I am an elementary school librarian in an urban setting in Massachusetts. Through the work of creating a more representative and inclusive library collection for my students, I learned a lot about the politics of the publishing industry, the accepted institutional racism and purposeful exclusion of communities in books and that we should be outraged at the continued disenfranchisement of our children.
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Friday, September 11, 2015

Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15- October 15 is Hispanic Heritage month. Here is a list of websites, books, authors and illustrators for the elementary set. By no means is this an exhaustive list, but it is certainly a start. Celebrate!

Latinas For Latino Lit, L4LL
“L4LL is a woman- and minority-owned education and literacy organization run by co-founders Viviana Hurtado, Ph.D. and Monica Olivera. Considered Latina influencers with a combined three decades in the education, Hispanic, and media space, our mission to raise literacy rates through pedagogically sound, culturally relevant content, and technology is rooted in our belief that all educational and professional achievement, as well as economic empowerment rests on the mastery of basic reading skills.”

National Hispanic Heritage Month

Popular Authors and Illustrators
Alma Flor Ada: http://almaflorada.com/
Matt de la Peña: http://mattdelapena.com/

Select Books for Elementary Aged Children, K-6
Ada, Alma Flor., and Gabriel M. Zubizarreta. Dancing Home. New York: Atheneum  for Young Readers, 2011. Print.
Ada, Alma Flor., F. Isabel. Campoy, and David Diaz. Yes! We Are Latinos. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge, 2013. Print.
Alvarez, Julia. How Tía Lola Came to Visit Stay. New York: Knopf, 2001. Print. Part of "Tía Lola" series.
Brown, Monica, and Sara Palacios. Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match. San Francisco: Children's Book, 2011. Print. Part of a series, "Marisol McDonald".
Corbett, Sue. Free Baseball. New York: Dutton Children's, 2006. Print.
Engle, Margarita, and Rafael López. Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, n.d. Print.
Engle, Margarita, and Sean Qualls. The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano. New York: Henry Holt, 2006. Print.
Herrera, Juan Felipe., and Raúl Colón. Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes. N.p.: Dial  for Young Readers, n.d. Print.
Mann, Charles C., Rebecca Stefoff, and Charles C. Mann. Before Columbus: The Americas of 1491. New York: Atheneum  for Young Readers, 2009. Print.
Morales, Yuyi, and Tim O'Meara. Viva Frida! New York: Macmillan, n.d. Print.
Morales, Yuyi. Niño Wrestles the World. New York: Roaring Brook, 2013. Print.
Peña, Matt De La. Mexican Whiteboy. New York: Delacorte, 2008. Print.
Ryan, Pam Muñoz. Esperanza Rising. New York: Scholastic, 2000. Print.
Tonatiuh, Duncan. Diego Rivera: His World and Ours. New York: Abrams  for Young Readers, 2011. Print.
Tonatiuh, Duncan. Separate Is Never Equal: The Story of Sylvia Mendez & Her Family's Fight for Desegregation. New York: Abrams  for Young Readers, n.d. Print.

Winter, Jonah, and Raúl Colón. Roberto Clemente: Pride of the Pittsburgh Pirates. New York: Atheneum  for Young Readers, 2005. Print.

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