Causas, Cultura, y Baile: Lupe Wong no baila por Donna Barba Higuera

¡Jonrón! La autora Donna Barba Higuera ha sacado la pelota de béisbol fuera del estadio (al estilo literario), con su libro infantil ¡Lupe Wong no baila! Protagonizada por Guadalupe Wong, una estudiante de séptimo grado y Mexicana-china (o China-mexicana), la joven hará todo lo posible para involucrar a todos en lo que ella cree queContinue reading “Causas, Cultura, y Baile: Lupe Wong no baila por Donna Barba Higuera”

Robust Perspectives, Mental Health, and Delightful Seasoning: Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet by Laekan Zea Kemp

Success should (ideally) come down to what we want for ourselves. There are many factors that help shape what success looks like for us—cultural norms, socio-economic status, outside influences, and more—as female protagonist Penelope Prado shows us in Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet by Laekan Zea Kemp. I had the pleasure of chatting with debutContinue reading “Robust Perspectives, Mental Health, and Delightful Seasoning: Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet by Laekan Zea Kemp”

Dancing in Life’s Stages: Merci Suárez Can’t Dance by Meg Medina

Growing up requires constant change, as author Meg Medina demonstrates it in Merci Suárez Can’t Dance. This middle-grade book is the second installment in the Merci Suárez verse, following Cuban-American Merci Suárez as she cruises through the seventh grade. Mercedes “Merci” Suárez is a young girl who is trying to keep everything as it’s alwaysContinue reading “Dancing in Life’s Stages: Merci Suárez Can’t Dance by Meg Medina”

Perseverance, Heritage, and Celebration in Sing With Me: The Story of Selena Quintanilla

Sing with Me: The Story of Selena Quintanilla distributes the determination, culture, and joys that encompassed Selena Quintanilla’s life and career. Written by Diana López and illustrated by Teresa Martinez, this is a fantastic picture book that carries out Selena’s beautiful and longstanding dedication to gift fans with her music, fashion, and heritage. This pictureContinue reading “Perseverance, Heritage, and Celebration in Sing With Me: The Story of Selena Quintanilla”

Extraordinary Indigenous Latin American Legends: The Sea-Ringed World by María García Esperón Review

The Sea-Ringed World: Sacred Stories of the Americas by María García Esperón is a book that contains many Indigenous Latin American legends—North, Central, and South America. Folktales from Mexica (Aztec), Maya, Mapuche, etc…Nahua traditions…

The Stellar Middle-Grade Voice Against Anything Unjust: Lupe Wong Won’t Dance Review

Home run! Author Donna Barba Higuera has knocked the (literary) ball out of the park with her MG debut novel Lupe Wong Won’t Dance! Starring Mexinese seventh-grader Guadalupe Wong…

Female Empowerment, Fútbol, and Ripple Effects: Yamile Saied Méndez on her YA Debut, Furia

Author Yamile Saied Méndez has scored a spectacular GOAL! with her energetic and dynamic young adult debut novel, Furia. Set in Argentina, this story is about a fierce, rising soccer star who must defy everything in her way…

‘Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From’ Takes Us on an Empowering Journey Between Cultural Worlds

Liliana’s parents submitted her application to the METCO program when Liliana was just a kid. This story could raise awareness for numerous families about the possibilities available for their own kids, no matter their socioeconomic status. However, the METCO program itself is also a platform for De Leon to discuss school segregation…

Reseña del Libro “La Lección de August: Wonder” de R.J. Palacio

Realmente apoyo cómo nos empujan al mundo de August Pullman aprendiendo las cosas a través de su mente primero. R.J. Palacio escribe bellamente la historia usando perspectivas alternas de personajes principales además de August: Jack Will, Olivia Pullman, entre otros. Ayuda leer qué tipo de persona es August primero, porque la trama de la historiaContinue reading “Reseña del Libro “La Lección de August: Wonder” de R.J. Palacio”

Book Review for The Fresh New Face of Griselda by Jennifer Torres

  Griselda Zaragoza refuses to accept her new family lifestyle, by secretly selling makeup to her classmates! Griselda is our multicultural protagonist in this contemporary fiction novel.  She often gets called “Geez” (G.Z. for short), who lives a happy, suburban life with her older sister, Mabel, and parents. However, Griselda’s world is shattered when herContinue reading “Book Review for The Fresh New Face of Griselda by Jennifer Torres”