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Season 1 Episodes

Nov. 21, 2022

20. Pam Muñoz Ryan's New Latina Princess

Pam Muñoz Ryan's new novel Solimar: The Sword of the Monarchs is full of adventure, villanos, curanderas, and magic. Find out why Solimar wants to be a king, and not a queen. Pam Muñoz Ryan chats with us about how …

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Nov. 7, 2022

19. Richie Narvaez Teen Murder Mystery

Move over Nancy Drew. Here comes Holly Hernadez! Richie Narvaez has created a Latina teen detective in his YA novel "Holly Hernandez and the Death of Disco." Richie chats about his inspiration for the story, and how he create...

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Oct. 24, 2022

18. Susie Jaramillo Helps Children Navigate their Night Terrors

Sit down with us as we talk with author Susie Jaramillo about her beautifully crafted book Skeletina & the In-Between World. She discusses how she was inspired to create Young Skeletina to help children confront their anxieties, navigate the fears …

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Oct. 17, 2022

17. Reyna Grande's Love Story in a Time of War

Acclaimed author Reyna Grande discusses her newest historical fiction novel "A Ballad of Love and Glory". Her story portrays the love saga of Ximena Salomé, a Mexican healer and nurse, and John Riley, an Irish soldier who deserts the US …

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Oct. 10, 2022

16. Estela Juarez A Young Child's Fight Against Family Separation

"Until Someone Listens" by Estela Juarez is the story of her mother's deportation to Mexico. At 8 years old, Estela found her voice and began to tell her story to anyone who would listen. She was features in the 2020 …

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Sept. 26, 2022

15. Felicia Zamora's Poetry A Celebration to Human Connectivity with …

Felicia Zamora's new poetry book Quotient is a celebration to how humans need to go back to reconnect with our natural world. She challenges our thinking and preconceptions about our existence. We are not as special as we think we …

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Sept. 12, 2022

14. Frederick Aldama's New Book Shows the Love and Joy of Learning fr…

"Con Papá/With Papá" by Frederick Luis Aldama takes young children on a ride to discover the many adventures they can have with their Papá. As the protagonists grows up, the child learns confidence so that one day they can st...

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Aug. 29, 2022

13. Silvia Casabianca Shows Us that Love and Empathy Can Save Our Wor…

Dr. Silvia Casabianca has researched for decades the role of love and empathy in the preservation of the human specie. Her new book Heartminded emphasizes that humans are born with a capacity to have empathic feelings which are needed to …

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Aug. 15, 2022

12. Emma Otheguy Introduces Her Young Readers to Social Issues

Emma Otheguy invites her young readers to become advocates for important social issues such as immigration, racism, and classism in her middle grade novel "Sofia Acosta Makes a Scene." Young Sofia finds her voice and discovers that even though she …

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Aug. 1, 2022

11. Ariadna Sánchez Spanish Poetry Collection

Author Ariadna Sánchez Hernández has been inspired by her immigrant experience, the absence of social justice in her homeland, and the universal feeling of love. With intriguing photographs, Ariadna offers a window into the beauty of her native Oaxaca as …

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July 18, 2022

10 Daniel Olivas Creates a Surreal World

Author Daniel Olivas takes us on a wild ride in his new collection of magical, surreal and dystopian short stories How to Date a Flying Mexican. You can purchase a copy of Daniel's books in our new online store Nuestra …

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July 5, 2022

09. Monica Brown's Bicultural Characters Find a Home in Children's He…

Author Monica Brown delights children with her bicultural and bilingual books. Her collection of picture books with the bicultural character Marisol McDonald just celebrated its 10th anniversary. Monica chats about what makes Marisol so unique and why children love her. …

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June 20, 2022

08. The Highlights Foundation supports Latinix creators.

With mentorship and guidance from outstanding faculty at the Highlights Foundation, aspiring authors and illustrators hone their craft and learn about book publishing. Visit https://www.highlightsfoundation.org/ to learn more...

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June 6, 2022

07. Estella Gonzalez brings to life her experience living in East LA.

In "Chola Salvation”, author Estella Gonzalez draws upon her experiences living in East LA to vividly bring her characters to life. Add in a dose of magic realism and soon the reader is cheering for the underdogs in this engaging …

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May 16, 2022

06. Jessica Payne brings the joy of reading.

Jessica Payne is the executive director of Kids Need to Read, an organization that provides books to schools and libraries across the country. Visit kidsneedtoread.org to request books for your school or library, or to make a...

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April 25, 2022

05. Juliet Menéndez uncovers the stories of women who have shaped Lat…

Author and illustrator Juliet Menéndez chats about her first book Latinitas and the inspiration behind this amazing project. Latinitas in an anthology of short stories about influential Latinas making history in Latina America and the United States.

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April 11, 2022

04 Rudy Garcia A young hero faces an Aztec monster in an epic journey

Episode 04. In the novel Death Song of the Dragón Chicxulub, a young hero battles an Aztec dragon as he searches for his identity and destiny. Rudy Garcia delights readers in this epic journey. Order your copy from any Indie …

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March 28, 2022

03. Laura Castillo encourages Latino families to visit the library.

A conversation with librarian Laura Castillo about the many services offer by public libraries to the general population and especially the Latino community. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/latino-book-chat/message

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March 14, 2022

02. René Colato Laínez - The teacher full of stories.

Children’s book author René Colato Laínez chats about his most recent book releases. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/latino-book-chat/message

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Feb. 27, 2022

01. Holly Ayala finds inspiration in her Salvadoran roots.

Author Holly Ayala chats about her first children’s book ABC El Salvador, an alphabet book portraying the culture, traditions, and geography of El Salvador. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/latino-book-chat/mess...

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