by Jennifer Hughes

Have you read “Mexican Gothic” by Sylvia Moreno-Garcia yet? If a chilling horror story is your flavor, it’s a must-read! The Washington Post claims that “It’s as if a supernatural power compels us to turn the pages of the gripping Mexican Gothic.” However, there is more to the story than a good plot. It is one of several critically acclaimed titles that was written by Moreno-Garcia, an author of Hispanic descent.

Rapides Parish Library highlights Moreno-Garcia and all authors of Hispanic descent who have made a literary contribution to the world during National Hispanic Heritage Month. While our bookshelves, e-book services, and databases host a wide array of Hispanic authors, RPL staff members have selected a few titles to create a reading list available for check out at the Library.

Children’s Books

  • “Alma and How She Got Her Name”  by Juana Martinez-Neal
  • “Dreamers”  by Yuyi Morales
  • “Mango, Abuela, and Me”  by Meg Medina

 Teen Books

  • “Furia”  by Yamile Saied Mendez
  • “Clap When You Land”  by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • “I Will Save You”  by Matt de la Pena


  • “Fruit of the Drunken Tree”  by Ingrid Rojas Contreras
  • “Mexican Gothic”  by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • “A Long Petal of the Sea”  by Isabel Allende


  • “The Lines Become a River”  by Francisco Cantú
  • “The Distance Between Us: A Memoir”  by Reyna Grande
  • “Mean”  by Miriam Gurba

Whether you enjoy a good novel, prefer nonfiction, or want to introduce your children to a variety of cultures through literature, RPL has you covered during National Hispanic Heritage month! Be sure to visit your favorite branch or our website at to celebrate the significant literary contributions made by Hispanic authors.

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