World Read Aloud Day en español

How fun it is to share your writing and reading with students everywhere! I can never get enough of that feeling of fulfillment, knowing that what I love doing is a tool that will empower others.
Like in the past years, LitWorld organized an event called World Read Aloud Day that looks to promote literacy around the world. A group of authors started preparations by putting together a list of guest speakers to read via Skype. Teachers and librarians would be able to refer to that list and request one of the speakers. Great.  I thought I would be perfect for that list since, you know, I’m kinda the queen of Skype. Or  the princess. Or at least someone with a royal rank. (See my Skype Visits page)
But to my surprise, the organizers had decided their event was only suitable for traditionally published authors, in other words, authors who belong to a publishing house. Self-published authors, like myself were invited to create their own events. I didn’t understand. Why being a self-published author would prevent me from spreading my joy for reading to students. Am I less qualified to read?
These days, technology has made  publishing accessible to everyone and the relationship between author and reader has been demystified. Shrugging to self-published authors without the benefit of the doubt feels, to say the least, snobbish.
But I know being an author doesn’t come without hurdles.  I wasn’t going to let this impasse discourage my commitment to advocating for literacy.
So I thought, how can I best serve my audience? What is special about me that also represents my audience? Well, my heritage! So I decided to host my very own World Read Aloud Day en ESPANOL, because you see, representation matters.
I didn’t have a huge audience, but I’m happy with the way things turned out.
Several schools signed up on my website and many of them showed up the day of the event. One of the classes even joined me in the LIVE event and one of the students read a poem.
I read some of my poetry, but also poems by my favorite authors. Here’s the YouTube video:
My promise is to keep busy planning new events, writing more stories, and looking for creative ways to spread the love for books. I hope you guys join me!


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Mariana Llanos

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I’m Mariana Llanos and I write books for children and poetry in English and Spanish. I am originally from Lima, Peru, but now I live in Oklahoma with my husband, our three children and our dog, Juliet. I started writing poetry since I was very young. I loved reading so much that I wanted to create my own stories to share with the world. I published my first book, Tristan Wolf in 2013. Since then, I haven’t stopped, and I have many more stories, poems, and project that I want to share with YOU!

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