• Breakthrough novel competition could be start of new career for lucky winner

    LatinaLista — It's said that everyone has at least one good story in them. Well, if you have a novel that's already written and just sitting in that kitchen drawer or the story is still swimming around in your head — GET BUSY! The Second Annual Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award is underway....

  • It’s taken a while but Newbery recognizes its first Hispanic author

    LatinaLista — A couple of weeks ago, Latina Lista posted an op-ed about the unbelievable fact that it's been 43 years since a Newbery-awarded book had a Latino protagonist character. We didn't even really touch on the next most disturbing fact — the long absence of any Latino authors given the award....

  • Marvel comics cartoonist shares what it’s like to draw Obama with Spider-Man for special edition

    LatinaLista — It's not too farfetched to say that a lot of people are already looking at President-elect Barack Obama as a real-life Superhero who will save the U.S. from spiraling into self-destruction. As Spider-Man dangles behind the new President of the United States, camera in hand, he asks: "Hey, if you...

  • A new year creates a new level of racial awareness in children’s literature

    LatinaLista — While the Obama Administration would prefer to make race a footnote issue, a new study illustrates that race is very much an issue regarding Newbery-awarded children's books and warrants serious attention. While every New Year is seen by most as the start of a fresh chapter in our lives, it's...

  • It’s been 43 years since the Newberry was awarded to a children’s book with a Hispanic main character

    LatinaLista — Probably the most coveted award for any children's book author is the Newberry Award. Given by the American Library Association (ALA) for the past 86 years to those authors whose works were deemed the best literature for children, the ALA, surprisingly, has a very monochrome view of what constitutes good...

  • A Latino Santa Claus takes the reigns to deliver toys to Texas-Mexico border children

    LatinaLista — Stories about Santa Claus are always sure to be kid-pleasers. What child doesn't like to hear how Santa Claus and his team of reindeer will battle the clock and blizzards to make children's wishes come true? Yet, while these stories always excite the imaginations of children, it's stories about the...

  • Children discover there’s something fun to learn 365 days a year

    LatinaLista — Now more than ever, the issue of school readiness for young children is on the minds of not just parents but politicians and policy makers as the country finds itself lacking the necessary high-skilled labor force it needs to compete in a global environment. Yet contrary to popular perception, equipping...

  • Appreciating ART through the (p)ages of history and culture

    LatinaLista — One of the many definitions of art is that "art is a human activity, made with the intention of stimulating thoughts and emotions. " Whether it's prehistoric stick figures, classic Madonna images, leafy landscapes, tortured self-portraits, psychedelic graffiti sprawls or the contemplative elements that comprise performance art, art has a...

  • Latino comedian takes Spanglish mainstream

    LatinaLista — Comedian Bill Santiago is well known for using language to make people laugh. Now in his new book Pardon My Spanglish: One Man's Guide to Speaking Habla (Quirk Books 2008), Santiago applies that comedic talent while serving as historian, teacher and translator as he guides readers through understanding the evolution...

  • Keeping the spirits of patriotism and family history alive

    LatinaLista — The Bacardi family name is synonymous with rum. It is an association that has proven profitable financially, socially and politically. Yet, the Bacardi legacy entails more than just creating a well-known brand -- it's about sustaining a patriotic connection for over 140 years to Cuba, the birthplace of the family...

  • A daughter’s death brings new hope to a mother’s life

    Norma Garcia's only daughter Jasmine died in a horrible car accident. Though she continually feels her daughter's loss, it was an experience that propelled this young mother to chart a new destiny for herself and others. LatinaLista — On August 11, 2001, Norma Garcia's life changed in an instant. One moment this...

  • One Mexican-American realizes that family roots are not a case of “either/or”

    An unlikely motive is the impetus for author Stephanie Elizondo Griest to embark on an 8-month journey throughout Mexico in search of her family's roots. What she uncovers is a connection that doesn't just link families but countries. "If I only spoke Spanish, I would be more Mexican." LatinaLista — It was...

  • Sisterly support creates a winning team in Congress

    Congresswomen and sisters Loretta and Linda Sánchez grew up the daughters of Mexican immigrants in California. Being bilingual and bicultural, the women share how they balanced both worlds to achieve the ultimate American Dream. LatinaLista — Linda and Loretta Sánchez made history when they became the first sisters to serve in Congress...

