Heroes & Heroines Love Their Community
Pura Teresa Belpré loved the stories her Abuela taught her in Puerto Rico, but was surprised these folktales were not on the shelves when she began to work at the New York Public Library. Belpré began telling the stories at the children's story hour, as well as to publish them so that they would be on the shelves in many libraries - Belpré's books become the first mainstream Latinx storybooks in America.
Pura planted many seeds to build cultural community centers at many libraries through storytelling, puppet shows, and authoring children's books - she loved and served her community. Her light was so bright she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the New York Public Library in 1982 and the American Library Association now recognizes outstanding Latinx authors and illustrators in her name every year.
Making It Real
Your local library is an invaluable resource for finding your community! Does your child have her own library card? Some libraries give cards to children as young 3 years old!! PLEASE, please, please - take your kiddos to the library to sign up for cards. And carry a basket with you for all the lovely books they will want to check out!
Another incredible resource to build up your child's own collection of books is Dolly Parton's Imagination Library that gifts books to children free of charge from birth to five years of age!!!
The Stories Matter
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But, really, VISIT YOUR LOCAL PUBLIC LIBRARY!