Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Latin American Resource Center

In this sectionAdvocacy Organizations, Arts Organizations, Business, Economic Development and Professional Organizations, Consulates, Community Organizations, Cultural Organizations and Local Government.

Advocacy Organizations

  • Asociación Nacional Pro Personas Mayores
    820 Jordan St., Suite 310
    Shreveport, LA 71101
    318-221-7611
    ANPPM was founded to inform policymakers and the general public about the status and needs of elderly Hispanics and other low-income elderly persons. The organization provides direct social services, such as employment, housing, health and education, SSI outreach and counseling, marketing ideas, and provides training and technical assistance to community groups and professionals in the field of aging.
  • Committee for a Better New Orleans
    4902 Canal Street, Suite 300
    New Orleans, LA 70119
    504-267-4666
    info@cbno.org
    CBNO is a multi-racial, multi-generational community organization, a catalyst and convener, working to create equity and opportunity for all New Orleanians by developing community leaders, fostering civic engagement, and advocating for open, effective, accountable government. CBNO will accomplish its mission by providing and maintaining an advocacy role that encourages the kinds of partnership, collaboration and candid conversation that reflect the interests of all the residents of New Orleans.
  • Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse for Greater New Orleans, Inc.
    2640 Canal Street, 4th floor
    New Orleans, LA 70119
    504-821-CADA
    This organization provides educational programs for primary and secondary school students, parents, civic, business and church groups, and the general community. Seminars and retreats on such topics as alcohol, tobacco, drugs, domestic and social violence, family dynamics, self-esteem, depression and suicide are available.
  • Catholic Charities Domestic Violence Services
    504-310-6872
    Project SAVE assists survivors of domestic violence residing in Orleans Parish obtain free emergency legal representation. Staff attorneys help with legal orders to keep survivors of domestic violence safe and to protect their legal rights. These legal services may include temporary restraining and protection orders, temporary child support, custody, and use of property.
  • Catholic Charities English as a Second Language and Citizenship Classes
    504-722-5692
    twheelock@ccano.org
    English as a Second Language (ESL) and Citizenship classes serve hundreds of adult learners each year at sites throughout Orleans, Jefferson, and St. Tammany parishes. Both morning and evening classes are offered in order to accommodate students’ work schedules. The ESL and Citizenship classes provide a key component for integrating into the American society for both immigrants who have recently arrived and those who have been in this country for several years.
  • Hispanic Apostolate Community Services & Immigration and Refugee Services
    1000 Howard Ave.
    New Orleans, LA 70113
    504-457-3462
    FAX: 504-486-3985
    E-mail: hispanicapostolate@ccano.org
    or
    Contact Julie Ward at jward@ccano.org
    504-457-3462
    A division of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, the Hispanic Apostolate is dedicated to helping immigrants in the New Orleans metropolitan area integrate into the U.S. and lead productive and independent lives. They provide emergency assistance, job services, tax preparation services, workers’ rights information, immigration services, health care information, counseling, educational programs and refugee resettlement services. Their events include seminars and talks on diverse topics of importance to the community, health fairs, fundraising dinners, dances, auctions, and English classes.
  • New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice/Congress of Day Laborers
    217 N. Prieur St.
    New Orleans, LA 70112
    504-309-5165
    FAX: 504-309-5205
    The Congress of Day Laborers brings together Day Laborers and reconstruction workers from corners across the Greater New Orleans area. Day Laborers formed the organization to defend themselves against exploitation at the hands of contractors, the police and immigration authorities.
  • Puentes New Orleans Inc.
    4205 Canal Street
    New Orleans, LA 70119
    504-821-7228
    FAX: 504-821-7213
    E-mail: info@puentesno.org
    The mission of Puentes New Orleans, Inc. is to build assets and create access for the Latino community of the Greater New Orleans area. The organization works to create a highly active, non-partisan, public leadership Latino voice to advocate for access to good jobs, quality education, safe streets, affordable housing and economic opportunities.

