Category Archives: Spanish-Language Books

Librarians Sound Off: Not a Lack of Latino Lit for Kids, but a Lack of Awareness

-Sharing an article published by School Library Journal-

Librarians Sound Off: Not a Lack of Latino Lit for Kids, but a Lack of Awareness

Some quotes from the article:

And as the United States population continues to grow more diverse—with Latinos being the most represented minority at 16%, according to the 2010 census—librarians continue to be instrumental in meeting the needs of the communities they serve. Many develop and create their collections according to their changing neighborhoods.

“How wise are librarians that they want to see all groups represented in their collections? They go the extra mile and work with the small presses,” REFORMA past president Loida Garcia-Febo tells SLJ.

Garcia-Febo, for example, actively encourages presses large and small to produce stories about Hispanics that portray “the true Latino experience,” in every skin color, economic status, and tradition. “And, from personal experience,” she tells SLJ, “I can say that publishers actually listen.”

And within ALA, librarians of any background should strive to become active in the many ethnic library associations, such as Asian Pacific American, American Indian, and the Black Caucus, Garcia-Febo says. “This is a complex issue and we must continue to bring it to the table, not only among ourselves, but also everyone in our community: nonprofit organizations, celebrities, and government agencies,” she says, adding that the more people involved in the cause, the more successful it could be.

Full article, here.

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Librarians @ ABC – Tiempo TV show

Sharing links to my participation along with my colleague Manny Figueroa in Tiempo, a TV show on ABC (Channel 7 in NYC). Topics: libraries, building community, immigrants, Queens Library, Latinos and Spanish speakers. Loida Garcia-Febo

Tiempo – Segment 3

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Tiempo – Segment 4

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Spanish-language best sellers

espanolToday I was interviewed by a radio station from Los Angeles. The audience was very interested in children books. They also wanted to know where to find websites with best sellers in Spanish.  Here are suggested websites with adult and children titles:

America Reads Spanish; La Bloga; latino.msn.comLectorum 

Amazon and Barnes and Noble could be helpful as well.

 Thank yous to REFORMA members for sending these suggestions!

Jaime Bayly new book: El canalla sentimental

jaime-baylyPeruvian writer Jaime Bayly has published a new book in Spanish: El canalla sentimental. I can’t wait to read it during the Xmas holidays.

 

As a Latina librarian serving multilingual populations, I am always looking for hot-new tittles and this is one! I like Bayly’s writing style and I wonder whether he would be available to present his book at the library where I work in New York.

 

In short, the book is about a bisexual writer and TV personality and his life with his ex-wife, two daughters, and boyfriend.

 

 

Al fin!

Jaime Bayly tiene nuevo libro y no puedo esperar a leerlo en las vacaciones de Navidad. Me pregunto si Bayly estaria disponible para presentar su libro en la biblioteca donde trabajo en New York.

 

From the Publisher, Grupo Planeta:

 

Provocador, perezoso, romántico, autodestructivo, contradictorio, infiel, vanidoso, frívolo, coqueto, seductor y un auténtico canalla. Así es Jaime Bayly, un escritor y presentador de televisión en la cuarentena que tiene su vida organizada en un tenso equilibrio.
La relación con Martín, su novio y el único hombre del que ha estado enamorado, no es fácil, pero no quiere perderlo. Debe recorrer miles de kilómetros cada semana para ver a sus hijas, Camila y Lola, a las que adora sin condiciones. Su ex, Sofía, no termina de aceptar su bisexualidad. Su familia se escandaliza ante su exhibicionismo. Su ex suegra lo quiere matar. Él los ama a todos y lo escribe todo, es su manera de quererlos.
Jaime Bayly retrata el particular mundo de Jaime Bayly con su indiscutible talento, su destreza narrativa y su brillante sentido del humor en esta descarada e inolvidable novela.

 

 

Criticas magazine- Multicultural Link blog

Criticas magazine has a started a new blog, Multicultural Link and I am one of the bloggers. Bruce Jensen a colleague from Texas is the other blogger.

This blog represents a fantastic way of discussing issues and ideas to better serve multicultural populations-including Latinos and the Spanish-speaking! I will be sharing news about book fairs, library initiatives, collection development resources, international work, and much more.

