I so enjoyed re-reading DRUM DREAM GIRL by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Rafael López. Wonderful to see two friends create such verbal and visual music. I look forward to sharing this drumbeat book with my granddaughter Bonny.
How saddened we have all felt at the Orlando tragedy. We grieve. Each of us can make this world and our country a better place.
In this time that fears faith, let us hold hands.
In this time that fears the unwashed, let us hold hands.
In this time that fears age, let us hold hands.
In this time that fears touch, let us hold hands.
brown hands, trembling hands, calloused hands, frail
hands, white hands, tired hands, angry hands, new
hands, cold hands, black hands, bold hands.
©Pat Mora, from Agua Santa Holy Water
MUSE, a women’s choir in Cincinnati, OH, included the poem on their album Sing to the Universe Who We Are. Jennifer E. Stasack composed the music to accompany the poem. To buy the album, visit the MUSE website.
Listen to the song:
To help you and your kids find great books to read this summer, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators has put together a Summer Reading List featuring books by their members. Download the entire list , and check out Water Rolls, Water Rises/El agua rueda, el agua sube on page 101!
Sunday is Father’s Day, a time to celebrate these special family members!
The American Flag Foundation invites us to “Pause for the Pledge” at 7 p.m. on June 14, Flag Day, in honor of the adoption of the flag of the United States.
Illustration by Patrice Barton from I Pledge Allegiance by Pat Mora and Libby Martinez
It’s National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month! Visit the USDA website for resources and recipes for families and schools, and celebrate with a food poem from Yum! ¡Mmm! ¡Qué Rico! America’s Sproutings.
I so enjoyed writing the haiku in YUM! Most of the foods are fruits and vegetables. Delicious!
Illustration by Rafael Lopez from Yum! ¡Mmm! ¡Qué Rico! America’s Sproutings.
Years ago, when my youngest, now an Austin cat veterinarian, was in kindergarten or first grade, she brought home her Weekly Reader, Eekly Reader to her. It was a presidential election year, and she looked at the pictures of the two candidates and asked, “Where are the ladies?” I’ve told that story for years. Over forty years later, a woman is finally a candidate of a major party. Hooray!
June is National Rivers Month, when all paddlers, fishermen, outdoor enthusiasts and others are encouraged to organize or volunteer with National River Cleanup.
June 8 is World Oceans Day, a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future.
Celebrate the wonder of water this month as we value this glorious natural resource!