Pat Mora

This is the author website of award winning poet and author of books for children, young adults and adults. She is proudly Chicana and many of her books are published bilingually. Her poetry often switches between English and Spanish within each poem. Mora is known for her many books, including, Marimba! Animales from A to Z, A Birthday Basket for Tia, Dona Flor, My Own True Name and Agua Santa/Holy Water.

This is a beautifully designed website with numerous features including biographical and bibliographical information about Mora, information on her appearances and upcoming works, a page about her books for adults and young adults, a page about her children’s books, a “Kid Fun” page for children and a page of resources for Librarians and Educators.

This is one of the better Chicana/o author sites I’ve seen. It is truly set apart by the extensive resources listed for librarians and educators. This site is strongly recommended for all teachers and librarians serving children, especially those interested in optimizing the service they provide to their Spanish speaking communities.

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The Borderlands Encyclopedia

The Borderlands Encyclopediais a project of the University of Texas at El Paso, and while it doesn’t directly speak on topics of Chicana/o literature, I think it is worthy of inclusion as a background resource for readers and information professionals new to Chicano/a literature and culture. This website contains both text and audio files on a wide range of topics related to the U.S./Mexico border. The site states:

The goal of The Borderlands Encyclopedia is the design, development and implementation of a multimedia instructional resource on contemporary issues of the U.S.-Mexico border for broad-based distribution to other educational agencies utilizing the WWW and CD-ROM technologies.

 Information in the Encyclopedia is divided up according to the following categories: Culture & Media, Economics & Business, Education & Training, Family Life & Population Groups, Government & Politics, and Health & Environment. There are also links to a Spanish language version of the site, an overview of the Borderlands Encyclopedia project, and a list of related Centers & Resources.

This resource is useful to information professionals serving Chicana/o populations wishing to gain a better understanding of the issues that arise around the US/Mexico border.

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Proyecto Sherezade

Proyecto Sherezade is an online, Spanish-language literary magazine that describes itself as a publisher of “cuentos de autores de todo el mundo de habla hispana [stories by authors from the enire Spanish speaking world].” Proyecto Sherezade began in 1996 is an affiliate of the University of Manitoba.

The website features new stories monthly and old stories are available in the site’s archives. There is a special collection of stories for students learning Spanish and ten stories recorded in an mp3 format for visitors to download. The site also contains a page with links to teaching materials and information about submissions.

This site is an excellent resources for students of Spanish and librarians and teachers wishing to connect Spanish learners and speakers with new literature.

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Las Culturas: Literature,com_weblinks/catid,143/Itemid,36/

The link takes visitors to the Las Culturas website, an excellent and frequently updated web portal and index of all things Chicana/o or Latin American in the United States. The link above goes specifically to the Literature page on the Las Culturas site, which is an excellent collection of weblinks related to Latin American literary online resources, including publishers, Hispanic literary magazines, poets’ groups, online book sites, biblotecas virtual (virtual libraries) and sites for Latin American writers and readers.

This index page is a good resource for librarians helping patrons find information about various aspects of the Latin American literary scene on the Web. The page is also recommended for readers and fans of Latin American writing looking for new ideas about what to read!

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Tomas Rivera Book Award

This is the website for the Tomas Rivera Book Award Project from Texas State University San Marcos. According to the website:

Texas State University College of Education developed the Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award to honor authors and illustrators who create literature that depicts the Mexican American experience. The award was established in 1995 and was named in honor of Dr. Tomas Rivera, a distinguished alumnus of Texas State University.

The award is directed by Dr. Jennifer Battle from TSU, and the award winner is chosen annually by a rotating committee including librarians, educators, researchers and writers. The site is maintained by TSU and the committee.

The website contains information about the award, award criteria and timeline, how to submit a book, people involved with the project, a list of past award winners, and video of past book award ceremonies and interviews with authors.

The most useful feature of this site is the list of past award winners, which will be a boon to librarians, parents and teachers interested in helping children select high quality literature with Mexican American themes. Librarians and teachers can also use this list as a selection tool for adding high quality literature to their collections.

