06/05/2013 08:28 am ET

Hispanic Moms Launch 'Latinas 4 Latino Literature' To Introduce Kids To Latino Authors


It's warm, school's winding down and diving into a book isn't what most children have in mind when it comes to how they plan to spend the lazy days of summer. But a group of Latina bloggers, most of them moms, want to change this.

The group has launched an online effort called Latinas 4 Latino Literature (LL4L) to get more Hispanic kids interested in reading. And unlike in other summer reading programs, these women are turning to what they know best -- the online community -- to introduce young readers and their families to literature.

That's no small feat. Walk into a Walmart or a Barnes and Noble, and you'll be hard-pressed to find an English-language book geared toward Latino kids -- or even a translation of a Spanish-language children's book.

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