Please note: while these months are a great time to showcase and uplift certain voices, we have to remember to do it all year long! Our goal is to continue to acknowledge the contributions of all groups of people throughout the year. The HSH Library has plenty of stories to inspire you now and in the months to come, as well as digital resources for you to enjoy.

See a few examples below (these lists are not meant to be exhaustive, rather a starting point):


🗓Latinx Heritage Month (September 15-October 15)



  • Carmela Full of Wishes by Matt de la Peña, Illustrated by Christian Robinson
  • Round Is A Tortilla: A Book of Shapes by Roseanne Thong, Illustrated by John Parra
  • La Princesa and the Pea by Susan Middleton Elya, Illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal
  • Little Roja Riding Hood by Susan Middleton Elya, Illustrated by Susan Guevara
  • My Papi Has A Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero, Illustrated by Zeke Peña
  • Mango, Abuela and Me by Meg Medina, Illustrated by Angela Dominguez
  • Tomás and the Library Lady by Pat Mora, Illustrated by Raúl Colón
  • Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan, Illustrated by Joe Cepeda
  • The Dreamer by Pam Muñoz Ryan, Illustrated by Peter Sís


  • Understanding Mesoamerican Myths
  • The Pot that Juan Built by Nancy Andrews-Goebel, Illustrated by David Diáz
  • Dennis Chávez: the first Hispanic US Senator by Cissie Coy (fun HSH connection **the author is a member of the Coy family, yes, those Coys!)
  • My Name is Gabriela; the life of Gabriela Mistral by Monica Brown, Illustrated by John Parra
  • Growing Up Pedro; how the Martinez brothers made it from the Dominican Republic all the way to the Major Leagues by Matt Tavares
  • One Hundred is a Family by Pam Muñoz Ryan, Illustrated by Benrei Huang


  • Sonia Sotomayor
  • Dolores Huerta
  • César Chávez
  • Frida Kahlo
  • Tito Puente
  • Diego Rivera
  • Pablo Picasso
  • Millo Castro Zaldarriaga


Latinx Voices Booklist – Penguin Random House’s “Penguin Classroom” – it’s interactive! Click on the titles you want to learn more about

Penguin Classroom – Resources (discussion guides, downloadable activities + more)
National Latinx Heritage Month brought to you by The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institute and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

National Latinx Heritage Month: Selected Resources brought to you by The Library of Congress et al.

Education Matters – Latinx Heritage Month Resources for Teachers, Parents & Kids brought to you by GPB, NPR and PBS

🗓LGBTQIA+ History Month (October)



    • Daddy, Papa And Me by Lesléa Newman/Mommy, Mama And Me by Lesléa Newman
    • A Tale Of Two Daddies by Vanita Oelshlager/A Tale Of Two Mommies by Vanita Oelshlager
    • Julián Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love
  • Worm Loves Worm by J.J. Austrian
    • Jacob’s New Dress by Sarah and Ian Hoffman
    • Jacob’s Room to Choose by Sarah and Ian Hoffman
    • Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress by Christine Baldacchino
    • What Riley Wore by Elana K. Arnold
    • And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
  • Rainbow: A First Book of Pride by Michael Genhard
    • Families, Families, Families! by Suzanne Lang
    • Introducing Teddy: A Gentle Story About Gender and Friendship by Jessica Walton
    • The Great Big Book of Families by Mary Hoffman
  • From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea by Kai Cheng Thom
  • Maiden & Princess by Daniel Haack
    • Prince & Knight by Daniel Haack
  • When Aidan Became A Brother by Kyle Lukoff
  • Jerome By Heart by Thomas Scotto
  • The Boy & The Bindi by Vivek Shraya
  • The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy
    • Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle
    • George by Alex Gino
    • Princess Princess Ever After by Katie O’Neill
    • The Witch Boy by Molly Ostertag
    • Drama by Raina Telgemeier
  • The Hammer of Thor: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan
  • Hurricane Child by Kheryn Callender
  • The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang


    • They She He Me: Free to Be! by Maya Christina Gonzalez
  • Who Are You? The Kid’s Guide to Gender Identity by Brook Pessin-Whedbee
  • The Gender Wheel by Maya Christina Gonzalez
    • I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jenning (picture book)
    • Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag by Rob Sanders
  • Stonewall: A Building, an Uprising, a Revolution by Rob Sanders
    • This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman
  • Sewing the Rainbow: The Story of Gilbert Baker and the Rainbow Flag by Gayle E. Pitman
  • Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen by Jazz Jennings (chapter book)
  • Pride: Celebrating Diversity & Community by Robin Stevenson
  • Gay & Lesbian History for Kids: The Century-Long Struggle for LGBT Rights, with 21 Activities by Jerome Pohlen
  • Rainbow Revolutionaries: 50 LGBTQ People Who Made History by Sarah Prager

Digital Resources:

LGBTQ+ History – resources, activities and lessons for children (including an LGBTQ+ History coloring book and LGBTQ+ History cards)

Rainbow – a round table of the American Library Association – LGBTQIA+ resources for children

Celebrating LGBTQ+ History Month – activities and resources

LGBT History Month – Celebrates the achievements of LGBT icons

LGBTQ Affirming Resources  – for parents and teachers

Resources for Parents and Families of LGBTQ Individuals – brought to you by the American Library Association

