As a mami, Latina, and book publishing professional, I am positively thrilled to participate in the launch Mamiverse Books, and thankful to the fantastic Mamiverse team for their wholehearted cooperation and support for the effort.
During my 15 years in publishing, I have participated on many panels and done a number of interviews on the subject of children’s books. Invariably, at the end of each panel or interview, I am approached by a mami eager to help her child succeed, always with questions along these lines: How do I get my child to love reading? Which are the best books for my child? Where can I get these books? There are a lot of children’s books out there, and not enough information on how choose them. There’s almost no information for Latina moms in particular. I have reviewed and selected books for librarians and educators, but have had few opportunities to address the true shapers of Latino children’s futures—their mamis—directly.
I am raising a trilingual and tri-cultural child. I read to him every day and instill a love of books and learning every chance I get. But even while I do so, I am still painfully aware of the fact that too many of our Latino children are not enjoying the same privileges, and that far too many of our kids are still dropping out of high school and not getting an adequate early childhood education—both of which are essential in today’s highly competitive, global economy. How is this possible, when one out of every four children born in the U.S. is Latino? I believe that there are mamis out there looking for information, and simply not getting it.