On daily basis I receive emails and phone calls about how to serve immigrants – how to reach out to them? What works and what doesn’t? How to know what countries are represented on X library service area? and many other inquiries. This is the perfect vehicle to ask and find answers to those questions.

Check it out and share the news with your colleagues. Send me comments and questions. I am counting with you all to make Multicultural Link work. Stay tuned!

Latino YA Books: compilation of titles posted on the REFORMA listserv

As promised, here is a compilation of YA titles about Latinos or with Latinos as strong secondary characters. A list of websites with resources to build YA collections is included at the end. Note that all titles and resources were posted by various librarians on REFORMA listserv.   

YA Books:

Accidental Love, Gary Soto: After unexpectedly falling
in love with a “nerdy” boy, fourteen-year-old Marisa
works to change her life by transferring to another
school, altering some of her behavior, and losing
weight.

Adios to my old life, Caridad Ferrer: Ali might become
the next “Latin superstar.”

The afterlife, Gary Soto: A senior at East Fresno High
School
lives on as a ghost after his brutal murder.

Always running: La vida loca, gang days in L.A. (non-fiction), Luis Rodriguez: A former LA gang member
describes his experiences.
And Now Miguel, Joseph Krumgold: The young son of a
New Mexico sheep rancher longs to go with the men when
they take the sheep to the Sangre de Christo
Mountains.


Araña, Fiona Avery: Fiesty teenager Anya Corazon is
saved from death by a mysterious mage named Miguel.
Now, Anya is pledged to fight alongside Miguel and the
Spider Society. First, she must prove herself to the
society–and go to school, and keep her father and her
friends from discovering her new secret.

Barefoot heart, Elva Trevino Hart: Stories of a
migrant child (Biography): Chronicles the life of a
child growing up in a family of Mexican American
migrant farm workers.
Behind the Eyes, Francisco X. Stork: Sixteen-year-old
Hector is the hope of his family, but when he seeks
revenge after his brother’s gang-related death and is
sent to a San Antonio reform school, it takes an odd
assortment of characters to help him see that hope is
still alive.

Bless Me Última, Rudolfo Anaya: Set in a small New
Mexican community during World War II, Antonio speaks
of the dignity, traditions, and mythology of Chicano
life.

Buried onions, Gary Soto: Eddie leaves college to
return to his violence infested home in Fresno.

Call me Henri, Lorraine M. Lopez: Henri has big dreams
for his future but first he’s got to get his school to
let him take French instead of ESL.

Call me Maria, Judith Ortiz Cofer: Fifteen year old
Maria leaves Puerto Rico to live with her father in
the barrio of New York City.

Chasing the Jaguar, Michele Greene: After having
unsettling dreams about the kidnapped daughter of her
mother’s employer, fifteen-year-old Martika learns
that she is a descendant of a long line of
curanderas—Mayan medicine women with special powers.
Includes glossary of Spanish words.

Cinnamon Girl: letters found inside a cereal box, Juan
Felipe Herrara: Yolanda, a Puerto Rican girl, tries to
come to terms with her painful past as she waits to
see if her uncle recovers from injuries he suffered
when the towers collapsed on September 11, 2001.

The Circuit: stories from the life of a migrant child,
Francisco Jiménez

CrashBoomLove, Juan Felipe Herrera: Sixteen year old
Cesar struggles through high school after his father
leaves town.

Crazy Loco: Stories, David Rice: This collection
features nine stories about Mexican-American kids
growing up in the Rio Grande Valley of south Texas.

Cuba 15: A novel, Nancy Osa: Violet Paz prepares for
her upcoming “quince.”

Cubanita, Gabby Triana: Seventeen-year-old Isabel,
eager to leave Miami to attend the University of
Michigan and escape her overprotective Cuban mother,
learns some truths about her family’s past and makes
important decisions about the type of person she wants
to be.

Drift, Manuel Luis Martínez: At sixteen, Robert Lomos
has lost his family. His father, a Latin jazz
musician, has left San Antonio for life on the road as
a cool-hand playboy. His mother, shattered by a
complete emotional and psychological breakdown, has
moved to Los Angeles and taken Robert’s little brother
with her. Only his iron-willed grandmother, worn down
by years of hard work, is left. But Robert’s got a
plan: Duck trouble, save his money, and head to
California to put the family back together. Trouble
is, no one believes a delinquent Mexican American kid
has a chance—least of all, Robert himself.

