Today I bring you the fourth and final installment in a series of four posts about publishing houses that deal in children’s literature by and about people of color, with an emphasis devoted to Latin American and Latino cultures. For today, we’re highlighting House of Anansi, which incorporates the imprint Groundwood Books and its subsection Libros Tigrillo.
Anansi/Groundwood Books/Tigrillo may seem an unlikely candidate for this list, given that their primary focus is on works by Canadians, but their overall interest fits within our scope here at Vamos a Leer.
In their own words, “Groundwood Books, established in 1978, is dedicated to the production of children’s books for all ages, including fiction, picture books and nonfiction. We publish in Canada and the United States. Our books aim to be of the highest possible quality in both language and illustration. Our primary focus has been on works by Canadians, though we sometimes also buy outstanding books from other countries. Many of our books tell the stories of people whose voices are not always heard. Books by the First Peoples of this hemisphere have always been a special interest, as have those of others who through circumstance have been marginalized and whose contribution to our society is not always visible. Since 1998 we have been publishing works by people of Latin American origin living in the Americas both in English and in Spanish under our Libros Tigrillo imprint. We believe that by reflecting intensely individual experiences, our books are of universal interest. The fact that our authors are published around the world attests to this and to their quality.”
Through their Tigrillo imprint we’ve seen a number of high-quality authors and titles, including: Amazonia: Indigenous Tales from Brazil retold by Daniel Munduruku, illustrated by Nikolai Popov, and translated by Jane Springer; Arroz con leche written by Américas Award-winning author Jorge Argueta and illustrated by Fernando Vilela; and the series about Napi, including, among others, Napi funda un pueblo / Napi Makes a Village written by Antonio Ramirez and illustrated by Domi.
All in all, Groundwood Books/Tigrillo is another exceptional source for our musings about children’s literature relevant and authentic to Latino and Latin American cultures. Unfortunately, their website seems to subsume this content beneath the information for their umbrella company, House of Anansi, but it’s at least all captured in one spot beneath a heading “Latino Interests.”
And that wraps up our series on publishing houses. This may be the last post for the moment that we devote to the topic, but needless to say we have not been all-inclusive or comprehensive. Lee & Low/Children’s Book Press, Cinco Puntos Press, Arte Público/Piñata Books, and Anansi/Groundwood Books/Tigrillo are all wonderful resources, but they’re hardly the only ones out there doing this type of work. Let us know about any other publishers that you come across!