Arte Público Press offers a Día discount

Arte Publico PressThanks to Arte Público Press for again offering a discount on books purchased for Día events!

Details from their enewsletter:
Celebrate the 19th anniversary of Children’s Day/Book Day with our special 50% discount off books purchased for Día events!

This special offer applies to books ordered before April 30, 2015, for events celebrating El día de los niños/El día de los libros. For a complete listing of our children’s books, please review our Piñata Books for Children and Piñata Books for Young Adults brochures. Fax your order to (713) 743-2847 or email it to For inexpensive paperback books for children, such as Día founder Pat Mora’s The Desert Is My Mother/El desierto es mi madre, please click here.

2015-2016 Tejas Star Reading List

2015-2016 Tejas Reading ListTwo of Pat’s books were selected for the 2015-2016 Tejas Star Reading List. The Tejas Star Reading List Task Force annually selects a recommended reading list of bilingual English/Spanish books or books written in Spanish from books published in the three years prior to the list being published.

Congratulations to Bravo, Chico Canta! Bravo! and Water Rolls, Water Rises/El agua rueda, el agua sube!

Continue the Day of Diversity conversation

To continue the conversation started at the Day of Diversity: Dialogue and Action in Children’s Literature and Library Programming event at the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting, the ALSC Board of Directors and ALSC President Ellen Riordan will be hosting an online Day of Diversity live chat.

This live forum is part of ALSC’s commitment to conversations on diversity and inclusion and the essential role that children’s librarian to ensure rich and diverse collections and programming. For more on ALSC’s next steps, please see this ALSC Blog post from February 6, 2015.

This online forum will be open to anyone, including ALSC members, non-members and anyone with an interest in youth library service.  The forum will include live audio from ALSC President Ellen Riordan followed by a discussion led by members of the board. This event will take place on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 3pm Eastern.

Attendance is limited to 95 participants. A free webcast will be available after the live session has concluded. To register, please visit:

Wishing you sweets & smiles

Dear Valentines,

Since I love plants, every visit to Cincinnati where my husband teaches means a visit to the lovely Krohn Conservatory. Ah, we recently enjoyed the sweet & welcome scents of spring flowers. And isn’t this agave americana majestic? Nature’s wonders in various terrains.

Wishing you sweets & smiles, dear valentines.


Agave Americana    Agave Americana

Celebrate reading with Día!

In late January the Texas State Library & Archives hosted a webinar featuring Pat Mora and Mark Smith, Director and Librarian of the Texas State Library. The two had a lively discussion about celebrating Día, sharing their thoughts on how libraries can celebrate children and connect them to the world of learning through books and stories. See the video below, or you can visit the webinar site and choose “login as a guest” for additional course materials.

About the May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture

Pat is honored to have been chosen to give the Arbuthnot lecture April 2016.

Since 1970, the Association of Library Service to Children (ALSC) a division of the American Library Association (ALA) has recognized a career contribution to children’s literature by selecting an individual to write and deliver the May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture, a talk that makes a significant scholarly contribution to the field of children’s literature. The lecturer may be an “author, critic, librarian, historian, or teacher of children’s literature, of any country.” The Arbuthnot Lecture Committee selects someone from a list of nominations, a process currently completed in January 15 to 18 months before the event. For more information, visit