A Pledge for Memorial Day

This weekend, as we celebrate those who have served in our armed forces, let's also take a minute to remember: liberty and justice for all.
Illustration by Patrice Barton from I Pledge Allegiance by Pat Mora and Libby Martinez

Illustration by Patrice Barton from I Pledge Allegiance by Pat Mora and Libby Martinez

Poetry Journeys

Communion: I’ve had the good fortune to travel in my life. My first four collections: Chants, Borders, Communion and Agua Santa: Holy Water were written as individual poems. Communion has poems inspired by trips to India, Pakistan, the Dominican Republic, Peru, and, of course, Mexico.

I conceived the last two collections: Aunt Carmen's Book of Practical Saints and Adobe Odes as whole book projects. I have worked on a seventh collection. Poetry inspires, challenges and comforts me. You?

Pat

Pat's poetry collections for adults

Celebrate Mothers and Grandmothers This Weekend

Love to Mama: A Trubute to MothersThis weekend is Mother's Day, our annual day to honor the strong women in our lives. Over fifteen years ago, Pat edited and contributed to Love to Mamá: A Tribute to Mothers, a beautiful and celebratory collection in which thirteen poets write with joy, humor, and love about the powerful bond between mothers, grandmothers, and children.

In a starred review, Kirkus Reviews said of the book:
"The warmth of family, life, especially that of mothers, aunts, and grandmothers, pervades this delightful collection of poems by Latino writers of various backgrounds...Although the voices are Latino, the poems and experiences they encompass will speak to all...Abrazos (hugs) for Mora and all the contributors for this one."

Illustration by Paula S. Barragán M. from Love to Mamá

Illustration by Paula S. Barragán M. from Love to Mamá

2017 Estela and Raúl Mora Award Application Now Open!

Did you have a Día celebration in your school, library, or community in April 2017 to bring Children's Day/Book Day, El día de los niños/El día de los libros to life for kids and families?

If so, you're eligible to apply for the 2017 Estela and Raúl Mora Award!

First BookThis year, the Mora Award recipient will receive a $1,000 First Book Marketplace credit! Two additional honor awards of $500 in First Book Marketplace credits will be granted to strong applicants.

Apply now!

Last year's winner was Sonia M. Sotomayor Early College High School's special purpose program committed to supporting teen mothers. They celebrated Día by hosting a full week of family-oriented bilingual and multicultural activities. The week focused on preparing teen mothers for success in motherhood, literacy for children, culturally diverse learning resources, and the role of mothers in children's early cognitive and literacy development. Activities provided students with research-based methods of introducing their children to reading and each student received a free children's book.

The application deadline is June 30, 2017. Submit your 2017 Mora Award application today!

21 Years of Celebrating Children and Books

Child flying, from Book Fiesta This is my giant THANK YOU! GRACIAS! to each of you who has contributed to our 21st Día celebrations across the country this April. Special thanks to Bobbie Combs, my web manager, and to our loyal organizational partners at ALSC, First Book, AFT, etc.

I’m grateful to Adriana Domínguez who years ago edited Book Fiesta: Celebrate Children’s Day, Book Day/Celebremos El día de los ninos, El día de los libros and to talented illustrator Rafael López. BravoPoetry for children is so important, a song for their hearts. It makes me happy that my friends Margarita Engle and Rafael have created a fine new book, Bravo! Poems About Amazing Hispanics, for us to enjoy and share in English and Spanish.

I think of our young poets on this end of National Poetry Month when Día culminating celebrations are held across the country.

Día: promoting bookjoy throughout the year—day by day, día por día--all children, all languages, all cultures. Onward together!

Pat

8th annual Diapalooza Book Fiesta! Celebrate Children's Book Day/ Celebramos El Dia de los Ninos, El Dia de los Libros