Today is National Aunt & Uncle’s Day!

Illustration by Cecily Lang from A Birthday Basket for Tía

Illustration by Cecily Lang from A Birthday Basket for Tía

I was blessed with some wonderful aunts and a fantastic uncle. The aunt in The Gift of the Poinsettia wasn’t based on a family member. A Birthday Basket for Tía (celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2017!) and I Pledge Allegiance starred my beloved aunt, whom we called Lobo, who was like a second maternal grandmother. I’ve also written about her in my poetry collections for adults. All my special aunts and my uncle appear in my family memoir House of Houses.

I love celebrations! A toast to wonderful aunts and uncles!
Pat

The Gift of the PoinsettiaA Birthday Basket for Tia
I Pledge Allegiance by Pat Mora and Libby MartinezHouse of Houses

Spreading Bookjoy at the AFT Convention

Pat spent some time in Minneapolis this week attending the American Federation of Teachers Convention promoting bookjoy and Children’s Day, Book Day (Día), thanks to the collaboration of First Book and AFT.

AFT conference July 2016

Happy 100th birthday, AFT!
AFT conference July 2016

Pat reads to children at the AFT/Urban Ventures Community Fair.
AFT conference July 2016

Spreading bookjoy with some AFT paraprofessional delegates.
AFT conference July 2016

Making new friends…
AFT conference July 2016

Visiting the First Book booth.
AFT convention July 2016

Found at the First Book booth!
AFT conference July 2016

Texas AFT President Louis Malfaro, Pat and Montserrat Garibay.

Summer Reading

EchoWe get excited about sharing bookjoy when we’re experiencing it ourselves, agree?

Recently I’ve enjoyed ECHO, by Pam Muñoz Ryan who shares lots of research and an engaging, complex plot; BROWN GIRL DREAMING by Jacqueline Woodson, whose honest and moving poetry is full of truths and surprises; and Brown Girl DreamingENCHANTED AIR: TWO CULTURES, TWO WINGS, A MEMOIR by Margarita Engle, who reminded me how vulnerable children are.

I hope that you too are treating yourself to some wonderful books.

Pat
Enchanted Air

Happy 100 to the American Federation of Teachers!

AFT CentennialI am honored and excited to be attending the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Convention in Minneapolis, a celebration of the 100th anniversary of AFT. I am looking forward to hearing Hillary Clinton, AFT President Randi Weingarten, and other interesting speakers as well as interacting with members from around the country.

It’s grand to be promoting bookjoy and Children’s Day, Book Day (Día) thanks to the collaboration of First Book and AFT.

Pat

Enjoy nature this summer

The natural world has been a source of inspiration whether I’m writing for adults, teens or children. Although I did spend some years in the Cincinnati/Northern KY area and have been fortunate to travel to other countries and landscapes including Bali, India and Pakistan, I have lived much of my life in the Chihuahua Desert of the SW. I love the lizards!

Not all readers or audiences understand how I can find the desert beautiful, but I certainly do. Enjoy the landscape where you are, and other landscapes you may see this summer. Spending time in nature including a walk in the park can remind us that we are creatures on a beautiful planet that needs our protection.

Pat

Illustration by Daniel Lechon from The Desert is My Mother/El desierto es mi madre

Illustration by Daniel Lechon from The Desert is My Mother/
El desierto es mi madre


Illustration by Francisco X. Mora from Listen to the Desert/Oye al desierto

Illustration by Francisco X. Mora from Listen to the Desert/Oye al desierto

A video interview with Pat

This “Meet Pat Mora” interview was originally posted on ¡Colorín Colorado! in April 2007. In it, Pat discusses growing up in a Mexican-American home, and her realization as an adult that her heritage was missing from her early school experiences:

Happy 4th of July!

I Pledge Allegiance by Pat Mora and Libby MartinezWhat fun my daughter Libby Martinez and I had working on PLEDGE. Writing a book is always a challenge, and we were writing about a wonderful lady in our lives, my aunt and Libby’s great aunt, Ygnacia Delgado. Like many, she and her father and sisters came to this country long ago hoping for a better life. She called us her “lobitos,” her little wolves, and we all called her Lobo.

As our country struggles to remember how important immigrants have been and are in our history, Libby thought it was important to share Lobo’s story. Lobo said, “The American flag–red, white, and blue–wrapped itself around me to protect me…The flag made me feel…(s)afe and warm.”

Literacy is essential in our democracy. Let’s celebrate our many blessings including bookjoy.

Happy time with family, ice-cream, fireworks, laughter.
Happy 4th of July!
Pat
Fireworks

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