Celebrate Music in Our Schools Month with 5 Musical Books!

Get to reading—and dancing! March is Music in Our Schools Month! Most Latina mamis don’t have to be convinced about the importance of music in our family’s lives, but did you know that researchers have found direct links between music…

The Best Resource for Aspiring Writers & Illustrators of Children’s Books

On March 9 and 10, I will be participating in the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Writers Days Conference in Los Angeles, CA, where—in my role as literary agent—I will be discussing some of the challenges…

Young Adult Author Guadalupe Garcia McCall is on a Winning Streak

Guadalupe Garcia McCall is on a winning streak and quickly becoming a Latina author to watch—and read. In 2012, her debut young adult novel, Under the Mesquite (Lee & Low), won the Pura Belpré Medal and was named a Morris Award finalist.…

2013 Children’s Book Award Winners Include a Few Latino Stars

Each year the American Library Association (ALA) honors books, videos, and other outstanding materials for children and teens. Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, the ALA Youth Media Awards guide parents, educators, librarians,…

Children’s Book Awards You Should Know About

It’s award season, and while many of us are glued to our TV screens to find out who’s won a Golden Globe or been nominated for an Oscar, let’s remember that this is also book award season. From the Caldecott, to the Newbery, to the…

3 Reasons to Buy a Latino Children’s Book This Christmas

As the holidays draw to a close and parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles run to and fro searching for a toy, video game, or gadget that will bring a special smile to the faces of the children in their lives, let’s all agree on one thing:…

The Importance of Reading to Your Children

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There are many reasons why I read to my kids, even when they can already do it on their own. As a kid, books were my best friends. I was born into a family of writers and linguists, and I grew up surrounded by books and manuscripts. I imagined…

Mamiverse Books: A Commitment to Our Children’s Future

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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…