LatinaLista — May is Latino Books Month.
Founded by Latina author Pat Mora in 1996, the annual month-long observance is meant to highlight and elevate Latino-authored books, as well as, promote literacy among Latinos of all ages.
Some publishers are marking the observance with a special book-giveaway. The Hachette Book Group, working with selected book blogs, is giving away five titles:
B as in Beauty By Alberto Ferreras
Into the Beautiful North By Luis Urrea
Hungry Woman in Paris By Josefina Lopez
The Disappearance of Irene Dos Santos By Margaret Mascarenhas
Houston, We Have a Problema By Gwendolyn Zepeda
And while we know there are more Latinas/os discovering their inner voices and putting them to paper, it’s still hard to discover new Latina/o authors. So that’s why special reading lists published by the Association of American Publishers for Latino Books Month is so handy in finding those new and existing Latina/o voices.
Latino Books Monthâ€”part of the Spanish language component of the AAP’s Get Caught Reading campaign, Â¡Aja! Leyendo â€“ is a month long celebration in which booksellers, librarians, educators, and other community activists encourage their friends and neighbors to read books by and for Latinos.
For a free digital copy of the Latino Books Month resource kit, which includes a contact list for booking authors, information on starting a Latino book club, and a recommended reading list with adult fiction, adult nonfiction, childrenâ€™s, and poetry titles, please email Katie Ly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally, a recommended reading list for El dÃa de los niÃ±os / El dÃa de los libros (Childrenâ€™s Day/Book Day), a year-round celebration, is available for download on www.getcaughtreading.org..
And remember â€” Keep on Reading!