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Celebrate Latinx Heritage Month with Listens for Kids & Teens

Celebrate Latinx Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15) this month and every day of the year with audiobooks for kids and teens written by and about Latinx and Hispanic authors and characters. Listen to clips from award-winning young adult fiction, fast-paced middle grade adventures, and picture books-on-audio below.

National Book Award Finalist and New York Times Bestseller. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian meets Jane the Virgin in this poignant and often laugh-out-loud funny contemporary YA about losing a sister and finding yourself amid the pressures, expectations, and stereotypes of growing up in a Mexican-American home.*

“Kyla Garcia’s narration creates a rich cast of characters, and Sanchez’s writing is spot-on with her depiction of teenage life that is timeless.”—School Library Journal

*This audiobook is also available in Spanish.

A co-founder of the Women’s March makes her YA debut in a near future dystopian novel where a young girl and her brother must escape a xenophobic government to find sanctuary. Gripping and urgent, Sanctuary is an audiobook as haunting as it is hopeful in envisioning a future where everyone can find safety.

A 2018 Pura BelprĂ© Author Honor Book. Save the restaurant. Save the town. Get the girl. Make Abuela proud. Can thirteen-year-old Arturo Zamora do it all or is he in for a BIG, EPIC FAIL? The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora is the vibrant story of a family, a striking portrait of a town, and one boy’s quest to save both.*

“Pablo Cartaya brings humor, poignancy, and a fresh voice to his reading of his audiobook.”—AudioFile, Earphones Award Winner

*This audiobook is also available in Spanish.

From the award-winning author of The First Rule of Punk comes the story of four kids who form an alternative Scout troop that shakes up their sleepy Florida town. Ofelia Castillo (a budding journalist), Aster Douglas (a bookish foodie), and Cat Garcia (a rule-abiding birdwatcher) bond over a shared mission to get the Floras, their local Scouts, to ditch an outdated tradition.

“Rebecca Soler’s narration is engaging and expressive in this audiobook about four girls who form an unlikely team.”—AudioFile

This stunning YA debut is a timely and heartfelt speculative narrative about healing, faith, and freedom.

“Ana Osorio narrates this timely audiobook about the immigrant experience with dashes of teen romance and science fiction.”—AudioFile

In this installment of the Pocket Change Collective, Earth Guardians Youth Director and hip-hop artist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez shows us how his music feeds his environmental activism and vice versa. Martinez visualizes a future that allows us to direct our anger, fear, and passion toward creating change. See all the Pocket Change Collective titles here.

Anything his friends can do, Stephen should be able to do too, right? So when they dare each other to sneak into an abandoned building, he doesn’t think it’s his lane, but he goes. Here’s the thing, though: Can he do everything his friends can? Lately, he’s not so sure.

“The characters are warmly realistic, by turns impulsive and regretful. In relatively few words, Maldonado elucidates matters related to racial profiling, police violence against black people, and allyship, all through the eyes of a brave kid trying to figure out who he is and where he belongs.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

The House on Mango Street is the remarkable story of Esperanza Cordero, a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, inventing for herself who and what she will become. Told in a series of vignettes—sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous—Sandra Cisneros’ masterpiece is a classic story of childhood and self-discovery.*

*This audiobook is also available in Spanish.

And for the littlest listeners…

When Carmela wakes up on her birthday, her wish has already come true—she’s finally old enough to join her big brother as he does the family errands. When they arrive at the Laundromat, Carmela finds a lone dandelion growing in the pavement. What will she wish for?

“De la Peña’s voice captures Carmela’s innocence along with the pitch-perfect sibling dialogue, including her older brother’s impatient annoyance. But when she takes a tumble, listeners can hear his concern. Carmela’s story shines, and listeners will imagine her vibrant oceanside community as her dandelion seed wishes sail into the sky above the sea.”—AudioFile

We all have moments every day where we can use a little help. Some are small, like waking up for school or getting along with a sibling. Others are big, like helping to save the planet and all its creatures—especially sloths! In this audiobook, twelve-year-old budding singer Emme Muñiz shares her own daily prayers to offer families a way to embrace the peace and power of everyday faith.*

*This audiobook is also available in Spanish.

The Princess and the Pea gets a fresh twist in this charming bilingual retelling. Listeners will be enchanted by this Latino twist on the classic story, and captivated by the vibrant culture of Peru.

“Ortiz flawlessly voices La Reina, El PrĂ­ncipe, and La Princesa, seamlessly moving from English to Spanish as the plot swiftly progresses.”—AudioFile

Looking for more listening recommendations for Latinx Heritage Month? Browse our listening suggestions for adults here.