Emily Goldberg Learns to Salsa, Micol Ostow: Forced to
stay with her mother in Puerto Rico for weeks after
her grandmother’s funeral, half-Jewish Emily, who has
just graduated from a Westchester, New York, high
school, does not find it easy to connect with her
Puerto Rican heritage and relatives she had never met.

Esperanza Rising, Pam Muñoz Ryan: Esperanza and her
mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and
privilege in Mexico to go work in the labor camps of
Southern California, where they must adapt to the
harsh circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the
eve of the Great Depression.

Estrella’s Quinceanera, Malin Alegria: Estrella
doesn’t want a gaudy quinceanera but her mom still
gets carried away.

Finding Miracles, Julia Alvarez: Fifteen-year-old
Milly Kaufman is an average American teenager until
Pablo, a new student at her school, inspires her to
search for her birth family in his native country.

Finding our way, Renee Saldana: A collection of short
stories depicting life growing up Hispanic in America.

The Girl from Playa Blanca, Ofelia Dumas Lachtman:
When Elena and her little brother, Carlos, leave their
Mexican seaside village to search for their immigrant
father in Los Angeles, they encounter intrigue, crime,
mystery, friendship, and love.

Grab Hands and Run, Frances Temple: After his father
disappears, twelve-year-old Felipe, his mother, and
his younger sister set out on a difficult and
dangerous journey, trying to make their way from their
home in El Salvador to Canada.

Graffiti girl, Kelly Parra: Artistic Angel expresses
herself through street art.

Haters, Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez: Having tried for years
to deny her psychic abilities, high school sophomore
Paski has disturbing visions about the popular girl at
her new high school in Orange County, California. 

Hard Love (Printz Award Honor books), Ellen Wittlinger:It tackles the delicate issue of unrequited love between a straight and gay teen. It features a feisty Cubana teen as a strongsecondary character- a sequel to that book with her as a main character is due out in 2008.


Heat, Mike Lupica: Pitching prodigy Michael Arroyo is
on the run from social services after being banned
from playing Little League baseball because rival
coaches doubt he is only twelve years old and he has
no parents to offer them proof.

Help wanted: Stories, Gary Soto: Short stories about
young Mexican Americans.
The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros: Esperanza
Cordero is a young girl growing up in the Hispanic
quarter of Chicago with all its hard realities of
life. She captures her thoughts and emotions in poems
and stories in order to rise above the hopelessness
and create a space for herself.

How the García Girls Lost Their Accents, Julia
Alvarez: The story of the Garcia family’s adjustment
to life in the United States.

How to Be a Chicana Role Model, Michele M. Serros:
From the award-winning author of Chicana Falsa comes a
humorous new novel about a young Chicana writer who is
struggling to find a way to embrace two very different
cultures, without losing touch with her own true
identity.

In the Shadow of the Alamo, Sherry Garland:
Conscripted into the Mexican Army, fifteen-year-old
Lorenzo Bonifacio makes some unexpected alliances and
learns some harsh truths about General Santa Ana as
the troops move toward the Battle of the Alamo.

Jumping Off to Freedom, Anilú Bernardo: Courage and
desperation lead fifteen-year-old David and his father
to flee Cuba’s repressive regime and seek freedom by
taking to the sea on a raft headed for Miami.

La Linea, Ann Jaramillo: Miguel is set to leave his
Mexican village to join his parents in California but
his little sister is determined to join him.

Lorenzo’s Secret Mission, Lila Guzmán and Rick Guzmán:
Two historical figures, Bernardo de Gálvez and George
Gibson, appear prominently in the book. In 1776,
fifteen-year-old Lorenzo Bannister leaves Texas and
his father’s new grave to carry a letter to the
Virginia grandfather he has never known, and becomes
involved with the struggle of the American Continental
Army and its Spanish supporters.

Parrot in the oven: Mi vida, Victor Martinez: Manny
relates his coming of age experiences as a member of a
poor Mexican American family.

