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Reading Rockets’ children's literature expert, Maria Salvadore, brings you into her world as she explores the best ways to use kids’ books both inside — and outside — of the classroom.

Sometimes a week is too short

September 28, 2012

Sometimes a week is just not long enough. And sometimes a month-long celebration can begin in the middle of the month.

This is true of National Hispanic Heritage Month which begins on September 15 and continues until October 15.

It's interesting to note that National Hispanic Heritage Week began in 1968 under Lyndon B. Johnson but was lengthened to a month under Ronald Regan in 1988. The time between September and October commemorate several notable events include independence of Latin American countries (as well as Mexico and Chile) and Dia de la Raza (aka Columbus Day).

A recent blog reminded me of the power of books in this and other celebrations. It also reminded me of a book I'd read some time back but was able to reread it and liked it just as much, perhaps more.

Grandma's Record by Eric Velasquez (Walker) is a timeless tale of a boy and his grandmother who are connected by mutual respect, a love of music, and shared experiences. It is handsomely illustrated with realistic paintings that evoke more than just place and people.

It is the recognizable emotions that make this book timeless. And like all books that last it rings true to everyone and is sure to be enjoyed beyond October 15.

You may want to take a look at a fine list of books in English, Spanish, and bilingual, sure to please during National Hispanic Heritage Month and long after.

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