Latinos In Children Literature

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An article published on Wednesday in The Times, was focused on the books with Latino characters that are aimed at school-age children. The question everyone asks is “Where are all the Latinos?” It’s an issue that has personal resonance.

Aurora Anaya-Cerda is the owner of La Casa Azul, a bookstore that she opened in June in East Harlem. According to Aurora, she has the only store in New York City. Aurora was born in California but raised in Mexico. Aurora says: “I was an avid reader, but reading works by Chicana/o writers connected me to stories that I could relate to.”

Aurora was looking for more books that reflected her identity. During one time that she visited the library, she found a book named “Bless Me Ultima, ” she said that’s the first book that she saw a reflection of herself. This experience was unique, it reflected back to her with a new sense of pride and validation to her culture background.

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