‘Tis the season! It’s #Latinx7, the seventh iteration of the Latinx Reads and second Winter Reads list. It’s been a whirlwind year, 2019, for the #ReadLatinx project. I’m glad I’ve been able to shine a light on Latinx writers and illustrators, even if through this blog. Being able to connect with creatives and readers through this project fills me with happiness, and I’m excited for what 2020 brings.
The Winter Reads list is comprised of 34 books written and/or illustrated by Latinx that are releasing between November 27th, 2019 and February 14th, 2020. As always, it will be divided by age category (Picture Books, MG, YA, Adult) as well as genre (fiction, non-fiction, poetry). I didn’t divide this list by subgenre, choosing instead to describe them in my little blurb, as there aren’t that many books. Each book has a link to its Goodreads page, the author, illustrator, editor, or contributors, the release date, and a short description of the book in my own words. The YA section is described in AO3 sort of tags and so are a handful of other books (thanks once again Gabi @gabi_morataya on Twitter for suggesting this for the last post). Each section is sorted by release date.
Disclaimer: This compilation is by no means exhaustive or comprehensive; it only contains titles I’ve been able to find through extensive research. If you know of a book I didn’t list, or have a correction to make, don’t hesitate to let me know! I also add books at my own discretion, as I have no intention of boosting sexual harassers, racists, homophobes or transphobes, but if you noticed I slipped and added a book by someone who’s been accused of harassment of any kind, let me know so I can take them out of the list. This list is in no way an endorsement of the contents of each book, as I don’t have the knowledge of what is in each and every book.
- Freedom Soup by Tami Charles, ill. by Jacqueline Alcántara (12/10/2019): The story of a New Year’s soup in a Haitian family.
- The President of the Jungle by Paulo Desgualdo, Pedro Markun, André Rodrigues, and Larissa Ribeiro (01/07/2020): A group of jungle denizens get together to democratically unseat the Lion, who’s ruled over the jungle but never listened to the population. (My Review)
- Pacho Nacho by Silvia López, ill. by Pablo Pino (02/01/2020): Family values seep into this story about a boy named Pacho-Nacho-Nico-Tico-Melo-Felo-Kiko-Rico.
- Sing With Me / Canta Conmigo by José Luis Orozco, ill. by Sara Palacios (02/04/2020): Classic children’s songs are illustrated in both English and Spanish for bilingual children to learn, such as The Wheels of the Bus and Twinkle Twinkle.
- No More Naps!: A Story for When You’re Wide Awake and Definitely NOT Tired by Chris Grabenstein, ill. by Leo Espinosa (02/04/2020): A young girl doesn’t want to take a nap, so dad decides to take her on a stroll, and people start taking naps.
- Eunice and Kate by Mariana Llanos, ill. by Elena Napoli (02/11/2020): Two friends have different aspirations, and thus two big differences. Will they be able to learn from each other and accept their wishes?
- Ruth Objects: The Life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Doreen Rappaport, ill. by Eric Velásquez (02/11/2020): Read about the life of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, as illustrated by the talented Eric Velásquez.
- Random Acts of Kittens by Yamile Saied Méndez (12/26/2019): Natalia finds a litter of kittens near her home and decides to run a matchmaking program with her fellow classmates to find these kitties a new home.
- Journey to Jo’burg: A South African Story by Beverley Naidoo, ill. by Eric Velásquez (12/30/2019): A repackaging of a classic story, with new cover art from Eric Velásquez, follow two siblings as they make their way to find help for their baby sibling.
- Stella Díaz Never Gives Up by Angela Dominguez (01/14/2020): A sequel to Stella Díaz Has Something to Say, this time we follow Stella in Mexico as she learns about pollution in the ocean and hatches a plan to help!
- Science Adventures: Solve the Puzzles, Save the World by Alex Woolf, ill. by Geraldine Rodríguez (01/15/2020): A workbook for children who enjoy science and puzzles .
