October 19, 2017

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Time Is Ticking: Susie Jaramillo on the Day of the Dead

The author/illustrator/publisher Susie Jaramillo and creator of the acclaimed “Canticos” books talks about what inspired her latest bilingual, foldout, lift-the-flap board book, Little Skeletons/Esqueletitos.

9 Bilingual and Latinx Books for Young Animal Lovers

This past year has seen a ­number of Latinx-themed works with animal characters. Fictional, informational, funny, ­serious, sweet, and thought-provoking, here are some of the best.

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International Awards for Spanish-Language Books | Libro por libro

Tim Wadham shares resources for finding award-winning international titles to add to Spanish-language collections.

This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Titles for a Tune-Filled Bilingual Storytime | Libro por libro

As with children’s books for, by, or about Latinos, the market for children’s music in Spanish has been mostly overlooked. Here are a few new and not-so-new wonderful titles.

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School Libraries Host Events to Welcome ELL Students and Families

Read-and-greet evening programs and home visits with culturally relevant books are some of the efforts librarians are making to bring families of English Language Learners into the school community.

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YA en español | Spanish Translations of Popular Teen Titles

Whether it’s the latest John Green novel or works from Printz-winning authors, these titles are just a selection of the wonderful world of YA in Spanish.

Need Sources for Spanish Books for Kids? Look No Further | Libro por Libro

Guest columnist Alexandra Gomez rounds up distributors offering Spanish-language and bilingual materials with highlights from their recent titles.

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Canciones y Cuentos: Songs and Rhymes for Bilingual Storytimes | Libro por libro

Lullabies, nursery rhymes, clapping songs, and lap bounces sung en español are ideal ways to introduce all children to the beauty and sheer joy of song. Tim Wadham recommends titles and songs for bilingual and Spanish-language storytimes.

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Middle Grade Novels for Spanish-language and Latino Lit Collections | Libro por libro

Tim Wadham shares an eclectic mix of Spanish-language and Latino-starring novels for upper-elementary and middle school children.

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Incorporating Every Child Ready to Read in Bilingual Storytimes | Libro por libro

To celebrate the recent Spanish-language launch of the early literacy initiative, Every Child Ready to Read, Libro por libro has selected kid-friendly bilingual and Spanish titles that work well with each of the five practices: talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing.

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

SLJ’s Top 10 Latino-themed Books of 2013

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.

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

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.

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Bilingual Storytime Selections | Libro por libro

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.

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

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

Programs with Pizzazz | Libro por libro

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

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.

Spanish Books, May 2012

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 […]