Where Are The Latino Authors on NYT Notable Children’s Books 2013?

Over and over the lesson I've learned is that if we (as a group) are not seen, we will be forgotten. As a parent I do my best to expose my boys to all kinds of cultures. Of course, I teach them about being Mexican-American. When they are grown, they will make thier own choices but for now it's my job to expose them to what I can. Yet, how can we encourage Latino culture when we are left off the list?

Which list, you ask?

The NY Times released their Notable Children’s Books of 2013 in November. No. Latino. Authors. Listed. Ay, ay, ay!

Over 52 million Latinos live in the United States. Isn’t it odd that not even one title that might reflect a portion of this growing demographic is included? This exclusion certainly isn’t for a lack of books. This year, dozens of children’s books reflecting the diversity of the Latino culture have been published. -Monica Olivera, nbclatino.com

This Is How We Encourage Latino Culture

Thankfully, Latina leaders Monica Olivera and Viviana Hurtado, Ph.D. of Latinas for Latinos Literature (LL4L) created Remarkable Latino Children's Literature of 2013

Remarkable Latino Children's Literature of 2013Thank you, Monica and Viviana! Even though NYT won't recognize Latino Children's book authors, we can still find these authors and their books. There are other Latino authors who published children’s books in 2013. Please share in the comments any books by Latino authors you read to your kids. (or your kids are reading)

Conversation and Google Hangout

What do you think, readers? Why are Latino authors left off the list? This is not the first time, obviously. It's happened over and over. If you want to join in converstation about this, join LL4L for a Google Hangout with authors Duncan Tonatiuh & Graciela Tiscareno-Sato on the exclusion of Hispanic authors and illustrators from The New York Times Book Reviews' Notable Children's Books of 2013. If you haven't tried Google Hangouts yet, this is the perfect time for something new! Here's a Tip Sheet for Google Hangouts.

Melanie Mendez-Gonzales

Original content creator for ¿Qué Means What? Texas Latina mom blogger celebrating culture in education, entertainment and family life.

4 Responses

  1. Sandy says:

    This isn't surprising.  Latinos are not treated very well on the East Coast.  Unfortunately, there are people in high positions who don't want to see us succeed as a group for some reason.  I mean it is institutional and on a regular level from what I've seen.  It is probably better to circulate information concerning our community's interests on places like your blog.  I like it.  Latinos will come together when they realize what is happening to them is not by chance.  We have to support eachother.

    • Melanie Mendez-Gonzales says:

      Thank you, Sandy! Yes, we must support each other. That’s one reason I’m so happy to share the LL4L’s list! 

  2. Hola Melanie,

    Gracias por tu articulo sobre libros para niños por autores Latinos.  Como una primera generacion Latina en los Estados Unidos estoy intentando instruir a mis hijas en el idioma y la cultura Hispana.  Como tu sabes no es algo facil.  Hasta yo batallo mucho con entender y recordar el Español aunque lo he escuchado desde infancia.  Me da gusto encontrar tu blog y espero que tengas exito.

    Una nota – tu link para bloglovin arriba no funciona.  Si te encontre en el sitio pero tuve que iniciar una busqueda.  Ve si puedes cambiar tu link para este http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/5306379/que-means-what

    • Melanie Mendez-Gonzales says:

      Hola Lucero! Gracias por leer. Escribo mejor en ingles … Thank you so much!! I’m glad to have one another 🙂 Good for you to teach your girls the language and culture. It’s not so easy but important. Y gracias por su nota. Lo cambié. xoxo!

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