Celebrating Latina Authors for Women's History Month

During Women's History Month we celebrate the accomplishments of women across the world. Women who have made their impact in our society, and today's roundup of Latina authors is no exception.

You may all be familiar (if you're not,  now you will) with books, such as Good Night Capitán MamáTristán LoboI Love Saturdays y domingosThe House on Mango Street,  and The Poet Slave of Cuba, among other great titles.  

These Latina authors are more than writers they are powerful women making a difference in the literary world: 

Mariana Llanos is a Peruvian writer, and teacher who has published several children’s books in English and in Spanish.  She was featured on my blog for the Latinas for Latino Lit Blog Hop

Graciela Tiscareño-Sato military veteran, speaker, publisher, entrepreneur, and author.  I had the pleasure to review her award-winning bilingual children's book Buenas Noches Capitán Mamá.

Alma Flor Ada is an award-winning Cuban-American author of children’s books, poetry, and novels.

Isabel Allende is a Chilean-American writer.

Sandra Cisneros  Latin American novelist and poet. 

Esmeralda Santiago Puerto Rican author and former actress known for her novels and memoirs.

Ana Castillo Mexican-American Chicana poet, novelist, short story writer, essayist, editor, playwright, translator and independent scholar.

Margarita Engle Cuban American writer, and became the first Latino awarded a Newbery Honor in 2009. 

Other Latina authors to celebrate this month: 

  • Mabelle Suriel, author and entrepreneur also know as the "Latina Suzi Orman."
  • Lulu Delacre, Puerto Rican author, and illustrator.  Her  Puerto Rican children's folklore book Shake It,Morena! is a favorite in our home. 
  • Pat Mora, Mexican American, Latina author of poetry, nonfiction and children's books.
This is a short list, and I'm pretty sure I'm missing some more.  We need more diverse books, and we need more Latina literature authors.   Throughout this month we're celebrating Women's History Month, and re-reading the books in our home library from these Latina authors.

Who's your favorite Latina author? Please share in the comments. 

This post is part of the Women's History Month series hosted by Multicultural Kid Blogs.  This year we are celebrating the contributions and accomplishments of women around the world. Follow along all month plus link up your own posts below! Don't miss our series from last year, and find even more posts on our Women's History board on Pinterest

Women's History Month Series on Multicultural Kid Blogs

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