#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

#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