Rhode Island Latino Books Award |

Our History

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Maria Cotto, Rhode Island Latino Books Award Coordinator

In 2014, Maria Cotto, who at the time was the only Latina librarian in Rhode Island, joined RILA to help lead this initiative. We changed the name of our program to May is Latino Books Month and continued our outreach efforts to encourage young readers to read by highlighting books written for and by Latino young audiences.

Still led by María, the Rhode Island Latino Books Award is now made up of a dedicated committee of librarians and educators who meet monthly to read and select books, reach out to authors and illustrators and invite them to connect with Rhode Island's young readers and educators.

If you would like to join the committee, read the guidelines or reach out to Maria Cotto.

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