“Latinx Literature Read-In Week” took place from October 2 to 6 at many schools within the Oakland Unified School District including Allendale Elementary, Futures Elementary, and Fruitvale Elementary. The week focused on gathering volunteers to perform read-alouds in classrooms and host Family Literacy Nights.
The event was organized by Lilly Smith, a program coordinator for Oakland School Volunteers, a group that brings people together to assist with school events.
The event aims to honor Latinx Heritage Month, particularly writers and illustrators from a Latino/Latino background. But most importantly, Smith said, it is for children to see themselves and their classmates in the literature that they read.