L4LL Promotes Summer Reading on Univision’s Despierta America

L4LL Promotes Summer Reading on Univision's Despierta America

We are very excited to collaborate this summer with Univision Educación in partnership with The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to promote the importance of summer reading and explain Common Core standards.

That includes a series of appearances on Univision’s highly-rated national morning show Despierta América. L4LL co-founder Viviana Hurtado, Ph.D. shares tips to help parents and students combat the so-called Summer Slide where students can lose up to 22% of what they learned during the school year during summer vacation.

L4LL Promotes Summer Reading on Univision's Despierta America

Despierta América host Satcha Pretto and L4LL co-founder Viviana Hurtado, Ph.D. discuss tips to prevent summer reading loss. Courtesy: Univisión

L4LL 5 Tips to Prevent Summer Reading Loss for All Readers

  1. Find ways to include activities and projects that boost literacy skills: Some examples include challenging your child to write letters (not email!), poetry, or creating a family history album with in-depth stories about family members.
  2. Educational apps: Look for those that develop reading and writing skills such as story builders.
  3. Embrace audiobooks: Did you know that listening to stories improves reading comprehension and teaches grammar and sentence structure?
  4. Keep your students engaged by varying the subject matter: Studies show that reading mysteries can improve reading comprehension and reading the Great Books improves empathy.
  5. Give them access to books: Take them to the library, the bookstore, give them eReaders, stock your tablet with eBooks!

L4LL 5 Tips to Prevent Summer Reading Loss for Older Students

  1. Incorporate technology: Instead of game central, turn your tablet into educational central with access to eBooks and eMagazines.
  2. Use incentives smartly: Don’t pay your kid to read. Do recognize her hard work and efforts at the end of the summer with something she’ll enjoy. L4LL is giving away up to 20 Chromebooks and Google Play gift cards to tweens and teens who complete our summer reading program.
  3. Start a book club: Reading can be more fun when you read together. Invite your child’s friends to participate in a book club over the summer and meet every week or every other week to discuss or share books.​
  4. Create a Reading Space: Let your child create her own reading nook in the house and encourage her to personalize the area.​
  5. Avoid boring books!: Teens want stories that capture their emotions and to which they can relate. Check out our specially curated L4LL recommended summer reading lists of U.S. Latino children’s authors and illustrators.

Click here to read the article and tips in Spanish, as well as watch the Despierta América interview in Spanish with host Satcha Pretto and L4LL co-founder Viviana Hurtado, Ph.D. This broadcast aired on June 18, 2014.


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, Latinamom.me 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 El periquillo sarniento

Claudia choose El periquillo sarniento by author José Joaquín Fernandez de Lizarde. In her video book report, this rising high school senior explains the plot, characters, and that she was drawn to the book by the theme and value of morale that Fernandez de Lizarde presents in his book. Claudia’s reading comprehension, vocabulary, ability to form an argument, and public speaking are some of the literacy skills on display in her L4LL video book report.

Do we love her obvious biliteracy skills? Yes!

Hey, college-bound students: This is what you can use to augment your college applications and impress them with your portfolio!

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!

Today’s the Deadline to Submit Your Book Report Videos!

Don’t forget that today is the last day to submit your book report videos for the YA Challenge! Submitting is easy and families will be entered to win a Chromebook or Nexus 7 tablet, so just grab your camera and start filming. You can download the YA Challenge rules here.

Winners will be contacted tomorrow and the prizes will be mailed this week.

Check out this other entry below from 6th grader, Denali, who chose Dancing Home as the subject of her book review. ¡Bien hecho, Denali!

A Video Book Report on Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match

There’s only 5 days left to submit your video book reports for a chance to win a Chromebook or Nexus 7 tablet! The deadline is August 12th. And we just love all the videos that have already come in! In fact, we’re sharing another one with you today to maybe provide some inspiration for your own children.

Below is 4th grader Kotomi Marisol’s awesome review of Monica Brown’s Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match/Marisol McDonald no combina. We love it when our multicultural kids can identify with the characters they read about!

A Video Book Report on Dancing Home

Have you submitted a video book report, yet, for the Young Adult Challenge? We have 10 Chromebooks and 10 Nexus 7 tablets ready to ship out in a few weeks after the deadline passes. Families with children ages 9 to 18 have until August 12th to submit their videos. Find all the details here.

Check out how easy it is to do a video book report by watching Marianna Cruz‘s awesome book report below. We thoroughly approve of her book choice (Alma Flor Ada and Gabriel M. Zubizarreta will be thrilled!) and are so proud of her presentation. She told us her name, which book she chose, a little bit about it, why she likes it, and if she recommends it to other kids. She did an incredible job, don’t you think? ¡Bien hecho, Marianna!

¡Aplausos, por favor!