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The Latina Book Club loves libraries.

Libraries are magical places full of miles and miles of wondrous books that transported readers of all ages to different cities, countries, even galaxies. Libraries are great places to visit and see science exhibits and art shows, and play computer games. But, best of all, readers can borrow books from their local library – dozens of books, hundreds of books – and take them home to read at their own pace.

This Summer, kids of all ages can take part in the Summer Reading Challenge offered by the New York Public Libraries in all boroughs.

The challenge is to read every day.

Whether it’s a fiction novel, memoir, comic book, how to book or DIY project, read at least 20-minutes each day.  Readers can also read in all languages – English, Spanish, Chinese, French, et al.  There are even braille and talking books for the blind.  For more information, visit the NYPL program by clicking here.

The Library offers tips on how to select a book, and there are different book lists to choose from.  The Latina Book Club offers a short list of Summer Reads as well, see below.

The Library also offers advice on how to read at home and log your reading.  There are FREE downloads of calendars and log books for all.

And, Play Ball!  Children reading baseball books can write a book review on their book and be entered to win tickets to a Yankee game this August.  For more information, visit the NYPL program by clicking here.

So visit your local Library and sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge today!


The Latina Book Club offers this short list of books for readers’ consideration:

For adults:
NEVER TOO REAL by Carmen Rita (Kensington)
LABYRINTH LOST by Zoraida Cordova (Sourcebooks)
LATINA AUTHORS & THEIR MUSES edited by Mayra Calvani (Twilight Times Books)

For young children:
CHOCOLATE MILK, POR FAVOR! by Maria Dismondy (Cardinal Rule Press)
PEDRO: FIRST-GRADE HERO by Fran Manushkin (Picture Window Books)
WHO’S JU? 7th Grade Sleuths by Dania Ramos (Northampton House Press)

For young adults:
BURN BABY BURN by Meg Medina (Candlewick Press)
Hollywood Witch Hunter by Valerie Tejeda (Bloomsbury Publishing)
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros (Vintage)

Happy Summer!  Happy Reading!

And remember to always Read Latino!