Earlier this year when I got involved with Bilingual Literacy Month through Infinity Auto Insurance’s Read Conmigo program (a literacy program that promotes English/Spanish bilingualism), I hoped their work would continue and I’m thrilled to announce that it has! But first, I want to share a couple more shocking statistics to see why this contest and Read Conmigo is important:
- Less than 2% of children’s books are Latino-themed
- And only 1.5% (or 48 books) of the 3200 children’s books published in 2013 in the US were written by Latino authors.
We have to change those numbers. We can start at home by simply reading with our children, making sure our children have access to bilingual books and also by introducing the “Preserving our Culture through Bilingual Literacy” contest for Latino children’s book authors based in the Southern California area.
Participants in the “Preserving our Culture through Bilingual Literacy” contest will compete for an opportunity to have their children’s story published. The story must feature one of several Read Conmigo characters and the winning author(s) will receive $1000 in prize money. Winner(s) will be notified by November 14th. All manuscripts must be submitted by October 31, 2014 and meet the following criteria:
- Author Profile – Must be from Southern California 18 years old or over, of Latino origin; no prior published work or writing experience necessary
- Target Reader – All submissions should be suitable for reading levels Pre-K through 5th Grade
- Language – Story must be submitted in both English and Spanish • Characters- Story must include one or more of the Read Conmigo characters
- Word count: Minimum is 400 words; maximum length is 1500 words To submit a manuscript and for complete rules and contest details visit www.ReadConmigo.org.