Monday, September 22, 2008

And the celebration goes on...

I found a fantastic, fantastic book about Pure Belpre's life. Many of you know about the Pura Belpre Award, established in 1996, that is presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work celebrates and honors the Latino Culture. 
If you would like a list  of all the books that have received the Pura Belpre Award, you will be able to find them here. Some of the Pura Belpre Award winners were mentioned in this blog

Now, let's go back to my finding: The Storyteller's Candle/La Velita de los Cuentos by Lucia Gonzalez. Let me just say how excited I was to find this book at our Columbus Metropolitan Library.  In this picture book, you will learn about Pura Belpre, New York's first Latina librarian who brought language, magic, and stories to the Latino population in New York City.  As an immigrant myself, I can understand when people talk about "missing" home, missing their language, a piece of them that was left behind in their home country. When Latinos found out about a librarian that spoke Spanish, people found an opportunity to reconnect what that piece that they left behind at their home country, and found comfort in stories that talked about their land, their traditions, their holidays, their little world.

Beautifully written, The Storyteller's Candle is another wonderful bilingual Spanish/English book published by Children's Book Press.

click here for information about THE STORYTELLER'S CANDLE by Lucia Gonzalez

And please don't forge about our wonderful book giveaway! All I am asking in order to enter the draw is to share with all of us your favorite book that celebrate Latino Culture. Quick! Share your titles under the comment section. I will be announcing the winners on Friday September 26! Then I will round up those comments in a postings so we can all learn from each other and visit each other's blogs! More details, right here.

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