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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.


9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.:
Book Fair, Kids’ Art Activities, Summer Reading Tutor Match


Read-to-Me Sessions, Talks, Workshops

9:00-9:30 Nasario Garcia 

  • Grandma Lale’s Tamales: a Christmas story
  • Grandpa Lolo’s Matanza: a New Mexican tradition
  • Rattling Chains and Other Stories for Children
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9:30-9:45 Arbor Day Proclamation (English and Spanish) read by children
9:45-10:30 Kathleen Contreras 

9:45-10:30 Parents’ Workshop: Encouraging Reading in the Smartphone Age
10:30-11:00 Student Storytellers – Deja, Diego, Isabela, & Gabriela

11:00-noon Native Realities  
11:00-noon Teachers’ Workshop: Using Bilingual Books in the K-6 Classroom
12:00-12:30 Nancy Bo Flood & Jonathan Nelson                              

12:30-1:00 Ana Baca 

1:00-2:00 Pat Mora  Pat Mora

  • Bookjoy, Wordjoy
  • Book Fiesta! Celebrate Children’s Day, Book Day. Celebremos El día de los niños/El día de los libros.
  • Tomás and the Library Lady
  • The Remembering Day/El día de los muertos
  • Wiggling Pockets/Los bolsillos saltarines
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2:00-2:45 Under the Cottonwood Tree / El susto de la curandera: a New Mexican Fairy Tale
graphic novel by Paul and Carlos MeyerUnder the Cottonwood Tree Book
3:00-3:45 Anna Nogar & Enrique Lamadrid                                   

  • Sisters in Blue/Hermanas de azul: Sor María de Ágreda Comes to New Mexico/Sor María de Ágreda viene a Nuevo México
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4:00-4:30 Poesía eres tú – students reciting original poems in Spanish 
4:45-5:00 Closing Ceremony



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If you would like to SPONSOR A BILINGUAL BOOK AUTHOR to read at the festival, apply here.Presented by the NHCC in partnership with Children’s Day, Book DayABQ ReadsArtful Life; Bookworks; the UNM Latin American and Iberian InstituteNative Realities, UNM Press, Reforma de Nuevo Mexico, and with thanks to our generous donors: the City of Albuquerque,the BNSF Railway Foundation, and French Funerals and Cremations.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.