Welcome to the #WorldKidLitWednesday reviewer team, Klem-Marí Cajigas!
Klem-Marí Cajigas is no stranger to the Global Literature in Libraries Initiative blog. As guest editor for World Kid Lit Month this September, she shared her passion for books by Puerto Ricans both from the island and from the diaspora. You can read no fewer than 26 posts published by Klem-Marí and her co-contributors here. With reviews of picture books, middle grade and YA novels, forthcoming titles and translation recommendations, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
In her day job, Klem-Marí is a busy librarian at Nashville Public Library, where she is the Family Literacy Coordinator for Bringing Books to Life! (BBTL). This award-winning literacy outreach program sees her visit (now virtually) schools, daycares and community organizations in Davidson County to deliver literacy workshops to families, teachers and children. She has run many story times for BBTL, which include a visit from one of the library’s Puppet Trucks!
Proudly Boricua and bilingual in Spanish and English, Klem-Marí also hosts a regular Spanish storytime on YouTube. Here she is reading the fabulous ¡El gallo che no se gallaba! (The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet!) by Carmen Agra Deedy and Eugene Yelchin.
Together with her colleague Lindsey Patrick-Wright, Klem-Marí is a member of a library task force on racism in children’s literature. The duo presented at the US Public Library Association annual meeting earlier this year and have since run webinars for state library systems in Indiana, Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky, Ohio and Massachusetts.
You can read more about Klem-Marí’s background and multiple pursuits in this article published on the Nashville Public Library blog during Hispanic Heritage Month.
Laura Taylor is the founder of world children’s literature blog Planet Picture Book. She is a small business copywriter, NAATI-certified translator of French into English and member of AUSIT and IBBY Australia. When she is not writing, she is reading, and chasing after her two young children. She tweets regularly @plapibo and posts at www.planetpicturebook.com