Arts Organizations

  • Ashé Cultural Arts Center
    1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd
    New Orleans, LA 70113
    504-569-9070
    Ashé‘s mission is to use art and culture to support human, community and economic development. Located in Central City, the Center provides opportunities for art presentations, community development, artist support, and the creation of partnerships that amplify outreach and support efforts. Ashé houses a repertoire of original theater works that are available for touring, and provide sponsorship for many private, public, community-focused, and family oriented events.
  • The Arts Council of New Orleans
    935 Gravier St, Suite 850
    New Orleans, LA 70113
    504-523-1465
    FAX: 504-529-2430
    E-mail: gmeneray@artscouncilofneworleans.org
    The Arts Council of New Orleans is a private, nonprofit organization providing programs and services to artists, arts organizations, the business community, and city government. Established in 1975, the Arts Council encourages, educates, and cultivates the environment necessary to create art by providing resources, services, and programs to over 1,000 artists and 50 arts.
  • Louisiana Humanities Center
    At Turners’ Hall
    938 Lafayette Street, Suite 300
    New Orleans, LA 70113
    504-523-4352
    FAX: 504-529-2358
    E-mail: lahum@leh.org
    The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities celebrates the culture of Louisiana by helping people tell their stories every day. An independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the LEH receives over half of its funding from local sources.
  • Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center“:
    1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd
    New Orleans, LA 70113
    504-352-1150
    E-mail: rene@zeitgeistnola.org
    Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center has been bringing alternative art to New Orleans since November 1986 – 28 years and still counting! It is an entirely volunteer, artist-run organization that does not receive grants or public funds. Presenting film, video, performance art, visual art and literary events seven nights a week, all year round, Zeitgeist is considered one of the premier alternative arts center in the South.

Business, Economic Development and Professional Organizations

  • Greater New Orleans, INC.
    1100 Poydras St., Suite 3475
    New Orleans, LA 70163
    GNO, INC. is a dynamic regional partnership of public and private leaders driving the economic resurgence of the Greater New Orleans area. In pursuit of tightly defined goals, GNO, INC. will act as a catalyst, advocate and resource broker—a nonpartisan organization focused on retaining jobs, creating new jobs, developing the workforce and fostering a pro-business public policy.
  • Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana
    1515 Poydras St., Suite 1010
    New Orleans, LA 70112
    504-885-4262
    FAX: 504-887-5422
    E-mail: president@hccl.biz
    HCCL seeks to create, promote and enhance economic opportunity and prosperity for the Hispanic business and professional communities. They provide networking meetings , luncheons, and the annual Gala dance and silent auction.
  • Hispanic Business Resources & Technology Center
    Delgado Community College – East Bank Jefferson Campus
    5200 Blair Dr., Bldg. 1, Room 22
    Metairie, LA 70001
    The Hispanic Business Resources & Technology Center (HBRTC) was created by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana (HCCL) in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Established with seed money from the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the AT&T Foundation’s Casa Cyber Network, the HBRTC represents a coalition of public and private entities utilizing a holistic approach of providing business assistance, educational opportunities, and social services to the affected Hispanic community and represents a real approach to addressing ethnic cultural sensitivity and language barriers. Today they offer the only web-based bilingual soft skills workforce development training program in the State. Adult learners can study at their own pace at the Center with the assistance of an Hispanic instructor/case manager, or can work from computers at home or the library. A bilingual GED course is also offered.
  • Office of Economic Development”:http://www.nola.gov/economic-development/
    1340 Poydras St. Suite 1000
    New Orleans, LA 70112
    504-658-4200
    FAX: 504-658-4238
    The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development exists to spur the growth of a diverse economy that creates good-paying jobs and provides equal access to economic prosperity. They promote economic growth through several initiatives, development projects and incentive programs.
  • World Trade Center New Orleans
    One Canal Place
    365 Canal Street, Suite #1120
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    504-529-1601
    FAX: 504-529-1691
    Email: info@wtcno.org
    The mission of this private non-profit is to add wealth and jobs in Louisiana through international trade, port development and allied activities. Throughout the year, WTC offers a wide range of programs related to Latin America including foreign language classes, international conferences and trade shows and seminars on doing business in Latin America. In addition, numerous dignitaries from throughout Latin America visit the WTC as speakers and honorees. University Graduate Student memberships are $75/year and membership applications can be obtained online or by telephone.
  • World Affairs Council of New Orleans
    2045 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 539
    New Orleans, LA 70122
    504-300-9144
    Email: info@wacno.org
    The World Affairs Council of New Orleans (WAC/N.O.) is a a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization that provides community leadership to promote and foster productive and enlightened international relations through educational and cultural/social forums with a commitment to cultural diversity and inclusive fellowship. WAC/N.O. offers its members and their guests monthly programs and activities featuring prominent speakers from both the U.S. and abroad. Membership in WAC/N.O. provides access to a diverse arena of local presentations and special events, as well as benefits and discounts available through the WACA.

