Sampler of Latino Children’s and YA Authors and Illustrators

Sampler of Latino Children's and YA Authors and Illustrators

We hope you'll join us in sharing bookjoy and helping to promote the family literacy initiative El día de los niños, El día de los libros/Children's Day, Book Day. Support the culminating celebrations of a year of linking all children to books, languages, and cultures on or about April 30. Consider inviting these authors and illustrators to participate in your annual Día celebrations. Click here for a Día Planning Booklet.

For more complete information on Latino writers, please consult the section "Resources for Serving Latino Children and Families" on this website. Below is but a sampling of the Latina and Latino authors and illustrators who create books for children and young adults in this country. If an author or illustrator has a website, his or her name has a direct link. Winners of the Pura Belpré Award, both Medal and Honors are included in the Sampler as well as winners of the Américas Book Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature (Award and Honorable Mentions) and the Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award.

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Children's Authors & Illustrators

Alma Flor Ada
Renato Alarcao
Francisco Alarcón
Isabel Allende
Julia Alvarez
Rudolfo Anaya
George Ancona
Diane de Anda
Gloria Anzaldúa
Jorge Argueta
Paula S. Barragán
Diane Gonzales Bertrand
Anilú Bernardo
Ethriam Brammer
Monica Brown
Pricilla García Burris
Isobel Campoy
Viola Canales
Robert Casilla
Omar S. Castañeda
Julia Mercedes Castilla
Ana Castillo
Consuelo Mendez Castillo
Joe Cepeda
Mercedes Cecilia
Jennifer Cervantes
Veronica Chambers
E. Charlton-Trujillo
Becky Chavarría-Cháirez
Sandra Cisneros
Judith Ortiz Cofer
Raul Colon
Amy Cordova
Lucha Corpi
Sarah Cortez
Amy Costales
Ina Cumpiano
Carmen Agra Deedy
Lulu Delacre
David Diaz
Domi

Arthur Dorros
Margarita Engle
Maria Virginia Farinango
D. H. Figueredo
Ernesto Galarza
Enrique Flores-Galbis
Claudia Galindo
Cristina Garcia
Stephanie Garcia
Xavier Garza
Carmen Lomas Garza
Elizabeth Gomez
Christina Diaz Gonzales
Lucía M. González
Rigoberto González
Maya Christina Gonzalez
Carmen T. Bernier Grand
Reyna Grande
Michelle Dominguez Greene
Susan Guevara
Akemi Guitierrez
David Hernandez
Juan Felipe Herrera
Pauline Rodriguez Howard
Francisco Jiménez
Ana Juan
Rene Colato Lainez
Ofelia Dumas Lachtman
Daniel Lechon
Diana López
Loretta Lopez
Rafael Lopez
Sonia Manzano
Patricia Santos Marcantonio
Claudia Guadalupe Martínez
Floyd Martinez
Victor Martinez
Meg Medina
Nicholasa Mohr

Marisa Montes
Francisco X. Mora
Pat Mora
Magaly Morales
Yuyi Morales
Enrique S. Moreiro
Claudio Muñoz
Jose Ortega
Nancy Osa
Sara Palacios
John Parra
Willie Perdomo
Amanda Irma Pérez
Mara Price
Jan Romero-Stevens
Pam Muñoz Ryan
Jose Ramirez
Antonio Ramirez
Luis Rodr&iacutequez
Alfonso Ruano
Lupe Ruiz-Flores
René Saldaña, Jr.
Antonio Sacre
Benjamín Alire Saenz
Esmeralda Santiago
Simón Silva
Gary Soto
Francisco X. Stork
Maribel Suarez
Carmen Tafolla
Duncan Tonatiuh
Pablo Torrecilla
Leyla Torres
Samantha Vamos
Ana Veciana-Suarez
Anne Vega
Eric Valasquez
Maria de Lourdes Victoria
Beatriz Vidal
Gwendolyn Zepeda


Young Adult Authors
Malin Alegria
Isabel Allende
Julia Alvarez
Rudolfo Anaya
Sandra Cisneros
Mayra Lazara Dole
Margarita Engle
Cristina Garcia
Christina Diaz Gonzalez
Diana López
Guadalupe Garcia McCall
Matt de la Peña
René Saldaña, Jr.
Alex Sanchez
Esmeralda Santiago
Gary Soto
Lila Quintero Weaver

Teens will also enjoy books by authors for adults such as Marjorie Agosín, Isabel Allende, Julia Alvarez, Rudolfo Anaya, Gloria Anzaldúa, Ana Castillo, Denise Chávez, Sandra Cisneros, Rosario Ferré, Cristina Garcia, Ray González, Oscar Hijuelos, Alberto Rios, Esmeralda Santiago, Helena María Viramontes and poets including Lorna Dee Cervantes, Martín Espada and Virgil Suárez among others.


Reminders:

  1. The U.S. Latino population is highly diverse in race, religion and country of origin among other characteristics.  This national community has strong loyalty to the Spanish language, to the preservation of culture, and to family which includes respect for the elderly and the nurturing of children.
  2. Many Latinas and Latinos feel a strong debt to the indigenous writers of the Americas, past and present, and to writers who published in Spanish in Spain and the Americas such as Pablo Neruda, Federico Garcia Lorca, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, and Gabriela Mistral.

Statistics Worth Pondering

  • One in four children born in the U.S. is Latino.
  • One in four of our school-age children comes from a home in which a language other than English is spoken (Spanish, Vietnamese, Cantonese, Hmong, Russian, Arabic, Navajo, etc.)  Virtually all of the world’s languages are spoken in our multicultural country.
  • From a demographic though not power perspective, the terms majority and minority  are becoming obsolete.  Latinos comprise about 14% of the population—and growing, and 16% of the U.S. population under eighteen years of age.
  • Latinos are the largest “minority.” More than 60% of Latinos are of Mexican descent.  Spanish is spoken in homes whose country of origin may also be Puerto Rico, Cuba, Honduras, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, Spain, Argentina, Uruguay, Peru, Ecuador, etc. Do our libraries, book stores, schools, and conferences, reflect these statistics?
  • Latinos are younger than the U.S. population as a whole.
  • Only about 2% of the 5,000 children’s books published in the U.S. annually are by or about Latinos, a sad statistic that doesn't change as the statistics above do.  How can you help change this fact?