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Programming with Latino children's materials : a how-to-do-it manual for librarians
Wadham, Tim.
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New York : Neal-Schuman Publishers, [1999]

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xii, 314 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm.
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Z718.2.U6 W34 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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This text provides a background to Latino culture and literature and descriptions of useful books, folktales, and recordings. It includes the text for almost 100 fingerplays and nursery rhymes, as well as bilingual puppet shows and ready-to-go programmes for use in public libraries and schools.

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Booklist Review

With cultural sensitivity and insights drawn from 13 years' experience serving Latino communities, Wadham first discusses various groups comprising Latinos in the U.S. and such related topics as language variations, national origins, cultural holidays, and bilingualism--always turning back to what it all means to practicing professionals. He then provides a country-by-country summary of Latino children's literature, spotlighting such prominent figures as Pura Belpreand Gary Soto. Following a review of Latino folklore, he offers a treasure trove of programming--bilingual finger plays, puppet shows, performance-tested scripts--and information on various types of Latino literature, including fiction, nonfiction, reference materials, and children's magazines. In the chapter "School and Library Programs," he presents more than 20 sample programs that have proved effective with Latino families--among them, story times, booktalks, and intergenerational programs. A chapter on collection development looks at review sources and selection criteria; another on resources lists Web sites, discussion lists, vendors, distributors, and publishers. There's also an extensive annotated bibliography of professional resources and children's Latino literature. Several typos were noted, and the writing is occasionally clumsy and somewhat stilted; there are also a few disappointing omissions (a Spanish translation of the Dewey Decimal system is provided but not one of LC classification). However, these are relatively minor flaws, which, presumably, will be corrected in future editions of this invaluable resource that may well become the standard. --Annie Ayres

