[Library Media] Fwd: 5 Books to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Juan Lee jtlee at utah.gov
Thu Oct 5 13:54:02 MDT 2017

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October 5, 2017

*Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month*

It's National Hispanic Heritage Month until October 15th! National Hispanic
Heritage Month is an official celebration of American citizens whose
ancestry can be traced back to Spain, Mexico, Central and South America and
the Caribbean.

National Hispanic Heritage Month also has an official website. There are
exhibits, collections, videos, and more educator resources available
through the following link

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*Spotlight: National Hispanic Heritage Month Books*
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Looking for authentic, award-winning and culturally responsive books to
recognize and celebrate your students and Hispanic Heritage Month? Check
out our teacher favorites:

   1. *Martí’s Song for Freedom:*
   A biography of Jose Martí told in verse about his life as a poet, writer,
   and his quest to abolish slavery in Cuba. *Junior Library Guild
   Selection. *
   2. *Rainbow Weaver:*
   A young Mayan girl isn’t allowed to use her mother’s thread to weave, so
   with a little ingenuity she discovers how to repurpose plastic bags to
   create colorful weavings. Based on an actual recycling movement in
   Guatemala. *Junior Library Guild Selection.*
   3. *A Movie in My Pillow:*
   In his first collection of poems for children, poet Jorge Argueta evokes
   the wonder of his childhood in rural El Salvador, a touching relationship
   with a caring father, and his confusion and delight in his new home. *Winner
   of the Américas Award for Latin American Literature. *
   4. *The Woman who Outshone the Sun:*
   A popular bilingual retelling of the legend of Lucia Zenteno, part of the
   oral history of the Zapotec Indians of Oaxaca Mexico. *ALA Notable Book.*
   5. *¡**Olinguito, de la A a la Z!**:*
   Using the framework of the Spanish alphabet, this bilingual book
   introducers readers to a cloud forest in the Andes; the plants, animals,
   and other organisms found there; and the newly-identified olinguito, a
   South American mammal. *Kirkus Starred Review.*

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*New Releases from Lee & Low Books!*
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*Family Poems for Every Day of the Week/Poemas familiares para cada día de
la semana
*y Francisco X. Alarcon**illus. by Maya Christina Gonzalez*

A festive bilingual collection of poems about each day of the week,
honoring the experiences of Latinos in the United States.

(Grades 2-8)
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*I Am Alfonso Jones
*y Tony Medinaillus. by Stacey Robinson and John Jennings*

**starred review, School Library Journal**

A gut-punching graphic novel about police brutality and the Black Lives
Matter movement.

(Grades 6 and up)
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**starred review, Booklist**starred review, School Library Journal**

A moving middle grade historical novel about Gandhi's Indian Freedom
movement from the perspective of a ten-year-old girl.

(Grades 4-7)

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*Recommended Collections for October*
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Bilingual Bestsellers

In this hand-picked collection you’ll find some of our bilingual
bestsellers, award winners, and favorites for young readers in grades K-5.
All books are in Spanish and English.
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*Bilingual English/Spanish Dual Language Books*

The Bilingual and Dual Language Collection includes* all *LEE & LOW titles
that are *bilingual in English/Spanish* or are available in* both English
and Spanish*. These stories not only celebrate Latin American cultures but
encourage the exploration of different cultural perspectives and
experiences, as well.
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*Bebop Latin American Spanish Grades PreK-2*

This collection includes delightful, child-centered stories that support
literacy learning content for beginning and soon-to-be readers. All books
are in Spanish.

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*Classroom Library Questionnaire*

*How diverse and culturally responsive is your classroom library?*

Creating a classroom library is a thoughtful process that involves thinking
critically about how books reflect both the diversity of our students,
their backgrounds, and the communities in which we live while exposing them
to new ideas and concepts. To help you do so, LEE & LOW has created a
Library Questionnaire*
for you to use as a tool to analyze the books in your library and help
determine where there are strengths and gaps in diversity in your

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*Customize Your Classroom Library*

Looking for the right collection for your students and curriculum? Let us
help! Our team can help you build the culturally responsive collection you
are looking for based on your students’ needs and diverse experiences,

   - Bilingual and Dual Language Programs
   - Reading Levels
   - Themes and Curriculum Units
   - High Interest-Low Readability
   - Middle and High School

Contact Vice President of Educational Sales, *Abe Barretto*, at
*abarretto at leeandlow.com*
<abarretto at leeandlow.com?subject=Classroom%20Collection%20Customization>
or (212)
779-4400 ext. 23 <(212)%20779-4400> to get started.
*CLICK HERE FOR A FREE CUSTOMIZED QUOTE*  <vlabarca at leeandlow.com>

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*What We're Reading: Five Favorite Resources for Educators*

   - Want to learn more about National Hispanic Heritage Month? You can
   find out more in this article
   from *Time*.

   - Here's a list of free apps for to support vocabulary acquisition by

   - Check out this list of 23 YA and Middle Grade Books to Honor Hispanic
   Heritage Month

   - Learn about water
    and the role it plays locally and globally in Spanish on

*Spanish Playground! *
   - In this blog post
   author Supriya Kelkar shares a behind-the-scenes look at the research
   required to write her new novel *Ahimsa.*

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