L4LL’s Free Día eBook

L4LL's Dia eBook Cover


Happy Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros/Day of Children, Day of Books!  We hope that you have followed along and enjoyed this year’s L4LL Día Blog Hop as much as we have. We would like to thank all of the wonderful Latino authors and illustrators for contributing such revealing pieces, as well as all the top Latina bloggers who over the last 24 days published the works on their websites.

Last year, we gave away a set of free Latino children’s literature titles to a school. This year, we wanted to do something that would benefit all of our readers. When one of last year’s authors suggested that we compile all of the authors’ written contributions and make them available in an eBook format for educators and families, we loved the idea.

We proudly announce our first free eBook available to download in a pdf format of last year’s 20 essays contributed by the Latino authors, illustrators, and voice actor.  2014 contributions will available at a later date.

We hope that you–educators and families–download our free L4LL 2013 Día eBook, read the authors’ original, personal essays, and then show your support for them–many who publish independently or by small presses–by purchasing their books for your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and students.

To download your free eBook, you can visit our Free Downloads page, or just click on the link below.

L4LL’s 2013 Día eBook

L4LL’s 2014 Día Blog Hop

L4LL 2014 Día Blog Hop

L4LL 2014 Día Blog Hop

Last year, Latinas for Latino Lit (L4LL) launched the first Día Blog Hop in honor of Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros which is celebrated annually on April 30th. Established in the United States by poet and author Pat Mora, Día is a celebration of books and children. Libraries and schools across the country recognize it by hosting their own events. (You can find a complete list of these events here on the official Día website.)

This year, we are happy to announce that we have increased the number to two dozen Latino authors/illustrators paired with top Latina bloggers in comparison with last year’s 20! Starting here on our site on April 6th, a different author/illustrator will appear on a different blog, writing an original short article or creating an original illustration in support of Latino children’s literacy. The Día Blog Hop concludes on April 30th here on L4LL, culminating with a special announcement.

To follow along, here is a schedule of the participating blogs and the authors/illustrators with which they are paired. As each article goes live, I will be updating this schedule with a direct link. Bookmark this page for easy reference!

April 6th – Pat Mora on Latinas for Latino Lit

April 7th – Amy Costales on MommyMaestra

April 8th – Duncan Tonatiuh on The Wise Latina Club

April 9th – Alma Flor Ada on La Familia Cool

April 10th – Lupe Ruiz-Flores on The Other Side of the Tortilla

April 11th – Magdalena Zenaida on De Su Mama

April 12th – Christina Rodriguez on My Friend Betty Says

April 13th – Lulu Delacre on Atypical Familia

April 14th – René Saldaña on Tech Food Life

April 15th – John Parra on Modern Mami

April 16th – Graciela Tiscareno-Sato on Unknown Mami

April 17th – Amada Irma Pérez on Mama Latina Tips … y en español

April 18th – Maya Gonzalez on PearMama

April 19th – Talia Aikens-Nuñez on Growing up Blackxican

April 20th – Monica Brown on Moms LA

April 21st – Meg Medina on Latinaish

April 22nd – Irania Patterson on Living Mi Vida Loca

April 23rd – René Colato-Laínez on Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes

April 24th – Laura Lacámara on Mami Talks

April 25th – James Luna on Ezzy Languzzi
& Mara Price on Ahorros para Mama

April 26th – Kathleen Contreras on Family is Familia

April 27th – Joe Cepeda on Justice Jonesie

April 28th – Isabel Campoy on Growing Up Bilingual

April 29th – Margarita Engle on My Big Fat Cuban Family

April 30th – A special announcement on Latinas for Latino Lit (L4LL)

Pat Mora On Día’s First Blog Hop

It is with greatest respect and much delight that we welcome award-winning author and poet, Pat Mora, as our blog hop’s first contributor. As Día’s founder, it seems only fitting that she launch this event. For a look at the complete blog hop schedule, click here.

Día’s First Blog Hop

by Pat Mora

What a special honor: beginning Día’s first blog hop! I sometimes think of Día as my fourth child, definitely the most challenging, and definitely hop-hop-hopping around our diverse country spreading bookjoy. Día’s history goes back to 1996 when at the University of Arizona, a radio interviewer from Mexico introduced me to the custom of celebrating El día del niño on April 30th. I loved the idea of a children’s day and felt confident that kids would too. Who doesn’t like a party—and treats?

