Rosa Loza, Associate Manager for Development & Communications
Rosa’s summer pick was prompted by her desire to support new authors. Find out more about her pick and what she has discovered while reading Corazón by Yesika Salgado.
Why did you pick this book? Why would you recommend it to others?
I wanted to support new Latinx authors, also I have been following Yesika for some time now. I read some of her poems so I decided to start with her first book. Reading this book feels like you are getting a big hug while going through the process of learning to love yourself. It is all about your corazón (heart)
What is your favorite quote from this book? Why?
“Because you are so good at loving, so good at asking what can I give you? what do you need?”
To me this quote reflects how sometimes we tend to love and give love- giving all to others – but not really realizing about it. It showed me that is also important to ask those questions to ourselves: what can I give to myself? What do I need?
What is your favorite memory of summer reading growing up?
I don’t think I have a favorite memory, but my mom used to always get me a “fun book” besides the school summer reading. Of course, the “fun book” was the one I used to read first.
What was your favorite summer reading book as a child?
Probably in second or third grade one of the summer books was a compilation of short stories – it was my favorite! It had a couple of the classic stories, but the rest were new to me. As a teenager I remember reading Los ojos del perro siberiano by Antonio Santa Ana. I read that book in one afternoon. As a teenager the story impacted me so much. All the students loved the book so much that the school arranged for the author to visit my school.
What does literacy mean to you – why is it important?
Literacy to me is the tool and opportunity we all can have to do more and improve ourselves, but most important to help others.