Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Latino Books Month

While perusing some of my favorite blogs, I learned that May is Latino Books Month. The AAP (Association of American Publishers) offers resources, like book lists and book club ideas, at their site.

I plan to do a "kickoff" for Latino Books Month with my students and colleagues tomorrow. I know that some of my coworkers will want to do something special to promote Latino authors for the rest of the month. I have an entire section of bilingual and Hispanic authored books in my classroom library which I'll invite folks to borrow from.

Our school library is quite lacking in this aspect. I'll have to nudge the librarian con cariño to purchase more books in Spanish, more bilingual, and more Latino authors for next year. When children see themselves in the books they read, they are more inclined to find joy in reading. The school where I teach is 90% Hispanic; our school library should reflect the children it serves.

I am currently reading Hungry Woman in Paris by Josefina Lopez. The cover attracted my attention, and the story, so far, is great. Next, I'll be reading B as in Beauty by Alberto Ferreras, which one of my favorite bloggers was kind enough to send to me. Thanks Literanista!


Anonymous said...

The books you're reading do have quite wonderful covers!! Are they adult reads?

PLEASE!! Tell your school librarian that Latino students need to read in Spanish, their first language, to improve their English language skills.

TeachEnEspanol said...

That is one of the things I'm most proud of in my school. If you can find a book in English in our resource center, you can find it's Spanish counterpart. Good luck on your quest for the same thing! I find that it puts students on such a level playing field and shows how much we value both cultures.