Happy 4th of July

I Pledge Allegiance by Pat Mora and Libby MartinezMy daughter Libby Martinez and I wrote PLEDGE, inspired by our aunt Ygnacia Delgado, whom my siblings and I (and our children) called Lobo. In this book, Libby asks Lobo why she wants to be a citizen. Lobo answers, “The American flag—red, white, and blue—wrapped itself around me to protect me….The flag made me feel….(s)afe and warm.”

May we strive to live up to the ideals of our country.

Happy 4th of July!


An honor for I Pledge Allegiance

Latino Literacy Now announced the winners of the 2015 International Latino Book Awards yesterday at the American Library Association conference in San Francisco.

I Pledge Allegiance, written by Pat and her daughter, Libby Martinez, tied with Draw!, by Raúl Colón, for Best Children’s Fiction Picture Book.

From Pat:
Deep thanks to the committee members who chose PLEDGE to receive this honor and congratulations to my friend, the talented Raúl Colón.

I Pledge Allegiance by Pat Mora and Libby Martinez      Draw! by Raul Colon

Great Dads

I had such a fabulous dad. All of us so blessed are thankful–whether we’re grateful for our birth dad, stepdad, the dad who adopted us or a good man who plays a fatherly role in our lives. And let’s give a cheer for granddads too! Great dads: good men. The world needs them.


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