Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month. What better time to develop ethnic literacy and enlighten children as they learn new words and interesting facts about other cultures? Check out these Web sites and books for a pinata full of activities which celebrate the contributions of Hispanic heritage to the history of the United States.
To add to the fun, keep a world map handy as you browse these sites. Hispanic roots travel the globe from Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Spain or the nations of Central or South America.
* www.LatinoLink: Here you will find information about baseball stars, such as Sammy Sosa, and a trivia contest. Included is last year's popular "Fifty Things to do for Hispanic Heritage Month" by Ricardo Parra.
* www.scholastic.com: Click on "Go to Scholastic Sites" and click on "Scholastic Network." Under "Social Studies" click on "Hispanic Heritage Month." There are interviews with famous Hispanic people, a wonderful Spanish Roots in America interactive map and much, much more.
* www.LatinoWeb.com: Try out this site on Sept. 16 when it plans to officially open on Mexican Independence Day.
* www.uwm.edu/Dept/CLA/final97.htm: Here you'll find an annotated list of the winners of the Americas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature (picture books, poetry, fiction, folklore) with suggested reading levels by grade.
These children's books (libros) for ages 4 to 8 have Hispanic themes and are written in English.
"In My Family/En Mi Familia" by Carmen Lomas Garza
"A Bear For Miguel" by Elaine Marie Alphin.
"Miro in the Kingdom of the Sun" by Jane Kurtz
"Going Home" by Eve Bunting
"Jalapeno Bagels" by Natasha Wing.