Latinas 4 Latino Literature (L4LL), is our 2013 Best Latin@ Education Blog for their use of social media to promote literacy in our community through the first, online, nationwide Latino children’s summer reading program while supporting Hispanic authors and illustrators!
You may know L4LL co-founders Viviana Hurtado, Ph.D. and Monica Olivera from their respective blogs, The Wise Latina Club and Mommy Maestra (pictured below at left and right, respectively). These influential Latinas developed L4LL to provide something distinctly lacking on national book lists and recommended titles: a Latino voice.
Their current initiative “L4LL Read for the Holidays” questions the omission of Latino authors and illustrators from notable literature lists. They also provide titles to help guide editors and Hispanic families alike towards identifying the growing body of works and reading resources.
Indeed, Latino voices lack recognition in the literary world. Latino content remains isolated in separate search categories without ever seeing the pages of national book lists of recommended titles. You would have to search under a separate “Multicultural” category to find it!
Viviana and Monica developed L4LL with a mission in mind: “[to raise] literacy rates and educational achievement among Hispanic students through pedagogically sound and culturally relevant content.”
Visit L4LL’s YouTube Channel to view video book reports from 2013’s Summer Reading Program and for Google Hangout on Air interviews with authors, a filmmaker, and a Congressman!
Viviana Hurtado, Ph.D. is a bilingual media, communications, and Hispanic market strategist. Dr. Hurtado is an authority on media, communications, and the Hispanic demographic growth’s impact on business and politics, and has appeared on MSNBC and NPR. Connect with her on Google+, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Monica Olivera is the founder and creator of Mommy Maestra. She is a freelance writer and education advocate for Latino families, as well as a regular contributor to NBC Latino, Mamiverse and Latinamom.me. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter or see more of her work at MommyMaestra.com.
Together they make the perfect pair of Latinas for Latino Lit.
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