#WorldKidLit Month 2020: Mis abuelos y yo

Based in the state of Texas, Arte Público Press has long contributed to making books written by Hispanic and Latinx authors, including Puerto Rican writers, much more available to the reading and purchasing public. Their children's books are often published in bilingual editions, lending a linguistic authenticity to their books focusing on U.S. Hispanic culture. … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Month 2020: Mis abuelos y yo

#WorldKidLit Month 2020: Call Me Maria

Call Me Maria by Judith Ortiz Cofer is about a teenaged Puerto Rican girl named Maria and how she processes her changing world. Ortiz Cofer artfully creates a soap opera-like feel in this work, which she accomplishes by using various genres – part novel, part poetry – to her advantage, as she shifts between scenes and changes … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Month 2020: Call Me Maria

#WorldKidLit Month 2020: The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary

The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary by NoNieqa Ramos is both heart-wrenching and masterfully crafted. Ramos’s teenage protagonist, Macy Cashmere, is a character who, like many young people who experience tough circumstances, could be easily glossed over or written off by the casual observer as lacking the desire or capacity to succeed.  Yet, readers will learn as they read Macy’s … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Month 2020: The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary

#WorldKidLit Month 2020: If I Could Fly

If I Could Fly by Judith Ortiz Cofer is as much a vivid account of a teen’s experiences with the adults in her life and how their choices impact her, as it is about the gritty realities of those in her flock. The story soars between the mainland and the island - the United States and Puerto … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Month 2020: If I Could Fly

#WorldKidLit Month 2020: The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano

Note from Klem-Marí Cajigas, GLLI blog Guest Editor for #WorldKidLit Month 2020: today I am very excited and proud to welcome Luis Maldonado to the Global Literatures in Libraries Initiative. Luis and I have been friends since our first year in college, when we each found the only other Puerto Rican student in the Stetson … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Month 2020: The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano

#WorldKidLit Month 2020: Parrots over Puerto Rico

We have already come across the Puerto Rican amazon, or Puerto Rican parrot, during this #WorldKidLit Month, but today I want to discuss this beautiful animal more closely. Puerto Rico has a rich ecosystem, and the iguaca is one of its crown jewels. Parrots over Puerto Rico is a is a standout nonfiction picture book from … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Month 2020: Parrots over Puerto Rico

#WorldKidLit Month 2020 Forthcoming Title Alert: Coquí in the City

Similar to my excitement of when I learned about the then forthcoming publication of Across the Bay, I am thrilled to know about Coquí in the City, coming in March 2021! This picture book promises to be an essential Puerto Rican Kid Lit title, and one I will definitely give to my nieces and nephews. … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Month 2020 Forthcoming Title Alert: Coquí in the City

#WorldKidLit Month 2020: On this Beautiful Island

If you've been reading our #WorldKitLit Month series on Puerto Rico thus far this month, you have already come across the term Boricua to refer to Puerto Ricans. The term is derived from the indigenous name for the island, Boríken (“the great land of the valiant and noble lord”), which was transliterated into Spanish as … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Month 2020: On this Beautiful Island

#WorldKidLit Month 2020: Clemente!

On September 9 in the United States, the teams comprising Major League Baseball observed Roberto Clemente Day, honoring the life of the renowned athlete and humanitarian. Born in Puerto Rico, Clemente remains a national hero to Boricuas both on the island and in the Diaspora. In his dedication to excellence in his work, his pride … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Month 2020: Clemente!

#WorldKidLit Month 2020: Eric Velasquez and His Grandma

Eric Velasquez is, bar none, of my favorite children's book illustrators. His paintings are luminous, and their realism lends an almost documentary-like quality to his work. We will discuss Velasquez's work more than once during this Puerto Rican Kid Lit Month, but let us begin with the two books that garnered him well-deserved notice as … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Month 2020: Eric Velasquez and His Grandma