LGBTQ Youth Resources – resources from the CDC

🗓Native American Heritage Month (November)



  • Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story by Kevin Noble Maillard
  • SkySisters by Jan Bourdeau Waboose
  • When the Shadbush Blooms by Carla Messinger
  • A Day with Yayah by Nicola I. Campbell
    • You Hold Me Up by Monique Gray Smith
    • Thunder Boy, Jr. by Sherman Alexie
    • Powwow’s Coming by Linda Boyden
    • Sunpainters: Eclipse of the Navajo Sun by Baje Whitethorne
      • Pakwa Che Menisu (Wild Berries) by Julie Flett
    • When We Were Alone by David Alexander Robinson
    • Father’s Boots by Baje Whitethorne, Sr.
    • Old Father Story Teller by Pablita Velarde
    • The Hogan that Great-Grandfather Built by Nancy Bo Flood
    • The Circle of Thanks: Native American Poems and Songs of Thanksgiving by Joseph Bruchac
    • Hiawatha and the Peacemaker by Robbie Robertson


    • We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Tracy Sorell
    • Black Indians: A Hidden Heritage by William Loren Katz
    • Chester Nez and the Unbreakable Code: A Navajo Code Talker’s Story by Joseph Bruchac
    • Lewis Tewanima: Born to Run by Sharon K. Solomon
    • The Very First Americans by Cara Ashrose
    • Navajo Code Talkers: Secret American Indian Heroes of World War II by Brynn Baker
    • Spirits of the Earth by Bobby Lake-Thom
      • I Am Not a Number/ Gaawin Gindaawsin Ndaawsii by Jenny Kay Dupuis
    • Buffalo Bird Girl: A Hidatsa Story by S.D. Nelson
      • Rainbow Weaver: Tejedora del Arcoiris by Linda Elovitz Marshall
    • Sacred Legacy: Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indian by Edward. Curtis
    • Pablita Velarde: Painting Her People by Marcella J. Ruch

    She Sang Promise: The Story of Betty Mae Jumper, Seminole Tribal Leader by Jan Godown Annino

Digital Resources:

Native Land Digital & Native Land Teacher’s Guide

Map of Native American Tribes – (by state)

Oneida – Native American Education Resources for the Classroom – literature, digital libraries, film & tv, videos, professional development, curriculum and lesson plans, culture/traditions/art and history, sheet music

American Indian Perspectives on Thanksgiving – For teachers grades 4-8 – “Teaching Thanksgiving in a Socially Responsible Way”, online resources + activities

National Congress of American Indians – history and resources

Native American Heritage Month – resources brought to you by the Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

National Native American Heritage Month Celebration 2020 – resources brought to you by the U.S. Department of the Interior

Native American Heritage Month – selected resources for teachers

Native American Heritage Month Resources – from PBS

🗓African American History Month (February)

6 Teaching Tools – interactive timelines, rich multimedia, and study guides from Edutopia
Resource Guide for Educators and Families – articles, lesson plans, curriculum resources and think pieces from Center for Racial Justice in Education
Teaching the Complete History and Teaching Beyond Slavery – articles from Teaching Tolerance
“Go beyond trauma and struggle to examine the liberation, civic engagement, creativity and intersecting identities of Black people during Black History Month.”
Professional Excellence/Student Engagement Tools and Tips – lesson plans that can be adapted to fit multiple grade levels from National Education Association 
**Kindergarten & up**
**upper elementary**
Resources for Teachers – from WeTeachNYC
“This collection highlights the importance of teaching and celebrating Black History year-round, beyond Civil Rights and enslavement, to affirming the identities of Black people and their literature, art, and creativity that has shaped the culture of the world.”
Teachers Collections/Teaching Content – lesson plans, classroom activities and teaching resources from Scholastic
**1st grade and up**
Resources for Educators (PreK-12) – lesson plans, printables, educational videos and activities, slideshows etc. for a variety of subjects (Music & Performance activities, Language Arts, Technology etc.) from TeacherVision
**K and up**
African American History Month Themes – timeline of annual themes, Black History Month Festival links, articles and curriculum resources from the Association for the Study of African American Life and History
10 Inspiring Activities for Students – topic ideas, guidelines for teaching and activities from Prodigy
**K and up**
African American History Month 2021 Highlights – book talks, webcasts, online panel discussions and lectures brought to you by The Library of Congress
Fresh Ideas for African American History Month – activities for the classroom from WeAreTeachers
Resources For All Ages – from Georgia Public Broadcasting (NPR)
Lessons and Activities (all ages) – from Education World
**2nd and up**
If you aren’t familiar, The 1619 Project is a curated collection of articles and supporting media from The New York Times that acknowledges the significance slavery has had and continues to have on American history and culture. While The 1619 Project is typically used with upper elementary and high school grade levels, the lessons can be previewed, adapted and scaffolded to connect with younger students. Here’s a review from Common Sense Media to give you a sense of the material.
Lastly, please note: on February 25th the Chicago Children’s Choir is hosting a free, virtual live concert event Black History Month Virtual Concert: Preserving and Persevering. The event will stream @ 7:00pm CT.

🗓Women’s History Month (March)

🗓Irish-American Heritage Month (March)

🗓Arab American Heritage Month (April)

🗓Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month (May)

🗓Jewish American Heritage Month (May)

🗓Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Pride Month (June)