Florida releases 2009 Hispanic Recommended Reading List

The Florida Department of Education’s Just Read, Florida! Office has announced the 2009 Hispanic Heritage Month Recommended Reading List.

The literary selections for readers of all ages and also adults help raise awareness of the rich legacy of Hispanic Americans to Florida’s unique culture and way of life, according to the department.

“Hispanic Heritage Month is a wonderful way for students and families to experience the heritage and traditions of people from Spanish-speaking countries through literature,” said Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith. “I am honored to join Floridians across our state to pay tribute to the extraordinary diversity that has become an integral part of our culture.”

Literary selections from the recommended reading list include “Angels Ride Bikes and Other Fall Poems,” by Francisco X. Alarcon for elementary students in grades K-2, “Magic Windows,” by Carmen Lomas Garza for elementary students in grades 3-5, “Under the Same Sky,” by Cynthia DeFelico for middle school students and “A Shadow of the Wind: A Novel,” by Carlos Ruiz Zafón and Lucia Graves for high school students.

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated nationwide and begins Sept. 15, 2009, the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile also achieved independence on the 16th and 18th of September, respectively. Hispanic Heritage Month has been recognized in the United States since 1974, when President Gerald Ford issued a Presidential Proclamation extending Hispanic Heritage Week into a month-long observation. Go to Hispanic reading list. 

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