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Celebrating Cuentos: Promoting Latino Children's Literature and Literacy in Classrooms and Libraries

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Latinos are the fastest growing and largest ethnic minority in the United States. The number of Latino children is at a historic high. As a result, librarians and teachers in the United States must know how to meet the informational, cultural, and traditional literacy needs of this student demographic group. An ideal way to overcome this challenge is by providing culturally accurate and authentic children's literature that represents the diversity of the Latino cultures.

Much more than simply a topical bibliography, this book details both historical and current practices in educating Latino children; explains why having quality Latino children's literature in classrooms and libraries is necessary for the ethnic identity development of Latino children; and offers a historical overview of Latino children's literature in America. Web resources of interest to educators working with Latino children are also included.

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Table of Contents

Foreword: Splendid Treasures of Mi Corazón Yuyi Morales ix

Introduction: Latino Children's Literature in Today's Classrooms and Libraries Jamie Campbell Naidoo xiii

Part 1 Educational, Developmental, and Literacy Needs of Latino Children

Chapter 1 Overview of Latino Children and U.S. Public Education Robert K. Ream Lillia Vazquez 3

Chapter 2 Embracing the Face at the Window: Latino Representation in Children's Literature and the Ethnic Identity Development of Latino Children Jamie Campbell Naidoo 19

Part 2 Latino Children's Literature: Then and Now

Chapter 3 A Brief Historical Overview of Latino Children's Literature in the United States Jamie Campbell Naidoo 45

Chapter 4 Reviewing the Representation of Latino Cultures in U.S. Children's Literature Jamie Campbell Naidoo 59

Chapter 5 Celebrating Cultures and Cuentos: Highlighting Three Awards for Latino Children's Literature Jamie Campbell Naidoo Jennifer Battle Oralia Garza de Cortés 79

Part 3 Developing Collections of Latino Children's Materials

Chapter 6 The Story of the Américas Collection: Gathering PreK-12 Spanish-Language Books and Resources Ruth E. Quiroa 101

Chapter 7 Latino Children's Literature and Literacy in School Library Media Centers Jamie Campbell Naidoo Hope Crandall 113

Part 4 Latino Children's Literature and Literacy Programs in Classrooms and Libraries

Chapter 8 Have Books, Will Travel: Bebés, Libros y Early Literacy María E. Arroyo Guillermina "Gigi" Towers 147

Chapter 9 Bilingual Storytimes Katie Cunningham 159

Chapter 10 Using Bilingual Music Programming to Improve Preliteracy Amy Olson 179

Chapter 11 The Spirit of Día: Celebrating Cuentos Every Day Irania Patterson Jamie Campbell Naidoo 201

Chapter 12 Storytelling and Recently Arrived Latino Children Lucía M. González Jamie Campbell Naidoo 213

Chapter 13 Bailando ante el espejo literario: Responses to Culturally Familiar Themes in Picture Books Ruth E. Quiroa 227

Chapter 14 Developing and Enriching Comunidad: Reaching out to Latino Communities via Public and School Libraries Jamie Campbell Naidoo 239

Chapter 15 Culturally Relevant Literature Pedagogies: Latino Students Reading in the Borderlands Carmen L. Medina Carmen Martínez-Roldán 259

Chapter 16 Using Latin American Folktales in Literacy and Library Programming Amy Olson 273

Chapter 17 Using Print and Digital Latino Children's Books to Promote Multiple Literacies in Classrooms and Libraries Jamie Campbell Naidoo 301

Afterword: I Am All That I See: The Power of Reflection Maya Christina Gonzalez 319

Recommended Bibliography of Children's Literature and Related Professional Resources

Picture Books 327

Novels-Intermediate to Upper Elementary 333

Novels-Jr. High and Young Adult 333

Folktales 335

Poetry 340

Songs, Rhymes, Lullabies, and Musical Recordings 341

Informational 343

Spanish Language Books, K-12 347

Primary Age Books-Fiction and Informational 347

Intermediate Age Books-Fiction and Informational 352

High School Age Books-Fiction and Informational 354

Professional Resources for Evaluating and Selecting Latino Children's Materials 354

Professional Resources for Including Latino Children's Literature in Classrooms and Childcare Centers 355

Professional Resources for Library Programs and Services to Latino Children and their Families 358

Online Resources 360

Selected Latino Author and Illustrator Web Sites 363

Common Small Press Publishers/Distributors of Latino Books 365

Appendixes 367

Index 373

About the Editor and Contributors 379

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