So, at the beginning of May, Cassy of Reach for More (Aspira a Mas) had a contest for Latino Books Month. Turns out I won (woo!), and my prize was five books:
B as in Beauty by Alberto Ferreras
Into the Beautiful North by Luis Urrea
Hungry Woman in Paris by Josefina Lopez
The Disappearance of Irene Dos Santos by Margaret Mascarenhas
Houston, We Have a Problema by Gwendolyn Zepeda
The books came a few days ago (direct from the publisher! How fancy I feel) and I can't wait to read them. I'm not Latina (I'm about as white as they come), but I've never understood why my ethnicity should keep me from reading about other cultures - on the contrary, it helps me understand differences and similarities, and as my school is about 65% Latino at this point (and growing - we were 45% two years ago), getting to know more about Latino culture can only be beneficial.
In fact, I'm considering taking Spanish this fall, maybe through a local community college or...I don't know, some other way. I took French in high school and have long lamented its general uselessness in most of my life (though it often helps in reading literature, so there's that). I'd like to be able to communicate with my kids' families better, and I'd LOVE to know what my little angels are talking about as they stroll through the hallways, laughing and chatting away. I pretend that they're, say, comparing recipes for rice krispy treats (I add vanilla to mine, and sometimes bits of dried fruit like apricots or cherries - you?), or perhaps debating the merits of capitalism and socialism, but I know kids, and both of those seem unlikely.
Anyway, thank you, Cassy and Hachette Book Group! I'm totally psyched to have these fabulous books to enjoy this summer!