FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 13, 2020
Mary Ann Hatchitt
(Albuquerque, New Mexico) – On Saturday, April 25, 2020, the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, hosts its second annual Children’s Bilingual Book Festival, the only one of its kind in the U.S. that features children’s books in Spanish and English and Native languages and English. (*Media assets: link to video from last year’s festival below).
This free festival emphasizes books for readers in grades K-6, though there are activities for children of all ages, including teens and families. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. there will readings (geared for young audiences), a book fair, workshops for teachers and parents, storytelling and recitations of poetry in English, Spanish and Native languages by children, book and art-related activities, entertainment and much more.
The day will begin with a broadcast of the KUNM Children’s Hour featuring children telling stories in Diné, Spanish and English, the opening of the book fair and followed by readings with authors Alexandra Diaz (The Only Road/El único destino), Linda Boyden (Powwow’s Coming), Cathy Camper (Lowriders in Space), among other authors. There will also be entertainment by Lucerito. See the full schedule and watch a video at the festival website: www.nhccbookfest.com.
The festival will also launch, for the second year, a summer reading program which pairs children in grades 3 and 4 who struggle with reading with qualified tutors who provide one-on-one and group tutoring at the NHCC over the summer. Parents can apply here.
Children’s book and activity vendors can still apply for a space at the book fair here.
Festival Partners: NHCC, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Bookworks, the Public Library (City of Albuquerque), University of New Mexico Press, Dual Language Education of NM (DLENM), REFORMA of New Mexico with funding from the City of Albuquerque and the National Endowment for the Arts.
For more information, please contact Cassandra Osterloh, Librarian, National Hispanic Cultural Center: firstname.lastname@example.org; 505-383-4708.
About the National Hispanic Cultural Center:
The National Hispanic Cultural Center is dedicated to the preservation, promotion and advancement of Hispanic culture, arts and humanities. The Center presents over 700 events each year through its history, literary arts, performing arts and visual arts programs and its art museum, library and genealogy center. The Center is a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs and is further supported by the National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation.
The National Hispanic Cultural Center is located at 1701 Fourth Street SW in Albuquerque, New Mexico. For information about upcoming events and exhibitions visit the NHCC website at www.nhccnm.org.