Latinas for Latino Lit Celebrate A Year Advocating Latino Children’s Literature

Today we received this email from Latinas for Latino Lit. It brightened our day. It’s humbling to be a part, albeit very small, of the work that Latinas for Latino Lit are doing on behalf of our children, culture and writers.

Big Congratulations to Viviana Hurtado, Ph.D. and Monica Oliveira!

Pass it on.  Pa’lante!


Happy Holidays!


This month, L4LL celebrated its 1st anniversary.
This has been an amazing year where our scope and mission grew tremendously, thanks to you!

Dear Partners,

Exactly one year ago today, Latinas for Latino Lit (L4LL) held its first Twitter party. We had already written our responses to the New York Times’ article about how Hispanic students lacked access to Latino children’s literature. Then we thought, why not have a Twitter party to support Latino children’s lit and encourage others to buy these books for the holidays? The Twitter party was a grand success with 3.05 million impressions, and our community’s response gave us a glimpse into their unmet needs.

In the 12 months since then, L4LL has attempted to meet these needs, shaking the establishment literary world while engaging our community with our many programs and initiatives promoting Latino literacy:

In each instance, we were able to reach and engage families through technology such as Google hangouts on-air with authors, as well as countless blogs and social media mentions. We also engaged traditional media to spread the word, appearing in interviews on national networks Telemundo and National Public Radio (NPR).

All of this would not have been possible without your steadfast support.

From the bottom of our hearts, Viviana and I would like to say gracias for believing in our children across the nation and in our mission to increase literacy rates to improve lives.

Wishing you all very happy holidays!

~ Monica and Viviana


Pa’lante Latino showcases current events in the arts, entertainment, politics, and culture as it affects our community. Above all, we are ferocious advocates of the contributions that Hispanics/Latinos have made to the United States and feature articles based on historical facts to reaffirm our relevance.Please feel free to email us at


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