Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
September 15 through October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month. Judith Ortiz Cofer would be a perfect place to begin your reading, as a storyteller born in Puerto Rico, she writes with a poetic exactness and a respect for her culture. Call Me Maria is her newest title for Teens, in which the main character tells her story in poems, letters, and prose. Cofer's book An Island Like You: Stories of the Barrio won the Pura Belpre Award and the Americas Award, among others. This is an unforgettable collection of separate, yet connected stories of Puerto Rican families, dealing with family dynamics, love, and identity.