Little Learners (Birth - Age 4): Hispanic Heritage: Family & Celebration

Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15 – October 15. Let’s celebrate with this week’s books and activities.

#READ – Green is a Chile Pepper by Roseanne Greenfield Thong

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Children discover a world of colors all around them: red is spices and swirling skirts, yellow is masa, tortillas, and sweet corn cake.

Increase pre-literacy skills as you read together:

  • Build vocabulary by using the glossary to learn Spanish words throughout the book.
  • On each page, repeat colors in English and Spanish.
  • Pause on each page to see if your little one can identify items in their surroundings that are the same color as items on the page.


#SING – Canción de Los Colores/The Color Song 

Canción de Los Colores/ The Color Song 

Credit - Canta con Jess  

Tune - Frère Jacques  

Rojo Red, Rojo Red 

Azul Blue, Azul Blue 

Amarillo Yellow, Amarillo Yellow 

Verde Green, Verde Green  

#EXPLORE – Maracas 

Colorful Arts & Crafts Maracas

Inspired by Make Your Own Musical Instruments by and Anna-Marie D'Cruz and Hispanic-American Crafts Kids Can Do! by Fay Robinson. Both books are available at the Jacksonville Public Library.  


  • 2 -  empty plastic, long-neck containers with caps such as salad dressing bottles 
  • 10-20 dry beans or peas
  • glue or tape
  • construction or decorative tissue paper
  • Optional: markers or crayons


  1. Put half the beans into each plastic containers and replace container caps. 
  2. Tape or glue construction or decorative tissue paper to cover the bottle. 
  3. Use markers or crayons for additional decoration. 
  4. Enjoy making music with your maracas. 

#JOIN – Join us for storytime virtually or at branches!

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Join us for a storytime either outside of our library or in the community! Your child loves singing, dancing, playing and reading! Gather them around for a storytime they won’t forget featuring ¡Fiesta! By Ginger Foglesong Guy and Round is a Tortilla: A Book of Shapes by Roseanne Greenfield Thong!

Virtual Little Movers & Shakers

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Let’s get the wiggles out! This music-based program is for children from birth to pre-k and their families. Through books, songs, and movement activities we will build pre-literacy skills.  Get moving with My Grandma /Mi Abuelita by Ginger Foglesong Gibson and Salsa Lullaby by Jen Arena. 

  • Tuesday, October 5 – 9:00 am
  • Friday, October – 9:00 am

Wiggle Wednesdays with The Florida Ballet and the Jacksonville Public Library

The Florida Ballet’s Wiggle Wednesday will provide children and their parent a unique opportunity to explore movement through literature. Each month we will center our movement activities/class around a selected piece of children’s literature. We will be utilizing music and props, focusing on movement exploration using the book's descriptive language and beautiful imagery. This week we will share Salsa Lullaby by Jen Arena.

Wednesday, October 6 - 10:30 am -11:15am 

The Florida Ballet Studios - 10131 Atlantic Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32225

Register for the event here.

#KEEP READING – Have fun reading stories in English and Español in the books below. 


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