- Maximilian and the Curse of the Fallen Angel by Xavier Garza (01/17/2020): The fourth installment in Max’s Lucha Libre Adventures, follow max as he struggles with the thought of continuing with his uncle’s legacy as the Guardian Angel.
- Love Sugar Magic #3: A Mixture of Mischief by Anna Meriano (02/04/2020): With a new bakery popping up near Leo’s family’s bakery, her suspicion of them grows as her family’s supplies start to go missing.
- Pride by Ibi Zoboi (11/27/2019): paperback release; pride and prejudice retelling; activist lizzie bennet; gentrification
- Seven Deadly Shadows by Courtney Alameda and Valynne E. Maetani (01/02/2020): Japanese myhtology; co-written; paranormal
- Shadowshaper Legacy by Daniel José Older (01/07/2020): end of trilogy; badass MC, afro-Latina MC; queer protagonistswith POVs; multi-POV; time-bending adventure; fuck neo-nazis
- Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez Davis (01/07/2020): Bolivian inspired fantasy; royalty decoy; royalty!; revolution
- Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore (01/14/2020): fairytale retelling of the Red Shoes; dual timeline; brown gays in the 16th century AND 21st century because it’s Anna-Marie McLemore
- Infinity Son (Specters #1) – Adam Silvera (01/14/2020): Adam’s first actual fantasy series; phoenixes!; complicated sibling dynamics; also very gay
- Diamond City by Francesca Flores (01/28/2020): assassin MC; sketchy bosses who probably deserve death; magic???
- Don’t Read the Comments by Eric Smith (01/28/2020): contemporary; social justice; girls playing video games; f*cking white supremacists doxxing brown kids???
- The New David Espinoza by Fred Aceves (02/11/2020): contemporary; body dysmorphia; boy gets swole after being bullied; body issues as a teen are difficult
- This Train is Being Held by Ismée Williams (02/11/2020): contemporary romance; class and racial differences; writer MC; dancer MC; family pressures; racist families
- Fish Soup by Margarita García Robayo (12/03/2019): two novellas and a short story collection
- The President’s Room by Ricardo Romero (01/14/2020): surrealist kind of story that’s so cerebral I don’t understand the blurb
- Blue Flowers by Carola Saavedra (01/28/2020): the blurb reads like a psychological thriller but isn’t that our day to day life
- The Lost Book of Adana Moreau by Michael Zapata (02/04/2020): Latin American sci-fi writer leaves behind a manuscript that unites a community in New Orleans post-Katrina
- Children of the Land by Marcelo Hernandez Castillo (01/28/2020): Memoir of famed poet’s experience as an undocumented immigrant and his family’s lives fighting for citizenship and being seen as full-fledged humans
- Let’s Hear Their Voices: Cuban American Writers of the Second Generation edited by Iraida H. López and Eliana S. Rivero (12/01/2019): Ten second-generation Cuban Americans write about their experiences with race, gender, class, and sexuality in the United States.
- Fencing In Democracy: Border Walls, Necrocitizenship and the Security State by Miguel Díaz Barriga and Margaret E. Dorsey (01/31/2020): Anthropologists study the U.S.-Mexico border wall and what it entails and how it shapes citizenship.
- A Map is Only One Story: Twenty Writers on Immigration, Family, and the Meaning of Home with contributions from Natalia Sylvester, Soraya Membreno, Victoria Blanco (02/11/2020): Essay selections from writers of all walks of life talking about what home means in this world.
- Mangos and Mistletoe: A Foodie Holiday Novella by Adriana Herrera (12/23/2019): Do you like the GBBO? Follow two Dominican women as they compete in a baking competition in Scotland and end up falling in love with each other. They do say the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach…
- The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa (02/04/2020): hate to love; wedding planner left at altar; love interest is ex-fiancée’s brother; ambitious MCs
- Untamed Shore by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (02/11/2020): Three strangers become involved with a young woman; one day, one of those strangers dies. Soon enough, fingers are pointed, and the woman has questions of her own that need answering.
Thus concludes this list!
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