A message from Literary Agent Adriana Dominguez,
I am happy to send you this message to let you know that, with the help of former publisher of HarperCollins' Latino imprint and current CEO of Mamiverse Rene Alegría's help, yesterday, we launched Mamiverse Books, the only site currently available to promote children's books and reading directly to Latina moms. Take a look: http://www.mamiverse.com/life/mamiverse-books/
This site is the culmination of many years of work in this area, and more than anything else, I hope that it will serve as a valuable resource for first and foremost Latino parents, as well as librarians, book store owners and educators looking for appropriate books for their children. While I do plan on reviewing some non-latino books that I think Latina moms should know about, the strongest emphasis will be placed on reviewing and promoting the work of Latino authors to what we hope will be a broad audience interested in YOUR books. Please join me in this effort by spreading the word in any way you can. Facebook, Tweet, Blog(a), or even that age-old medium email, would be great!
Thank you in advance for your support. Let's hope that this is just the beginning!
Full Circle Literary
Here is the press release
National Pledge Drive for Family Commitment to Reading
NEW YORK (October 1st, 2012)--Mamiverse.com, the premiere website for Latina moms and families, announced today the launch of a new book section, Mamiverse Books. The first non-trade oriented, yet comprehensive digital resource for Latino parents wanting to know more about books that accurately reflect the U.S. Latino experience, Mamiverse Books creates a tool for parents who want to foster the love of reading as a road to their children’s academic success. Comprised of book reviews written by industry experts and librarians nationwide, Mamiverse Books will offer author interviews, features and more. Children’s categories will include Picture Books, Middle Grade Books, Young Adult Books and Bilingual books.
In conjunction with the launch of Mamiverse Books, and tied to National Book Month, Mamiverse.com also announces Mamiverse Reads, an online pledge drive for Latino families that commits them to making reading and books a life-long priority. Families that pledge will receive a formal document they can printout stating their new commitment, along with the latest book news and reviews.
Spearheading Mamiverse Books is renowned Latino children’s book expert, Adriana Dominguez.
“Studies have shown that reading paves the way for future academic success,” says Dominguez. “It is essential that we provide families with quality resources that specifically address the needs of Latino parents who want direction on how to incorporate books and reading into their children’s lives. The sooner children are exposed to books, and encouraged to read on a consistent basis, the more likely it is that they will do well in school.”
“We are very lucky to have Adriana lead this important initiative,” says Founder and CEO of Mamiverse.com Rene Alegria. “Our aim is to make books and reading the basis for a life-long commitment to goal-oriented success. Families who read together, achieve together.”
Hispanic Children in Education, by the Numbers:
● One out of four babies born in the U.S. is Latino. (U.S. Census)
● One in four kids currently in public school are Hispanic. (Pew Center Research)
● 48.8% of Hispanics 25 and older do not have a high school education, 2010. (American Community Survey)
● Percentage of 18-24 year old Hispanics in college reached record share of 16.5%. (Pew Center Research)
● There are one million Hispanics with advanced degrees. (Pew Center Research)
● Hispanics are the largest ethnic minority with 50.5 million people. (U.S. Census)
● Projected Hispanic population by 2050, 132.8 million. (U.S. Census)
(Adriana Dominguez is available for interviews)
About Adriana Dominguez
Adriana Dominguez is considered an expert in the field of children books appearing in the media and on publishing panels nationwide to speak on the topic of books and the Latino community. She has 15 years of experience in publishing, most recently as Executive Editor at HarperCollins Children’s Books, where she managed the children’s division of the Latino imprint, Rayo. Prior to that, she was Children’s Reviews Editor at Críticas magazine, published by Library Journal. Adriana has also worked as an editorial consultant for children’s and adult publishers, on English and Spanish language books. A professional translator, who has worked on a number of translations of best-selling and award-winning children’s books, she has also worked as a literary agent for some time. Adriana is mom to a very active and curious toddler who keeps her busy, and makes her exceptionally happy.
Mamiverse.com is the premiere site dedicated to Latina moms and families. Launched in July of 2011, Mamiverse.com was created to better inform this rapidly growing online community. By empowering Latina moms with the tools they need, and by reaching all Hispanic women and their families in the process, Mamiverse.com connects this powerful and passionate group of family-influencers, with a culturally relevant outlet that understands who they are, what they need, and how they think. With a rotating roster of high-profile contributors, and features on news and trends of the day, Mamiverse.com keeps readers engaged and informed. In addition to revolving news coverage, Mamiverse.com addresses a growing list of key topics including: food, health, politics, money, school and style. Twitter Handles: @MAMIVERSE, @MamiverseBooks