TAMIU students publish dozens of children’s books

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LAREDO, Texas (KGNS) – Forty-two new published authors have made Laredo their home, and the children of Laredo may have the chance to read their books.

Students enrolled in the multilingual children’s literature course wrote, illustrated and published forty-two children’s books.

Through the TAMIU-Lamar Bruni Vergara Literacy Partnership, the tutors will use these books to promote literacy among children in the community.

The Multilingual Children’s Literature Course is more than a course, it is a collaborative service-learning project led by Dr. Kaitlyn Culliton, Assistant Professor of English.

She says that in addition to promoting literacy at a young age, she wanted to authentically tell the stories of the community of Laredo.

The best way to do this was to allow its students, originally from Laredo, to have an immersive experience inspiring a love of literature in the next generation of students.

One of the authors, Angelica Garcia, wrote “My Brother is a Hero” which is inspired by her two sons, one of whom is autistic.

She wants to raise awareness of what autism is and that children are more than their diagnosis.

Another student said she didn’t read or see people who looked like her in books growing up, and many book authors in school didn’t look like her.

She wants to see more diversity and cultural representation in books.

The books will be in the literacy centers of the TAMIU-Lamar Bruni Vergara Literacy Partnership schools across Laredo, such as Leyendecker, Sanchez Ochoa and Santa Maria.

To find out more, you can visit their YouTube here.

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