Consulates

  • Belize
    Hon. Edmund Wright
    Honorary Consul
    328 Terry Parkway
    Gretna, LA 70056
    504-227-0825
    Email: mundo86@hotmail.com or ewrightconsulbze@hotmail.com
  • Brazil
    Hon. David Schulingkamp
    Honorary Consul General
    365 Canal Street, Suite 1600
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    504-561-6206
    FAX: 504-529-2611
    Email: david_schulingkamp@mgmaher.com
  • Chile
    Hon. Angel Pelayo Carreras
    Honorary Consul
    1350 Port of New Orleans
    Place Boulevard
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    504-528-3364
    FAX: 504-528-3357
    E-mail: apcarreras@hotmail.com
  • Dominican Republic
    Hon. Joaquin Balaguer
    Consul General
    400 Poydras Avenue, Suite 1520
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    Phone: 504-522-1843
    FAX: 504-522-1007
    E-mail: codonos@bellsouth.net
  • El Salvador
    Honorary Consul
    Dr. Patricia Elena Molina
    504-568-6187
    FAX: 504-831-7404
    Email: pmolin@lsuhsc.edu
  • Honduras
    Hon. Elka Herrera
    Consul General
    365 Canal Place – 15th Floor
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    504-522-3118
    FAX: 504-523-0544
    Email: elkahd@hotmail.com
  • Mexico
    Hon. Andrea Garcia Guerra
    Consul
    901 Convention Center Blvd, Suite 119
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    504-272-2198
    FAX: 504-528-3724
    Email: connorleans@sre.gob.mx
  • Nicaragua
    Hon. Carlos A. Sampson
    Honorary Consul
    16716 Amberwood Dr.
    Baton Rouge, LA 70810
    504-236-8166
    FAX: 713-315-2445
    Email: casnica@yahoo.com
  • Panama
    Hon. Linnette N. Baruco M.
    Consul General of Panama
    2615 Energy Centre
    1100 Poydras Street
    New Orleans, LA. 70163
    504-525-3459
    FAX: 504-524-8960
    Email: info@consulateofpanama.com
  • Uruguay
    Hon. Cesar A. Lurati
    Honorary Consul
    504-416-2592
    Email: cesar.lurati@gmail.com
  • Venezuela
    Hon. Karina Pacheco Parilli
    Acting Consul General of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
    400 Poydras Street, Suite 2145
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    504-524-6700
    FAX: 504-522-7092
    Email: consulado@neworleans.embavenez-us.org

