September 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month. Too often do I find myself rushing into the start of a new school year. Too often do I make excuses for why some things get prioritized over others. This year I am intentionally taking steps to ensure I am making room to celebrate the cultural and experiential backgrounds of my students alongside national celebrations because when we celebrate as one, we lift up one another altogether. We learn from and about one another. We express value and love toward those differences and experiences that make one another unique.
This week I gathered my favorite podcast interviews with Hispanic and Latinx authors and illustrators, plus one extra special episode with a book reviews manager at SLJ. I included a couple of the recent interviews I've recorded through the All The Wonders podcast, and I've also included some of my favorite episodes of podcasts I subscribe to, including The Yarn, Books Between, and Minorities in Publishing. Maybe some of the podcasts will be new to you and you'll become regular listeners as I have.
I made two different graphics for today's post because I want to share with you the books that are highlighted through these podcast episodes, but I also wanted the faces of those bookmakers to be featured. I include photos of the authors and illustrators in each of my podcast interviews with the hopes that my students may see themselves and people they know (because books can be mirrors), but also so that my students can see the faces behind some of their favorite books (because often we just get a name).
We will celebrate the works, lives, and accomplishments of great Hispanic and Latinx men and women throughout the school year and I will continue to work in collaboration with our Hispanic Acheivement Liaison to ensure my library programming and community outreach continue to serve our hispanic students. And I will continue to anticipate the day when one of my previous students crosses paths with me in the future and shares a book with their name on the cover. Because it's totally gonna happen!
Click on the links below or download these great podcast episodes to your smartphone or wifi-enabled device and let me know what favorite podcasts or podcast episodes you've listened to that should be added to this list!
PODCAST INTERVIEWS WITH HISPANIC AND LATINX BOOKMAKERS:
Daniel José Older shares Shadowshaper and talks about the need for community for writers of color, how his plan for writing helped him persevere, and also about how the industry needs to change in order to embrace more stories by writers of color. (Minorities in Publishing, episode 13)
Jennifer Torres shares Stef Soto, Taco Queen, which follows a seventh-grader as she deals with protective parents, friendship struggles, and her conflicted feelings about her father’s taco truck business. (PW KidsCast, episode 124)
Margarita Engle and Rafael Lopez share Bravo!: Poems About Amazing Hispanics and talk about capturing the spirit of a person through poem and portrait, creating a first person-voiced time travel experience for children, and seeking to show the emotional essence of the individual. (All The Wonders, episode 360)
Shelley Diaz, reviews manager at School Library Journal, talks about the necessity for not only more diverse representation by librarians but how much reviews also matter and how this can hurt diverse books when they are not part of the conversation or in trades where reviews happen. (Minorities in Publishing, episode 34)
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