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.
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Thank you to Raising Readers in Rhode Island for providing copies of our selected books for Latino Books Month 2019.
Through this month-long celebration, RILA encourages librarians, teachers, educators and booksellers to promote books written by and for Latinos, and we encourages communities to read books in both English and Spanish.
For more information about Rhode Island Latino Books Month and/or to participate, contact Latino Books Month Coordinator, Maria Cotto at You can also use the "Contact Us" tab on the side this page.
ATTENTION students, teacher, and librarians: Here is your chance to contribute to Latino Books Month. Nominate your favorite book written and/or illustrated by a Latino author and published in the past two years, for us to consider for the 2020 Rhode Island Latino Books Month Award. Click here to vote. If your book is selected, we will feature your picture in this website and our Facebook page, along with the name of your school. Students must sign a waiver and also have the support of a teacher or your school librarian to be featured in promotional material. More details to come …

María Cotto, Latino Books Month Coordinator

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Maria Cotto, Children’s Librarian at the Pawtucket Public Library, is the Latino Books Month Coordinator. Maria has been a tireless volunteer and supporter of RILA's Latino Books Month initiative since 2015, and we are so grateful for her commitment!

Maria is looking to establish a committee to assist her in planning and organizing future activities — please contact her at if you are interested. We have some very exciting activities on the burner for next year, focusing on Latino books, authors and illustrators, and we promise you will not be disappointed!
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