Community Organizations

  • Asociación de Guatemala en Louisiana
    Miriam Aguilera, President
    3362 Cannes Pl
    Kenner, Louisiana 70065
    -504-467-6649
    Founded to maintain the culture, tradition and customs of Guatemala, to encourage youth to speak Spanish, and to carry out charitable works in Latin America, this organization crowns a Miss Guatemala, participates in the Miss Hispanic American Unity pageant, and holds special celebrations on Father’s Day, Guatemalan Independence day and Christmas.
  • Asociación Hondureña Unificada de Louisiana
    Rosemary Hernandez, President
    7124 Wilty St.
    Metairie, LA 70003
    504-455-2810
    This organization promotes unity, education and social development among Hondurans, forges friendly ties with the U.S. community, and seeks a closer relationship with other Hispanic organizations by organizing aid projects in New Orleans and Honduras. In addition to fundraising parities, raffles and barbeques, they also have a special commemoration of Soldier’s Day (October 3) in honor of General Francisco Morazán, a promoter of Central American unity.
  • Asociación Nicaragüense de Louisiana
    3720 West Louisiana State Drive
    Kenner, LA 70065
    504-469-3945
    The Association was formed to preserve the culture, traditions and folklore of Nicaragua, foster unity among Nicaraguans, promote education, support social service projects, and select and train candidates for the title of Miss Nicaragua to represent the community at social events. They hold special celebrations on Mother’s Day, to commemorate Central American independence (September 15), and in December for a Christmas toy drive for Nicaraguan children. They also publish a monthly newsletter, Nuevo ANDELA.
  • Casa Argentina
    P.O.Box 13562
    New Orleans, LA 70185
    504-891-0910
    E-mail: casaargentinanola@gmail.com
    Since 1983, the nonprofit organization Casa Argentina has worked to promote the culture and heritage of Argentineans in New Orleans through various events featuring a dazzling consortium of writers, musicians and artists. A highlight on Casa Argentina’s calendar is the annual tango show, a fundraiser in the form of a traditional dinner-show-dance-auction gala, held each year in late May to commemorate Argentina’s revolution for independence in 1810.
  • Club de Puerto Rico, New Orleans, Louisiana
    E-mail: puertoricoclub@yahoo.com
    Created to maintain the customs, traditions and culture of Puerto Rico and faithfully represent Puerto Rican identity. Special celebrations include a Christmas party, poetry readings, storytelling, musical events, and cultural festivals featuring Puerto Rican artists.
  • The New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation
    400 Poydras Street, 30th Floor
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    504-636-0107
    The New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation is a social and cultural organization committed to preserving Hispanic culture and heritage that annually awards twenty-five private high school scholarships to area students of Hispanic descent. The annual fund drive, the Azúcar Ball, is held in August.
  • United Dominicans of Louisiana
    This organization maintains a united Domincican community through recreational, cultural, and educational activities and promotes the history, music and culture of the Domican Republic, especially to Dominicans in the States. They hold celebrations to mark Independence Day and other Dominican holidays, masses in honor of Our Lady of Altagracia, the patron saint of the DR, and the selection and crowning of Miss Dominican Republic for the Miss Hispanic American Unity pageant.
  • Unidad Hispanoamericana
    504-345-8366
    President’s E-mail: Ramon Reyes at rreyes@dominicanola.org
    This organization has as its mission to preserve Hispanic American culture. They host an annual art and beauty pageant.

Local Government

  • Port of New Orleans
    1350 Port of New Orleans Place
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    504-522-2551
    FAX: 504-524-4156
    Located at the mouth of Mississippi River, the Port of New Orleans has been a center for international trade since its foundation in 1718. Today, it continues to be America’s gateway to the global market. The Port’s facilities include 22 million square feet of cargo handling area and more than 6 million square feet of covered storage area. Each year, the Port accommodates an average of 2,400 vessel calls.
  • Vieux Carré Commission
    1300 Perdido St, 7th Floor
    New Orleans, LA 70112
    504-658-1420
    FAX: 504-528-3945
    The Vieux Carré Commission (VCC) is the agency of the City of New Orleans whose charge is the preservation of the quaint and distinctive character of the historic French Quarter district of the city, also known as the Vieux Carré (Old Square).

