano, Frida Kahlo and Pablo Picasso. (just click on the names!)

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