Latina Author Celebrates Bicultural Children

A Latina author is being honored for her work with bicultural and bilingual children's literature. 

Acclaimed Peruvian-American author Dr. Monica Brown was invited to be a featured author at the prestigious 13th Annual Library of Congress National Book Festival, which will be held in Washington D.C. on September 21 and 22.

According to NBC Latino, Brown, a professor at Northern Arizona University, has published 13 bilingual children’s books and won numerous awards, including the Americas Award for Children’s and Young Literature

The National Book Festival will highlight her children’s book Tito Puente: King of Mambo, a bilingual story about the Grammy-award winning Latino artist. The book was illustrated by Mexican illustrator Rafael Lopez, who has won the Pura Belpré Honor for Illustration.

Brown teams up with Latino illustrators to create books that will introduce children to important Hispanic icons. By writing the books in English and Spanish, she also children embrace their bicultural heritage. 

The author is also celebrating her newest book release this week. Marisol McDonald and the Clash Bash, the sequel to Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match, will hit shelves this week. 

Marisol McDonald is a bicultural child who faces challenges fitting in and trying to be popular. 

“I really hope my books affirm the hearts and minds of the children who don’t fit into one box,” Brown said, “I really want to celebrate the uniqueness of all children and let them know it’s okay to be yourself.”

What do you think? Do you want your children to read more bicultural books? Share in the comments! 

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Cristina Arreola, Editorial Assistant

Originally from El Paso, Texas, Cristina Mari Arreola earned her degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University before moving to BrooklynNew York. In her downtime, you can usually find her scouring the city for the most authentic Mexican food (still looking...), scaring herself silly watching horror movies, or baking her favorite sweets. You can follow her on Twitter at @c_arreola

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