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RI Latino Books Month // El Mes de Libros Latinos

Mon, 04/29/2019 - 3:52pm -- MDeSantis


Read. Vote. Win!  Leer. Votar. Ganar. 

Sabías? Los Estados Unidos es el segundo país hispano hablante más grande del mundo.

Did you know? The United States is the second largest Spanish-speaking country in the world.

In May we celebrate this with Rhode Island Latino Books Month. Read the 2019 nominees, vote on your favorite. The author with the most votes will win the Rhode Island Latino Book Award and be invited to speak in our very own state.

Latino Books Month, initiated by Rhode Island Latino Arts and now in its sixth year in Rhode Island, promotes literacy amongst Latinos through the celebration of Latino authors, illustrators and books that highlight Latino culture and Latin American identity.
Through this month-long celebration, RILA encourages librarians, teachers, educators and booksellers to promote books written by and for Latinos, and we encourages communities to read books in both English and Spanish.


The Westerly Library Teen Space is a polling station.  Celebrate with us by reading one of 2019's nominees and voting! There are nominees for each grade level. Find the 2019 teen and middle grade nominees below. Read at least three and vote for your favorite before May 31st.  You can vote in the library or online at

When you vote, you enter to win a copy of one of the 2019 nominees. 

Leave your name and number/email on the back of your ballot and you could win one of the books from your age group.


Visit the Rhode Island Latino Arts website for more information, to vote online, and to help decide 2020's nominees!  You read, you decide, you win!

Teen Nominees 2019

Nonieqa Ramos—The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary

Courtney AlamedaPitch Dark

Mark Oshiro—Anger is a Gift

Elizabeth Acevedo—The Poet X

Erika L. Sanchez—I am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

Melanie Crowder—An Uninterrupted View of the Sky


Middle Grade Nominees 2019

Torrey MaldonadoTight

Margarita EngleJazz Owls

Lulu DelacreIn Progress: Short Stories about Young Latinos

Gennifer CholdenkoAl Capone Throws Me a Curve: A Tale from Alcatraz

Terry Blas, Molly Muldoon & Matthew SeelyDeadweight: Murder at Camp Bloom



Grades 3-5

Angela Dominguez - Stella Diaz Has Something to Say

Angela Cervantes - Me, Frida, and the Secret of the Peacock Ring

Yeyudi Mercado - Sci Fu

Jennifer Torres - Flor and Miranda Steal the Show

Hilda Eunice Burgos - Ana Maria Reyes Does Not Live in a Castle

Emma Otheguy & Beatriz Vidal - Marti's Song for Freedom

Meg Medina - Merci Suarez Changes Gears

Picture Book Nominees

Yuyi Morales - Dreamers

Anika Denise & Paola Escobar - Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian & Storyteller Pura Belpre

Susan Middleton Elya - La Princesa and the Pea

Sonia Sotomayer & Lulu Delacre - Turning Pages

Juan Felipe Herrera & Lauren Castillo - Imagine

Susan Verde & John Parra - Hey, Wall

Mark Gonzales & Mehrdokht Amini - Yo Soy Muslim


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Thank you to Raising Readers in Rhode Island for providing copies of our selected books for Latino Books Month 2019.


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