Join Juliet Menéndez as she reads from her new book, Latinitas: Celebrating 40 Big Dreamers, and discusses the Latinx women who inspired her. Students from the Word Up middle school afterschool program will briefly share their art before a Q&A.
Latinitas: Celebrating 40 Big Dreamers explores familiar figures like Frida Kahlo, Selena Quintanilla, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, as well as other noteworthy figures like Teresa Carreño (composer), Wanda Díaz-Merced (astronomer), and Sonia Pierre (human rights activist in the DR). Learn more about this compendium of extraordinary Latinx women and ask Juliet Menéndez about how she came to put this book together.
Juliet Menéndez is a Guatemalan American author and illustrator living between Guatemala City, Paris, and New York. While working as a bilingual teacher in New York City’s public schools, Juliet noted the need for more books that depicted children like the ones in her classrooms. She studied design and illustration in Paris and now spends her days with her watercolors and notebook. Latinitas is her first children's book.
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