Children's Literature (all forms), Dia, Diversity, News of Interest, Outreach, Publishing World

Blog on Latino Authors and Books

by Adriana Dominguez Hello everyone! I was thrilled to listen to the interview with Dr. Jamie Campbell Naidoo on the work that he is doing to reach out to Latino children, and inspired to take advantage of Teresa Walls’ gracious invitation to participate in this forum to let you know about my own outreach efforts in this area.      I know many of you, but please allow me to introduce myself to those of you who don’t know me: I have over 10 years of experience in Latino publishing, most recently as Executive Editor at HarperCollins Children’s Books, where I managed the children’s division of the Latino imprint, Rayo. Prior to that, I was Children’s Reviews Editor at Crí­ticas magazine, published by School Library Journal. I’ve worked for a number of publishers, both on a full time basis and as a freelance consultant, on English and Spanish language books.   After…

Child Advocacy, Children's Literature (all forms), Publishing World

Lost in Translation?

by Adriana Dominguez [Blog manager’s note: Adriana wrote the following to a question left on one of her blog entries. Since it is uncertain how many people go back to read the comments, we have posted her response as a separate blog entry. The question posted was: As a bilingual reader, do you find that it is true that much is lost in translation? ] This is a very good question. I am glad you asked it because most folks worry about what is “lost in translation.” When it comes to children’s books, many worry about the quality of those translations as well. I am proud to say that Rayo Children’s translations have received many kudos, especially from librarians! Criticas magazine recently added many of Rayo’s translations to their “Best Books of 2007”³ list due to their high quality; an unprecedented event, since they generally include only original Spanish titles…

Child Advocacy, Library Design and Accessibility, News of Interest, Partnerships, Programming Ideas

AAP Sponsored El dí­a de los nií±os/ El dí­a de los libros Events

by Adriana Dominguez El dí­a de los niños/El dí­a de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) is fast approaching, on April 30th! As part of its new collaboration with ALSC, the Association of American Publishers (AAP) has organized public events to help raise awareness of Dí­a among the general public. Spanish radio personality and Rayo author, Dra. Isabel, a popular psychologist with her own show on Univision Radio, will interview yours truly on April 30th to discuss Dí­a, and how parents can help raise their children to become better readers. I will also mention ALSC’s Dí­a website as a resource for parents to learn about Dí­a events going on at their local libraries, so hopefully that will help to bring more Latino patrons into your branches! The show is national, so tune in at 1pm (EST)! That evening, Dra. Isabel will participate in a Dí­a event hosted by the Jackson Heights…

Call to Action, Children's Literature (all forms), Collection Development, Other ALA Divisions/Programs, Partnerships

El dí­a de los nií±os/El dí­a de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day)

by Adriana Dominguez I know that I’m preaching to the choir here, after all, ALSC is the official sponsor of El dí­a de los niños/El dí­a de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day)! But, as editor of Rayo’s children’s division, and an avid supporter of “Dí­a” as it’s commonly called, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention some of the wonderful new developments surrounding this wonderful celebration in 2008. As a member of both the American Association of Publisher’s PLVA (Publishing Latino Voices for America) Committee and ALSC, I am thrilled about the new partnership that has been established between these two noble organizations to create the first ever El dí­a de los niños/El dí­a de los libros list of recommended titles to be distributed to all of AAP’s outlets. You can learn more about the list from the press release found here: http://www.publishers.org/main/PressCenter/DiaPressRelease.htm, which also includes a link to the list…

Children's Literature (all forms), Literary and Related Awards

‘Tis the season, and thank you…

by Adriana Dominguez I want to first thank ALSC for inviting me to join this blog; I am very honored and happy to know that they recognize Rayo children’s efforts to better serve our children by providing them with meaningful Latino and Spanish language literature. I am also glad to have made so many supportive friends in the library community. Each and every one of my chats with librarians across the country has provided me with a great deal of insight, and always, a sense of purpose. I look forward to chatting with you some more in person at conferences and elsewhere, and to receiving your comments and ideas on this blog. Also, a disclaimer: This is my first blog, ever, so please bear with me!  I chose to write my first blog now because it is my favorite season: award season! A time when authors and editors rejoice in…