All of our featured books are chosen for their representations of Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latinos in the United States. With this criteria, we emphasize many of the books honored by the Américas Award program which annually recognizes U.S. works of fiction, poetry, folklore, or selected non-fiction that authentically and engagingly portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States. We also highlight books from other similar programs like the Pura Belpré Award or the Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award.
Current Featured Book
Join us May 22 at Tractor (1800 4th St NW) from 5:00-7:00 pm to discuss our next book. We are reading Echo by Pam Mu oz Ryan.
Here’s a sneak peek into the book from Goodreads:
Winner of a 2016 Newbery Honor, ECHO pushes the boundaries of genre, form, and storytelling innovation.
Lost and alone in a forbidden forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and suddenly finds himself entwined in a puzzling quest involving a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica.
Decades later, Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California each, in turn, become interwoven when the very same harmonica lands in their lives. All the children face daunting challenges: rescuing a father, protecting a brother, holding a family together. And ultimately, pulled by the invisible thread of destiny, their suspenseful solo stories converge in an orchestral crescendo.
Richly imagined and masterfully crafted, this impassioned, uplifting, and virtuosic tour de force will resound in your heart long after the last note has been struck.
Be sure to get entered in our drawing for a free copy of the book!! All you have to do is comment on any blog post by May 8!
We hope to see you on May 22!