Nuestra América 30 inspiring latinas/latinos who have shaped the United States

Sabrina Vourvoulias

Book - 2020

Published in association with the Smithsonian Institution and the Molina Family Latino Gallery, a celebration of 30 of history's most influential Latinas and Latinos shares the uplifting stories of subjects ranging from Pura Belpré and César Chávez to Jennifer Lopez and Sonia Sotomayor.

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Illustrated works
Philadelphia : RP Kids 2020.
Main Author
Sabrina Vourvoulias (author)
Other Authors
Gloria Félix (illustrator), Eduardo Diaz (writer of introduction), Emily Key (author)
First edition
Item Description
At head of title: Smithsonian.
Physical Description
vii, 118 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Sylvia Acevedo
  • Luis Walter Álvarez
  • Pura Belpré
  • Martha E. Bernal
  • Julia de Burgos
  • César Chávez
  • Sandra Cisneros
  • Roberto Clemente
  • Celia Cruz
  • Olga Custodio
  • Jaime Escalante
  • Macario García
  • Emma González
  • Laurie Hernández
  • Juan Felipe Herrera
  • Dolores Huerta
  • Óscar de la Renta
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • Xiuhtezcatl Martínez
  • Sylvia Méndez
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda
  • C. David Molina
  • Rita Moreno
  • Ellen Ochoa
  • Jorge Ramos
  • Sylvia Rivera
  • María Elena Salinas
  • Sonia Sotomayor
  • Dara Torres
  • Robert Unanue
  • Reading guide.
Review by Booklist Review

The Smithsonian Latino Center has compiled an illustrated compendium of 30 notable Latinx individuals who have contributed to U.S. history and culture. Some of the well-known figures include journalist Jorge Ramos, fashion design Óscar de la Renta, and singer-actress Jennifer Lopez. However, it shines in its inclusion of lesser-known people who made their marks in the areas of healthcare, LGBTQ+ advocacy, and social justice, just to name a few. Among them are Luis Walter Álvarez, a physicist who received the Nobel Prize in Physics; Martha E. Bernal, who was the first Latina in the nation to earn a doctorate in psychology; and Sylvia Acevedo, an engineer and CEO of the Girl Scouts. Each entry is paired with a colorful portrait, bringing its subject and his or her accomplishments to life. While this book will educate all readers, it importantly provides Latinx American children with inspirational role models from a diverse array of professions. A valuable title to have on the shelf.

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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

A project of the Smithsonian Latino Center, this collection, also released in a Spanish edition, features 30 biographies of men and women who have made their mark in entertainment, sports, education, politics, advocacy, music, science, and social justice. Skillfully rendered short portraits introduce readers to influential figures such as Pura Belpré, the first Puerto Rican librarian hired by the New York Public Library, who wrote children's books retelling Puerto Rican folktales after seeing a need for wider cultural representation. Familiar figures such as labor leader Dolores Huerta and baseball player Roberto Clemente appear alongside lesser-known subjects such as military pilot Olga Custodio and climate activist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez. Highlighted by Gloria Félix's lush, realistic art, the book's message, "Latino history is American history," rings out on every page. Ages 8--12. (Sept.)

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Review by School Library Journal Review

Gr 3--7--Vibrant illustrations and a lively narrative come together to spotlight the stories of 30 Latinas and Latinos. These men and women have worked in a wide variety of fields, overcome great obstacles, and have contributed to the world in significant ways. Trailblazers include engineer Sylvia Acevedo, clinical psychologist Martha E. Bernal, baseball player Roberto Clemente, and U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Marcario García. Three to four pages are dedicated to each profile, with one page featuring an illustrated portrait of the individual against a colorful background. The text provides information about the early life of each person along with personal milestones, such as education, paths to careers, and accomplishments. Their struggles and contributions to the community are also listed. Each profile flows smoothly; the fascinating narratives are conversational in tone. Readers will gain an understanding of the obstacles these individuals faced as well as the role their heritage and culture played in their lives. A glossary is included as well as a reader's guide that includes a QR code. Discussion questions encourage thought and action with suggested activities. VERDICT An excellent nonfiction title focusing on luminous Latinas and Latinos, whose stories are sure to encourage and inspire hope in young readers everywhere.--Selenia Paz, Harris County P.L., Houston

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