Mi Libro Mi Espejo
My Book My Mirror
Mi Libro, Mi Espejo (My Book, My Mirror) is a community literacy service project by Dr. Ada Vilageliu-Díaz. Mi Libro, Mi Espejo is a free virtual story time in Spanish and English that is mainly focused on celebrating Latinx culture through a selection of children’s books written by Latinx authors. The pilot project is currently focused on children from 0 to 6 years old.
The primary goal of this project is to provide Latinx children cultural mirrors that affirm their identity and instill pride in their diverse cultures, languages, and traditions. The book selection will focus on uplifting stories that celebrate Latinx, Afro-Latinx, Asian-Latinx, and Indigenous children and their families. This program promotes literacy skills in both Spanish and English while empowering Latinx children to see themselves.
Parents, students, educators, community members, and authors will read books to children in a virtual setting that complements and supports virtual schooling according to current Covid-19 safety guidelines.
Mi Libro, Mi Espejo includes a book drive to help families have access to a diverse book selection that features the diverse Latinx community and to also support early literacy in English and Spanish. This program will also help build a children’s literature collection for the UDC library that focuses on Latinx children’s literature.
Launch of Pilot for Latin American Montessori Bilingual Public Charter School
I am extremely proud and excited to share the collaboration with the PTO Committee for Diversity and Inclusion at Latin American Montessori Bilingual (LAMB) Public Charter School in Washington, DC.
The program started on January 6th with featured author Heather Burris reading her book Hair Like Me/Pelo Como Yo. The event included parent Tommy Duren reading a book to his son, a breathing exercise with Dr. Michelle Chatman, and a creative exercise led by UDC student Claudia Diaz.
These weekly events feature readings by published authors but also by families representing the diversity of the school.