KTEP - El Paso, Texas

Cinco Puntos Press founders reflect on legacy, decision to sell

Jul 5, 2021

Lee and Bobby Byrd, started Cinco Puntos Press in El Paso 1985 and  grew their independent publishing company into one of the most respected in the country for border literature and diverse books for children.
Credit Angela Kocherga / KTEP

Bobby and Lee Byrd  raised the profile of books about the border, Mexican-American culture and more. The husband and wife started Cinco Puntos press in their home in El Paso’s Five Points Neighborhood in 1985. Their small publishing company helped launch the careers of award-winning authors.

They’re considered trailblazers for their work publishing fronterizo literature and diverse books for children.  In June the Byrds announced they’re selling Cinco Puntos Press. The buyer is a family-owned New York publishing house that specializes in diverse children’s books. KTEP’s Angela Kocherga interviewed the Byrds about their big decision and life’s work.

Cinco Puntos Press in El Paso publishes diverse books for children, border literature and more.
Credit Angela Kocherga / KTEP