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Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2023: Review of Latin Americans in History: 15 Inspiring Latinas and Latinos You Should Know by Monica Olivera

Written by Monica Olivera, Latin Americans in History: 15 Inspiring Latinas and Latinos You Should Know is a middle-grade non-fiction book that will surely motivate children, especially Latin Americans, to pursue their dreams. It is an excellent introduction to Latin American historical personages left out of history books. Discover how Simón Bolivar, El Libertador, freed six South American countries from the Spanish empire. Find out … Continue reading Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2023: Review of Latin Americans in History: 15 Inspiring Latinas and Latinos You Should Know by Monica Olivera

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Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2023: Book Review of Mèo and Bé by Doan Phuong Nguyen

Amid the Vietnam War, eleven-year-old Bé loses her voice after her mother leaves her to live with her father, brothers, and terrible stepmother, Big Mother. Her father, whose health deteriorates after a stroke, cannot stop Big Mother’s abuses. Bé finds comfort in a new friend, a three-legged cat she names Mèo. But Big Mother’s hate has no bounds, and she sells Bé to men who … Continue reading Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2023: Book Review of Mèo and Bé by Doan Phuong Nguyen

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#FallWritingFrenzy 2022 Contest Entry: The Anjana

I have been waiting for a whole year for my favorite writing contest: #FallWritingFrenzy! It is my second time being a contestant, and last year I was fortunate to be one of the winners with my entry A Different Kind of Magic. Editor extraordinaire Erin Siu selected my entry, and I won a picture book critique, which was a wonderful and illuminating experience. I want … Continue reading #FallWritingFrenzy 2022 Contest Entry: The Anjana

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Book Review of If Your Babysitter is a Bruja by Ana Siqueira

Halloween is coming soon! What would you do if your babysitter was a bruja? Yes, a witch! She could order her black cats to attack, catch you while flying her broom, or cook you in her cauldron with cocodrillos! You might need to get those defense powers on if your babysitter was a bruja. You could cook a magic potion, get her broom, or escape. … Continue reading Book Review of If Your Babysitter is a Bruja by Ana Siqueira

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Book Review of Juan Has the Jitters by Aneta Cruz

The school’s athletic games are tomorrow, and Juan claps to get the Jitters out. Juan’s Jitters make his tummy swoosh and swirl when there are too many people, noise, and changes in his routine. Juan’s teacher, Mr. Lee, comes up with an excellent idea to help Juan keep the Jitters out during Griffith Academy’s First Mathletic Games. Written by Aneta Cruz, Juan Has the Jitters … Continue reading Book Review of Juan Has the Jitters by Aneta Cruz

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Book Review of The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera

A comet destroys Earth, so a select group of families departs in three ships. Petra Peña’s family has been selected because her parents are scientists. Their destination is Sagan, a new planet that is hundreds of years away. People sleep in advanced machines while they receive data about life on Earth, and Monitors watch over them. Petra does not want to become a scientist like … Continue reading Book Review of The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera

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Book Review of Beauty Woke

A Puerto Rican family welcomes a beautiful baby girl named Beauty. As Beauty grows up, her big familia teaches her to be proud of her heritage. Beauty is a Boricua with Taíno Indian and African ancestors, so her Abuela encourages her to “stay onyx, stay gold.” But one day, Beauty hears the news saying hurtful words about other Hispanics. When it is time for the … Continue reading Book Review of Beauty Woke

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Author Spotlight: Frances Díaz Evans

Written by Frances Díaz Evans and illustrated by Alejandra López, Coco la cotorra puertorriqueña (Spanish Edition) is the story of Coco, a bilingual Puerto Rican parrot freed in El Yunque after growing up in captivity. Coco is excited about living in the rainforest and finding a family, but his squawking differs from the parrots born in nature. Will Coco make it in the rainforest? Today … Continue reading Author Spotlight: Frances Díaz Evans

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Book Review of Lotería by Karla Arenas Valenti

In Oaxaca City, best friends, Life and Death, play their annual game of Lotería. Without knowing it, Clara has been chosen by Life and Death as the pawn of their game. If Life wins, Clara will have a long life. If Death wins, Clara dies. After tragedy strikes, Esteban, Clara’s cousin, goes missing. Clara will do everything in her power to find and save her … Continue reading Book Review of Lotería by Karla Arenas Valenti

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Book Review of Merci Suárez Can’t Dance by Meg Medina

Meg Medina won the Newbery Medal for her middle-grade novel Merci Suárez Changes Gears, a story of a sixth-grader girl dealing with her abuelo Lolo’s newly discovered disease and a bossy classmate named Edna Santos. Merci and her close-knit Latino family won our hearts, and they are back in Merci Suárez Can’t Dance. Merci is in seventh grade now, and Miss McDaniels puts her and … Continue reading Book Review of Merci Suárez Can’t Dance by Meg Medina