My first children’s book, A Birthday Basket for Tía, had been published in 1992, and I’d quickly become aware that, as not all children are equally valued, all books aren’t either. I also discovered that, essential as it is for children to see their lives and families like theirs reflected in books, many book buyers were wary of difference, of books that reflect our national reality. I also knew what literacy challenges our country faces.

What if, I wondered? What if those of us who care deeply about children and literacy created a national, community-based initiative to celebrate children, nuestros niñas y niños queridos, and to celebrate books? My committed friends at REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking, became my first partner. REFORMA remains committed to Día and its members serve as judges for the Mora Award. Día, as in día por día, day by day, has grown to include linking all children to books, languages and cultures. It’s now housed at the Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association. ALSC produces materials to help promote Día and has an annual Día registry that reflects some of the many culminating April Día celebrations.

Research indicates how important it is for children to be active readers by third grade. Think of the technological world that they’ll inherit, and literacy is essential in a democracy. Those of us lucky enough to be readers can serve as coaches to those who may not have had our opportunities. On my blog during our Díapalooza, I’ll be posting some literacy tips and a small downloadable poster : “Growing a Nation of Readers: Creating a Bookjoy Family.”

My dream for Día? That April book fiestas become as rich a tradition as Mother’s Day and Father’s Day; that families, libraries, schools, youth organizations and communities honor kids, their cultures and languages & creatively share bookjoy with them. I’m so grateful to the wonderful authors and illustrators who are doing this.

Día strengthens communities, and hundreds of Día celebrations are planned for this year. Do explore if such events are planned at your local schools, libraries and community organizations. If they aren’t, with some friends, become active Día advocates. You’ll find many ideas and links on my site. In your unique way, foster the tradition in your family and champion it in your networks and organizations. Spread the Día word. Día needs your innovative ideas too.

Let’s all clap for Monica Olivera and Latinas for Latino Literature for creating this clever blog hop and their important blog. They’re a shining example of designing a clever way to expand Día’s reach and visibility. Gracias, gracias, Monica and Latinas for Latino Literature!

Pat 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 Giveaway

L4LL has put together a wonderful collection of Latino children’s literature to be given to a school or public library. Many of the books were donated by the authors and illustrators participating in this blog hop. You can read a complete list of titles here on the L4LL website.
To enter your school library or local library in the giveaway, simply leave a comment below.

The deadline to enter is 11:59 EST, Monday, April 29th. The winner will be chosen using Random.org and announced on the L4LL website on April 30th, Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros. The winner will be contacted via email – so be sure to leave a valid email address in your comment! (If we have no way to contact you, we’ll have to choose someone else!)

By entering this giveaway, you agree to the Official Sweepstakes Rules. No purchase required. Void where prohibited.

¡Buena suerte!

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 Latinas4LatinoLit.org
11th – Alma Flor Ada on AllofMeNow.com
12th – Margarita Engle on TheWiseLatinaClub.com
13th – F. Isabel Campoy on AutismWonderland.com
14th – Joe Cepeda on MommyMaestra.com
15th – Lulu Delacre on ModernMami.com
16th – Jorge Argueta on SweetLifeBake.com
17th – René Colato-Laínez on Latinaish.com
18th – Amy Costales on MamisTimeOut.com
19th – Monica Brown on NewLatina.net
20th – Christina Rodriguez on GrowingUpBlackxican.com
21st – James Luna on DeSuMama.com
22nd – Brian Amador on MomsLA.com
23rd – Mara Price on MamaLatinaTips.com
24th – Jeff Zorilla on MulticulturalFamilia.com
25th – John Parra on MamiTalks.com
26th – Duncan Tonatiuh on SpanglishBaby.com
27th – René Saldaña on LivingMiVidaLoca.com
28th – Eric Gonzalez on UnknownMami.com
29th – Irania Patterson on TheDomesticBuzz.com

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

Un abrazo,

~ Monica

The L4LL Día Blog Hop

We are so thrilled to bring you our first April event, and the first Día Blog Hop ever. This is Latinas for Latino Literature’s first time to celebrate Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros – and we’re doing it in a big way!

Each day, starting on April 10th (next Wednesday), a different Latina blogger will be hosting a different Latino children’s book author and/or illustrator.  And we have an exciting giveaway to tell you about! We hope you’ll follow the blog hop, which will culminate with the announcement of the winner on April 30th, Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros. Please feel free to share it with everyone!

Check back here in a few days for more information, including the complete schedule of blogs and authors, as well as another big announcement!

Con mucho cariño…

Monica, Lisa, Carla, y Viviana