Video of the Week: Guadalupe Rivera Marín

Video of the Week: Art

Video of the Week: Art

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This week’s DIY Summer Reading Camp theme is ART. One of the Hispanic artists explored in our printables is Diego Rivera. While there are many wonderful books written about the artist, we’ve chosen to share this short video of his daughter Guadalupe Rivera Marín talking about her bilingual picture book My Papa Diego and Me / Mi papá Diego y yoIn it she shares personal memories of her father.

Video of the Week: Rafael López


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This week’s DIY Summer Reading Camp theme is MUSIC. An intrinsic part of our culture, many Latino musicians have had a powerful impact on world music. Two of those – Tito Puente, Mambo King/Tito Puente, Rey del Mambo and My Name is Celia/Me llamo Celia: The Life of Celia Cruz/la vida de Celia Cruz (aff)  have been featured in children’s books illustrated by artist Rafael López. His distinctive illustrations perfectly depict the movement, emotion, and vibrancy of the musicians and their music. So this week’s video features some of his children’s book illustrations and the community murals he creates with children.

Video of the Week: From North to South


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This week’s DIY Summer Reading Camp theme is IMMIGRATION & HERITAGE. With so many families being separated by deportations, we thought it appropriate to share author René Colato-Laínez’s book trailer for From North to South (affiliate link). Illustrated by Joe Cepeda, it is a book about a situation more and more children are experiencing. René frequently writes about the situation of immigration and its impact on children. We encourage you to look into his wonderful books.

Video of the Week: Carmen Tafolla Reads What Can You Do with a Paleta?


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This week’s DIY Summer Reading Camp theme is SUMMER/VERANO, and one of the books recommended in this camp is Carmen Tafolla‘s What Can You Do with a Paleta? (affiliate link). We thought it would be great to share with you this video of Dr. Tafolla reading her book aloud. So grab your nene and enjoy learning all about what you can do with a paleta!

Video of the Week: Irania Macias Patterson


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This week’s DIY Summer Reading Camp theme is NATURE/NATURALEZA, and one of the books recommended in this camp is Irania Macia Patterson’s Chipi Chipis, Small Shells of the Sea (affiliate link). So we were excited to find this video of Irania discussing in Spanish her book, writing for Latino children, and encouraging authors in North Carolina (and around the country).

Video of the Week: Carmen Lomas Garza


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This week’s DIY Summer Reading Camp theme is FAMILIA, and one of the books recommended in this camp is Carmen Lomas Garza’s Family Pictures/Cuadros de mi familia (aff). So we’d like to share with you this video that we love of Carmen discussing her artwork, her books, and how she ended up writing & illustrating for children.


Video of the Week: Pelé, The King of Soccer/ El rey del fútbol

Video of the Week - Sports

Video of the Week - Sports


This week’s video not only matches our DIY Summer Reading Camp theme, but it also celebrates the beginning of one of the most popular sports championships – the Fifa World Cup! Will your family be watching? Don’t forget to have your children read more about Pelé in this week’s DIY camp packet, and encourage them to think about who their favorite athlete is so they can write about him or her this week for their newspaper activity!


Video of the Week: Latino Folk Tales, Cuentos Populares – Art by Latino Artists

DIY Summer Reading Camp: Folklore

Video of the Week Folklore

If you are participating in this year’s L4LL Latino Children’s Summer Reading Program as a Premium member, then you are probably half way through the first themed week in our DIY Summer Reading Camp. The theme this week is Folklore. To supplement the activity pages, we’ve found this marvelous video for your family to watch. You’ll find lots of beautiful images by Latino illustrators in this educational video that discusses the Latino Folk Tales, Cuentos Populares – Art by Latino Artists Exhibition that took place at the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum last year. The exhibition displayed 65 framed original artworks from 12 well-known artists: Leovigildo Martinez, Maya Christina Gonzalez, Lulu Delacre, Lucia and Gloria Perez, Felipe Dávalos-González, Beatriz Vidal, Honorio Robledo, Esau Andrade Valencia, Amy Córdova, Susan Guevara, and Raul Colón.


(If you haven’t signed up for the Premium subscription, you can still purchase this week’s Folklore printable separately. Try it out and see if your child loves it as much as mine do.)

A Final Video to End L4LL’s Hispanic Heritage Month: Festival of Books

Dear Amigos,

It has been a wonderful month celebrating the contributions of Hispanics to our country’s history through literature. We’ve enjoyed all the wonderful books and giveaways, Google hangouts and literacy craft tutorials that we’ve shared here on L4LL.

We want to take a moment to thank our wonderful sponsors. We’re so grateful to our naming sponsor, Google, who made our month-long event even better with their financial and technological support, and by working with us to create the fantastic Google Play collection of Hispanic literature…then offering it at half price this month! In addition, our updated site and logo were made possible by Google.

We’re also so very appreciative of the support we received from individuals and companies across the country, especially our event sponsors, and Pa’lante Latino. It takes many members of a community to help keep it together and accomplish great things. Without their support, our HHM: Festival of Books could not have had the reach it did, nor could it have offered as many opportunities for community engagement.

And of course, we’d like to thank all of the amazing contributors to our site and the wonderful Latinas who ran our Weekend Book Club discussion series. Your work really made a difference in our first Hispanic Heritage Month event.

We’d like to end this event with a video book report by 1st grader, Kiyoshi, who read Side by Side, Lado a lado, the Story of Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez. The education of our children and our desire to raise Latino kids who are knowledgeable and proud of their heritage so that they can take their place as valuable contributing members of our society is what L4LL is all about. We hope you’ll applaud Kiyoshi’s willingness to create a video book report of a book he read, as well as his parent’s involvement in his education.

Bravo, Kiyoshi!

A Video Book Report of Return to Sender

We’re so pleased to share today’s video book report that was submitted by Jared, a ninth grader in Pennsylvania. He’s chosen a moving book by author Julia Álvarez on the controversial topic of immigration. We love his presentation of the plot and characters, as well as his explanation for why he recommends the book.

Well done, Jared!