Summer Vacation Plans & Giving Thanks

As of today, we are on summer vacation! When we return in September, we’ll celebrate our second Blogversary, the release of Ashley Hope Pérez’s new young adult novel, Out of Darkness, and much more. We’ll keep in touch by tweeting past posts through the summer for our new followers. You please keep in touch, too. If you would like to contribute a blog post or you have a book with Latin@ characters that you’d like listed on our site and/or reviewed, please contact us through the form on the blog or by emailing: We don’t guarantee a review for every book, which will be outlined in our new reviewing policy. Below are news items and special thanks to all who have worked with us so far.

What we’re doing with our time off:

Cindy L. Rodriguez: I will be attending the International Literacy Association conference in St. Louis next weekend for both my day job as a reading specialist and to promote When Reason Breaks. I have a few more book events through the summer, and I plan to read and write as much as possible before school begins again in the fall. In August, I will get away with my daughter and friends, spending a week on the beach in Rhode Island.

Sujei Lugo: As a children’s librarian at a public library I’ll be immersed in our summer reading program, which includes: summer reading bingo, bilingual story time, comics workshop, an art program with Growing up Pedro author and illustrator Matt Tavares, music programs, and more! I also plan to find time to continue writing my dissertation proposal and get ready for my August trip to Puerto Rico to visit my family and friends.

Lila Quintero Weaver: Lila recently wrapped up a big project. She plans to clear her mind by reorganizing closets and computer files. Travel plans are on hold until autumn when Gulf Coast beaches are blissfully quiet.

BackYardFamPhotoAshley Hope Pérez is enjoying quality time with her family in Columbus, Ohio, where she, husband Arnulfo, and 5-year-old Liam Miguel welcomed baby Ethan Andrés on June 10. Ashley is spending most of her time nursing the new baby and catching up on YA reading. She’s also looking forward to the release of her third novel, Out of Darkness, in September. Keep an eye out for an August Out of Darkness blog tour!


Zoraida Córdova: This summer I’ll be working on my third romance novel, Life on the Level. Also, I’ll be working on my tan.

Marianne Snow: I’m preparing for my comprehensive exams (three 20-page papers yaaay), attending several weddings, and taking my first ever trip to Canada.  Plus, I’m gearing up to teach a course on children’s literature to undergraduate pre-service teachers in the fall.

Cecilia Cackley: At the moment I’m teaching play writing at a summer camp in Montgomery County, MD and in August I’ll be traveling to Ilobasco, El Salvador and Chichicastenango, Guatemala to teach two weeks of puppetry workshops.

Sonia Alejandra Rodriguez: Having recently completed a PhD in English, Sonia looks forward to relaxing and reading as much as possible. She will also be teaching poetry and spoken word to a group of elementary school students from the Chicago area.


We’d like to thank the following people for contributing to our site this past year. We appreciate that you took the time to share your expertise and opinions with us as part of our collective effort to celebrate Latin@s in children’s literature. ¡Muchas gracias!

Kimberly Mach

Eileen Fontenot

Adriana Dominguez

Adrienne Rosado

Amy Boggs

Sara Megibow

Kathleen Ortiz

Laura Dail

Arte Público Press

René Saldaña, Jr.

Cathy Camper

Claudia Guadalupe Martinez

Scholastic’s Club Leo en Español

Heather Marie

Kelly Jones

Erin Entrada Kelly

A.L. Sonnichsen

Anna-Marie McLemore

Ronald L. Smith

Kerry O’Malley Cerra

Dhonielle Clayton

Holly Bodger

Kristy Shen and Bryce Leung

Carrie Firestone

Noemi Gamel

Patrick Flores-Scott

Robert Trujillo

Rachel Manija Brown

Sherwood Smith

Mary Louise Sanchez

Heather Harris-Brady

Chris Day

Venessa Ann Schwarz

Tiffany Soriano

Richard Almaraz

Clarissa Hadge

Alex Yuschik

Alexandra Townsend

Marisol La Costa

Monica Sanz

Elizabeth Arroyo

Monica Zepeda

Patricia Toney

Lettycia Terrones

Margarita Engle

Shelley M. Diaz

Libertad Araceli Thomas

Guinevere Zoyana Thomas

Crystal Brunelle

Kimberly Mitchell

Robin Herrera

John Parra

Raúl the Third

Ana Crespo

Jacqueline Jules

José Mélendez

David Bowles

Angie Manfredi

Melissa Grey

Cinco Puntos Press

Diana Lee Santamaria

Kim Baker

Jill Brazier

Anna Banks

Sofia Quintero

Marilisa Jiménez García, Ph.D.

Have a wonderful rest of the summer!

See you in September!




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