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NHCC Children’s Bilingual Book Festival

April 27

On Saturday, April 27, 2019, the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) in Albuquerque will host its first annual NHCC Children’s Bilingual Book Festival. Coinciding with National Poetry Month; Children’s Day, Book Day; Arbor Day; and Semana Cervantina/Poesía eres tu, this festival will celebrate children’s books written in Spanish and English and Native languages and English.

The focus on Spanish-English and Native Language-English books and authors makes this festival particularly meaningful and vibrant, reflecting the identities of many children in New Mexico and the Southwest. We want to encourage children to see themselves in contemporary children’s literature as well as introduce a bilingual body of work to a wider audience.  The festival will emphasize books for readers in grades K-6, though there will be activities for kids of all ages, including families.

The festival will also launch a summer reading program at the NHCC–connecting children struggling with reading with free reading tutors who will provide one-on-one and group tutoring at the NHCC over the summer.

Kids in Plaza    Kids Playing in Plaza   Kids Listening to Music   Pat Mora

The one-day festival will feature (also see schedule below):

  • “Read to Me” events featuring Native and Latinx authors reading to children and families, including a special Arbor Day tree book reading
  • A keynote reading and Q & A with children’s author and Children’s Day, Book Day founder Pat Mora

    INC Universal Graphic Novel Cover
    Graphic Novel from Native Realities
  • Teachers workshop – innovations in the teaching of reading/literacy
  • Parents workshop – focusing on strategies for encouraging reading in the smartphone age
  • Registration for  the NHCC summer reading tutoring program for children struggling with reading
  • Two graphic novel workshops – with Native Realities (indigenous superhero comics) and creators of “Under the Cottonwood Tree,” (graphic novel)

    Under the Cottonwood Tree Book
    Graphic Novel, “Under the Cottonwood Tree”
  • An author and exhibitor book emporium (book and book-related sales)
  • Poesía eres tu winner and runner-up performances (children reciting poetry in Spanish)
  • Drop-in art, book-making, and other creative activities
  • Food, music and more

reserve your table/booth here.
If you would like to SPONSOR A BILINGUAL BOOK AUTHOR to read at the festival, apply here.










Book Fair/Emporium 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., as well workshops for parents and teachers and kids’ art activities throughout the day.


Talks & Readings

9:00-9:30 Nasario Garcia
9:45-10:30 Kathleen Contreras
10:30-11:00 Reforma Students
11:00-noon Native Realities
12:00-12:30 Nancy Bo Flood
12:30-1:00 Ana Baca
1:00-2:00 Pat Mora
2:00-2:45 Under the Cottonwood
3:00-3:45 Anna NogarEnrique Lamadrid
4:00-4:30 ¿Poesía eres tú?
4:45-5:00 Closing Ceremony












Presented by the NHCC in partnership with Children’s Day, Book Day; ABQ Reads; Artful Life; Bookworks; the UNM Latin American and Iberian Institute; Native Realities, and with thanks to our generous donors: the City of Albuquerque and the BNSF Railway Foundation.

For more information, please contact Valerie Martínez, Director of History and Literary Arts, National Hispanic Cultural Center: valerie.martinez@state.nm.us; 505-383-4724.