Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Quito Express Children's Book Online Reading

June 25th, 2020
3:00 PM CST

Pebbles Facebook Page

Ludwig Bemelmans was an Austrian author, an internationally known writer and illustrator of children’s books. He is most noted today for his Madeline books, six of which were published from 1939-1961. A seventh was discovered after his death and published posthumously in 1999. A lesser known book was written after Bemelmans traveled to Quito, Ecuador. This book, Quito Express was originally published in 1938 by Viking Press. The story has not been shared as widely as the Madeline series but the story is an important one. Join us on Thursday at 3:00 pm CST on the Pebbles Center facebook page to hear more behind the story and for a special story time in Spanish. Roger Ycaza and Visiting Research Professor, Gabriela Alemán, editors of Quito Express by Ludwig Bemelmans present the book and Christoph Bauman, one of the leading actors in Ecuador, reads the story.

This summer, the Pebbles Center, in partnership with the New Orleans Public Library brings stories about Latin America to the community as part of the Summer Reading Program online. Our program called la hora del cuento virtual invites guest readers from our community to read diverse books about Latin America to young readers online.


Ludwig Bemelmans fue un autor e ilustrador de Austria conocido internacionalmente de libros infantiles. Hoy día, él es más conocido por sus libros de Madeline, seis de los cuales fueron publicados entre 1939 y 1961. Se descubrió un séptimo después de su muerte y se publicó póstumamente en 1999. Se escribió un libro menos conocido después de que Bemelmans viajó a Quito, Ecuador. Este libro, Quito Express fue publicado originalmente en 1938 por Viking Press. La historia no se ha compartido tanto como la serie Madeline, pero la historia es importante. Participa el jueves a las 3:00 pm en la página de Facebook del Pebbles para escuchar más detrás de la historia y para un cuento especial en español. Roger Ycaza y profesor visitante de investigación, Gabriela Alemán, los editores de Quito Express presentan el libro. Después de una plática con los editores escucha la historia con el famoso actor conocido en América Latina, Christoph Bauman, uno de los actores principales en Ecuador.

Este verano, el Pebbles Center, en asociación con la Biblioteca Pública de Nueva Orleans trae historias sobre América Latina a la comunidad como parte del Programa de lectura de verano en línea Nuestro programa llamado la hora del cuento virtual invita a todos de nuestra comunidad a leer diversos libros sobre América Latina para lectores jóvenes en línea.


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Central America, People and the Environment Educator Institute 2021

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This summer educator institute is the third institute in a series being offered by Tulane University, The University of Georgia and Vanderbilt University. This series of institutes is designed to enhance the presence of Central America in the K-12 classroom. Each year, participants engage with presenters, resources and other K-12 colleagues to explore diverse topics in Central America with a focus on people and the environment.

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Additional details and registration will be available in the late fall 2020. For more information, please email or call 504.865.5164.