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Latino Books Month marked by give-aways and recognizing new authors

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.
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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 Month—part of the Spanish language component of the AAP’s Get Caught Reading campaign, ¡Aja! Leyendo – 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, children’s, and poetry titles, please email Katie Ly at Additionally, a recommended reading list for El día de los niños / El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), a year-round celebration, is available for download on

And remember — Keep on Reading!

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