Curated Booklist: Hispanic & Latino/a in STEM



Publication Date:

revised 9/6/2023

As of 2019, about 18.5% of the population in the U.S. are Hispanic/Latinoa (U.S. Census). Yet only about 5% of children’s picture books depict Hispanic/Latinoa characters (Huyck, David & Dahlen, 2019 June 19). In our search for books, we considered how the books could offer mirrors, windows, and sliding glass doors (Bishop, 1990) that positively depict Hispanic and Latinoa characters and heritage, while offering opportunities for conversations about STEM concepts or STEM identity. We also considered not just if the books were about Hispanic/Latino/a characters but also if they were written by Hispanic or Latinoa authors. Additionally, the illustrations are engaging to talk about with your young children. You may want to explore other books by the authors listed here – their other titles are often just as good!


  • Families
  • Practitioners

Developmental stage: 

  • Birth-2
  • 3-5
  • Birth-5


  • Center/Preschool

Resource Type: 

  • Tip sheets (storytime, mealtime)


  • STEM

Level of Intended Impact: 

  • Awareness


  • English

Developer / Author: 


Routines and Everyday Activities: 

  • Storytime

Resources for Families: 

  • Storybook Conversations