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National Hispanic Cultural Center|1701 4th St SW, Albuquerque, NM | Map

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On Saturday, April 27, 2019, the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) will host its first annual NHCC Children’s Bilingual Book Festival. SCHEDULE 9:00-9:30 Nasario Garcia 9:45-10:30 Kathleen Contreras Workshop for Parents 10:30-11:00 Reforma de Nueva Mexico Storytelling Students (Diné & English) 11:00-noon Native Realities (indigenous superhero comics) Workshop for Teachers 12:00-12:30 Nancy Bo Flood and Jonathan Nelson 12:30-1:00 Ana Baca 1:00-2:00 KEYNOTE: PAT MORA (founder, Children’s Day, Book Day) 2:00-2:45 Carlos and Paul Meyer/Under the Cottonwood Tree 3:00-3:45 Anna Nogar & Enrique Lamadrid 4:00-4:30 Student Readings/Presentations 4:45-5:00 Closing Ceremony There will also be a full-day Bookfair/Emporium and kids’ art/creative activities throughout the day. All events take place at the NHCC, 1701 4th Street SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102. The festival is presented by the NHCC in partnership with Children’s Day/Book Day; ABQ Reads; Artful Life; Bookworks; the UNM Latin American and Iberian Institute; Native Realities, and with thanks to our generous donors: the City of Albuquerque, the BNSF Railway Foundation and French Funerals and Cremations. Coinciding with National Poetry Month, Dia de los Libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), Arbor Day, and Semana Cervantina/Poesía eres tu, this festival will celebrate children’s books written in Spanish and English and Native languages and English.The focus on Spanish-English and Native Language-English books and authors makes this festival particularly meaningful and vibrant, reflecting the identities of many children in New Mexico and the Southwest. We want to encourage children to see themselves in contemporary children’s literature as well as introduce a bilingual body of work to a wider audience. The festival will also launch a wide range of efforts to support participation by children in summer programs, including connecting children struggling with reading with summer reading tutors who will provide one-on-one and group tutoring at the NHCC over the summer.