• Bilingual literacy site gears up for summer with free downloadable ebooks, coloring pages and activity sheets

    LatinaLista — It won't be long before kids are out of school for the summer and parents will...

  • Latina veteran pens first bilingual children’s book showing Latina mamá in uniform

    LatinaLista — A 2011 Pew study found that there were more Latinas serving in the military than Latinos. It's a trend that will only continue since some undocumented Latina teens waiting for immigration reform have declared their intent to enlist in the military when they're cleared to do so. Now, a new...

  • Four Latina bloggers band together to promote Latino literary talent to Latino readers and mainstream book publishers

    LatinaLista — Last weekend, I received an email from a longtime reader whom I 'virtually' met several years ago when he was working on his book. His book, now published and award-winning, was being offered for free downloads on Amazon for just a short time. The author wrote me asking to download...

  • First Latino to win prestigious PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction is a homeboy from the U.S.-Mexico border

    LatinaLista — In a prestigious literary competition where more than 350 novels and short-story collections by American authors published in the U.S. in 2012 were evaluated by a three-judge panel, a 58-year-old former priest walked away with the $15,000 prize — he's also the first Latino to win the honored award in...

  • President’s announcement for pre-school for every child is perfect timing for renewed push of national bilingual literacy program

    LatinaLista — President Obama's State of the Union announcement that he plans on working with states to make high-quality preschool available to every child in America is welcome news in the Latino community that has historically struggled with low literacy rates. In states such as California and Texas, Latino students account for...

  • 2013 Top Ten “New” Latino Authors to Watch (and Read)

    LatinoStories.com Xanath Caraza: LatinoStories had the pleasure of reviewing her first major poetry collection, and it did not disappoint. Caraza’s Mayan, Spanish, and English gem shines as it conjures the magic of words. Expect to hear her name more and more in the coming years, as this revolutionary poet makes waves in...

  • LibroLuz: Oklahoma author weaves state’s harsh immigration laws into storyline challenging moral duty

    By Sara Martínez LatinaLista Rilla Askew is an Oklahoma author with a heart of gold and a way with a story. Her latest novel, Kind of Kin, places an Oklahoma family at the center of the vortex that was unleashed with the implementation of harsh immigration laws that foreshadowed harsher laws in...

  • LibroLuz: Comadres share “Tales of Sisterhoods and Fierce Friendships”

    LatinaLista — Before the rise of mami bloggers and the Latino blogosphere there was Las Comadres. Officially...

  • Mainstream children’s book publishers do a sad, sad job meeting the needs of Latino readers

    LatinaLista — The perception that there are a lot of Latino children running and skipping on playgrounds across the country is no mirage. According to the Pew Hispanic Center, the number of Latino students in the nation's public schools nearly doubled from 1990 to 2006. Currently, according to Childstats.gov, Latino children (0-17)...

  • Tracing the root causes for Latino immigrant students’ struggles and successes in American schools

    By Sara Martínez LatinaLista Disturbed by the high rates of Latino students dropping out of school in the United States, Dr. Jacqueline Zaleski Mackenzie wondered what could be done to help both the students and the teachers gain success in the classroom. She knew she had to get to the root of...

  • A fall from grace for one priest leads to a life of redemption and reinvention

    By Diane Romero Singerman LatinaLista Albert Cutié was one of the most visible priests in the world courtesy of his Miami-based Spanish-language media ministry. This young Puerto Rican-born priest was a household name at the height of his popularity among the Spanish-speaking faithful who religiously watched his nationally televised show Padre Alberto....

  • Only requirement for new presidential straw poll is to be a comic book fan

    LatinaLista -- Straw polls are like the heart monitors of political candidates. How a candidate fares in a straw poll usually is a good indication of how much life is left in the campaign according to a select group of voters. The latest group to participate in a straw poll may have...

  • Top national book award goes to Richard Valencia, national authority on “deficit thinking”

    La Voz de Austin AUSTIN, TX -- Educational psychologist Richard Valencia's newest book, "Dismantling Contemporary Deficit Thinking," has garnered the 2011 Outstanding Book Award from the American Educational Research Association (AERA), with the awards committee describing the book as a "superlative treatment" of the topic of deficit thinking. The AERA is the...

