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NHCC Children’s Bilingual Book Festival

April 27

Thank you to all who made our first NHCC Children’s Bilingual Book Festival a success.  We had over 440 visitors, 19 authors/presenters/student storytellers/student poets and 18 vendors.


You can still order festival merchandise (t-shirts, water bottles and posters) with a logo/image by festival artist Zahra Marwan. The festival image (upper right) was recently shortlisted for the World Illustrator Awards and will be in an exhibit at the Somerset House Embankment Galleries in London.  Congratulations to Zahra!

We would like to thank our generous donors, the City of Albuquerque, the BNSF Railway Foundation, and French Funerals and Cremations, for making the festival possible.

And we also extend our warm thanks to our festival partners: Children’s Day, Book Day; Artful Life; ABQ Reads; Bookworks; the UNM Latin American and Iberian Institute; Native Realities, UNM Press, and Reforma de Nuevo Mexico.

Check back on this page, starting in August, for information about next year’s festival.

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.


On Saturday, April 27, 2019, the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) in Albuquerque hosted 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 made this annual 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 2019 festival emphasized books for readers in grades K-6, though there were activities for kids of all ages, including families, and workshops for parents and teachers.

The festival has also launched 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.