Fabian Flores Publishing: U.S. Latinx-focused Press

Every company usually stands for something. To reach audiences, especially its intended one, it takes time and persistence. Fabian Flores Publishing, a new Latinx-focused publisher, is a company that centers the Latinx community. The founder, Norma Fabian Newton, a former attorney and New York Times published writer, chatted with Latinx in Publishing recently to discussContinue reading “Fabian Flores Publishing: U.S. Latinx-focused Press”

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”

Family, Futuristic Adventure, and Cuentos: The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera

Author Donna Barba Higuera’s science fiction fantasy novel, The Last Cuentista (Levine Querido, 2021), delivers a fierce, authentic, and kind protagonist named Petra Peña, who must face the end of the world and do the unimaginable. Set years from now, it leaves you wondering about the present and future of storytelling, and more. YVONNE TAPIA:Continue reading “Family, Futuristic Adventure, and Cuentos: The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera”

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”

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…

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”

Book Review for The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya

When I first read the title of this middle-grade novel, I thought, “What could a boy’s epic fail be?” The next thing that I found exciting was having a male protagonist in the story. It is no easy feat to generally find a male protagonist in books, so I definitely wanted to give it aContinue reading “Book Review for The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya”

Book Review for Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers by Celia C. Pérez

Birds are actually among my top favorite animals. So when I noticed that a children’s book had the word “bird” included in its title, my attention was instantly captured. Strange Birds’ title is metaphorical. Why? Because we can all be strange birds, being so different from one another. The book’s back cover blurb says: “Ofelia,Continue reading “Book Review for Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers by Celia C. Pérez”