Preserving Bilingual Literacy with Read Conmigo

This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Read Conmigo and Latina Bloggers Connect, however, all opinions are my own. 

In my home, although we mostly speak English I have been really making an effort to teach my daughters and myself more Spanish. Being a Latina Mom living and raising my children in East Los Angeles bilingual literacy is something that is very important to me. 
Here's an unfortunate fact: Did you know that less than two percent of children’s books written last year were Latino-themed and only 48 books of the 3,200 children’s works published in 2013 in the U.S. were written by Latino authors. In an effort to change these startling statistics, one book at a time, the nationally recognized bilingual literacy program Read Conmigo sponsored by Infinity Auto Insurance, is introducing the “Preserving our Culture through Bilingual Literacy” contest for budding Latino children’s book authors based in the Southern California area.

I have always loved writing. As a young girl I wrote stories in my free time (yes, I was that kid) and as a teenager I wrote short stories and submitted them to my school newspaper. Admittedly, I was also the Editor-in-Chief of my high school newspaper, so I may have had some pull in having my stories published. Nevertheless, there is nothing like getting lost in your mind, putting your thoughts into words and creating a world all your own. I know more than 48 Latinos have more to say, we can change this, we need to change this.

This is a great opportunity for all of you out there who love to write. 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.

Read Conmigo is an amazing bilingual literacy program that provides parents, teachers, and students FREE BILINGUAL CHILDREN'S BOOKS in English and Spanish as well as online resources for children in Preschool to 5th grade. I have signed up and it is such a great resource to have on hand. To register you can either visit ReadConmigo.org or Text the word READ to 323-767-8811 and from then on you can download the Read Conmigo book collection to any tablet or smartphone, you will also receive a new book every 4 months for free and have access to the "Learn with Me" app that reads an alphabet book in both languages to your child. 

Take a minute and head over to ReadConmigo.org to check out all of the fun resources like printable flash cards, personalized coloring sheets, games, and also check out if there are any events happening near you. Let's take advantage of these amazing resources and help our children the most we can.