Join Me: Vote for First Book

The Cat in the Hat has thrown his iconic red & white hat into the ring for president! To celebrate the release of One Vote, Two Votes, I Vote, You Vote, Random House Children’s Books has teamed up with Día Partner First Book and other nonprofits to encourage kids (and grown-ups, too) to vote for a cause they care about. The winning organization will receive a $10,000 donation from Random House.

VOTE FOR FIRST BOOK from now through November 8 at: and please share the “get out the vote message”s from the First Book social media sites with your friends and followers!

Cat in the Hat vote

An August greeting from Pat to kids

Dear Teachers,
I hope that you and your students will find this letter helpful. I also hope you’ll share this letter with your colleagues. All my previous letters to children are posted in the Kid Fun section of the website.

Want to do us a favor? Let us know if these letters are useful. We welcome your ideas.

Wishing you a rewarding school year of inspiring your students to be readers and writers,


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Letter to kids from Pat, August 2016

Say hello to Lola Levine!

Author Monica Brown

Author Monica Brown

Have you met sporty, soccer-playing Lola Levine yet? We want to spread the word about this great chapter book series by our friend Monica Brown. Kirkus gave Lola a starred review, saying “Brown introduces a smart, young protagonist with a multicultural background in this series opener for chapter-book readers. Celebrate a truly accepting multicultural character.”

You can also download an educator’s guide!

Lola Levine is not mean!Lola Levine and the Ballet SchemeLola Levine, Drama Queen


CommunionI rarely go back and read books I’ve written. I prefer working on new manuscripts. Thumbing through Communion, a book published twenty-five years ago, is a journey to my past. Places I visited: San Francisco, Mexico, India, Pakistan, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and long drives between Santa Fe and Cincinnati. I find stories people told me and references to what I was reading and what I was thinking and feeling.

I remain grateful to Dr. Nicolas Kanellos and Arte Público Press, for publishing my first book Chants (1984), and my next two poetry collections Borders (1986), and Communion (1991). Poetry for all ages remains my favorite genre. Unfortunately, poetry doesn’t sell well, placing manuscripts is a challenge, and I wonder who will read what I’ve worked on and be sustained by the words.

Yes, we are technologically savvy, fast-paced and a highly visual society, but individually and collectively, what is lost in our reluctance to be still and reflective?

Enjoy family time with the My Family * Mi familia series

I was encouraged to write this four-book series of easy-read bilingual books by a friend in Texas who is not bilingual but who generously and creatively fosters literacy by putting bilingual books in the hands of children who need them.

In this series, readers meet the Rosas family: Isabel, Tina, Danny, Mom, Dad, and Abuelita. They meet the family’s dog, Tico, and the family’s new kitty too. The books depict children’s daily activities: a family meal, chasing a kitten, bedtime, and a boy’s mischief.

Illustration by Mirabel Suarez from Let's Eat ¡A comer!

Illustration by Mirabel Suarez from Let’s Eat ¡A comer!

My Family * Mi familia

Welcoming a New Día Dynamo

We are celebrating Día’s 20th Anniversary this year! Thanks to all the wonderful Dynamos who promote celebrating all our children throughout the year and culminating April book fiestas.

On May 15, 2015, Angela Hubbard became the Program Officer, Projects & Partnerships at the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). ALSC is a major Día partner, and Angela became an enthusiastic supporter adding her leadership and positive energy as soon as she joined our team. Her prompt responses and helpful questions are helping to expand our work. Thanks, Angela!

Angela Hubbard