  • Spotlight Nonprofit: Teaching parents how to “book cuddle” with their children

    LatinaLista -- Literacy. It's a word that gauges the future success of our children in school. Children who have an appreciation of reading and learn the basics of sounding out words go on to have success in school. Children who aren't exposed to books and don't grasp those early lessons are doomed...

  • A lesson that turns into a gift for a young daughter from her migrant father

    By Aracelli Astorga LatinaLista Papi's Gift, by Karen Stanton and illustrated by René King Moreno, tells the story of Graciela, a young girl who lives in a small, Latin American village with her mother and two brothers. Because it has not rained in a very long time, Graciela's father has reluctantly left...

  • Latina adventurer goes from NFL cheerleader to wildlife explorer

    By Pam Burrell LatinaLista   "As I crouched only a few feet from him, Kingo crouched in front of the camera, feeding on vegetation, seemingly undisturbed. I looked at him and then turned to Andy's lens and said, 'Clearly, the silverback is the dominant member of the group.' I was about to...

  • The story of one small town’s change to embrace its new Latino residents

    By Sarah Dahlen LatinaLista Picture a city in the United States with a thriving, vibrant Latino community. Is Allentown, Pennsylvania what comes to mind? If not, it may be time to read Edgar Sandoval's book, The New Face of Small-Town America: Snapshots of Latino Life in Allentown, Pennsylvania. As is clear from...

  • Soledad O’Brien — An Afro-Latina by birth and a journalist by choice

    By Angela Villanueva LatinaLista Soledad O'Brien, CNN anchor and special correspondent, shares her life story and behind-the-scenes career experiences in her book "The Next Big Story," co-written with Rose Marie Arce. The book, published by Celebra, begins with her childhood in Smithtown, Long Island (a predominantly white suburb of New York City)...

  • New magazine guides Nuevos Paisanos through the American labyrinth

    By Ytzel Arrunada Borderzine EL PASO -- Mario Fernandez, 45, crossed the border illegally in search of opportunity and a better life, but he found himself here without rights or guidance and countless unanswered questions. But now, a new publication is on their side. The first edition of Nuevos Paisanos is available...

  • Bilingual book giveaway to award $500 worth of books to lucky elementary school

    LatinaLista -- To be -- bilingual or not to be! It's a question that shouldn't even be asked in this day and age. Thankfully, more and more parents and schools understand how important it is for children to speak both English, and in this case, Spanish. Knowing Spanish isn't just a good...

  • Spanish book fair showcases literature and Mexican culture to U.S. Latinos

    LatinaLista -- It used to be that public libraries had maybe one program and devoted a few shelves to books in the Spanish language. Not so anymore. According to a study by the American Library Association (ALA), Spanish is the most supported non-English language in public libraries. Seventy-eight percent of libraries reported...

  • A Memorial Day parade holds a special surprise for one young boy

    By Elizabeth Lopez LatinaLista What can be more exciting than a surprise? How about a surprise that happens right in the middle of a celebration? In the delightful Memorial Day Surprise by Theresa Martin Golding and published by Boyds Mills Press, this is exactly what awaits a young boy named Marco during...

  • Globalization and the Paso del Norte Region

    By Sarah Dahlen LatinaLista Ciudad Juarez has become an unfortunate symbol of all that is wrong at the U.S./Mexico border: violence, poverty, exploitation, lawlessness. With an average homicide rate of 200 people per month in recent years, this reputation is not entirely undeserved. But Juarez and the rest of the Paso del...

  • The special connection between Monarch butterflies and El Dia de los Muertos

    By Martha Rico LatinaLista In the Latino culture, El Dia de los Muertos holds a special significance for families who have loved ones who have died. In Uncle Monarch and the Day of the Dead, by Judy Goldman and illustrated by Rene King Moreno, the story takes a new twist featuring a...

  • Young Latino soccer players kick away stereotypes on way to their goal

    By Pam Burrell LatinaLista Woodburn, Oregon's population is 51 percent Hispanic and 49 percent Anglo. It has the highest concentration of taquerias in the state and on Saturday afternoons the parks are crowded with Hispanic men's soccer league games which culminate every August with an intense men's league tournament called Fiesta Mexicana....