To better serve the growing Spanish-speaking population in Dallas, TX, the local school district’s library media services director, Gay D. Patrick, put out a call for volunteers. Since 2006, this group of intrepid school media specialists, the Luminarias committee, has been developing an annual list of 20 of the best bilingual and Spanish-language books for children. Their goal is to help fellow librarians curate quality materials to meet the needs of the young Hispanic community in Dallas, while staying true to the culture and the language.
“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.
Chaired by Freda Mosquera, Broward County Library, FL
ARGUETA, Jorge. Guacamole: Una poema para cocinar/A Cooking Poem. tr. by Elisa Amado. illus. by Margarita Sada. 32p. (Cooking Poems Series). Groundwood/Tigrillo. 2012. Tr $18.95. ISBN 978-1-55498-133-5.
PreS-Gr 3–This fanciful, imaginative narrative is as much poetry as it is a recipe. What makes Argueta’s text sing is his liberal use of similes: the avocados are like “green precious stones” and the limes are “round as [...]