Welcome to the Latino Children's Book Resource!
"[Multicultural] books…parallel the need of each individual
not only to belong with pride to his or her own group, but to identify
and sympathetically with ever-widening circles of people. A good and
book can strengthen the pride of the minority member and enrich all who
it." –Zena Sutherland, Choosing
Children, Vol. 9
The goal of this web page is to provide an
evaluative resource for public and school librarians. As the Latino
population in the
This web site is intended as a starting point for those librarians and is not a comprehensive list of Latino literature for children but a list of "must haves," the most important and highest quality offerings in my opinion. The focus in this database is English-language fiction published in the
My hope is that this resource will provide a basis for librarians to begin making judgments of what quality literature is for Latinos, what authors exist in the field, how literature can be tied into culture, and its importance for readers of all backgrounds. I also hope to make this an ongoing project, where additional books, cultural links, and authors continue to be added as my research continues and the Latino book genre continues to grow and expand.
--Maggie Hommel, graduate student
Graduate School of Library and Information Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign