Welcome to L4LL’s Hispanic Heritage Month: Festival of Books

Dear friends, we are simply so excited to kick off our latest project, the Hispanic Heritage Month: Festival of Books! We have so many great things planned this month that you should check in here every day this week (and month!) for updates about new products, printables, and opportunities.

Unlike our Latino Children’s Summer Reading Program, the HHM: Festival of Books is geared for adults, too, with special content to be posted throughout the month, as well as a reading list of some of our favorite biographies for adults about some famous – and some not so well known – Hispanic Americans.

We will also feature weekly Google hangouts with authors of the hottest and critically-acclaimed biographies about some of the most fascinating Hispanic Americans who have contributed, or are contributing, to our country.

First up this Wednesday, September 18 from 12 noon to 12:30pm EST is award-winning Washington Post reporter Manuel Roig-Franzia and author of The Rise of Marco Rubio. Publisher’s Weekly writes:

“Readers in search of an in-depth and unbiased look at the young, dynamic Republican senator from Florida will be rewarded by this well-researched biography… the writing here is crisp and the research thorough.”

L4LL’s Viviana Hurtado interviews Roig-Franzia whose reporting gives insight into a person who is positioning himself to become our country’s first President of Latino descent.

Click on our Google+ page each Wednesday of Hispanic Heritage Month to access our Google hangout link and on the L4LL YouTube channel where it will be archived.

We hope you’ll join us!

L4LL’s Hispanic Heritage Month: Festival of Books

We are so excited to announce that on the heels of the successful pilot of our Latino children’s summer reading program, we are happy to honor Latino contributions to the U.S. in history, politics, public service, the arts, and sports with the “L4LL Hispanic Heritage Month: Festival of Books.” This month-long event will feature two original and free reading lists made up of autobiographies and biographies–one for adults and one for children in kindergarten through 4th grade.

L4LL Hispanic Heritage Month: Festival of Books recognizes that Hispanics are natives to technology. So our free reading-centered program will promote basic literacy skills with downloadable reading lists and daily website content. To teach vocabulary development and measure comprehension, our Festival of Books spotlights interactive activities such as a virtual book club, Google hangouts on the L4LL YouTube channel, author interviews and reader video book reports.

Families and educators who would like to teach or learn more about Latino contributions to the U.S. can buy one of our original and pedagogically designed L4LL Hispanic Heritage Month: Festival of Books Reading Kits. The kits introduce children to historical figures — such as civil rights activists Cesar Chávez and Dolores Huerta, salsa queen Celia Cruz, and librarian and literacy advocate Pura Belpré — through biographies and printables activities. The kits are designed for children in kindergarten through the 4th grade.

This time, both children and adults will have the opportunity to submit their own video book reports and enter their families for a chance to win a Chromebook or Nexus 7 tablet, as well as participate in a Twitter party and Google hangout for additional giveaways.

WHEN/WHERE: L4LL Hispanic Heritage Month: Festival of Books is a month-long event beginning Sunday, September 15 through Tuesday, October 15, 2013. Updates and additional information will be posted on our website, Google+, Facebook, and Twitter pages.

THANK YOU: This innovative program that aims to help Latinos raise literacy levels while learning about Hispanic contributions to our country is made possible thanks to the support of our sponsors: Mamiverse, LatinaMom.Me, Bebé Lanugo, Mommy Maestra, The Wise Latina Club, and is powered by Google.

For sponsorship opportunities and media interviews, please email Viviana Hurtado, Ph.D. at viviana@latinas4latinolit.org