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Quality Text for National Hispanic Heritage Month: eBook Collections from INFOhio

Author // Sarah Mowery Tuesday, 26 September 2023

September 15 - October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month. Quality text from eBook collections provided by INFOhio supports knowledge-building and vocabulary development while increasing awareness and understanding of the contributions, history, and achievements of Hispanic and Latino Americans.

The text used for reading instruction is important. Quality text meets the needs of readers and the task, develops background knowledge and vocabulary, and stretches readers with complexity to prepare them for college and careers. As readers learn through the systematic and explicit instruction of structured literacy, it is important that authentic, grade-level, and content-area-specific text be used for the development of language comprehension. 

When choosing quality text, educators should consider the components of the graphic below.

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INFOhio offers quality text to supplement the text found in curricula. These eBooks can help engage, empower, elevate, and extend readers. The vetted eBook collections provided by INFOhio for all students, educators, and families offer ease in finding the best grade-level or complex text for reader task and purpose. Browse the collections below to support National Hispanic Heritage Month and find the text that is right for your students.  

BookFlix—Grades PreK-3

BookFlix offers unlimited use fiction and nonfiction paired titles. Popular fiction picture books are presented as Weston Woods films with the text on the screen. Nonfiction titles appear as traditional eBooks, but both give readers the option to turn the read-aloud function on or off. Doing a keyword search for "Hispanic" provides 3 fiction/nonfiction pairs. 


Many titles are also available in Spanish. Educators can use the Resources and Tools feature to limit their search results to titles available in Spanish only. Use additional filters to narrow results to Lexile or grade level to find quality text for classroom instruction. 


Popular titles in BookFlix include:

Learn more about using BookFlix in the classroom in the Teach With INFOhio Blog post, Simple Strategies to Supplement Instruction with BookFlix

Capstone Interactive eBooks—Grades 3-5

The eBooks from Capstone Interactive are standards-aligned and support science and social studies. More than 800 unlimited-use titles offer quality text to support student development. Educators can search by topic or use filters to find the right text for students. Several biographies of influential Hispanic and Latino changemakers can be found in this collection. 


Titles to consider using as quality text in the classroom include:

Learn more about using Capstone Interactive eBooks in the classroom by reading Simple Strategies to Supplement Instruction with Capstone Interactive eBooks

World Book eBooks—Grades 6-8

For middle-grade students, the eBooks in the World Book collection gives readers information about how Hispanic Americans made history and changed the world. The collection's unlimited use and quality text provide opportunities for readers to develop background knowledge on a topic and improve comprehension. 

This collection can easily be browsed using the horizontal topics menu above the eBooks. Choose titles from Biographies and Cultures of the World that provide information on Hispanic and Latino Americans and their heritage. 


You can also search for these titles in the eBook collection

  • Cesar Chavez, 1140L
  • Ayo's Awesome Adventures in Buenos Aires: City of Fair Winds, 720L
EBSCO High School eBook Collection—Grades 9-12

More than 12,000 titles, including classic literary works, important historical documents, and general reference materials, can provide high school students with various supplemental texts to support reading to prepare them for college and career readiness. Extend high school students with complex text about topics essential for understanding the history of Hispanic Americans in the United States. The EBSCO High School eBook Collection titles are unlimited use, perfect to implement for whole group reading.


It is easy to search by topic or title in the EBSCO interface. Authentic texts in a variety of genres will engage and empower teens. Unlike the other eBook collections featured, not all the texts have a Lexile level. However, educators can find the quantitative level to ensure the text is grade-level or higher for whole-class instruction. 

Consider using these texts from the collection if they meet your readers and their needs:

Explore eBook collections from INFOhio to find titles to support readers with specific topics, seasons, and events all year long. With thousands of eBooks to choose from, quality text for language comprehension development is just a few clicks away!


About the Author

Posted by: Sarah Mowery

Sarah Mowery is a Professional Instructional Specialist with INFOhio. She has worked in education for 16 years as a school librarian and technology coach in elementary and middle school settings. While in these roles, she's been an integral part of the building leadership teams working as a curriculum connector and integrating web-based tools. She earned a BA in Sociology from Bowling Green State University and an MLS with a specialization in PK-12 schools from East Carolina University. Sarah was one of the original INFOhio ICoaches when the program first began in 2013 and has a passion for sharing how INFOhio resources can transform teaching and impact learning for students and educators across the state of Ohio. 

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