¡Hola a todos! I am happy to be back and to share with you all of these amazing resources.
– The folks over at the Américas Book Award Facebook page have been on fire with recommendations for diversifying Women’s History Month. Here are a few highlights from their posts:
- 7 Excellent Coming of Age Books By and About Latinas
- Children’s Books for Women’s History Month: 103 Books for Kids
- These Women of Color Belong on Your High School Reading List
- 26 Multicultural Picture Book Biographies about Inspiring Women and Girls
— As we continue to celebrate Women’s History Month, here is the story behind La Galería Magazine’s highlight of 10 Dominican Women and Herstory.
– Also in honor of Women’s History Month, here are 7 Paraguayan Women Who Have Changed History, courtesy of Remezcla.
— This month the Brown Bookshelf blog is highlighting exemplary authors and illustrators every day. On Day 16, they reached out to learn more about Haitian-American illustrator Alix Delinois, whose beautiful illustrations have appeared in books such as Edwidge Danticat’s Eight Days: A Story of Haiti (which Alice reviewed for Vamos back in Feb. 2016)
– Latinxs in Kid Lit favorably reviewed the recent YA novel The Only Road by Alexandra Díaz, noting that it’s “chilling and heart-wrenching in the best possible way. From the moment that Jaime’s beloved cousin Miguel is killed by a local gang, the Alphas, it is evident that this book is going to take its reader on a perilous journey, tagging along with Jaime as he flees his small town in Guatemala for the United States.”
— Though we know we’re preaching to the choir when we talk about the importance of being bilingual, here’s a recent article that backs up our enthusiasm: The Sooner You Expose a Baby to a Second Language, The Smarter They’ll Be. “A new study shows that babies raised in bilingual environments develop core cognitive skills like decision-making and problem-solving — before they even speak.”
– Throughout the US there seems to be an increase in hate speech. Nowhere is the issue more depressing and critical than in the K-12 classroom, where students are particularly at risk for such vitriol. For everyone grappling with this, here’s an article focused on The urgency of addressing the rise of racist hate speech in K-12 schools.
— As a response to the current administration’s threats to defund libraries throughout the nation, Lee and Low Books reminded us about these 8 Ideas for Educators to get Students Excited About the Public Library.
– Because it’s relevant never seems to go away, we wanted to share again a piece that we’ve discussed before. One of our favorite authors, Monica Brown, who’s also a professor at Northern Arizona University, shares her thoughts on The Power of Dehumanizing Language.
— Lastly, to end on a slightly positive note, we thought we’d highlight this news story from Colombia, even though it circulated back in 2015. ‘Trashy’ books: garbage collector rescues reading material for Colombian children. Let it remind us this week that one person and one book truly can change the world! “She used to read me stories every night,” said Gutierrez, who has traveled to book fairs in Mexico and Chile to share his experience of starting a library with discarded reading material. “To me, books are the greatest invention and the best thing that can happen to a human being.”
Image: Peace Art. Reprinted from Flickr user mbelle131under CC©.