Prizefighter en Mi Casa, e. E. Charlton-Trujillo:
Following a car accident that left her with epilepsy,
twelve-year-old Chula—with a little help from a
visiting fearsome Mexican boxer—tries to deal with the
repercussions her new condition has on her family,
neighborhood, and school.

Raining Sardines, Enrique Flores-Galbis: The artistic
Ernestina and the analytical Enriquito use their
ingenuity to save a herd of wild horses and stop an
evil landowner from spoiling their Cuban village.


The republic of East LA: Stories, Luis Rodriguez: A
collection of short stories about life in East L.A.
Sammy and Juliana in Hollywood, Benjamin Alire Saenz:
Sammy faces the challenges of “gringo” racism in 1969.


Sisters: Hermanas, Gary Paulsen: The lives of a
fourteen-year-old Mexican prostitute, living in the
United States illegally, and a wealthy American girl
intersect in a dramatic way.

So Hard to Say, Alex Sanchez: Thirteen-year-old Xio, a
Mexican American girl, and Frederick, who has just
moved to California from Wisconsin, quickly become
close friends, but when Xio starts thinking of
Frederick as her boyfriend, he must confront his
feelings of confusion and face the fear that he might
be gay.
Sofi Mendoza’s guide to getting lost in Mexico, Malin
Alegria: Sofi goes to a weekend party in Tijuana and
now the border patrol won’t let her return to San
Diego.

The Tequila Worm, Viola Canales: Sofia grows up in the
close-knit community of the barrio in McAllen, Texas,
then finds that her experiences as a scholarship
student at an Episcopal boarding school in Austin only
strengthen her ties to family and her “comadres.”

 Tommy Stands Alone, Gloria Velazquez: Action takes place at Roosevelt High, a predominantly Hispanic and African American school in Laguna, California, where Tommy’s so-called friends taunt him with degrading wordsuntil they learn to accept Tommy’s homosexuality.

Trino’s Choice, Diane Gonzales Bertrand: Frustrated by
his poor financial situation and hoping to impress a
smart girl, seventh grader Trino falls in with a bad
crowd led by an older teen with a vicious streak.


White Bread Competition, Jo Ann Yolanda Hernández:
When Luz, a ninth-grade Latina student in San Antonio,
wins a spelling competition; her success triggers a
variety of emotions among family, friends, and the
broader community.

The Whole Sky Full of Stars, René Saldaña:
Eighteen-year-old Barry competes in a non-sanctioned
boxing match in hopes of helping his recently-widowed
mother, unaware that his best friend and manager,
Alby, has his own desperate need for a share of the
purse that may put their friendship on the line. 

Resources: 

Alex Sanchez website http://www.alexsanchez.com/LBGTQ Books, Youth Resources, links to sites to find help regarding banned books.  

Austin Public Library:
http://www.wiredforyouth.com/books/index.cfm?booklist=hispanicteen
  

Barahona Center
http://csbs.csusm.edu/csbs/www.book_eng.book_home?lang=SP
http://rpp.english.ucsb.edu/research/specific-us-racial-groups/latinao-american/latinao-american-bibliography http://www.epl.org/library/bibliographies/latino-lit.html http://www.epl.org/library/bibliographies/latino.html http://www.epl.org/library/hispanic-heritage.html http://www.lib.utk.edu/~refs/imm-conf/latino-bibliography.pdf 

From WebJunction: Library Services to Latino Gay Teens and Their
Families
A list of recommended sexuality books that affirm and support lesbian,
gay and bisexual youth created by Ina Rimpau of the Newark Public
Library.
http://www.webjunction.org/do/DisplayContent;jsessionid=004B68E3A2E417557F43A3974BED0E4B?id=18122
   

It’s Not About the Accent

Caridad Ferrer, author of It’s Not About the Accent, sent a message -after reading my post about Latino books for YA. Check out the book 🙂

People are sending YA titles to me and I wanted to let you all know that I will compile a list to post sometime before the end of the year. In the meantime, continue sending titles!

Latino books for Young Adults

This post comes straight from the REFORMA listserv. Librarians serving Latinos are having a difficult time finding titles for Young Adults and I thought that this list might help. It includes titles by authors from various countries including Mexico, Cuba and Puerto Rico.

