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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L4LL’s 2014 Summer Reading Incentives

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We are so excited to announce this year’s summer reading program incentives! As you may remember from last year, we firmly believe that children should be rewarded for their hard work and incentives, when used sparingly, can help to motivate students – especially reluctant readers. Don’t forget that last summer we shared with you How to Use Incentives to Get your Child to Read, if you are looking for some helpful tips.

We have a great collection of educational products that we’ll be giving away at the end of the program to families with parents or children who read 8 books over the course of the summer. Our fantastic giveaways are available to all our program participants – both freemium and preemium members. See a complete list of our incentives below.

Important Reminders:

  • Registration CLOSES on July 14th.
  • Submission forms for up to 4 children per family are available in your Account pages. Just log in to access them.

** INTERNATIONAL FAMILIES: Children in the older age groups are not eligible to win the school supplies or Chromebooks. However, if you are one of the first 50 families to complete the program, then you will be eligible to receive a $50 Google Play gift card.


4 and Under

Parents who read 8 books to their children under 4 years old this summer will be entered to win a $50 Google Play gift card to help parents find and purchase additional eBooks on Google Play to read to their children.


In addition, three families will be entered to win a 1-year subscription to Zoobean‘s Book-of-the-Month Club, which sends a carefully selected book to your home once a month, and includes an accompanying digital lesson plan delivered to your email. This service helps parents nurture their children’s literacy skills with books and activities geared to your child’s interests. Zoobean is a  personalized subscription service that serves families with children ages 0 – 8 years old.


4 to 8 Years

School supplies

Once again, we’re looking forward to helping parents with the expenses associated with back-to-school time at the end of the summer. This year, the first 60 families who complete the summer reading program and whose children read and submit the titles of 8 books over the course of the summer will automatically receive a backpack full of free school supplies!


9 to 18 Years (Young Adult Challenge)


One of the goals of the Latino Children’s Summer Reading Program is to take advantage of technology and use it to boost literacy skills among our youth. Our Young Adult Challenge does exactly that as it combines technology with Latino literature.

We understand that kids ages 9 to 18 need access to technology for academic achievement and to help parents cover the cost of a laptop on which their children can do research, write reports, graph data, and much, much more, we’re giving away Chromebooks!

The families of participants in this age range who submit a list of the 8 books they’ve read over the summer, as well as a video book report about a piece of Latino (children’s) lit that they’ve read, will be entered to win a Chromebook donated by our sponsor, Google, and $50 Google Play gift cards to help you purchase educational applications for your Chromebook.  The video book report will be archived in the L4LL YouTube channel. This book may be one of the 8 books they’ve read for the program, and may or may not be found on our reading list for young adults. Up to 20 winners will be chosen at random from the entries.

For a complete description of the YA Challenge Rules, click on the link below.

YA Challenge Resources


Google Play Celebrates HHM with 50% Off {Giveaway}

As our naming sponsor, Google’s support has allowed us to bring you a lot of great resources and opportunities this month, such as our reading lists, Google Hangouts with Latino authors, our HHM reading kits, and a variety of giveaways. But we are most excited about this particular opportunity.

L4LL has partnered with Google Play to help them with the creation of a collection of Latino literature titles that it is being showcased on the Google Play Books homepage. And guess what? Most of the titles on our HHM: Festival of Books Adult Reading list are included. ¿Y sabe qué más? In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Google Play is offering these titles at 50% OFF!

But wait! It gets even better.

Because we want our readers to be able to access these and other titles (you can see a small sample in the image above), we are giving away one Nexus 7 tablet to one lucky L4LL reader!

And did you know that Google is having its 15th anniversary this month? (Seriously, gente, can you believe they are only 15 years old?!?) So to celebrate, Google has donated some Google Play gift cards to L4LL. (You know where this is going, don’t you?)

SO, therefore we are pleased to announce these amazing giveaways:

1) As mentioned above, one L4LL reader will receive a Nexus 7 tablet plus $100 worth of gift cards to Google Play.

2) NINE (9!) other L4LL readers will also receive $100 worth of gift cards to Google Play.

It’s true. We’re giving away $1000 worth of Google Play gift cards! ¡Qué locura! You can totally wallow in all the Latino lit titles that Google has to offer and then some.

To enter, all you have to do is use the Rafflecopter below.
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#L4LL HHM: Festival of Books Tech Giveaway

Chrombook and tablet giveaway
Last summer we had a few requests from adults who wanted to enter to win the Nexus 7 tablets or Chromebooks. So we are happy to announce that for our HHM: Festival of Books, readers of all ages can enter to win one these fabulous prizes donated by our sponsor, Google! The video book report will be archived in the L4LL YouTube channel.

To enter, you must choose a book from one of our HHM Reading Lists (adults must choose a book from the Adult Reading List and vice versa!) and submit a video book report of no more than 3 minutes to us. Winners will be chosen at random.

For a complete description of how to enter this HHM Tech Giveaway and submit your video, please click on the link below:

HHM Tech Giveaway Resources:

Black Book of Colors: A Zoobean Pick + Free Bilingual Reading Guides

The following is a guest post and giveaway from our friends at Zoobean.

When I select books for my kids, I search for those that reflect their family and backgrounds so that they can see themselves in what they read. On the other hand, I, like most parents, look very hard to handpick a variety of books that also give my kids a window into other cultures and experiences. So, when we discoveredBlack Book of Colors, by Rosana Faria and Menina Cottin, I knew I had found something special. The book is about how a blind boy, Thomas, perceives color. The striking black pages, with faint designs and raised Braille, describe colors using every sense except sight. “Red is sour like unripe and as sweet as watermelon. It hurts when he finds it on his scraped knee.”

At Zoobean, we curate children’s book subscriptions, based on your preferences, and accompany them with reading guides. We also feature books each month, including The Black Book of Colors. A Zoobean curator, who is also a parent and children’s librarian, touches on how this book both resonates personally with kids and also gives them an entirely new perspective, “Sometimes children are both fascinated and frightened by disabilities and I think presenting blindness in such relatable and beautiful ways satisfies their curiosity while also making it less foreign and therefore less scary. It helps you plant the seeds of compassion and sensitivity.” I hope that followers of Latinas for Latino Lit and beyond share in this same experience with the extraordinary Black Book of Colors. This book is available in Spanish and English, and was first written in Spanish by a Venezuelan author. Here we have provided bilingual reading guides for you in English and Spanish, created by an award-winning educator in Washington, DC.

A recent review on Red Tricycle described Zoobean as “the lovechild of your fave indie bookstore and trusted children’s librarian.” I love that description! We hope you’ll keep in touch with us by signing up for our FREE catalog of children’s books, including the capacity to filter books by language, character’s background, topic, and much more.

– Jordan Lloyd Bookey, Chief Mom at Zoobean

The Giveaway

We are doing a Zoobean giveaway of 3 copies of The Black Book of Colors. To enter, simply use the Rafflecopter widget below.

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Jordan Lloyd Bookey is Chief Mom at Zoobean, a discovery and personalization platform for kids’ books, all handpicked by parents. Before she decided to make the leap as an entrepreneur, Jordan served as Google’s Head of K-12 Education Outreach, where she was responsible for the company’s worldwide programs that expand access to technology and computer science kids. Jordan lives with her family in Washington, DC. You can usually find her at 1776 DC, working on Zoobean with her husband and Chief Dad, Felix, or exploring the city and trying to keep up with their two little kiddos.