A new resource has been added to the Sterne Library databases. Making of America, a collaborative project of University of Michigan and Cornell University, is a digital library of primary sources. The theme of the project is the antebellum period through reconstruction, 1850-1877. Major serials and monographs of the period have been digitized for this collection. Subject areas covered include education, psychology, American history, sociology, science and technology, and religion. Access the collection on the Sterne Library databases page.
The Latino Children’s Literature Conference will take place at the University of Alabama April 23-24, 2010. There will be performances and appearances by several award-winning Latino authors, including Carmen Tafolla, Farael Lopez, and Monica Brown. Each day there will be a keynote address: Friday’s address is entitled “Connecting Cultures and Celebrating Cuentos” and will be delivered by Latino children’s literature expert Oralia Garza de Cortes; award-winning Latina author Monica Brown will deliver Saturday’s address. Participants will attend breakout sessions related to literacy education for Latino children, Latino children’s and young adult literature, and library services to Latinos. On Friday evening, Noche de Cuentos (Evening of Stories) will take place at Tuscaloosa Public Library.
At the conference, there will be poster presentations, books for sale, and book signings. If you are interested in presenting at the conference, program proposals and poster proposals are due by February 26.
The Sterne Library has books by some of the authors and illustrators presenting at the conference, as well as other Latino and Latina authors, including:
My name is Gabito: The life of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, by Monica Brown; illustrated by Raul Colon
My name is Celia: the life of Celia Cruz, by Monica Brown; illustrated by Rafael Lopez
Yum! mmmm! que rico! America’s sproutings, by Pat Mora; illustrated by Rafael Lopez
Daughters of the fifth sun: A collection of Latina fiction and poetry, edited by Bryce Milligan, Mary Guerrero Milligan, and Angela de Hoyos
In other words: Literature by Latinas of the United States, edited by Roberta Fernandez
Wachale!: Poetry and prose about growing up Latino in America, edited by Ilan Stavans
In order to identify other Latino/Latina authored literature for children and young adults, the following bibliographies and research guides will be helpful:
Venture into cultures: A resource book of multicultural materials and programs, edited by Olga R. Kuharets
Kaleidoscope: A multicultural booklist for grades K-8, edited by Junko Yokota