Books celebrating nature are a perfect fit for summertime!
Extra credit: three of these books are bilingual, supporting fluency in dual languages.
The Desert is My Mother/El desierto es mi madre
This Big Sky
Water Rolls, Water Rises/El agua rueda, el agua sube
Listen to the Desert: Oye al desierto
My daughter Libby Martinez and I wrote I Pledge Allegiance, 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!
Illustration from I Pledge Allegiance by Pat Mora and Libby Martinez. Click to see larger image.
Just in time for Independence Day, First Book is giving away four Summer Reading Sets of I Pledge Allegiance
by Pat and daughter Libby Martinez.
Comment on their Facebook page
with an answer to the question, "How do stories help celebrate citizenship?" for a chance to win a set of 35 hardcover copies of I Pledge Allegiance
For complete giveaway rules (and a special message from Pat), visit http://bit.ly/2t4wQXg
Children’s Day, Book Day is often known as Día, meaning day for our daily commitment to celebrating all our children and to motivating them and their families to be readers, essential in our democracy. As part of their daily commitment, many of our Día partners share resources to promote summer reading to teachers, parents and children:
Summer Reading and Fluency: Tips for Parents, from Reading Rockets.
For teachers, AFT's Share My Lesson offers thousands of lesson plans to support summer reading assignments and reinforce the skills and strategies that students have developed during the school year.
First Book's A Simple Bag of Books Can Help Beat Summer Slide shows that giving kids a chance to choose books that interest them is especially powerful during the summer when they are out of school and at risk for summer slide.
ALSC's 2017 Summer Reading Lists are free downloads that libraries can make available to patrons.
Enjoy this poem by Libby Martinez
, Pat's daughter and co-author.
Although I didn't really get to know my grandfathers, I've enjoyed writing about grandfathers/abuelos. I had a fabulous dad, though, and treasure the many years we had with him, wonderful memories.
The American Flag Foundation's 38th Annual National Flag Day and Pause For The Pledge of Allegiance happens at 7:00 p.m. EDT on Flag Day, June 14th. Add your voice to the citizens and groups across the nation who will be pledging together!
Illustration from I Pledge Allegiance, by Pat Mora & Libby Martinez, illustrated by Patrice Barton
"A Good Audiobook Speaks Volumes", according to the Audio Publishing Association
, which celebrates June as Audiobook Month, encouraging readers to listen to great stories.
Creative, lively audio productions have been made from four of Pat's books: