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Libraries promote multilingual books for kids on Mexico's Children's Day




La Librería co-founder, Chiara Arroyo (left) shows a customer the children's book from Mexico called
La Librería co-founder, Chiara Arroyo (left) shows a customer the children's book from Mexico called "Migrar," which open like an accordion and traces a family's migrant path from Oaxaca, Mexico to Los Angeles.
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Today is Children's Day in Mexico. Across the country, "El día del niño" is marked by gift-giving, concerts and festivals for children.

Here in the U.S., libraries and literacy organizations have adopted the celebration as a day to promote diverse, multi-lingual children's books.

But even in a city like Los Angeles, with such close ties to Mexico and other Latin American countries, quality Spanish-language books for kids can be hard to come by.

It's a problem that Chiara Arroyo noticed and set out to change when she and Celene Navarette founded LA Librería, LA's first bookstore specializing in Spanish language books for children.

Chiara Arroyo joined Take Two to talk about promoting bilingual literacy.

We'll have more on this topic Sunday May 31st at our Crawford Family Forum with an event called "Lost in translation: The search for quality diverse books for kids." To save a seat, RSVP here.