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Caribbean American Heritage Month Booklist

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June 9, 2022

June is Caribbean American Heritage Month -- a celebration recognizing the contributions and influence of Caribbean Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States. We've compiled a booklist by and about Caribbean Americans for all ages!

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Children’s Picture Books

All the Way to Havana by Margarita Engle

Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music by Margarita Engle

Islandborn by Junot Díaz

Mama’s Nightingale: A Story of Immigration and Separation by Edwidge Danticat

Mango, Abuela, and Me by Meg Medina

Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale by Carmen Agra Deedy

My Mommy Medicine by Edwidge Danticat

A Song of Frutas by Margarita Engle

Children’s and Preteen Chapter Books

Cartas de Cuba by Ruth Behar

How Tía Lola Learned to Teach by Julia Alvarez

Hurricane Child by Kacen Callender

The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste

Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar

Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina

Milagros: Girl from Away by Meg Medina

Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez

Young Adult Fiction

Ballad & Dagger by Daniel José Older

Before We Were Free by Julia Alvarez

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika Moulite

Girl Who Could Silence the Wind by Meg Medina

The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba’s Greatest Abolitionist by Margarita Engle

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older

Untwine by Edwidge Danticat

Your Heart, My Sky: Love in a Time of Hunger by Margarita Engle

Adult Fiction

Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid

Augustown by Kei Miller

Book of the Little Axe by Lauren Francis-Sharma

The Book of Night Women by Marlon James

A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James

A Duke, the Lady, and a Baby by Vanessa Riley

Everything Inside by Edwidge Danticat

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez

Island Queen by Vanessa Riley

Land of Love and Drowning by Tiphanie Yanique

Love After Love by Ingrid Persaud

One Year of Ugly by Caroline Mackenzie

Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn

These Ghosts Are Family by Maisy Card

This is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz

Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys