For many years, Hispanic Outlook ran book reviews that covered a wide variety of topics related to academia, higher education and the Hispanic community. This feature was so popular that not only are we bringing it back but also expanding it, so it encompasses more of the education experience. Like a real library, the new book reviews will be split into sections: one that will continue to be dedicated to higher education and the Hispanic community, and one showcasing books that are ideal for primary and secondary education majors and professors, as well as teachers currently working in grades K-12.
“ACHIEVE THE COLLEGE DREAM: YOU DON’T NEED TO BE RICH TO ATTEND A TOP SCHOOL”
By María Carla Chicuén
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
In “Achieve the College Dream,” education equality advocate María Carla Chicuén provides advice on important aspects of the path to college such as pursuing a strong high school curriculum, preparing for standardized exams, complementing learning at school, developing leadership and finding expert help and role models—all through affordable strategies. In addition, she also guides students through the college application and selection processes, as well as the steps to obtain enough financial aid. Beyond making recommendations, Chicuén also shares her own journey to Harvard, demonstrating by example that students with few resources can succeed at the top universities in the U.S.
“SUCCESSFUL STEM MENTORING INITIATIVES FOR UNDERREPRESENTED STUDENTS: A RESEARCH-BASED GUIDE FOR FACULTY AND ADMINISTRATORS”
By Becky Wai-Ling Packard
Publisher: Stylus Publishing
This step-by-step research-based guide is written for higher education faculty and administrators who are charged with designing mentoring programs to recruit and retain students from underrepresented groups including women, students of color, transfer students and first-generation college students. Written by an expert in the field of STEM mentoring, it describes the real and perceived barriers that underrepresented students encounter when considering enrollment, or participating, in science courses; considers the issues they face at the various transitions in their education, from entering college to declaring a major and moving on to a profession; and sets out mentoring options available to program designers.
“THE SCHOLARSHIP & FINANCIAL AID SOLUTION: HOW TO GO TO COLLEGE FOR NEXT TO NOTHING WITH SHORTCUTS, TRICKS, AND TIPS FROM START TO FINISH REVISED 2ND EDITION”
By Debra Lipphardt
Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Group, Inc.
This revised edition of “The Scholarship & Financial Aid Solution” is an updated, comprehensive and detailed guide to obtaining financial assistance for a college education. It explores the different types of general scholarships available, where to look for these scholarships and college application hints. It also offers assistance on writing a resume, filling out applications and writing essays. In addition, it offers shortcuts and tips to make the application process easier, as well as advice on how to reap the most benefit from letters of recommendation and interviews. This guide also delves into critical information about state grants, FASFA and scams.
“PAYING IT FORWARD - THE PHD PROJECT: CREATING TOMORROW’S LEADERS IN BUSINESS THROUGH ACADEME”
By Ned Steele
Publisher: The PhD Project
The PhD Project’s vision of a significantly larger talent pipeline of African-Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans for business leadership positions is becoming reality. This is the story of its origins and growth, as well as the journeys of many of its participants and professors—the mentorships that sustain them, collaborations that propel them and their commitment to pay it forward. When The PhD Project was created in 1994, there were only 294 doctorally qualified African-American, Hispanic American or Native American professors in all U.S. university business schools. When it turned 20, there were 1,237 professors and an additional 332 working toward their doctorates.
“THE STORYTELLER’S CANDLE/LA VELITA DE LOS CUENTOS”
By Lucía González
Illustrated by Lulu Delacre
Publisher: Lee & Low Books Inc.
Grade Level: Preschool - 3
Teachers Guide: https://www.leeandlow.com/books/2804/teachers_guide
The winter of 1929 feels especially cold to cousins Hildamar and Santiago who arrived in New York City from sunny Puerto Rico only months before. Their island home feels very far away indeed especially with Three Kings’ Day rapidly approaching. But then a magical thing happens. A visitor appears in their class, a gifted storyteller, as well as New York City’s first Latina librarian, Pura Belpré. She opens the children’s eyes to the public library and its potential to be the living, breathing heart of the community. The library, after all, belongs to everyone—whether you speak Spanish, English or both.
The University of Alabama School of Library and Informational Studies has provided a book discussion and activity guide for this title, which was created by Jenni Arvin and Sylvia Garcia with Dr. Jamie Campbell Naidoo (https://www.leeandlow.com/uploads/loaded_document/61/Storyteller_Candle_BG.pdf).
“MY DIARY FROM HERE TO THERE/ MI DIARIO DE AQUI HASTA ALLÁ”
By Amada Irma Pérez
Illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez
Publisher: Children’s Book Press
Grade Level: 1 and up
Teacher’s Guide: https://www.leeandlow.com/books/2799/teachers_guide
One night, young Amada overhears her parents whisper of moving from Mexico to the other side of the border—to Los Angeles. As she and her family make their journey north, Amada records her fears, hopes and dreams for their lives in the U.S. in her diary. How can she leave her best friend behind? What if she can’t learn English? What if her family never returns to Mexico? From Juárez to Mexicali to Tijuana to Los Angeles, Amada learns that with her family’s love and her belief in herself, she can make any journey and weather any change—here, there, anywhere.
Achieve the Core, a Student Achievement Partners website designed to help educators understand and implement the Common Core State Standards, has provided a teacher-created lesson plan for this title (https://www.leeandlow.com/uploads/loaded_document/13/My_Diary_from_Here_to_There_lesson_plan_by_Achieve_the_Core.pdf).
“¡OLINGUITO, DE LA A A LA Z! DESCUBRIENDO EL BOSQUE NUBLADO/OLINGUITO, FROM A TO Z! UNVEILING THE CLOUD FOREST”
By Lulu Delacre
Illustrated by Lulu Delacre
Publisher: Children’s Book Press
Grade Level: Kindergarten - 6
Teacher’s Guide: https://www.leeandlow.com/books/2916/teachers_guide
With lyrical text, readers travel to the magical world of a cloud forest in the Andes of Ecuador and discover the bounty of plants, animals and other organisms that live there. But this isn’t just a sightseeing tour. A zoologist needs help to find the elusive olinguito, the first new mammal species identified in the Americas since 1978. Not the usual ABC book, the alphabet is an organizing feature to introduce children to rich vocabulary. Exquisitely illustrated with colorful, realistic images, the book includes articles about cloud forests and an extensive glossary with the scientific names of the species pictured.
Lee & Low Books Inc.’s main website provides an activity kit for this title (https://www.leeandlow.com/uploads/loaded_document/264/Olinguito_Activity_Sheet_Laser.pdf).