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Tulane SUMMER Study Abroad Fair 2016

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The Office of Study Abroad at Tulane University is hosting a Summer Study Abroad Fair in the LBC Qatar Ballroom on Monday, February 15, from 1:00-4:00PM.

Over dozens of opportunities in more than 20 countries will be on display from Tulane and non-Tulane institutions. The Stone Center for Latin American Studies will be promoting its Summer in Latin America programs, including programs in Costa Rica, Argentina, Brazil, and Guatemala. The Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute will be promoting its Summer in Cuba program.

Open for undergraduates and graduate students. Be sure to come with any questions you may have!

"Origins" Art Exhibit

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The Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans is pleased to present the art exhibit, “Origins” by Mexican artist Ganthaus. There will be an opening reception on February 18th beginning at 6 PM.

For more information please visit the exhibit website.

Ancient Maya Women: K-16 Educator Workshop

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LARC, in conjunction with the Annual Tulane Maya Symposium and the New Orleans Museum of Art, is hosting a teacher workshop on the ancient Maya. The workshop will introduce information on women in the ancient Maya world as well as providing activities to introduce into the classroom.

REGISTER HERE.

FRIDAY MARCH 4, 2016

8:30 – 8:45 am
Welcome
Tracy Kennan, New Orleans Museum of Art; Denise Woltering Vargas, Tulane University; Marcello Canuto, Tulane University

8:45 – 9:30 am
Introduction to the Maya
Evan Parker, Tulane University

9:30 – 10:30 am
Introductory Glyph Workshop
David Chatelain, Tulane University; Mary Kate Kelly, Tulane University; Luke Auld-Thomas, Tulane University

10:30 – 11:15 am
Teaching the Maya in the Classroom
Sarah Donovan, DePaul University

11:15 am – 12:00 pm
Tour of the Art of the Americas Exhibit & Other K-12 Resources
Marc Zender, Tulane University; Paul Tarver, New Orleans Museum of Art; Tracy Kennan, New Orleans Museum of Art

LUNCH
Lunch is included in registration.

1:15 – 2:15 pm
Maya Women and Food Preparation: from ancient to modern times
Traci Ardren, University of Miami

2:15 – 2:45 pm
Curriculum Breakout
Sarah Donovan, DePaul University; Denise Woltering Vargas, Tulane University; Tracy Kennan, New Orleans Museum of Art; Rachel Horowitz, Tulane University

2:45 – 3:00 pm
Evaluation

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13th Annual Tulane Maya Symposium "Ixiktaak: Ancient Maya Women"

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The Middle American Research Institute, in conjunction with Far Horizons, the Stone Center for Latin American Studies, The Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans, and the New Orleans Museum of Art, is proud to present the Thirteenth Annual Tulane Maya Symposium and Workshop. This year’s symposium, titled “Ixiktaak: Ancient Maya Women,” will focus on the significance of women in ancient Maya society. The invited scholars will explore this topic from different disciplinary perspectives, including archaeology, iconography, physical anthropology, and epigraphy to illuminate the names, roles, lives, accomplishments, and practices of women in ancient Maya society. Recent research in the Maya area has dramatically enhanced our understanding of gender roles in ancient Maya society particularly women’s daily lives, their role in power relations and regional politics, their relevance to and symbolic meaning within religion and ritual, and the economics of gender. New texts, new analytical techniques, and new discoveries discussed in these presentations will help us appreciate how complex and dynamic Classic Maya notions of gender were.

The keynote address will be given by Dr. Mary Miller of Yale University who will speak about her recent research on Jaina figurines.

To register for Friday – Sunday’s program, please REGISTER HERE.

For more information, visit the symposium homepage.

THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2016
Consulate of Mexico 901 Convention Center Blvd.

6:00 – 8:00 PM
Art Exhibit Opening Reception
Free and open to the public.

