Good afternoon, everyone!
It’s Tuesday, so you know what that means! Today, we are congratulating Reina, our winner from last week, and we are ready to give away our second book package in the series. I am so excited to be kicking off Hispanic Heritage Month with this giveaway!
This week, we have the memoria of Alma Flor Ada’s life, Vivir en dos idiomas, in which “Alma Flor shares with the adult reader the most important moments of her life: as a student,
teacher, mother, activist, author and professor. She shares with openness and sincerity, and her engaging style as a storyteller, the circumstances that transformed her life, her experiences living in four different countries, the people who influenced her development and the lessons learned from life.” The book incorporates many personal stories—from her childhood in Cuba to her experiences in the United States that initiated her support for peasant immigrants—and even highlights how she became a writer in the first place.
In our second book, Yes! We are Latinos/¡Sí! Somos Latinos, written by Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy, and illustrated by David Díaz, we follow the stories of thirteen young Latinos/as in the United States. We have both the English and Spanish copies up for grabs as a part of this giveaway package! According to Alma Flor’s website, “Free-verse fictional narratives from the perspective of each youth provide specific stories and circumstances for the reader to better understand the Latino people’s quest for identity. Each profile is followed by nonfiction prose that further clarifies the character’s background and history, touching upon important events in the history of the Latino American people, such as the Spanish Civil War, immigration to the US, and the internment of Latinos with Japanese ancestry during World War II.” This book would be great to utilize in class for discussing Hispanic Heritage Month and Hispanic Heritage overall. We can see an
y number of activities emerging from using this book in the classroom, from bringing in student knowledge (maybe by asking them to write complementary, autobiographical poems) to rupturing stereotypes by looking at diversity within the Latino/a community.
Please comment below and tell us how you could utilize these books, either in your classroom or as part of your private libraries. Remember, one person will be selected from the comments each week to win!
Until next week,
Image: Photo of Vivir en dos idiomas. Reprinted from Alma Flor’s Website.
Image: Photo of Yes! We are Latinos. Reprinted from Alma Flor’s Website.