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Kids’ Audiobook Adventures for Latin and Hispanic Heritage Month

Introduce the young listeners in your life select audiobook adventures that center Latin and Hispanic characters, or to stories that reflect their own lives, culture, and history. We’ve curated a list of middle grade and picture books on audio as a jumping off point, from novels to award-winning poetry, essays, and short stories—all read by narrators that make narratives come alive. Listen on!

With his signature laugh-out-loud humor, world-famous comedian George Lopez launches a fantastical middle grade series inspired by his own colorful childhood and Latinx folklore called ChupaCarter. In this contemporary fantasy, twelve-year-old Jorge is lonely and resentful after being sent to live with his grandparents. His first day at his new school doesn’t go well, and the one kid he befriends is a young chupacabra—a legendary monster whose kind is known for being bloodthirsty livestock killers. The truth is, Carter is anything but savage—he’s kind, a good listener, and has great taste in sneakers. Being friends with a mythical creature should be amazing, but when local cattle turn up dead and his principal suspects the truth, Jorge is torn. Should he trust that his friend is innocent and protect him from exposure, or reveal his dangerous existence and change the world forever?

From a Newbery Medal-winning author comes a deeply moving ode to the complexity and uniqueness of every child. In profound, uplifting verse, beloved author Matt de la Peña explores the endless possibilities each child contains in Patchwork: A young dancer may grow into a computer coder; a basketball player might become a poet; a class clown may one day serve as an inspiring teacher; and today’s quiet empath might be tomorrow’s great leader. Here’s a profound and uplifting new classic with an empowering message for listeners of all ages: your story is still being written.

Maritza is Bolivian on her mother’s side, Mexican on her father’s side, and 100 percent American soccer player. She dreams of playing for the U.S. women’s soccer team and even coaching it one day. Her teammate Violeta has those dreams too, but she worries she may never reach them because her family immigrated to the United States from El Salvador and may be sent back there. Maritza believes that families belong together, and with her new friends Makena and Evette by her side, she makes a plan to help. Can Maritza find the courage to lead with her heart? Find out in Maritza: Lead With Your Heart.

Twenty stand-alone short stories, essays, and poems from celebrated and award-winning authors make up this YA anthology, Living Beyond Borders that explores the Mexican American experience. In this mixed-media collection, a celebrated group of authors share the borders they have crossed, the struggles they have pushed through, and the two cultures they continue to navigate as Mexican Americans. Living Beyond Borders is at once an eye-opening, heart-wrenching, and hopeful love letter from the Mexican American community to today’s young listeners.

Cuban-born eleven-year-old Oriol lives in Santa Barbara, California, where she struggles to belong. Then Gabriela Mistral, the first Latin American winner of a Nobel Prize in Literature moves to town, and aspiring writer Oriol finds herself opening up. When she discovers that someone is threatening a baby elephant at her parents’ veterinary clinic, Oriol is determined to take action. As she begins to create a world of words for herself, Oriol learns it will take courage and strength to do what she thinks is right. Singing With Elephants is a beautifully written, lyrically told story about the power of friendship—between generations, between humans and animals—and the potential of poetry to inspire action, justice, and acceptance.

Author: Patricia Valdez
Read By: Ana Osorio

In 1916, Albert Einstein had a theory. He thought that somewhere out in the universe, there were collisions in space. These collisions could cause little sound waves in the fabric of space-time that might carry many secrets of the distant universe. But it was only a theory. Many years later, an immigrant scientist named Gabriela Gonzalez asked the same questions. Armed with modern technology, she joined a team of physicists who set out to prove Einstein’s theory. Completing the work that Albert Einstein had begun 100 years earlier, Gonzalez broke ground for new space-time research. In a fascinating biography that covers 100 years, 2 pioneering scientists, and 1 trailblazing discovery, Patricia Valdez sheds light on a little known but extraordinary story in How to Hear the Universe.

Everything in twelve-year-old Pilar’s world is changing. Her Chicago neighborhood is gentrifying and her chores have doubled since her sister, Lorena, left for college. The only constant is the code of silence around her cousin Natasha―who disappeared in the Dominican Republic fifty years ago during the Trujillo dictatorship. So when Pilar hears that one of Lorena’s professor’s studies disappearances under the Trujillato, she hops on the next train. After snooping around the professor’s empty office, she finds a folder with her cousin’s name on it . . . and Pilar literally falls into the blank page within. She lands on Zafa, an island swarming with coconut-shaped demons, butterfly shapeshifters, and a sinister magical prison where her cousin is being held captive. Pilar will have to go toe-to-toe with the fearsome Dominican boogeyman if she has any hope of freeing Natasha and getting back home. Start the adventure with Pilar Ramirez and the Escape from Zafa.

Author: Emma Otheguy
Read By: Carla Corvo

In Sofia Acosta Makes A Scene, we learn that SofĂ­a’s parents danced under prima ballerina Alicia Alonso before immigrating to the suburbs of New York. When the Acostas host their dancer friends from Cuba for a special performance with the American Ballet Theatre, SofĂ­a learns there’s more than dance holding her family together. Then SofĂ­a finds out about the dancers’ secret plans to defect to the United States, and makes a serious mistake—she confides in her best friend, only to discover that Tricia doesn’t want “outsiders” moving to their community. Now SofĂ­a wonders what the other neighbors in her tight-knit suburban town really think of immigrant families like hers. SofĂ­a doesn’t want to make a scene, but if she doesn’t speak up, how will she figure out if her family really belongs?

Celebrate with the whole family with our full collection of Children’s Audiobooks that Celebrate Latin and Hispanic Heritage!