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FRIDAY, MARCH 4, 2016
New Orleans Museum of Art 1 Diboll Circle, City Park

8:30 – 3:00 PM
Professional Development Workshop for K-16 Educators

9:15 – 3:00 PM
Introductory Glyph Workshop

6:00 – 7:15 PM
KeynoteThe Women of Maya Figurines: A Mystery Within and Without
Mary Miller

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SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 2016
Freeman Auditorium, Woldenberg Art Center, Tulane University

8:00 – 5:00 PM
Symposium

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SUNDAY, MARCH 6, 2016
Tulane University, Dinwiddie Hall

9:00 – 12:00 PM
Hieroglyphic Forum: New Texts from La Corona
Marc Zender, David Stuart, Simon Martin

10:30 – 12:00 PM
Representations of Women in the Books of Chilam Balam
Amy George-Hirons

2:00 – 5:00 pm
Afternoon Workshops

For more information or to register, visit the symposium homepage.

Tropical Exposures: Photography, Film, and Visual Culture in a Caribbean Frame

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Tropical Exposures: Photography, Film, and Visual Culture in a Caribbean Frame
March 10-12, 2016
Tulane University
New Orleans, LA

We offer our conference as a forum in which to peruse and absorb the visual turn in contemporary inquiry from the unique vantage points of the Caribbean, circum-Caribbean and Caribbean diasporas. We conceive the tropical exposure as a frame for representing the region’s strengths and vulnerabilities and for questioning the interaction of Antillean sensibilities with a plethora of images and mediascapes. Our invited keynote speakers include photographer Virginia Beahan and artist Francisco Crespo, whose work appears on this page.

Tropical Exposures welcomes proposals for papers that address any facet of Caribbean visual representation in photography, film, art, popular culture, and other media, as well as the interaction of word and image more generally. Scholars are also encouraged to present proposals that consider social and cultural shifts toward the increasing intermediality of representation in the Caribbean frame.

Conference Updates:
January 14, 2016: To view the panel lineups and conference schedule, please click here.

Registration Information
Regular Registration (begins Jan. 20):

  • $175 Faculty
  • $115 Graduate Students and Independent Scholars

Please click here to access the conference registration form, or click the “Register Online” button on the bottom or top of this page.

Conference Hotel Information
The Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute has arranged a group block and discounted rate at the Hampton Inn New Orleans Garden District. We have reserved a block of rooms for March 9 – March 12, 2016. The special room rate of $169.00/night will be available until February 8, 2016 or until the group block is sold out, whichever comes first. The Hampton Inn Garden District hotel offers a free hot breakfast, free high speed internet in every room, and free on-site parking.

To make your reservations online, please click here to access the hotel reservation page and book your stay by February 8th.
You may also book your room by phone by calling 504-899-9990. The group code for the special rate is “CSI”; please mention this when making reservations by phone.
For hotel address and other information, please visit the Hampton Inn hotel’s website

Conference events will take place on Tulane’s uptown campus at the Lavin-Bernick Center (LBC), 201 Boggs, New Orleans, LA 70118. Transportation from the conference hotel to Tulane’s uptown campus will be provided. We will be putting together a brief guide to the city of New Orleans for quick reference about local transportation, restaurants, etc. for your convenience.

La Hora del Cuento: Bilingual Story Time at the Pebbles Center Uptown

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Join the Pebbles Center at the Children’s Resource Center branch of the New Orleans Public Library for bilingual story time.

Held the second Tuesday of every month at 4:30 PM, we will read a book and have a craft based on the book. Past books include Funny Bones, Maria had a Little Llama, and Martín de Porres, the Rose in the Desert.

Story Hour Books

January 11
Counting Ovejas by Sarah Weeks

March 15
Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music by Margarita Engle; Illustrated by Rafael Lopez
Recipient of the 2016 Pura Belpre Illustrator Award

April 12
Salsa: Una poema para cocinar by Jorge Argueta; Illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh

May 10
Maya’s Blanket: La Manta de Maya by Monica Brown; Illustrated by David Diaz