15 Reasons Why You Need To Write a Poem Right Now

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50 Latino Childrens Books You Should Know

50 Latino Childrens Books You Should Know

Even though Latinos are the largest U.S. minority group and are predicted to eventually become the majority, school curriculums have been slow to keep up with the nation’s changing demographics. Required reading lists contain few titles by Hispanic authors or with Hispanic characters, despite a thriving Latino children’s and young adult books movement. As book [...]

Improving Children’s Literacy Through Folklore

Improving Children’s Literacy Through Folklore

I have a special connection with Haiti, as I´ve written before on Mamiverse. I also have a soft spot for anyone who supports literacy. That´s why when I heard about a new non-profit organization to help children in Haiti read in English or Haitian Creole, I wanted to find out more about it. Over 50% [...]

Author Beth Navarro on What Inspired “Grambo”

Author Beth Navarro on What Inspired “Grambo”

A Grambo is: A.    A grandma who defies expectation and is amazing in so many ways. B.     A seasoned and wise individual who is not afraid to take on any task. C.     A senior who just plain rocks D.     All of the above. The answer is D! I wrote what is now [...]

What Dr. Seuss Teaches Our Kids

What Dr. Seuss Teaches Our Kids

On March 2, 1904, Theodor Seuss Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss, was born. The beloved author wrote and illustrated 44 books for children, including classics like The Cat in the Hat and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. His books are funny and entertaining, but they also teach enduring lessons to our kids—and to us, [...]

Garcia McCall’s “Under the Mesquite” Honored by YALSA

Garcia McCall’s “Under the Mesquite” Honored by YALSA

Author Guadalupe Garcia McCall and her wonderful 2011 YA novel, Under the Mesquite have won a big honor. Under the Mesquite has been added to the YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) 2014 list of Outstanding Books for the College Bound. The list is generated every five years and is something of a modern canon [...]

5 Books to Celebrate Black History Month

5 Books to Celebrate Black History Month

For most Latin American countries, Africa has had a major influence on their culture, music, and history. Researching all the fabulous titles in print for Black History Month immediately brought to mind a number of Afro-Latinos who have made significant contributions to our nation’s history. The blend of cultures that occurred in this hemisphere created [...]

5 Great Children’s Books to Celebrate Día de los Muertos

5 Great Children’s Books to Celebrate Día de los Muertos

Most children in the U.S. look forward to October 31 and celebrating Halloween. They look forward to choosing a super-cool costume, knocking on their neighbors’ doors and screaming, “Trick-or-treat!” But in Mexico, October 31 is the beginning of El día de los muertos—The Day of the Dead—a celebration that runs until November 2, when the [...]

Ask a Librarian: Find the Right Book for Your Child

Ask a Librarian: Find the Right Book for Your Child

Think librarians are just there to reshelve books and give stern looks to kids who giggle too loudly? Think again! As this infographic, prepared by Noodle.org and the New York Public Library shows, a librarian can lead kids to a wide world of adventure, learning and discovery, all within the pages of a book. Youth [...]

Emerging Writer Gina Ruiz Speaks of Writing

Emerging Writer Gina Ruiz Speaks of Writing

This is the ninth in a monthly (sometimes twice-monthly) series of guest blog posts in which emerging Latina writers talk about their work, their process and what inspires them, on Following The Lede, a blog by Sabrina Vorvoulias.  Gina Ruiz is a freelance writer, poet and book reviewer whose first love has always been books. [...]

Best Online Reading Sites

Best Online Reading Sites

Latinas for Latino Lit give tips on the best online reading sites.  Time and money. If we had unlimited supplies of both we might spend all of both buying and reading books. But if time and money are in short supply you can still keep reading by going online to find short stories. You can find [...]