Ever since the New York Times‘article highlighting the lack of Latino characters in children’s books, there’s been a heightened awareness to find and get books by and about Latinos into the hands of Latino children.
A first-of-its-kind online Latino summer book program was launched this summer and, according to their press release, was a huge success — “Nearly 700 families and 1,450 children participated in the program, ranging from infants to high-school students from around the nation, seven other countries, and a military base in Germany.”
The popularity of the program, which featured a reading list of bilingual books, illustrates not just the interest of Latino students for titles that have characters that look like them, sound like them and live in families and communities that are familiar but the need Latino students have to read and see these elements.
- Latinos among those hit the hardest by Head Start cuts (nbclatino.com)
- For Tucson Latino Authors Aren’t ‘Culturally Relevant’ (huffingtonpost.com)
- Latino students could benefit from Obama’s education reforms (voxxi.com)
- Few Latino Characters Found in Books? (snolasco.com)