Remarkable Latino Children’s Literature of 2014

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Since the close of our 2014 Latino Children’s Summer Reading Program, we’ve been very busy behind the scenes expanding it to be used year round and working on big changes to next summer’s program. In between all of this, we spend a lot of time exploring both new and old titles.

As we head into the holidays and the end of the year, we want to share our annual Remarkable Latino Children’s Literature selection of exemplary books written by or about Latinos. We sincerely hope that we’ll be seeing some Latino children’s literature titles like these in the New York Times’ annual list of Notable Children’s Books, NPR’s Best Books of 2014, and other national lists.

You can download and print a copy of our list here.  We know that there are other fantastic stories that have been published this year. As always, we’d love to hear from you. What titles would you add to our list? Share them in the comments below.

Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes

Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes by Juan Felipe Herrera. Illustrated by Raúl Colón. (Dial, $19.99) A stunning collection of short biographical essays on 20 Hispanics who have contributed to our nation’s – and world’s – history.

Dalias Wondrous Hair

Dalia’s Wondrous Hair by Laura Lacámara. (Piñata Books, $17.95) Children will be swept away into this vibrant tale about a young girl’s magical hair! Rich with Cuban culture, this book includes a section in the back listing native Cuban plants and animals.

Abuelo

Abuelo by Arthur Dorros. Illustrated by Raúl Colón. (HarperCollins, $17.99) A touching, bilingual tale about the special bond between a child and his grandfather in this follow up book to Dorros’ Abuela.

Green is a Chile Pepper

Green is a Chile Pepper: A Book of Colors by Roseanne Greenfield Thong. Illustrated by John Parra. (Chronicle Books, $16.99) This lively rhyming picture book introduces children to the world of colors through images frequently associated with Latino culture.

Separate is Never Equal

Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh. (Harry N. Abrams, $18.95) Teach your child about the role Sylvia Mendez and her family played in school equality in California nearly 10 years before Brown vs. Board of Education.

How Chile Came to New Mexico

How Chile Came to New Mexico written by Rudolfo Anaya. Illustrated by Otero Nicolas. (Rio Grande Books, $24.95) A beautifully written story that highlights New Mexico’s rich multicultural history.

Dale, Dale, Dale
Dale, Dale, Dale: A Fiesta of Numbers written by René Saldaña. Illustrated by Carolyn Dee Flores (Piñata Books, $17.95) A bilingual counting book about a child who imagines all the fun he’s going to have as he prepares for his birthday party.

L4LL’s DIY Summer Reading Camp in English & Spanish

DIY Camp module

Did you know that our L4LL DIY Summer Reading Camp is available in English and Spanish? Available to Premium subscribers, this reading camp has 100+ printable activity pages sorted into 10 different themes to span our 10-week summer reading program.
These literacy activities are culturally-based and designed for kids in 2nd through 6th grade. Your kids will read about famous Latinos such as Pelé and Celia Cruz, and learn about curanderas. They’ll get to create their own family tree, follow a recipe for making their own paletas, write poetry, compose their own song, keep an adventure journal, and try to mark off all of the fun activities on our Summer Bucket List.

Download some sample pages from our L4LL DIY Summer Reading Camp below by selecting your preferred language:

 

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Additional Latino children’s literature titles are recommended for each theme, but the DIY Camp is a stand-alone program and you do not have to purchase any books to accompany it.

You can,  however, download four free eBooks thanks to our partnership with Qlovi, an online eReading and writing platform. When you sign up, you’ll receive a special code that lets your family access these titles from any digital device.

To purchase your Premium subscription, click here

Freemium subscribers: you can purchase individual files for $6 each. Visit our online shop.

 

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