Pat Mora Biography
A mother-daughter duo in 2014? Yes! Pat is excited about I Pledge Allegiance (Knopf) and Bravo, Chico Canta! Bravo! (Groundwood), her first children’s books written with her daughter, Libby Martinez. Libby is also a lawyer and consultant.
Pat savors writing, presenting, and promoting creativity, inclusivity and bookjoy. Among her children's books are The Beautiful Lady: Our Lady of Guadalupe; Spanish edition, La hermosa Señora: Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe; Dizzy in Your Eyes: Poems about Love; her haiku collection Yum! ¡Mmm! ¡Qué Rico! winner of the Américas Award and an ALA Notable; and Doña Flor: A Tall Tale about a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart, an ALA Notable that received a Pura Belpré Author Honor Award and a Golden Kite Award from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.
Her books for adults include Zing! Seven Creativity Practices for Educators and Students; House of Houses, a memoir; Nepantla: Essays from the Land in the Middle; and six poetry collections, the most recent, Adobe Odes.
A literacy advocate excited about sharing what she calls "bookjoy," Pat founded Children's Day, Book Day, El día de los niños, El día de los libros often known as Día. The year-long commitment promotes creatively linking all children and families to books, and establishing annual April Children’s Day, Book Day celebrations across the country. April 2015 is Día's 19th Anniversary. Pat's Book Fiesta captures the Día spirit.
Among her awards are Honorary Doctorates from North Carolina State University and SUNY Buffalo, Honorary Membership in the American Library Association, Life-time Membership in USBBY, a Civitella Ranieri Fellowship to write in Umbria, Italy, and a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Texas at El Paso. She was a recipient and judge of a Poetry Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a recipient and advisor of the Kellogg National Leadership Fellowships.
A former teacher, university administrator, museum director, and consultant, Pat is a popular national speaker at conferences, campuses, libraries and schools. She has three adult children and a sweet granddaughter. Pat is married to anthropology professor Vern Scarborough and lives in Santa Fe, NM.