Noche de Cuentos / A Night of Stories at ALA Virtual 2020

Celebrating the power of storytelling to unite communities. Featuring award-winning storytellers such as Neil Eduardo Izaza “Zien Cuentos” and Rosalía Pacheco in an enchanting evening of performances celebrating and affirming the richness of Latino heritage and culture. FREE.

Te esperamos en esta noche especial en la celebramos la riqueza de nuestras culturas y tradiciones con reconocidos cuentacuentos y narradores orales. GRATIS.

Noche de Cuentos at LA Libros Fest

Featuring storytellers Julio Serrano Echeverría, Yesika Salgado and Honorio Robledo, this program will bring the Los Angeles Libros Festival to a close with oral stories originating from Guatemala, El Salvador, and México.

This program has been made possible in part by REFORMA and its Noche de Cuentos initiative whose mission is to promote and preserve the art of storytelling within the Latino communities in the U.S.

This event is part of Los Angeles Libros Festival, a free bilingual book festival for the whole family.

Congratulations! REFORMA Noche de Cuentos Mini-Grants Winners

The winners of the 2019 REFORMA Noche de Cuentos Mini-Grants are:

  • Council Bluffs Public Library: Artistic Story of my Culture with Linda Garcia-Perez/Cuento artístico de mi cultura con Linda Garcia-Perez
  • Denver Public Library, Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Branch: Noche de Cuentos: Illustrating Your Story
  • Fresno County Public Library, Bette Rodriguez Branch: Noche de Cuentos y Calaveras
  • Garfield County Libraries, Glenwood Springs Branch: Noches de Cuentos
  • Los Angeles Public Library: Noche de Cuentos @ LA Libros Fest
  • Metropolitan Library System, Capitol Hill Library: Storytelling with Xavier Garza
  • Siouxland Libraries, Oak View Branch: Journey through Memories / Viaje a través de los recuerdos
  • St. Helena Public Library: Una Noche de Cuentos: A Latinx Heritage Month Celebration

Each library will receive $300 to support their Noche de Cuentos programs during Latino Heritage Month.

REFORMA thanks the Noche de Cuentos Mini-Grants Selection Committee:

  • Ana-Elba Pavon, Branch Manager, Oakland Public Library – Elmhurst Branch, REFORMA President 2005-06
  • Esmeralda Majors, Librarian, Creighton Elementary, Conroe Independent School District
  • Lettycia Terrones, MLIS, PhD Student, School of Information Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Lucia M. Gonzalez, Library Director, North Miami Public Library, REFORMA President 2010-11, Noche de Cuentos Founder
  • Maria F. Estrella, Chair of REFORMA’s Children’s and Young Adult Services Committee (CAYASC), Cleveland Public Library
  • Sandra Rios Balderrama, REFORMA President 1997-98, Pura Belpré Award Co-Founder
  • Sylmarí Burgos Ramírez, Librarian, Denver Public Library, PhD Student at Simmons University

We thank everyone who applied for our Noche de Cuentos Mini-Grant Program—we received 19 submissions.

We also thank ALA Past-President Loida Garía Febo and Cinco Books for contributing funds for this initiative.

If you would like to support future Noche de Cuentos Mini-Grants, consider making a donation to REFORMA at

REFORMA believes that storytelling and oral traditions are key to the transmission and preservation of culture, as well as a significant tool in developing literacy skills. Noche de Cuentos was launched in 2010 to promote and preserve the art of storytelling within our Latino communities in the U.S.

¡Felicidades a los ganadores!

Madeline Peña
REFORMA Immediate Past-President
2019 Noche de Cuentos Mini-Grant Program Coordinator

Noche de Cuentos – ALA Annual 2019


Noche de Cuentos – ALA Annual 2019

Celebrating the Power of Storytelling to Unite Communities

Featuring award-winning authors and storytellers in an enchanting evening of performances celebrating and affirming the richness of Latino heritage and culture.

Friday, June 21, 2019
Hispanic Reading Room – Library of Congress
7 – 8:30 p.m.

Free! – RSVP on Facebook

Meg Medina

Meg Medina is the author of the Newbery Medal–winning book Merci Suárez Changes Gears, which was also a 2018 Kirkus Prize finalist. Her young adult novels include Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, which won the 2014 Pura Belpré Author Award; Burn Baby Burn, which was long-listed for the National Book Award; and The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind. She is also the author of picture books Mango, Abuela, and Me, illustrated by Angela Dominguez, which was a Pura Belpré Author Award Honor Book, and Tía Isa Wants a Car, illustrated by Claudio Muñoz, which won the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award. The daughter of Cuban immigrants, she grew up in Queens, New York, and now lives in Richmond, Virginia.

Yuyi Morales

Born in Yelapa, Mexico, where she currently resides, Yuyi Morales lived for many years in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she still maintains close relations with booksellers and librarians. Professional storyteller, dancer, choreographer, puppeteer, and artist. She has won the prestigious Pura Belpré Award for Illustration six times, for Just a MinuteLos Gatos Black on HalloweenJust in CaseNino Wrestles the WorldViva Frida – also a Caldecott Honor Book – and Dreamers. She also illustrated Sherman Alexies Thunder Boy Jr., a New York Times Bestseller.

Elvia Pérez Nápoles

Elvia Pérez Nápoles is a world-renowned storyteller, storytelling advocate, author, actress, and journal editor who has served on the Cuban National Cultural Counsel for more than two decades. Elvia has received many distinctions and awards for her contributions in the cultural arena, including the award Cuentacontigo, and the award Brocal given to her artistic trajectory by the Biennal de Oralidad.  Elvia is the author of From the Winds of Manguito, Desde los vientos de Manguito: Cuban Folktales in English and Spanish, Cuentos folklóricos de Cuba, edited by Margaret Read MacDonald (Libraries Unlimited 2004).