I am SO excited to share that my newest book is now available for pre-order! Latin Americans in History: 15 Inspiring Latinas and Latinos You Should Know (aff link) was wonderful to research and write and I hope that you will all run out (or get online) and buy a copy! This book is a collection of biographies written for children ages 8 to 12 years old. It introduces them to a few well-known (and some not so well-known) figures of Latin American heritage in history.
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Teaching Children a More Complete History
One of the most frustrating things that I've noticed over the years is how true Latin American history has been ignored - or erased? - from history books. The only mention that Latin America typically gets in any history curriculum is by way of the Mesoamerican civilizations and the Spanish "discovery" and conquest/colonization of America.
How many historical figures of Latin American heritage can you actually think of? Maybe you think of Rigoberta Menchú or Simón Bolívar or maybe Benito Juárez? If you are familiar with their names AND their stories, then you should give yourself a pat on the back because you are in the minority.
Latin Americans in History: Biographies for Children
My book was written to introduce children ages 8 to 12 to some of the remarkable men and women of Latin American heritage who have made a difference in their countries and on world history. These 15 inspiring Latinas and Latinos are:
- José Gervasio Artigas
- Simón Bolívar
- María Piedad Castillo de Levi
- Guillo Pérez
- Antônio Carlos Jobim
- Gabriel García Márquez
- Violeta Barrios Torres de Chamorro
- Dolores Huerta
- Rita Moreno
- Pope Francis
- Isabel Allende
- Franklin Chang-Díaz
- Gloria Estefan
- Rigoberta Menchú
- Cecilia Tait
Perhaps your children will recognize some of these names - or maybe they won't. And that's why I wrote this book. To help them learn, admire, and find confidence.
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