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Heritage Month Book Club

Hopewell Valley Heritage Month Book Club

During the 2021-22 school year, the Hopewell Valley Regional School District in conjunction with HVEF will be honoring various Heritage Months by sponsoring community book reads and discussions to celebrate the diverse cultures present within the United States and our local community. We will also be providing videos offering a Children’s Book Story Time read by HVRSD teachers and staff that celebrate each Heritage Month. This month's videos are available at

September 2021 -- Hispanic & Latinx Heritage Month

Hispanic & Latinx Heritage Month began as a way to celebrate and promote the history, culture, & contributions of Hispanic and Latinx Americans, specifically those whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, & Central and South America. On September 27, 2021, we held an exciting discussion with author Alexandra Villasante regarding her award winning book, The Grief Keeper. Follow the link to watch the recording of our discussion. Discussion with Alexandra Villasante


Alexandra Villasante

Alexandra Villasante has always loved telling stories—though not always with words. She has a BFA in Painting and an MA in Combined Media (that’s art school speak for making work out of anything). Born in New Jersey to immigrant parents, Alex has the privilege of dreaming in both English and Spanish. 

When she’s not writing or painting, Alexandra is the online program manager for the Highlights Foundation. She lives with her family in the semi-wilds of Pennsylvania. Her debut Young Adult novel, The Grief Keeper, was an Indies Next, Indies Introduce and Fall 2019 Junior Library Guild Selection. The Grief Keeper is on ALA’s Rainbow Book List 2020 and is the winner of the 2020 Lambda Literary Award  for LGBTQ Children’s Literature/Young Adult Fiction.