Must Read Latinx Books

San Mateo County Libraries is proud to have such a diverse collection of books that serve our community. In honor of Latinx Heritage Celebration, September 15th through October 15th, our librarians have collected a list of their favorite books that feature a Latinx character. Check them out below!

Picture Books

If you haven’t read our blog post about the Pura Belpre Award for Children’s Literature, check it out for a longer list of book recommendations. However, here are some of our very favorites.

The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred

The Chupacabra Ate the Candelabra

Last Stop on Market Street

My Colors, My World

Rudas: Niño's Horrendous Hermanitas

Two White Rabbits

What Can You Do With A Rebozo?

Juvenile Fiction

For the slightly older readers, our list has a little bit of everything. From comedy to the immigrant experience, read about the different familias in Latinx culture within the list below.


Call Me Maria

Esperanza Rising

The First Rule of Punk

The House on Mango Street

Juana & Lucas

Stef Soto, Taco Queen


Teen years are about discovering one’s own identity, which can be difficult to do when you are caught between two different cultures and traditions. We have compiled titles that will speak to the teen in your home, or within yourself, full of characters who are coming of age in a world so different from that of their parents.

The Distance Between Us

The Education of Margot Sanchez

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents

Juliet Takes A Breath

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life

The Memory of Light


Latinx American literature is currently undergoing exciting times with novels by Junot Díaz, Reyna Grande,and Juan Pablo Villalobos. Take a look at some new novels by these authors, as well as revisiting older works by Gary Soto, Sandra Cisneros, and the Hernandez Brothers.

Across A Hundred Mountains

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao


Down the Rabbit Hole

I'll Sell You A DogRain of Gold



Have some favorites of your own? List them in the comments below!