Islas lectoras: bibliografía de literatura infantil puertorriqueña (2000-2020)

Editorial Destellos. Oct. 2023. 250p. pap. $20. ISBN 9781737275787. SP.
A Spanish-language reference title compiling many pieces of Puerto Rican literature for youth ages 0–12 that were published between 2000–2020. Included are picture books, board books, early readers, novels, comics, audiobooks, and coloring books by Puerto Rican authors writing in the country or abroad. The authors note that not all titles are of literary quality but are included to represent actual offerings available to children. A time line of important events that have impacted Puerto Rico and its literature is included, and the informative introduction provides details on the goal of the text as well as the importance of Puerto Rico’s culture, history, and people in the understanding of the country’s literature for youth. Titles are listed alphabetically and are organized by year, beginning with 2000. Each title includes author and illustrator if applicable, publisher, page count, language, recommended age, summary, and themes present in the work. Separating each section are informative sidebars, such as the number of books for youth published per year, examples of stereotypes found in youth literature, and important persons and institutions. There are also discussion questions, recommended texts, references, and an index. Sections are clear and organized, and easy to search and read, making this a solid reference resource.
VERDICT An excellent Spanish-language reference title focusing on Puerto Rican works for children, this would be a great resource for educators, librarians, and readers studying Puerto Rican youth literature.

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