The First Día Blog Hop and Giveaway… EVER!

Welcome to the first ever Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros Blog Hop! It is with great emotion that I sit down to write this post. What started as just a tiny seed of an idea three years ago while I was writing book reviews and sharing Día resources on the Latin Baby Book Club, finally found the right conditions to germinate with the formation of Latinas for Latino Literature. And for the next 20 days it will bloom profusely through the moving and beautifully written articles and illustrations of 20 Latino authors and illustrators. We are forever grateful to them for enthusiastically agreeing to participate, as well as to the 20 Latina bloggers whose blogs encompass a wide range of topics from parenting and food to politics and autism. They have eagerly offered to publish these articles in support of Latino children’s literacy.

At the bottom of this post you’ll find the complete schedule of authors and illustrators and the blogs with which they have been paired. I hope that each day you will follow along. And I hope that the amazing articles will inspire you to actively search out Latino children’s literature and purposefully buy these books for your children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews to give them a voice, grow some dreams, and find encouragement.

We are thrilled to have Día’s founder, Pat Mora, kick off this blog hop. The next article posted on this site today is written by her. You can find it here.


In addition to the blog hop, we’ve put together a wonderful collection of Latino children’s literature to be awarded to a school library or public library. Many of the books were donated by the authors and illustrators participating in this blog hop, but we’ve also received private donations and some directly from the publisher. Thank you to Arte Público, Candlewick Press, and Lee & Low Books for donating some great titles.

ANYONE can enter their school library or local library to win this fabulous collection. Just leave a comment on any or all (one comment per person per blog, please) of the Día Blog Hop posts. The winner will be chosen at random and announced here on our site on April 30th, Día de los Niños.

The list is still growing, but we currently have the following titles in the giveaway (subject to change as more titles are donated):

Book Fiesta! by Pat Mora
Round is a Tortilla, A Book of Shapes by Roseanne Greenfield Thong, illustrated by John Parra
When Thunder Comes: Poems for Civil Rights Leaders by J. Patrick Lewis, illustrated by John Parra
Arrorro, Mi Nino: Latino Lullabies and Gentle Games by Lulu Delacre
How Far Do You Love Me? by Lulu Delacre
Rosita y Conchita by Eric Gonzalez and Erich Haeger
The Poet Upstairs by Judith Ortiz Cofer, illustrated by Oscar Ortiz
Clara and the Curandera by Monica Brown, illustrated by Thelma Muraida
Delicious Hullaballoo by Pat Mora and Francisco X. Mora
Rene Has Two Last Names by René Colato Laínez, illustrated by Fabiola Graullera Ramirez
The Case of the Pen Gone Missing by René Saldaña
A Mummy in Her Backpack by James Luna
Dancing Home by Alma Flor Ada and Gabriel M. Zubizarreta
Nacer Bailando by Alma Flor Ada and Gabriel M. Zubizarreta
Love, Amalia by Alma Flor Ada and Gabriel M. Zubizarreta
Con cariño, Amalia by Alma Flor Ada and Gabriel M. Zubizarreta
Pancho Rabbit by Duncan Tonatiuh
Jungle Tales by Jeff Zorilla
Runaway Piggy by James Luna, illustrated by Laura Lacamara
The Surrender Tree by Margarita Engle
Sundays on Fourth Street by Amy Costales, illustrate by Elaine Jerome
Tia Isa Wants a Car by Meg Medina, illustrated by Claudio Munoz
Starfields by Carolyn Marsden
My Havana: Memories of a Cuban Boyhood by Rosemary Wells & Secundino Fernandez, illustrated by Peter Ferguson
Grandma’s Chocolate/El chocolate de Abuelita by Mara Price, illustrated by Lisa Fields
The Tooth Fairy Meets El Ratón Pérez by René Colato-Laínez, illustrated by Tom Lintern
Marisol Mcdonald Doesn’t Match/ Marisol Mcdonald No Combina by Monica Brown, illustrated by Sara Palacios
Laughing Tomatoes And Other Spring Poems / Jitomates Risueños Y Otros Poemas De Primavera by Francisco X. Alarcon, illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez
I Know The River Loves Me/ Yo Sé Que El Río Me Ama by Maya Christina Gonzalez
My First Book Of Proverbs/ Mi Primer Libro De Dichos by by Ralfka Gonzalez, Ana Ruiz and an introduction by Sandra Cisneros
Summer of the Mariposas by Guadalupe Garcia McCall
Dancing With the Devil and Other Tales from Beyond/Bailando Con El Diablo Y Otros Cuentos Del Mas Alla by René Saldaña
The Whole Sky Full of Stars by René Saldaña
Chipi Chipis Small Shells of the Sea / Chipi Chipis Caracolitos del Mar by Irania Patterson, illustrated by Catherine Courtlandt-McElvane
Wings and Dreams: The Legend of Angel Falls / Alas y Sueños: La Leyenda del Salto del Angel by Irania Patterson, illustrated by Catherine Courtlandt-McElvane

The #L4LL Día Blog Hop Schedule

April 10th – Pat Mora on
11th – Alma Flor Ada on
12th – Margarita Engle on
13th – F. Isabel Campoy on
14th – Joe Cepeda on
15th – Lulu Delacre on
16th – Jorge Argueta on
17th – René Colato-Laínez on
18th – Amy Costales on
19th – Monica Brown on
20th – Christina Rodriguez on
21st – James Luna on
22nd – Brian Amador on
23rd – Mara Price on
24th – Jeff Zorilla on
25th – John Parra on
26th – Duncan Tonatiuh on
27th – René Saldaña on
28th – Eric Gonzalez on
29th – Irania Patterson on

Wishing you all a very happy Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros.

Un abrazo,

~ Monica


  1. Anani Vasquez says

    Please enter Paideia Academy of South Phoenix for the library book giveaway. It is a new school and is working hard to get enough books to open it’s library. Thanks!

  2. Anonymous says

    Please enter Becker Elementary school into the drawing. We are a Dual Language School in the heart of Austin, Texas. The kids would love the books!

  3. Jamie Pajan says

    The Tuckahoe Common School District would like to participate. Regardless, I am recommending your works to our teachers and school librarian! :-)

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