#WorldKidLit Month 2020: A Surprise for Teresita/Una sorpresa para Teresita

It is the morning of Teresita's seventh birthday. Although she is looking forward to now being a "big girl" as her mother says, Teresita is most excited about the special surprise she knows her Tío Ramón will have for her. What will it be? But it will be a while before she finds out, as … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Month 2020: A Surprise for Teresita/Una sorpresa para Teresita

#WorldKidLit Month 2020 Translation Recommendation: Por ahí viene el huracán

This September marks the third anniversary of the landfall of Hurricane Maria on the island of Puerto Rico. By now much has been written on the impact of the storm, the devastation it wrought, and the objectively inadequate response to the ensuing humanitarian crisis. Puerto Ricans continue to wrestle with the psychological, emotional, and economic … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Month 2020 Translation Recommendation: Por ahí viene el huracán

#WorldKidLit Month 2020: Luci Soars

Released just this past month, Luci Soars is the newest book by prolific author and illustrator Lulu Delacre. Born in Puerto Rico to Argentine parents, Delacre knew early in her career as an artist that she wanted to illustrate children's books. Rest assured that this is in no way the last time that will discuss … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Month 2020: Luci Soars

#WorldKidLit Month 2020: A New Kind of Wild

Published just this year, A New Kind of Wild is a delightful, imaginative picture book. Inspired by her father's stories of growing up in Puerto Rico, author and illustrator Zara González Hoang has given readers a luminous piece of Puerto Rican Kid Lit. I haven't yet had the chance to give this book to my … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Month 2020: A New Kind of Wild

#WorldKidLit Month 2020: Across the Bay

Across the Bay by Carlos Aponte As an early childhood literacy specialist, I read a lot of picture books. It is part of my job to know what kinds of books are out there for early readers, and how parents can share these books with their children. I am, of course, particularly interested in diverse … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Month 2020: Across the Bay

#WorldKitLit Month September 2020: Spotlight Puerto Rico

If you will indulge me, let me begin this first blog post of Puerto Rican Kid Lit Month with an anecdote about Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez. Apparently, the Nobel Prize winner and master expositor of magical realism—where the fantastical meets the everyday—was once asked why he had never written about Puerto Rico. "If I … Continue reading #WorldKitLit Month September 2020: Spotlight Puerto Rico