[ Note to publishers: we need more books for Young Adults 🙂  We’ll buy them! ]

Accidental Love, Gary Soto: After unexpectedly falling
in love with a “nerdy” boy, fourteen-year-old Marisa
works to change her life by transferring to another
school, altering some of her behavior, and losing
weight.Adios to my old life, Caridad Ferrer: Ali might become
the next “Latin superstar.”
The afterlife, Gary Soto: A senior at East Fresno High
School lives on as a ghost after his brutal murder.

Always running: La vida loca, gang days in L.A.
(non-fiction), Luis Rodriguez: A former LA gang member
describes his experiences.

And Now Miguel, Joseph Krumgold: The young son of a
New Mexico sheep rancher longs to go with the men when
they take the sheep to the Sangre de Christo
Mountains

Araña, Fiona Avery: Fiesty teenager Anya Corazon is
saved from death by a mysterious mage named Miguel.
Now, Anya is pledged to fight alongside Miguel and the
Spider Society. First, she must prove herself to the
society–and go to school, and keep her father and her
friends from discovering her new secret.

Barefoot heart, Elva Trevino Hart: Stories of a
migrant child (Biography): Chronicles the life of a
child growing up in a family of Mexican American
migrant farm workers.

Behind the Eyes, Francisco X. Stork: Sixteen-year-old
Hector is the hope of his family, but when he seeks
revenge after his brother’s gang-related death and is
sent to a San Antonio reform school, it takes an odd
assortment of characters to help him see that hope is
still alive.

Bless Me Última, Rudolfo Anaya: Set in a small New
Mexican community during World War II, Antonio speaks
of the dignity, traditions, and mythology of Chicano
life.

Buried onions, Gary Soto: Eddie leaves college to
return to his violence infested home in Fresno.

Call me Henri, Lorraine M. Lopez: Henri has big dreams
for his future but first he’s got to get his school to
let him take French instead of ESL.

Call me Maria, Judith Ortiz Cofer: Fifteen year old
Maria leaves Puerto Rico to live with her father in
the barrio of New York City.

Chasing the Jaguar, Michele Greene: After having
unsettling dreams about the kidnapped daughter of her
mother’s employer, fifteen-year-old Martika learns
that she is a descendant of a long line of
curanderas—Mayan medicine women with special powers.
Includes glossary of Spanish words.

Cinnamon Girl: letters found inside a cereal box, Juan
Felipe Herrara: Yolanda, a Puerto Rican girl, tries to
come to terms with her painful past as she waits to
see if her uncle recovers from injuries he suffered
when the towers collapsed on September 11, 2001.

The Circuit: stories from the life of a migrant child,
Francisco Jiménez

CrashBoomLove, Juan Felipe Herrera: Sixteen year old
Cesar struggles through high school after his father
leaves town.

Crazy Loco: Stories, David Rice: This collection
features nine stories about Mexican-American kids
growing up in the Rio Grande Valley of south Texas.

Cuba 15: A novel, Nancy Osa: Violet Paz prepares for
her upcoming “quince.”

Cubanita, Gabby Triana: Seventeen-year-old Isabel,
eager to leave Miami to attend the University of
Michigan and escape her overprotective Cuban mother,
learns some truths about her family’s past and makes
important decisions about the type of person she wants
to be.

Drift, Manuel Luis Martínez: At sixteen, Robert Lomos
has lost his family. His father, a Latin jazz
musician, has left San Antonio for life on the road as
a cool-hand playboy. His mother, shattered by a
complete emotional and psychological breakdown, has
moved to Los Angeles and taken Robert’s little brother
with her. Only his iron-willed grandmother, worn down
by years of hard work, is left. But Robert’s got a
plan: Duck trouble, save his money, and head to
California to put the family back together. Trouble
is, no one believes a delinquent Mexican American kid
has a chance—least of all, Robert himself.

Emily Goldberg Learns to Salsa, Micol Ostow: Forced to
stay with her mother in Puerto Rico for weeks after
her grandmother’s funeral, half-Jewish Emily, who has
just graduated from a Westchester, New York, high
school, does not find it easy to connect with her
Puerto Rican heritage and relatives she had never met.

