of Pat’s books in 2017!
A Birthday Basket for Tía
A Birthday Basket for Tía
Día Partner, The Center for the Study of Multicultural Children’s Literature (CSMCL), has opened the application process for their 2017 Día grant. Libraries who have a Children’s Day, Book Day/El día de los niños, El día de los libros program with an African American Focus are eligible to apply. The award consists of a $500 grant in selected multicultural children’s books for the winning library.
The application must be received by February 28, 2017. Applications are available on the CMSCL website. The award will be announced on or about March 1, 2017.
"Mora confronts the clash of cultures in a courageous, tough tone that masks a gentle sensibility. What finally gives this book its healing power is the mesmerizing honesty of Mora’s celebration of herself as a woman, mother, lover."
—The Bloomsbury Review
Don’t be deceived.
When we bloom, we stun.
I love words and epiphany (of Greek origin) is among my favorites. In a religious context, January 6 is the Feast of the Three Kings, the arrival of the Magi symbolizing that the Christ Child was revealed to the world. The tradition of making (or buying) a Three Kings’ Wreath or rosca de reyes inspired my book, The Bakery Lady: La señora de la panadería. The closeness of family is also a theme in this and a number of my books. I am blessed to have known such closeness in my own life.
As a writer, I love the notion that January 6th is a propitious day for beginning a new writing project. I am always hoping that an intriguing idea or approach will be revealed to me. Of course, I must sit still and listen.
Wishing you epiphanies in 2017.
I have been re-reading The Names of Things: Life, Language, and Beginnings in the Egyptian Desert. Susan Brind Morrow is a gifted writer. I’m a child of the desert, a major theme in my writing, so traveling to another desert is intensely interesting. I was intrigued by the words, “May God fill you with light.” The blessing is connected, of course, to my hopes for the New Year: May God fill you with light.
"This popular title introduces readers to a Mexican tradition and inspires them to think about gift-giving in a different way. The authors take children through each of the days of the posada (“inn”) tradition in which celebrants take figurines representing Mary and Joseph from one inn to another as they look for a place to rest. Carlos worries that he has no money to buy a special gift to offer the Christ Child, but his grandmother urges him to pick a flower along the way. This humble flower blossoms into a glorious poinsettia on Christmas Eve. An enjoyable selection for readers of any age."—Critcás
"In trading a partridge for a piñata and intertwining English and Spanish, Mora has created not only a fun adaptation of a classic Christmas carol but also an introduction to many elements of holiday celebrations for families across the U.S. and Latin America … The illustrator is the sister of Belpré Award-winning illustrator Yuyi Morales, and these acrylic paintings share a similar colorful and vibrant style as they integrate words, numbers, Spanish pronunciations, joy, and excitement throughout each full page spread."—Booklist
In this video provided by WETV’s ¡Colorín Colorado!, Pat describes the way she blends different cultures in the book.