#WorldKidLit Month 2020: The Legend of Kiki Kokí

If you've been reading this blog during #WorldKidLit Month, you may have already learned a bit about the coquí. A small species of tree frog onomatopoeically named for its vociferous song, the coquí has long been a symbol of Puerto Rico. The Taíno, for example, carved what are believed representations of the coquí on rock … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Month 2020: The Legend of Kiki Kokí

#WorldKidLit Month 2020: When Julia Danced Bomba

As I mentioned in another blog post during this #WorldKidLit Month, Puerto Rico owes much of its cultural inheritance to its population of African descent. Although they were kidnapped, brought as captives to the Western Hemisphere, and forced to labor under the sadistic conditions established by European colonial powers, African peoples endured, survived, and created … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Month 2020: When Julia Danced Bomba

#WorldKidLit Month 2020: Trailblazing Puerto Rican Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré

Photograph of Pura Belpré Avid picture book readers, close followers of the children's publishing industry, and librarians may very well be familiar with the Pura Belpré Medal, given annually to Latinx illustrators and writers whose book "best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience." However, how much do we about the trailblazing librarian and storyteller … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Month 2020: Trailblazing Puerto Rican Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré

#WorldKidLitWednesday: Bicki-Books (Set 2)

What a wonderful concept! This series of pocket-sized picture books, originally published in Latvian, pairs a classic or modern poem with artwork commissioned from a contemporary illustrator. I originally highlighted the Bicki-Books (Set 2) in my recommended list of reads for infants and preschoolers, but a two-line mention does not do them justice. These six … Continue reading #WorldKidLitWednesday: Bicki-Books (Set 2)

#WorldKidLit Month 2020: The Coquí and the Iguana

If you've been reading this blog during #WorldKidLit Month, you know that we've already discussed some of Puerto Rico's rich natural world. Today I want to introduce you to more of the island's distinct natural features, specifically its bioluminescent bays. While nonfiction kid lit titles about bioluminescence are relatively easy to come by, it is … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Month 2020: The Coquí and the Iguana

#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: 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!