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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 more than 50

2013 Top Ten “New” Latino Authors to Watch (and Read) 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 the literary world.

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 Arizona and other


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 known as Las Comadres Para Las Americas, the Austin-based group has been connecting Latinas of all ages and professions across the nation since early 2000, both online and off. Spearheading the growth of this vast network has been

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, Latino children (0-17) account for 24