Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

Book Awards & Lending Library

LLILAS maintains a library of reference materials, films, and children’s books, as well as cultural enrichment trunks containing traditional clothing, instruments, and crafts from countries throughout Latin America. As part of our Children’s Literature Workshop series, we try to hold copies of all of the books discussed in our outreach library. These items are available for free to educators nationwide. The only cost is return postage; local teachers can drop return items off at LLILAS to avoid postage costs, if desired.

Our outreach library contains many of the books discussed in our Children’s Literature Workshop Series, which are recognized through the Pura Belpre Award, Tomás Rivera Book Award, and the Américas Book Award, the latter of which LLILAS helps to sponsor through our participation the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs. These awards recognize quality youth and children’s literature about Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latinos/as.

View a spreadsheet of our reference materials, films, and children’s books

We also encourage you to search the large collection of Latina/o children’s books in the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection. All items are available to Texas residents through the Texas Share program.

Browse our cultural enrichment trunks below. To request a trunk, please e-mail Public Engagement Coordinator Tiffany Guridy.

Latin American TrunkLatin American Trunk

Contents: 1 Tarka flute [Bolivia]; 1 stuffed vicuña [Bolivia]; 1 Zapotec rug [Mexico]; 1 chale [Ecuador]; 1 painted F, La Palma art [El Salvador]; set of panpipes (zampoña) [Peru]; 1 story gourd [Peru]; 1 package of rainforest seeds [Costa Rica]; 1 tap-tap [Haiti]; 1 Tarahumara drum [Mexico]; 1 güiro bell [Chile]; jícara maraca [Mexico]; 1 pine needle basket [Mexico]; 1 musical rainstick [Brazil]; 1 Amazon parrot [Ecuador]; 3 arpilleras [Peru]; 1 Mapuche snake [Chile]; 1 Stobe leather bracelet [Brazil]; 2 boxes of worry dolls [Guatemala]; 2 ocarinas [the Andes]; 1 chullo; 1 grave doll [Peru]; 1 Ekkeko doll [Bolivia]; 2 dolls [Bolivia]; 1 envelope of mixed currency; 1 goat rattle [Peru]; 22 artifact information cards

Mexican & Central American Cultural TrunkMexican & Central American Cultural Trunk

Contents: 2 pine needle baskets; 1 Zapotec rug; 2 seed packets; 6 La Catrina ornaments; 1 postcard from Oaxaca; 1 paper mache hot chocolate bowl; 1 book of Mexican stamps; 1 artisanal corn husk doll; 1 small Mexican tile; 1 traditional embroidered blouse; Mexican currency ($28.50); 1 wooden 'talking' fish; 2 pine needle figurines; 2 tiny black clay artisinal pots

Andean Cultural TrunkAndean Cultural Trunk

Contents: 11 postcards; 1 medium bag [Peru]; 2 seed packets; 2 Mapuche snakes [Chile]; 1 stuffed llama/vicuña; 1 set of panflute (zampoña) [Peru]; 1 small purse; 1 tea bag of mate de coca; 1 Antiplano doll; 1 tarka flute [Bolivia]; 1 quena flute with instructions; 2 small clay pig /chanchitos [Chile]; Argentine currency ($1.61); 1 munaiwarmi (women's love stone) [Peru]; 3 arpillera (1 small, 2 large) [Peru]; 2 grave dolls [Peru]; 2 puppets [Ecuador]; 2 goat rattles [Peru];1 winter hat (chullo) [Bolivia]; 3 dolls [Bolivia]; 1 matching hat and poncho; 3 story gourds [Peru]; 1 Inca bead necklace [Peru]; 2 Black artisans figures of animals; 1 tea gourd and bombilla [Argentina]; 1 basket maraca; 1 doll; 1 envelope of mixed currency

Brazilian Cultural TrunkBrazilian Cultural Trunk

Contents: 2 hats (Movimento Dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra); 1 seed bowl; 2 figa; 1 Habib's cup; 2 carranca; 2 Brazilian soccer shirts of Ronaldo; 3 Brazilian flags (2 medium, 1 large); 1 t-shir (DIDA: Mulher que Gera o Mundo); 1 magazine (Brazil for Kids); 2 cordel literature; 32 postcards of spiritual deities/candomble (2 packets of 16 cards each); 1 painted curtain; 11 box candomble dolls; Brazilian currency ($13.60); 3 children's wooden toys (turtle/chicken/armadillo); 1 small metal bow and arrow; 1 basket; 1 paper necklace; 1 plastic bag (Paode Acucar); 11 metal candomble figures

Brazilian Musical InstrumentsBrazilian Musical Instruments

Contents: 3 agogo bells with wooden stick; 1 pandeiro (tambourine); 4 ganza (2 small, 1 medium, 1 large); 1 triangle with steel stick; 3 tamborim with wooden stick; 2 wood samba whistles

Ecuadorian Cultural TrunkEcuadorian Cultural Trunk

Contents: 1 knitted mask; 1 Ecuadoran flag; 1 Otovalan tapestry; 2 ocarina small flute; 1 Venus of Valdina statue; 1 small leather coin purse; 1 llama hand puppet; 1 blue-footed booby hand puppet; 2 dolls in traditional dress; 2 necklaces made of seeds; 1 card for Talleres José Cotacachi

Guatemalan Cultural TrunkGuatemalan Cultural Trunk

Description coming soon!


  • Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

    University of Texas at Austin
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