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Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15th. I never knew the reasons for the date before, but Infoplease says it’s “the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries—Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico declared its independence on September 16, and Chile on September 18.

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Here are my picks for The Best Resources For Hispanic Heritage Month (not in an order of preference). All of them provide similar resources — accessible biographies of Hispanic-Americans, history, multimedia, etc, so I’m not going to include a description for each one::

Scholastic’s Celebrate Hispanic Heritage

Teaching Tolerance has a lesson plan at on Latino Heritage Month.

The Smithsonian also has another site filled with related teaching resources.

President Obama has issued a Presidential Proclamation–National Hispanic Heritage Month, 2011.

Colorin Colorado has a page of useful resources.

The New York Times Learning Network has published a very useful resource, La Vida Latina: Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month With The New York Times.

“Latino Americans” Looks Like A Great PBS Series


5 Takeaways About Hispanic Heritage You Probably Didn’t Know is from NBC News.

The Anti-Defamation League has a number of related resources.

Lessons for Hispanic Heritage Month is from Education World.

Our Latino Authors: Recognizing Rudolfo Anaya, the Godfather of Chicano Letters is from NBC News.

6 Ways Latino Advocacy Has Shaped Our Education Policies is from NBC News.

On Hispanic Heritage Month, a spotlight on Chicano authors is from NBC News.

Quote Of The Day: The Need For “Latin Faces & Voices” In Textbooks


Top 8 Reasons Why and How We Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month is from The Smithsonian.

SLC Day of the Dead Bilingual Curriculum-Based Resources is from The Smithsonian.

Latino Cultures in the US is an impressive interactive that’s part the broader Google Arts & Culture site.

NBC LATINO 20 is from NBC News.

Decolonize ‘Hispanic Heritage Month’ or Get Rid of It

Does Hispanic Heritage Month Need a Rebrand? is from The NY Times.

Hispanic Heritage Month | All About the Holidays is from PBS.

#NBCLATINO20 is from NBC News.

Key facts about U.S. Hispanics and their diverse heritage is from the Pew Research Center.

Lesson of the Day: ‘Does Hispanic Heritage Month Need a Rebrand?’ is from The NY Times Learning Network.

Heritage Month Special: Mexican Music Then And Now is from NPR.

Hispanic Heritage Month 2019 is from The US Census.

Google has created a Latino Trailblazers interactive on Google Earth for Hispanic Heritage Month. It features Roberto Clemente, Celia Cruz and 11 other well-known Latino figures.


Tips and Resources for Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month is from Edutopia.

¡Presente! A Latino History of the United States is from The Smithsonian Learning Lab.

Hispanic Heritage: Addressing Inequities and Celebrating Culture is from NAESP.

Best Free Hispanic Heritage Month Lessons and Activities is from TechLearning.

Latino History is from the National Museum of American History.

Latino Americans is from PBS.

Ten objects that will help you understand Latinx history is from the Smithsonian.

Five Mini-Lessons on Latino Cooking, Community and Culture is from The NY Times Learning Network.

Feel free to share your suggestions of additional resources.