This year marks the 20th presentation of the Pura Belpré awards, and a huge celebration is being planned for ALA Annual in June. Tim Wadham takes stock of the trends and themes that recur in the winning titles, all of which affirm the Latino cultural experience.
This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
In recent years, we have seen an explosion of Latino authors writing for young adults. These works offer much-needed windows (and mirrors) for all readers.
This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
SLJ had the opportunity of pairing two Latino authors—Daniel José Older and Sonia Manzano, an award-winning author and acclaimed actress who originated the iconic role of “Maria” on Sesame Street—in a conversation about Manzano’s first memoir Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx.
For Scholastic’s recent online preview, the publisher produced four videos in which editors and authors tell viewers about over 20 of Scholastic’s upcoming picture books, graphic novels, middle grade, and teen titles.