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Barahona Center

This is the website of the Barahona Center for the Study of Books in Spanish for Children and Adolescents. The Center is an affiliate of California State University San Marcos. The content of the site is available in both English and Spanish. Visitors are asked to choose the language they prefer on the home page of the site. The site is maintained by the faculty and staff at the Barahona Center, all of whom are clearly credited. The Center’s Director is Dr. Isabel Schon, who has published a number of books on Spanish language children’s literature and serving Spanish speaking children and adolescents in libraries and classrooms. The site is sponsored by a number of publishers and media outlets including Scholastic, Inc. and the San Diego Union-Tribune.

The focus of this resource is on materials for children and teenagers. There is a list of Recommended books in Spanish, a list of Recommended books in English about Latinos, links to professional resources for librarians, educators and researchers, information about conferences and events at the center, a page on the Center’s “Reading Partners” program, a page with lists on related topics and a links page.

This website is an excellent resource for librarians working with children and young adults wishing to better serve their Spanish speaking constituencies.

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Chicano Literature Reading List

This is posted, electronic, pdf format document listing the recommended reading list for Ph.D students in Chicana/o Literature at the University of New Mexico. The nine page document was compiled by the faculty of the Chicano Studies program at UNM. It was lasted updated in 2003, but nevertheless provides a nearly exhaustive bibliography of significan Chicano literature in the categories of Narrative (novels, autobiography), poetry, drama, anthologies, literary criticism and bibliographies.

This list is an excellent first step for anyone desiring to become well versed in Chicano literature. It can be of use to readers of Chicana/o literature looking for “what to read next” suggestions, for educators seeking quality books for teaching and for librarians and library selectors needing guidance as to how to build their collections of Chicano literature and provide readers’ advisory.

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IFLA EnglishSpanish Dictionary & Thesaurus

This website contains a searchable English to Spanish and Spanish to English dictionary, a bilingual glossary of terms frequently used by IFLA, the International Federation of Library Association, and a soon-to-come bilingual thesaurus. The site was created and maintained by Granada University in Spain. The Dictionary is a general dictionary which places a stated emphasis on “library science, librarianship and library terminology.” There is also a link to a page with Spanish and English translation of significant IFLA documents.

The dictionary performed very well in several test searches.

This is an excellent reference resource for librarians interested in better serving the library needs of their Spanish-speaking patrons. It is also handy for readers of Chicano literature who need help with a Spanish word here and there.

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Border Book Festival: leer es vivir…to read is to live

This is the website for the Border Book Festival held each year in Mesilla, New Mexico. The slogan for the festival is leer es vivir…to read is to live. The site describes the festival:

The Border Book Festival, Inc., (BBF) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization founded in 1995 by a group of writers, artists and community people committed to celebrating literature and the art of story in the southern United States–Northern México border region. We began as the Border Book Festival, what we imagined then would be a one-day book fair. Since then we have grown into a major literary festival, founder of The Cultural Center de Mesilla. We believe that literature and the arts can bridge the many boundaries–racial, ethnic, generational, cultural, socio-economic, and gender-based–that divide our community. Ours is a grass roots organization that impacts its community by offering programs that are blueprints of positive communication, interaction and connection between people in our borderland region.

The lively, colorful website is regularly updated and maintained by volunteers and organizers from Border Book Festival, Inc. It contains links to information about past and upcoming festivals, the community, writers and artists, the history of the festival, books for sale, how to help and contact information for the festival. There is also lots of information about literary and artistic events in the area.

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Mexican and Latin American Literature: Selected Sources

This website is a pathfinder designed by Laura M. Boyer, a librarian at California State University, Stanislas. Though the site is designed by a librarian from a specific school, most of the resources listed are web-based and useful for all researchers and readers. Resources are divided into categories that include: Mexican Literature, Indigenous Literature, Latin American Literature, Individual Authors and Electronic Journals.

This website can be useful to students studying Latin American Literature and teachers and librarians wishing to become familiar with some of the resources available to them.

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