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April 2019

NHCC Children’s Bilingual Book Festival

9 am – 4 pm

Presented by the NHCC in partnership with National Día de los libros/Children’s Day/Book Day; Albuquerque Public Schools; ABQ Reads; Artful Life; Bookworks; the UNM Latin American and Iberian Institute, Native Realities and the University of New Mexico Press

On Saturday, April 27, 2019, the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) will host its first annual NHCC Children’s Bilingual Book Festival. Coinciding with National Poetry Month, Dia de los Libros (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 also launch a summer reading program for children struggling to read. Twenty scholarships will be given to children who live within walking (or cycling) distance from the NHCC. Each will be given $100 in books, a festival poster and swag, and s/he will be matched with a summer reading tutor who will keep him/her reading over the summer, including regular reading sessions at the NHCC.

The one-day festival will feature:

  • Half-hour “Read to Me” sessions 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 Pat Mora
  • Teachers workshop
  • Parents workshop
  • An author and exhibitor book emporium (book and book-related sales)
  • Poesía eres tu winner and runner-up performances (children reciting poetry in Spanish) HERE
  • Drop-in art, book-making, and other creative activities
  • Food, music and more

Suggested Donation: $5 per family

Vendors, apply for the book emporium HERE.

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.

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