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Hispanic students make up nearly a quarter of the nation’s public school enrollment, according to an analysis of census data by the Pew Hispanic Center, and are the fastest-growing segment of the school population. However, Latino children seldom see themselves in books written for young readers and even less so in books created for life changes and behavioral issues. The goal of Libros de Esperanza is to serve the needs of these young readers and families. We aim to create greater representation in this genre of children’s literature and help parents, teachers and therapists help their children through stories, beautiful illustrations and language that are a reflection of them.
What I'll do with $5,000
Libros de Esperanza is in the process of publishing it’s first book. $5,000 would be used towards illustration, printing, listing in the Library of Congress and marketing. The additional start-up funding would also allow us to make a donation of over 100 copies to READ Muskegon, the West Michigan Hispanic Center, Muskegon and Grand Rapids Public Schools, Michigan Association for Play Therapy and libraries along the lakeshore.