If you have been in the orbit of UWABC, you know that through the Bold Community Goal and the Community School Strategy we are working to provide important supports to close the opportunity gap. Each UWABC employee is dedicated to ensuring that ALL children have equitable access to resources that will help them thrive. A part of these resources are books, and when we talk about books, we often think of language and writing, which are essential elements of academic success. However, for students who are not native English speakers, access to books to which they can directly relate to the main character can be far from equitable compared to their native English-speaking peers. This inequity was a main driver for Marsha Almodovar, UWABC Schools Partnership Manager, to author her own children's book.
Almodovar said before writing her children's book, “Mucho, Mucho”, “ I just saw that there were some Spanish books, but they didn't have a story kind of a touch. There weren't a lot of bilingual books either. They were either all in Spanish or I would translate them.”