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April 24, 2014

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Tim Wadham

About Tim Wadham

Tim Wadham (wadhambook@gmail.com) is SLJ’s Libro por libro columnist and the director of the Puyallup Public Library in Washington State.

Kick-butt Pura Belpré Winners for Día de los niños/Children’s Day | Libro por libro

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In this month’s Libro por libro column, Tim Wadham suggests how librarians can incorporate the 2014 Pura Belpré winners in their Día de los niños/Children’s Day programs on April 30.

This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

More, Por Favor: English-language Picture Books | Libro por libro

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Here is a selection of English-language picture books, most 2014 releases, that feature Spanish words and phrases sprinkled throughout. Kids and adults alike, both English speakers and Spanish speakers, can enjoy these delightful titles.

This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

SLJ’s Top 10 Latino-themed Books of 2013

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This has been a stellar year for Latino-themed titles for children. SLJ’s Libro por Libro columnist, Tim Wadham, selected 10 of the best works published this year that represent the vibrant Hispanic cultures united by a single language and heritage.

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Spotlight on Spanish-language Fantasy | Libro por libro

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Fantasy and science fiction for children and young adults is a genre that can bridge language and cultural barriers and find popularity throughout the world. English-speaking authors have all been widely translated and are familiar to Latino children here in the United States. But what about the authors writing in this genre in Spanish?

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Gateway Books: Getting Latino Kids Excited About Reading | Libro por libro

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This compendium of new and backlist titles is recommended to get Latino kids hooked on reading. It includes books in Spanish, a few in English with Latino/a characters, and those by Latino authors and illustrators.

This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Bilingual Storytime Selections | Libro por libro

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Surefire Spanish-language and bilingual books and programming suggestions to share with toddlers and their caregivers for a multilingual storytime. From nursery rhymes to board books, these titles will delight children and adults alike.

Summer Reads | Libro por libro

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“Summer is the time when you can read what you want to read, not what you have to read.” With that in mind, here is some middle-grade fiction and poetry that is perfect to suggest to young bilingual readers who are looking for something to read for pleasure.

In the Know: Nonfiction Titles in Spanish | Libro por libro

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Tim Wadham highlights nonfiction titles that speak directly to the interests of Spanish-speaking youngsters.

Books to Build Connections to Latino Culture for K–10 | Libro por libro

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As a librarian, I love it when I find books that relate to one another in terms of themes or content, which gets me thinking about potential program ideas. The titles selected for this first column of the new year are full of such connections. Starting with the idea of focusing on longer fiction, I found two semiautobiographical novels in verse, and both are historical fiction that deal with the protagonist coming of age.

Programs with Pizzazz | Libro por libro

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THIS MONTH WE’LL BE TAKING A LOOK AT materials that can be used in a number of ways, but primarily in toddler and preschool storytimes: collections of rhymes, counting books, jokes and riddles, poetry, stories for infants and toddlers, and a couple of classic picture books. Planning storytimes requires a constant search for material, not just for books to share, but for bits and pieces to use between the stories. Librarians need to be armed with poems, fingerplays, songs, [...]

Building Collections and Connections: A Taste of Latino Culture | Libro por libro

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Welcome to Libro por Libro/Book by Book. I’m thrilled to be writing this new column, which marks the beginning of a new approach to SLJ’s coverage of Spanish-language and bilingual books for young readers. Rather than simply offering random reviews, the focus of this column will be building core collections and using those books to create connections with readers.