Growing up, it was difficult to find books that spoke to my experience as a Black Latina. Although there were a few books I could turn to like Amazing Grace, which served as a reminder that I can be whatever I want to be as a young Black woman, or The American Girls book collection featuring Addy Walker, a young slave, which provided an early introduction to the transatlantic slave trade, there were barely enough to capture the diversity of the African Diaspora or all that comprise the Latinx community. I rarely, if at all, came across any children’s books with a Latinx protagonist.
So, it’s great to see in 2018 the increasing number of books featuring Latinx protagonists and Latinidad in its entirety. Here are 20 Latinx books every parent should gift their child: