L4LL Read for the Holidays on Google Play & Giveaway!


We believe that the love and practice of reading can unlock unlimited doors of opportunity for education and life success. So it’s no surprise that we recommend books–lots of them–as holiday gifts as part of our month-long book-focused event L4LL Read for the Holidays. Learn more about the giveaway at the bottom of this post!

We would like to highlight a couple of options: purchasing the children’s and adult books and reading kits (book and learning worksheets) directly from our shop not only makes for a unique gift. But you’ll stand a little taller knowing a portion of your purchase goes to support our literacy programs that instill the love and practice of reading such as the L4LL Latino Children Summer Reading Program.

We are also thrilled to highlight these books by Latino authors and illustrators available on Google Play:

Holiday Themed Children’s Books on Google Play


Non-Holiday Themed Children’s Books on Google Play

The Day It Snowed Tortillas/El día que nevó tortilla: Folk Tales Retold, Joe Hayes

Butterflies on Carmen Street/Mariposas en la calle Carmen, Monica Brown

Esperando a Papá, René Colato Laínez

Growing up with Tamales/Los tamales de Ana, Gwendolyn Zepeda

Cochinito Fugitivo, James Luna


Books by Latino Authors for Adults on Google Play

Latino Americans: a 500 Year Legacy That Shaped a Nation, Ray Suarez

Love, Alma, Alma Flor Ada & Gabriel M. Zubizareta

Count on Me: Tales of Sisterhood & Fierce Friendships, Las Comadres Anthology

I Am My Father’s Daughter: Living a Life Without Secrets, María Elena Salinas (English) (Spanish)

Atravesando Fronteras: Un Periodista en Busca de Su Lugar en el Mundo, Jorge Ramos (Spanish) (English)

Latin American Great Books on Google Play

Gabriel García Márquez: More than 2 dozen titles in English and Spanish by the late Nobel laureate

Ficciones, Jorge Luis Borges

Pantallas de Plata, Carlos Fuentes

The Giveaway

L4LL is giving away a Chromebook to 2 lucky L4LL followers so you can download eBooks or use it for school work.

Enter to win by Sunday, December 21st. The winners will be selected & notified on the 22nd for delivery by January 6th, Día de los Reyes.

To enter, just use the Rafflecopter below.

¡Buena suerte!

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Open Letter to The New York Times: Latino Children’s Authors & Illustrators Have Earned a Place on the Year-end List


By: Viviana Hurtado, Ph.D. and Monica Olivera, L4LL Co-founders

At the end of the year, “tastemakers” such as The New York Times, National Public Radio (NPR), and the Washington Post publish their “best of” lists. Unlike previous years when their selections featured few, if any Hispanic authors, we were thrilled to see more titles, perhaps influenced by our L4LL Remarkable Latino Children’s Literature of 2014 published weeks earlier (which you can download and print by clicking here). Our annual “Best of the Best” children’s literature titles written by or about Latinos include award-winning authors such as Duncan Tonatiuh and publishers ranging from household name New York presses to community-focused, independent companies. NBC picked up our list and shared it with their readers.

Unfortunately, The New York Times released their list of this year’s Notable Children’s Books and once more, it does not feature a single U.S. Latino author or illustrator or a book featuring a Hispanic main character.

This glaring absence is rooted not in Hispanic authors’ lack of talent. Rather, their exclusion reflects the New York Time’s significant professional blind spots and institutional flaws which in 2014 continues to define diversity as black and white, and in a twist this year, British and Asian-Canadian. For the L4LL Remarkable Latino Children’s Literature of 2014, we featured seven titles. In the face of data that proves the so-called browning of America due to the influx and mixing between different races and ethnicities, including Latinos, it is high time that The New York Times remove its blinders to more fully represent America’s literary talent in its Best of Lists.

It is clear that this list is incomplete. Yet The New York Time’s judgement has a disproportional social impact: which authors are published and by whom? This, in turn, affects the books that libraries, schools, and bookstores order and children read.

As our country’s demographics quickly change, the L4LL Remarkable Latino Children’s Literature of 2014 list sparks an important conversation rooted in our common American values, empathy, and love of reading where Latino students see themselves reflected in literature and non-Hispanic kids learn about the experiences of a growing number of their peers in well-written stories that touch on universal themes.

The New York Times and other tastemakers becoming more inclusive and accurate is our secondary objective. Our list is meant to be a resource for families, libraries, and schools hungry for guidance on great stories that more accurately represent the American experience. May the New York Times be reminded–once more–of one of its core missions–a more accurate representation and reflection of our country.

Click here to hear an NPR interview and view the Remarkable Latino Children’s Literature of 2013 list.