Esperanza Rising, Pam Muñoz Ryan: Esperanza and her
mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and
privilege in Mexico to go work in the labor camps of
Southern California, where they must adapt to the
harsh circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the
eve of the Great Depression.

Estrella’s Quinceanera, Malin Alegria: Estrella
doesn’t want a gaudy quinceanera but her mom still
gets carried away.

Finding Miracles, Julia Alvarez: Fifteen-year-old
Milly Kaufman is an average American teenager until
Pablo, a new student at her school, inspires her to
search for her birth family in his native country.

Finding our way, Renee Saldana: A collection of short
stories depicting life growing up Hispanic in America.

The Girl from Playa Blanca, Ofelia Dumas Lachtman:
When Elena and her little brother, Carlos, leave their
Mexican seaside village to search for their immigrant
father in Los Angeles, they encounter intrigue, crime,
mystery, friendship, and love.

Grab Hands and Run, Frances Temple: After his father
disappears, twelve-year-old Felipe, his mother, and
his younger sister set out on a difficult and
dangerous journey, trying to make their way from their
home in El Salvador to Canada.

Graffiti girl, Kelly Parra: Artistic Angel expresses
herself through street art.

Haters, Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez: Having tried for years
to deny her psychic abilities, high school sophomore
Paski has disturbing visions about the popular girl at
her new high school in Orange County, California.

Heat, Mike Lupica: Pitching prodigy Michael Arroyo is
on the run from social services after being banned
from playing Little League baseball because rival
coaches doubt he is only twelve years old and he has
no parents to offer them proof.

Help wanted: Stories, Gary Soto: Short stories about
young Mexican Americans.

The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros: Esperanza
Cordero is a young girl growing up in the Hispanic
quarter of Chicago with all its hard realities of
life. She captures her thoughts and emotions in poems
and stories in order to rise above the hopelessness
and create a space for herself.

How the García Girls Lost Their Accents, Julia
Alvarez: The story of the Garcia family’s adjustment
to life in the United States.

How to Be a Chicana Role Model, Michele M. Serros:
From the award-winning author of Chicana Falsa comes a
humorous new novel about a young Chicana writer who is
struggling to find a way to embrace two very different
cultures, without losing touch with her own true
identity.

In the Shadow of the Alamo, Sherry Garland:
Conscripted into the Mexican Army, fifteen-year-old
Lorenzo Bonifacio makes some unexpected alliances and
learns some harsh truths about General Santa Ana as
the troops move toward the Battle of the Alamo.

Jumping Off to Freedom, Anilú Bernardo: Courage and
desperation lead fifteen-year-old David and his father
to flee Cuba’s repressive regime and seek freedom by
taking to the sea on a raft headed for Miami.

La Linea, Ann Jaramillo: Miguel is set to leave his
Mexican village to join his parents in California but
his little sister is determined to join him.

Lorenzo’s Secret Mission, Lila Guzmán and Rick Guzmán:
Two historical figures, Bernardo de Gálvez and George
Gibson, appear prominently in the book. In 1776,
fifteen-year-old Lorenzo Bannister leaves Texas and
his father’s new grave to carry a letter to the
Virginia grandfather he has never known, and becomes
involved with the struggle of the American Continental
Army and its Spanish supporters.

Parrot in the oven: Mi vida, Victor Martinez: Manny
relates his coming of age experiences as a member of a
poor Mexican American family.

Prizefighter en Mi Casa, e. E. Charlton-Trujillo:
Following a car accident that left her with epilepsy,
twelve-year-old Chula—with a little help from a
visiting fearsome Mexican boxer—tries to deal with the
repercussions her new condition has on her family,
neighborhood, and school.

Raining Sardines, Enrique Flores-Galbis: The artistic
Ernestina and the analytical Enriquito use their
ingenuity to save a herd of wild horses and stop an
evil landowner from spoiling their Cuban village.
The republic of East LA: Stories, Luis Rodriguez: A
collection of short stories about life in East L.A.

Sammy and Juliana in Hollywood, Benjamin Alire Saenz:
Sammy faces the challenges of “gringo” racism in 1969.
Sisters: Hermanas, Gary Paulsen: The lives of a
fourteen-year-old Mexican prostitute, living in the
United States illegally, and a wealthy American girl
intersect in a dramatic way.

