Where are all the Latinos? That’s the question raised in an article published Wednesday in The Times that focused on the dearth of books with Latino characters that are aimed at school-age children. (No disrespect meant to the hugely popular Dora the Explorer or her cousin Diego, who started as cartoons.) This is an especially relevant issue given the increasing number of the country’s public school seats occupied by Latinos.
It’s an also issue that has personal resonance. Sure, we want to stoke a passion for reading in our young son, who turns 4 in March, and our home is filled with all the age-appropriate classics — “Goodnight Moon,” “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” and so on. But as he gets older, will he open books and find characters and themes that offer perhaps something more, something richer — a window into his culture?