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JLo’s first big heartbreak in new memoir

When JLo announces her next big move, the world is listening. Let’s face it, she is a famous Latina who has it all in the palm of her hands. Jennifer Lopez can transition through stages in her life with ease, yet sing as though she’s reading the pages from her memoir, entitled True Love. The Read More

Sotomayor’s life parallels the rise of Latinos

We all know that Justice Sonia Sotomayor is the first Latina to take office in the high court, but how much do we really know about her? Journalist/author Joan Biskupic, who wrote “Breaking In: The Rise of Sonia Sotomayor and the Politics of Justice”, presents Sotomayor’s presence as one that has had great influence over Read More

Daisy Hernández coming of age

The author of “A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir”, Daisy Hernández was deeply influenced by feminism, becoming aware of her identity and the lessons of gender while growing up. She lived with her parents and thrived off of the stories her aunts told her because of the lack of books that reflected Read More

Chiquis Rivera’s book versus the truth

It has been approximately a year and half since Jenni Rivera’s tragic passing, and her oldest daughter Chiquis Rivera is expected to release a rumor free book in November of 2014. Chiquis felt she needed her Tia Rosie’s permission to write the book, so she asked her Tia while on the latest episode of her Read More

Latino books booming

The international book market has long been dominated by American (i.e. Stephen King) or British (J.K. Rowling) authors. But according to the International Latino Book Awards’ submissions this year, the market might be seeing an increase in books written by and for Latinos. In 2014 alone, Latinos have spent well over $500 million in books Read More

Disservice to a generation of children: no Latino based books on New York Times annual list, again

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One of my fondest childhood memories is of being read to by my grandmother. In war ravaged El Salvador in the early 80s, electricity was never a guarantee especially during the military waged “toques de queda”. So, in order to pass the time and be comforted by being together, families, including mine would huddle together Read More

The sky(and beyond) is the limit for “Captain Mama”

“Literature can open up limitless opportunities for Latino children especially for young girls.” —Graciela Tiscareño-Sato The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the word, “hero”, as a person who is admired for great or brave acts or fine qualities; a person who is greatly admired. Graciela Tiscareño-Sato fits this definition in every respect. The daughter of Mexican immigrants Read More

Sofia’s Awesome Tamale Day

Sofia's Awesome Tamale Day

Sofia’s Awesome Tamale Day is a book for children but speaks to readers of all ages. Sofia takes on the annual tradition of gathering the order xanax to make tamales. She’s joined by an endearing and humorous parrot, Pepe. I envision parents  sharing how their family’s traditions are similar, or contrast, as they read this Read More

Using technology to keep cultura alive

Latina mommy bloggers have set out on a mission this summer and that mission is to get your children reading. An article published by the New York Times in December, titled “For Young Latino Readers, An image is Missing,” set off the alarms alerting to this issue. See, it’s not that young Latino children don’t Read More

Meet Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa: Author and Afro-Latina


In Daughters of the Stone author Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa uses storytelling and spirituality to skillfully portray her childhood, what inspires her and life growing up as an Afro-Puerto Rican. Llanos-Figueroa engaged in a Q&A via with Los Afro-Latinos to talk about her debut novel, growing up in Puerto Rico and the importance and power of storytelling. Read More