So Hard to Say, Alex Sanchez: Thirteen-year-old Xio, a
Mexican American girl, and Frederick, who has just
moved to California from Wisconsin, quickly become
close friends, but when Xio starts thinking of
Frederick as her boyfriend, he must confront his
feelings of confusion and face the fear that he might
be gay.

Sofi Mendoza’s guide to getting lost in Mexico, Malin
Alegria: Sofi goes to a weekend party in Tijuana and
now the border patrol won’t let her return to San
Diego.

The Tequila Worm, Viola Canales: Sofia grows up in the
close-knit community of the barrio in McAllen, Texas,
then finds that her experiences as a scholarship
student at an Episcopal boarding school in Austin only
strengthen her ties to family and her “comadres.”

Trino’s Choice, Diane Gonzales Bertrand: Frustrated by
his poor financial situation and hoping to impress a
smart girl, seventh grader Trino falls in with a bad
crowd led by an older teen with a vicious streak.
White Bread Competition, Jo Ann Yolanda Hernández:
When Luz, a ninth-grade Latina student in San Antonio,
wins a spelling competition; her success triggers a
variety of emotions among family, friends, and the
broader community.

The Whole Sky Full of Stars, René Saldaña:
Eighteen-year-old Barry competes in a non-sanctioned
boxing match in hopes of helping his recently-widowed
mother, unaware that his best friend and manager,
Alby, has his own desperate need for a share of the
purse that may put their friendship on the line.

More resources available at:
Barahona Center// Bibliography of Latino books (and online resources)
for youth:
http://www.lib.utk.edu/~refs/imm-conf/latino-bibliography.pdf

Austin Public Library:
http://www.wiredforyouth.com/books/index.cfm?booklist=hispanicteen

Alma Ramos-McDermott
MLS Student
Simmons College, Boston MA

 

FIL, Guadalajara International Book FAir

 Every year for 21 consecutive years, Guadalajara has been the host of the largest Spanish language book fair in the world: FIL, the Guadalajara International Book Fair. For three full days librarians from all over the world select the newest and hottest materials in Spanish. Each year the fair celebrates a country, this year it celebrates Colombia, the land of Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

An agreement between the American Library Association and FIL organizers makes possible for 150 librarians from the USA to attend the fair, stay at a hotel for 3 nights and receive certain amount of money towards airline tickets. 

The fair is a who’s who of publishers of Spanish language materials, distributors and librarians serving Latinos and the Spanish-speaking. If you have any business with Spanish language world (even if you are a publisher from Japan), you want to be there. Publishers of materials in Spanish from around the globe host pavilions and booths to exhibit the newest, hottest, just out-of-the-press publications. Distributors of materials flood the halls of the fair looking for materials requested by librarians looking, for example, for the most recent publications from Puerto Rico, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Uruguay or any other Latin American country.

For a number of years I attended the fair and I loved it. It is an exhausting exercise where for 3 days one selects books from 9:00 am to 5:00pm, but at the same time it is so exciting; there are a myriad of books, CDs, DVDs and databases to see! (Librarian alert!) Besides that, there are many colleagues with whom tour the fair, attend book signings, publisher’s receptions and exchange ideas.

FIL is hands-down the best event to purchase Spanish language books. The best way to order and receive books is to work with a distributor. They know which publishers and books have distributing rights in the States. Distributors can find the best deals and I know of one that can find *any* title published in any Latin American country.  I know there are many good distributors because after I stopped attending Guadalajara I met many of them, but back then I personally worked with -in strict alphabetical order-Bilingual, Brodart (former Books on Wings), Lectorum, and Libros sin Fronteras (no longer exists). All of them are wonderful and work with a million publishing houses. 

This year instead of attending the fair, I am attending an IFLA/FAIFE workshop in Connecticut and New York: two days in CT and one day in NY at Queens Library. Still, I am thinking of my colleagues getting ready to start work tomorrow, the first day of the shopping spree, Monday, November 26 when at 9:00 a.m. the doors of the fair will open to show a magical world of pavilions holding the most wonderful and newest books in Spanish.