Rhode Island Latino Books Month

Promoting bilingual literature, illustrators and authors

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Latino Books Month, initiated by Rhode Island Latino Arts and now in its sixth year in Rhode Island, promotes literacy amongst Latinos through the celebration of Latino authors, illustrators and books that highlight Latino culture and Latin American identity.
Through this month-long celebration, RILA encourages librarians, teachers, educators and booksellers to promote books written by and for Latinos, and we encourage all Rhode Islanders to read books in both English and Spanish.
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For more information about Rhode Island Latino Books Month and/or to participate, contact Maria Cotto, RILA's Latino Books Month Coordinator, at mcotto@pawtucketlibrary.org


For information about Rhode Island Latino Arts, contact
Marta V. Martínez, RILA'S Executive Director, at
marta@rilatinoarts.org.

For general queries, you can also use the "Contact Us" tab on the side of this page.

SPECIAL THANKS to the 2020 Latino Books Month Selection Committee:

Maria Cotto, Chair & Bilingual Children’s Librarian, Pawtucket Public Library
Martha Boksenbaum, Youth Services Librarian, Cranston Public Library
Melanie DeSantis, Young Adult Librarian | Westerly Library
Brooke Strachan, Head Lower School Librarian, The Wheeler School
Carla Rennick, Youth Services Librarian, Fox Point Community Library
Dalila Torres, Spanish Teacher, Peace Dale Elementary
Joan Wollin, Library Media Specialist, Central Falls
Jane Yedlin, Assistant Profressor (TESOL Program), Rhode Island College
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Thank you to Raising Readers in Rhode Island for providing copies of our selected books for Latino Books Month 2019.

2020 Book List

Grades K-2
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Across the Bay
by Carlos Aponte

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Where Are You From?
by Yamile S. Mendez
Illustrated by Jamie Kim

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Luca’s Bridge/ El Puente de Luca
by Mariana Llanos
Illustrated by Anna Lopez Real

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My Papi has a Motorcycle
by Isabel Quintero
Illustrated by Zeke Peña

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Octopus Stew
by Eric Velasquez

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Vamos! Let’s Go to the Market
by Raul the Third

Grades 3-5
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Sarai Saves the Music
by Monica Brown and Sarai Gonzalez

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Dragon Slayer: Folktales
by Jaime Hernandez

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Lety Out Loud
by Angel Cervantes

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When We Love Someone We Sing to Them
Cuando Amamos Cantamos
by Ernesto Javier Martínez

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Red Panda & Moon Bear
by Jarod Roselló

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Love, Sugar, Magic: A Dash of Trouble
by Anna Meriano

Grades 6-8
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The Other Half of Happy
by Rebecca Balcárcel

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Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish
by Pablo Cartaya

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Charlie Hernandez and the League of Shadows
by Ryan Calejo

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Sal & Gabi Break the Universe
by Carlos Hernandez

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The Moon Within
by Aida Salazar

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Silver Meadows Summer
by Emma Otheguy

Teens (High School)
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Five Midnights
by Ann Dávila Cardinal

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We Set the Dark on Fire
by Thelor Kay Mejia

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Blanca & Roja
by Anna-Marie McLemore

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Barely Missing Everything
by Matt Menendez

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The Grief Keeper
by Alexandra Villasante

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Undocumented: A Worker’s Fight
by Duncan Tonitiuh

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Don’t Date Rosa Santos
by Nina Morena

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