September 15 – October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month in the U.S. This month invites us to commemorate the histories, experiences, and contributions of people in the United States who are of Spanish and Latin American descent as well as Indigenous people to whose ancestors the land in Latin America first belonged. It also calls us to acknowledge the injustices that Hispanic, Latinx/Latine, and Indigenous communities have struggled against in the U.S. and to advocate for justice, equity, and lives of flourishing with and for these communities.
To help Christian communities amplify Hispanic, Latinx/Latine, and Indigenous stories during this month and throughout the year, we at Building Faith have compiled a resource list. We have opted to include “Latinx/Latine” and “Indigenous” in naming this list in order to attend to the diverse ways that people of Spanish, Latin American, and Indigenous descent in the U.S. identify themselves and to promote gender inclusivity. This list features new and relatively recent books, articles, podcasts, videos, and virtual exhibits with Christian resources interspersed throughout. We hope that these resources will enrich Christians’ understanding of Hispanic, Latinx/Latine, and Indigenous histories and inspire churches in seeking justice and solidarity with Hispanic, Latinx/Latine, and Indigenous communities.
History, Biography, & Multi-genre Books
Reading Lists for Children
Reading Lists for Youth
- “Latinx Heritage” at the Los Angeles Public Library website – This list consists mainly of books in English with some that also include Spanish
- “Latinx History Month Books for Teens” at the Chicago Public Library website – This list consists mainly of books in English with at least one that also includes Spanish
Reading Lists for Adults
- La Biblioteca – A podcast from the Library of Congress that highlights resources in the library on Spanish, Portuguese, Latin American, Hispanic, and Latinx/Latine cultures and communities; the second season, “A Latinx Resource Guide: Civil Rights Cases and Events” (released in 2021), contains six episodes on Latinx/Latine civil rights history, which are roughly 35 – 50 minutes long each
- Latino USA – A podcast that centers Hispanic, Latinx/Latine, and Indigenous news and stories; episodes range between 15 and 60 minutes in length and are released twice a week
- The Protagonistas, hosted by Kat Armas – A podcast that features conversations on race, gender, and Christian faith and includes interviews with women in faith communities who identify as Black, Indigenous, and people of color; episode length varies between 10 and 60 minutes and are released approximately once a month
- “2023 Latinx Heritage Month,” Museum of Latin American Art – A series of virtual tours, lectures, and events that highlight Hispanic, Latinx/Latine, and Indigenous art and cultures
- “Hispanic Heritage Month Resources,” National Museum of the American Latino – The museum’s collection of virtual exhibits and bilingual digital learning resources for children and youth on Hispanic, Latinx/Latine, and Indigenous histories and stories
Featured image from “Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month Celebration 2019” album is by CSUF Photos (Cal State Fullerton) on Flickr under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 2.0; image has been cropped from original size