School Library Journal Review

This comprehensive resource offers planning and programming tips and information on the materials needed to begin, improve, or expand upon services to Latino children. The first section provides an overview of the culture and the literature, spotlights some authors and classic tales, and provides the ingredients for successful programs: song lyrics, fingerplays, rhymes, riddles, scripts, recordings, films, and specific titles, in Spanish and English. Most of the suggestions are for a preschool and elementary age audience, but older children and intergenerational programs are briefly considered. The second section is a virtual guide to collection development in this area. A discussion on the evaluation and selection of material is followed by lists of online resources, distributors, publishers, and an 86-page annotated bibliography of professional resources and children's books. While the programming suggestions will best serve librarians with some fluency in Spanish, those "willing to learn" a few words in the language (primer provided) will also appreciate this useful, nuts-and-bolts guide.-Daryl Grabarek, School Library Journal (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Alma Flor Ada
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Part I Planning and Programming How-Top. 1
1 Latino Children and Their Culturep. 3
Latino Population in the United Statesp. 4
Who Is the Latino Child?p. 4
Language Variationsp. 5
National Originp. 7
Mexican Culturep. 7
Cuban, Puerto Rican, and other Latino Culturesp. 9
Chicano and American Latino Culturep. 10
Holidays and Traditionsp. 11
General Culture Traitsp. 14
Compadrismo: The Extended Familyp. 14
Bilingualism and the American Chicago Culturep. 15
What Does This Mean for the Practicing Professional?p. 17
Sample Flyersp. 18
2 Latino Children's Literaturep. 25
Children's Literature in Spainp. 26
Spotlight on Carmen Bravo-Villasantep. 28
Children's Literature in Mexico, Central, and
South Americap. 30
Argentinap. 32
Chilep. 33
Colombiap. 33
Costa Ricap. 34
Cubap. 35
Guatemalap. 35
Mexicop. 35
Spotlight on Eduardo Robles Boza (Tio Patota)p. 36
Uruguayp. 39
Venezuelap. 39
Latino Children's Literature in the United Statesp. 40
Spotlight on Pura Belprep. 42
Spotlight on Nicholasa Mohrp. 43
Spotlight on Hilda Pererap. 45
The 1990s and Beyond: The Boomp. 45
Spotlight on Alma Flor Adap. 47
Spotlight on George Anaconap. 48
Spotlight on Pat Morap. 48
Spotlight on Gary Sotop. 50
Additional Authors of Importancep. 53
3 Latino Folklore and Folk Rhymesp. 57
Folktales: Major Story Typesp. 57
Animal Talesp. 58
Perez and Martinap. 58
Rooster and the Weddingp. 59
Tricksters: Coyote and Tio Conejop. 60
Traditional Folk Talesp. 61
Pedro de Ordimalasp. 61
Juan Bobop. 63
Ghost Storiesp. 64
La Lloronap. 64
Maria Angulap. 65
Indian Oral Traditionp. 65
Macariop. 65
Our Lady of Guadelupep. 66
Poinsettiap. 66
Programming Folklorep. 67
Storytellingp. 67
Puppet Showsp. 67
Creative Dramatizationp. 000
Senor Conejo, Senor Coyote y el Espantapajarosp. 69
Perez y Martinap. 71
Marinerito Juan Trombonp. 74
Pedro de Ordimalasp. 77
Folk Rhymes and Dichosp. 85
To Begin a Storyp. 86
To End a Storyp. 86
Fingerplaysp. 87
Mother Goose Rhymesp. 94
Songs and Gamesp. 95
Nonsense and Miscellaneous Rhymesp. 100
Goodnight Rhymesp. 108
Tongue Twistersp. 109
Advinanzas (Riddles)p. 111
Sources for Fingerplaysp. 112
4 Beyond Folklore: Other Types of Latino Children's Literature and Artp. 115
Nonfictionp. 115
Latino Culture and Historyp. 115
Biographyp. 120
Notable Spanish Language Nonfictionp. 120
Reference Books and Media in Spanish for Childrenp. 121
Atlasesp. 122
Dictionariesp. 122
Encyclopediasp. 122
Reference Works on CD-ROMp. 123
Latino Children's Theaterp. 123
Latino Children's Musicp. 126
Fiesta Musicalp. 126
Tish Hinojosap. 127
Jose-Luis Orozcop. 127
Suni Pazp. 129
Maria Elena Walshp. 129
Other Notable Recordingsp. 129
Latino Children's Magazinesp. 130
5 School and Library Programsp. 133
Starting Programsp. 133
Outreach and Publicityp. 133
Storytimes and Theme Programsp. 135
Toddler Time (Ages 18 months-2 years) and Preschool Storytime (Ages 3-5 years)p. 135
Preschool Storytime Theme Programsp. 139
Program 1 Conozcandote/Getting to Know Youp. 139
Program 2 Los libros y la biblioteca/Books and the Libraryp. 141
Program 3 Ranas y peces/Frogs and Fishesp. 142
Program 4 Comida/Foodp. 146
Program 5 Pollitos/Chickensp. 147
Program 6 Abuelos/Grandparentsp. 149
Program 7 Bodas y familias/Weddings and Familiesp. 149
Program 8 Piratas/Piratesp. 149
Program 9 El sol y la luna/The Sun and the Moonp. 149
Program 10 Pesdadillas/Nightmaresp. 150
Program 11 Cumpleanos/Birthday Partyp. 150
Program 12 Arte/Artp. 150
Program 13 Pelo/Hairp. 151
Upper Elementary Programs (Ages 9-12 years)p. 151
Booktalk My Name is Maria Isabelp. 151
Video Program--Gary Sotop. 151
Animal Folktalesp. 152
Meet Josefinap. 152
Holiday Programsp. 153
Program 1 El dia de los muertos/Day of the Deadp. 153
Program 2 Cinco de Mayo/May 5thp. 155
Program 3 Las navidades/Christmasp. 155
Intergenerational Programsp. 156
6 Collection Development Issuesp. 161
Reviews/Where to Findp. 161
Distributorsp. 165
Internet Resourcesp. 167
Collection Development Policiesp. 167
Communityp. 167
Goals and Objectivesp. 168
Selection Criteriap. 169
Bindingp. 169
Translationsp. 169
Cultural Sensitivityp. 170
Part II Planing and Programming Resourcesp. 171
7 Finding Latino Materialsp. 173
Online Resourcesp. 173
Web Sitesp. 173
Listservsp. 175
Reformanetp. 176
Organizationsp. 176
Spanish-Language Book and Media Vendors and Distributorsp. 177
Spanish-Language Book Publishers/Imprintsp. 184
8 Awards and Prizesp. 191
Lazarillop. 191
Lazarillo Award Recipientsp. 192
Americas Awardp. 197
Americas Book Award Recipientsp. 198
Pura Belpre Awardp. 203
Pura Belpre Award Recipientsp. 204
9 A Spanish Primer Just for Children's Librariansp. 205
Spanish Pronunciation Guidep. 205
Phrasesp. 208
Generalp. 208
Courtesyp. 208
Behaviorp. 209
Hoursp. 209
Languagep. 209
Location of Thingsp. 210
Machinesp. 210
Circulationp. 211
Borrowing Materialsp. 211
Courtesyp. 212
Finesp. 213
Library Cardp. 213
Locate Bookp. 214
Dewey Decimal Classificationp. 215
10 An Annotated Bibliography of Latino Children's Literaturep. 221
Professional Resourcesp. 221
Literaturep. 229
General Indexp. 307
Names Indexp. 311
Programming Indexp. 313
About the Authorp. 315