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.


L4LL on Telemundo

Latinas for Latino Literature (L4LL)’s Latino Children’s Summer Reading Program on Telemundo’s Sunday Public Affairs Show
By: Viviana Hurtado, Ph.D.

Here at L4LL, our “communications strategy” is based on the ol’ principle: que corra la voz del pueblo–old fashioned word of mouth. But when you’re able to tell your story to a bigger part of el pueblo, well, that just means that more people will have the opportunity to hear about our kids summer reading program and say, “Hey, this would be perfect for Yunior. I’m going to sign up.” Or: “Oye, how about Doña María’s granddaughter? I’m going to pass it on.”

So we were super psyched when Telemundo network’s Sunday Public Affairs show Enfoque con José Díaz-Balart invited us to explain our program including:

  • The literacy and education need we identified in our community that galvanized us to create the summer reading program and what we plan to accomplish.
  • How we designed it specifically for Latino families–with reading lists of U.S. Latino children’s books, all printables in English and Spanish, and weekly newsletters to parents with literacy tips to keep the kiddos motivated and reading.
  • If you speak Spanish but your child is reading in English, we give you ideas to help you support your reader.

In José’s absence, Telemundo national correspondent Lori Montenegro anchored and busted out with her dog-eared copy of Cinderella! She’s kept the first book her parents gave her and told us it set her curiosity on fire–what would lead her years later to pursue storytelling as a journalist.

Award-winning author and illustrator Lulu Delacre, who made the first author PSA video for the L4LL YouTube channel in support of the summer reading program joined us to speak about the importance of parental involvement at the earliest age in their children’s reading development and spoke about her inspiration–the rich Latin American oral and literary tradition parents can share with their kids.

Click here to watch Latinos for Latino Literature (L4LL)’s co-founder Viviana Hurtado, Ph.D. and critically-acclaimed author and illustrator Lulu Delacre on Telemundo’s Enfoque with guest host Lori Montenegro. This broadcast aired on Sunday, July 14, 2013.
Do you have one book that you read as a child that changed your life? Please leave a comment!

TWLC: Latina Bloggers Respond: Not Enough Hispanic Authors, Books Due to Publishing Industry

For Young Latino Readers, an Image Is Missing” screamed the headline in The New York Times. I read it voraciously, thinking, finally, the shameful lack of Hispanic authors was not just identified but validated by the nation’s publication of record. The structural problems with the publishing industry would be called out. Solutions which would ultimately lead to more Latino writers being published.

Instead, my frustration boiled over with every word I read because the article missed the most fundamental reason for this exclusion: the active role of editors–and to a lesser but important degree agents, publicists, and media–in purposefully excluding Latin@ authors.

The lack of Hispanic characters, books, and the writers who pen them at every level–not just elementary school which is the subject of this article–is a function of the powerful gatekeepers who approve or ding a proposal. How do I know this? The Wise Latina Club was first imagined as a collection of twenty-five first person essays by household name Hispanic women who reveal the private stories that built their character, in effect the foundation upon which their success lies. This information can’t be googled but in coffee table book form, will surely provide much-needed inspiration for the millions of young women “coming up” thirsting for role models in school, career, and work/family balance…READ MORE.