National Aunt & Uncle’s Day is Saturday

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 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!

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

Nonprofit book contest

Books for Babies…and Toddlers, Too! is an innovative fundraising program of Southwest Human Development featuring the publication of a children’s book. They are seeking submissions of children’s book manuscripts in the inaugural First Edition Children’s Book Contest. The author of the winning manuscript will have their book professionally illustrated, published and promoted by Southwest Human Development and will receive a $1,000 advance and 8% royalty on sales. The book will be sold using a “one for one” model similar to that of Tom’s Shoes. For every book sold they will give a book to a child who otherwise might not have a book of their own. For more information, visit their website.
First Edition contest

Happy 4th of July

I Pledge Allegiance by Pat Mora and Libby MartinezMy daughter Libby Martinez and I wrote PLEDGE, inspired by our aunt Ygnacia Delgado, whom my siblings and I (and our children) called Lobo. In this book, Libby asks Lobo why she wants to be a citizen. Lobo answers, “The American flag—red, white, and blue—wrapped itself around me to protect me….The flag made me feel….(s)afe and warm.”

May we strive to live up to the ideals of our country.

Happy 4th of July!


An honor for I Pledge Allegiance

Latino Literacy Now announced the winners of the 2015 International Latino Book Awards yesterday at the American Library Association conference in San Francisco.

I Pledge Allegiance, written by Pat and her daughter, Libby Martinez, tied with Draw!, by Raúl Colón, for Best Children’s Fiction Picture Book.

From Pat:
Deep thanks to the committee members who chose PLEDGE to receive this honor and congratulations to my friend, the talented Raúl Colón.

I Pledge Allegiance by Pat Mora and Libby Martinez      Draw! by Raul Colon