Pat Mora for the 2015 L4LL Día Blog Hop

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It is with greatest joy that for our third year in a row, L4LL launches our annual Día Blog Hop! We’ve changed things up a bit this year and will be featuring three Latino authors or illustrators each day between now and Día, Thursday, April 30th. For a look at the complete blog hop schedule, click here.

To kick things off, we once again welcome award-winning author and poet, Pat Mora, as our blog hop’s first contributor. As Día’s founder, it is only fitting that she launch this event…

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Immersion
by Pat Mora

Yea! April: la primavera, and El día de los niños, El día de los libros/Children’s Day, Book Day, and National Poetry Month, and School Library Month! We’re enjoying a month of immersion (inmersión) in celebrating children, words, books and reading. These are some of my favorite topics.

Sometimes we associate the word immersion with sliding into cool water on a hot day. We can also associate the word with language immersion. People can choose to surround themselves with a language they want to learn by going to a foreign country, Guatemala to learn Spanish, for example.

I’m also thinking about the children and families who move to our country and find themselves immersed, surrounded by English. I’ve written poems for adults and teens about this experience. May those of us fortunate to be bilingual in Spanish and English immerse ourselves in encouraging children to savor the power and pleasure of being bilingual. ¡Adelante juntas!

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Pat-Mora-authorPat Mora, born in El Paso, Texas, is an award-winning poet and author of books for adults, teens, and children. Her awards include a Poetry Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Golden Kite Award, American Library Association Notable Book Awards, and honorary doctorates. A former teacher and university administrator, she is the founder of the family literacy initiative El día de los niños, El día de los libros/Children’s Day, Book Day (Día). The year-long commitment to linking all children to books, languages and cultures, and of sharing what Pat calls “bookjoy,” culminates in celebrations across the country in April. Pat lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The 2015 L4LL Día Blog Hop

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Welcome to our third annual L4LL Día Blog Hop! We celebrate the literacy-focused event El día de los niños, el día de los libros (also known as Día) by spotlighting 12 U.S. Hispanic authors and illustrators on leading Latina blogs. This is important because it’s an opportunity to introduce our literary talent, including Día creator author Pat Mora, to the new and large audiences of top blogueras who cover a range of topics including education, politics, lifestyle, and culture.

The L4LL 2015 Día Blog Hop kicks off this coming Monday, April 27th and runs through Día on Thursday, April 30th. Each day, three Latina blogs feature a different Latino author/illustrator as these artists explore this year’s theme of immersion and its impact on their work and life.

Below is the schedule of the participating blogs which I’ll be updating each day with a direct link as each post goes live. We hope that you will follow along and share with your families and friends!

Monday, April 27th

Pat Mora on Latinas 4 Latino Lit

Monica Brown on The Wise Latina Club

Margarita Engle on MommyMaestra

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Tuesday, April 28th

Alma Flor Ada on My Big, Fat, Cuban Family

René Colato-Laínez on Modern Mami

Meg Medina on Atypical Familia

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Wednesday, April 29th

Angela Dominguez on My Friend Betty Says

F. Isabel Campoy on Family is Familia

Mariana Llanos on Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes

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Thursday, April 30th

James Luna on Latinaish

Graciela Tiscareno-Sato on Viva Fifty

René Saldaña, Jr. on Mama Latina Tips