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Round-up of Latino children’s literature top book lists for 2013

Round-up of Latino children’s literature top book lists for 2013

LatinaLista — Latino children’s literature is steadily attracting attention. Unfortunately, it’s not enough attention to warrant being included on some of the more prestigious top book lists. So, as in the past, whenever it was noticed there was a failure to recognize Latino talent, others stepped in to address the deficiency; children’s literature is no

DUNCAN TONATIUH Illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh, illustrator of "Diego Rivera: His World and Ours," the 2012 winner of the Pura Belpre Illustrator Award, with some of his work in his home in Colonia La Lejona, San Miguel de Allende. The award, which honors La

Video: Latino children’s illustrator draws on hard issues to create charming stories

LatinaLista — With a name like Duncan Tonatiuh, it’s understandable if there’s some confusion over his background. Yet, one glimpse at any of the picture books he has authored and illustrated leaves no doubt as to the cultural pride he has in his Mexican roots. Tonatiuh grew up in San Miguel de Allende, the son


Video: Latina book editor shares insights on how to get published in today’s book industry

LatinaLista — “We don’t need more Latino authors. We need more Latino acquisition editors.” It’s a bold statement by a woman by the name of Marcela Landres but one that reveals the crux of the problem as to why Latino writers are so underrepresented among the major publishing houses. It’s a problem Landres knows intimately

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Video: A frank discussion about contemporary Latino fiction between Luis Alberto Urrea and Cristina Henriquez

LatinaLista — It’s not often that an established Latino author interviews a rising Latina author before an appreciative audience but that’s what happened during the 2012 Chicago Humanities Festival. 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist for nonfiction and member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame, Luis Alberto Urrea, sat down with Cristina Henríquez, the author of


Video: Reading Out Loud — books banned by Arizona educators

LatinaLista — It’s another school year and another opportunity for those who want to ‘whitewash’ students’ curriculum to go at it. The most offensive form of school whitewashing is banning books by ethnic authors. Because the books reflect an underlying reality that isn’t considered the norm — by those deemed in charge of student literature