AmoXcalli is about books and reading.  Looking at it, you’ll think “oh another book blog” and you’ll be right.  Look deeper.  It’s much more than that.  Books are the keys to education.  If a child loves books, that child will grow up to have a thirst and hunger for knowledge and education.  I’m living proof of that.

I learned of the world outside of my little block from books.  I traveled to Oz, Narnia, the Mushroom Planet, Arabia.  I spent time on magic carpets and walked the moors of Wales.  I felt Oliver Twist’s hunger and I waited for a secret garden to come to life.  Those books of my youth led me to rely on books for knowledge.  Though I didn’t finish high school, I got along just fine because of what I learned in books.  I could carry an intelligent conversation, sail through a job interview, learn how to be computer literate.

Books are more than just stories.  They are tools of learning.  Even the most simple story, teaches us something and expands our world or transforms it into something different.  As a Latina woman, I’ve been lucky to be able to read in both languages and try to read as much as I can in Spanish.  I am now avidly reading Univision’s Educate site for the great articles on education.  The website is in Spanish (though you can use Google Translate) and is a wealth of information on how to prepare for college, cost calculators, encouraging videos on education, inspirational stories, etc.  It is a great way to read up on education for the Latino community and they even provide scholarships for Latino students.

I’m hoping soon there will be a book section and am looking forward to expanding my knowledge of Spanish by utilizing the site.

*This is a LATISM sponsored post. Thoughts and opinions are my own.

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