LA Libros Fest: Interview With Naibe Reynoso

Ana Campos, Principal Librarian, Central Library Services,
Naibe Reynoso

Multiple-Emmy and AP Award-winning Journalist Naibe Reynoso has been working both in front of and behind the camera for more than 20 years. Her bilingual background includes investigative reporting, hosting, entertainment reporting, radio, and TV production. She has worked and contributed to networks including KTLA, Univision Network, Reelz Channel, CNN en Español, the Biography Channel, Fox News Latino, ORA TV, KCBS, France 24 and has even filled in as a co-host on The View. She recently published her first bilingual children's book, Be Bold, Be Brave:11 Latinas Who Made U.S. History.

Naibe will be one of the featured authors at the Los Angeles Libros Festival, a free bilingual book festival for the whole family. Celebrating oral traditions, the festival will feature stories and music from Latin America—including México, Guatemala, El Salvador, Colombia—and the United States. LA Libros Fest will take place at the Los Angeles Central Library on September 28, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

How did you begin writing children's books?

I began writing children’s books because lack of representation in books was something I knew I needed to change. When I would take my children to the bookstore I had a difficult time finding books that reflected our community and culture. I felt disappointed to see that there were more books with monsters or unicorns as main characters than there were about Latinos. Our community is growing at a rapid rate and I knew that there were probably other parents that felt like I did. That’s why I wrote my first book, Be Bold, Be Brave: 11 Latinas Who Made U.S. History. I wanted to make children could learn about the important accomplishments our community has made to American society because if they see it, they can believe it.

What does being an author/artist mean to you?

As a journalist, it has always been my passion to tell stories. I knew the stories of my community needed to be told to a younger audience, especially in these times. Being an author means that I am using my right to freedom of speech to share valuable information to my community about the amazing contributions Latinos have made to America. It means I can express myself and create books that inspire and empower. Being an author means freedom!

What place do books have in your life? What about libraries?

Books to me hold so much magic. When I was little, my mom would always take me to the library and I would have so much fun exploring different books and topics. We didn’t have a lot of money, but at the library, I felt the world was at my fingertips because I was able to learn about different cultures, read about fantastical characters, and let my imagination run wild.

What inspired you to participate in the Los Angeles Libros Festival?

The Los Angeles Libros festival is aligned with my mission of inspiring and empowering. I was so excited to participate because I love being involved with my community. I also want to be able to share my book Be Bold, Be Brave: 11 Latinas Who Made U.S. History with more people and meet young readers.

What advice would you give to a kid or teen who wants to be a writer?

Writing is a beautiful process. Remember—you do NOT have to ask anyone for permission to write. You should write whenever you can, all the time. Nowadays you can even start your own blog that focuses on things you are interested in. The more you write, the better you will get and you will find your personal style along the way. Keep writing, and don’t let anyone stop you. All you need is a pen and paper!

By Naibe Reynoso

Be Bold! Be Brave!: 11 Latinas que hicieron historia en Estados Unidos
Reynoso, Naibe

Naibe Reynoso at LA Libros Fest