  • Ethnicity or race? Deconstructing the identity of Mexican Americans

    By Sheryl Luna LatinaLista — A review of the history of the Southwest reveals the impact of attitudes and treatment of early Mexican Americans that have evolved to define today's perceptions of Hispanics. In Manifest Destinies: The Making of the Mexican American Race, (NYU Press 2007) law professor and author Dr. Laura E....

  • New children’s book blog targets bilingual books and songs

    LatinaLista — There's a new book blog in cyberspace these days. Yet, unlike Latina Lista's own Bookshelf that basically reviews non-fiction books for the adult market, the Latin Baby Book Club (LBBC) reviews books — can you guess — for children. Yet, the LBBC has more than just book reviews. The site...

  • Bridging the fantasy and facts of space travel

    An aerospace research scientist creates a Mayan tale to introduce young readers to the magic and science of space exploration. LatinaLista — Space exploration. The topic has been so romanticized and sensationalized on the big and little screens that when it comes to the real thing most people channel surf right past...

  • Lifetime movie channel gives life to Latino-inspired stories

    LatinaLista — Back when former LA Times reporter Sonia Nazario decided to record the story of one boy's journey from Honduras to the United States, through gang-infested areas of Guatemala and Mexico riding on the dangerous roofs of moving trains, she had no idea how far her book, Enrique's Journey, would take...

  • Remembering the stories of Hispanic soldiers so they won’t be forgotten

    While proudly recounting his time in the service, retired Major General Freddie Valenzuela challenges the military to promote a new attitude towards recognizing and remembering Hispanic soldiers' contributions. LatinaLista — Retired Major General Freddie Valenzuela, a decorated 33-year Army veteran and author of the book "No Greater Love: The Lives and Times...

  • The duo realities of the Hispanic issue

    By Sheryl Luna | Latina Lista Longtime television journalist Geraldo Rivera challenges the public rhetoric and media perception of what defines today’s U.S. Hispanics, and in the process, crafts a personal portrait that is under-reported in the news. Geraldo Rivera’s "HISPANIC: Why Americans Fear Hispanics in the U.S." (Celebra 2008) is a...

  • Plotting happy endings to storybook dreams

    Book editor Marcela Landres discovers her true destiny is to help Latino writers find publishing success in a competitive industry. LatinaLista — Marcela Landres was on her way to making her parents proud as the first one in her family to become a doctor. However, it would take a fortunate accident in...

  • A Latin approach to dieting promises a “bombshell body”

    Latin cuisine takes center stage in a new diet book that mixes cultural anecdotes, psychology and traditional ingredients to create a slimming regimen. LatinaLista — What's not to like about a diet plan that appeals to cultural pride, does side-by-side comparisons of itself with more popular plans and doesn’t just try to...

  • El Dia de los Niños celebrates with a hug and a story

    LatinaLista — Today, throughout South America and the United States is a very special day. It's El Dia de los Niños or Children's Day. South of the border this day is taken very seriously if the local newspapers are any proof. For example, at Mexico City's El Universal newspaper, in addition to...

  • Latina Author Creates Dirty Girls Book Parties

    LatinaLista — Time magazine dubbed Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez, author of the groundbreaking book Dirty Girls Social Club, — as the "Godmother" of chica lit — that genre of literature featuring modern stories with sassy, professional and educated women who just happen to be Latinas or chicas. Valdes-Rodriguez is a multi-creative chica herself having already...

  • Young Latinas Mark Transition into Adulthood with Church Blessings, Parties and Hefty Debt

    LatinaLista — The "Coming of Age" of young Latina girls has always been a big deal in Latino families. Now, it's also big business. Known as a Quinceañera, the celebration marking the transition of a young girl into womanhood ranges from the simple backyard barbecue to the ultra lavish, catered dinner at...

  • Mexican-American Texan Writers Span Generations and Genres

    LatinaLista — According to the U.S. Census, Texas is home to the second largest Hispanic population in the country. Not surprising since Texas roots can be traced back to when the state was part of Mexico. Texas has historically nourished many writers, especially Mexican Americans who have lived their entire lives straddling...