Love to Mamá: Celebrate Mothers and Grandmothers

This 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.

“Lots of food, hugs, kisses, and endearments, in Spanish and English, fill the 13 poems in this anthology that celebrates Latina mothers and grandmothers … On the page opposite each poem, big, bold illustrations mix traditional media and computer graphics to create brilliant color and swirling figures, many with mamá’s circling arms at the center."—Booklist

Love to Mama

Apply now for the 2018 Estela and Raúl Mora Award

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Pat’s parents, Estela and Raúl Mora, her sister Cissy and Pat

Did you have a Día celebration in your school, library, or community in April 2018 to bring Children’s Day, Book Day to life for kids and families? If so, you’re eligible to apply for the 2018 Estela and Raúl Mora Award, administered by First Book.

This year’s Mora Award winner will receive a $1,000 First Book Marketplace credit, and two additional honor awards of $500 in First Book Marketplace credits will be granted to strong applicants.

Last year’s winner was Mattawa Elementary School in Mattawa, Washington. They put on a fantastic Día celebration with the help of parents and several community partners. They had over 200 attendees, lots fun and engaging reading activities, and free books for children and families to take home as prizes. Maybe your celebration could be this year’s winner!

The application deadline is June 30, 2018. Apply now.

Thanks on Children’s Day, Book Day!

Is Día becoming a national April tradition? We sure hope so!

Deep thanks to each of you who invested your creativity and energy in joining us to celebrate all our children and excite them about bookjoy this April. Our work of validating the lives of our children continues as we plan Summer Reading for children, families—and ourselves.

Special gracias, gracias to partners including the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), First Book and my wonderful Web manager Bobbie Combs.

Angela Hubbard

Angela Hubbard, ALSC

Roxana Barillas, First Book

Roxana Barillas, First Book

Bobbie Combs

Bobbie Combs

Diapalooza 2018

Celebrating Día in the Santa Fe Public Schools

Santa Fe Public SchoolsPat will be spending today visiting elementary schools as part of a district-wide Children’s Day, Book Day celebration in the Santa Fe Public Schools.

Each school will celebrate with their own choice of fun and engaging activities, including:

  • A school-wide outdoor reading celebration where families are encouraged to attend
  • Students dressing up as their favorite book characters
  • One school principal will read his favorite book to the school during morning announcements
  • Book buddies will be sharing their favorite books with each other
  • A story museum, where each class will have a table featuring their favorite book
  • A play performed by teachers for students
  • Book giveaways
  • A school-wide hour where students will drop everything and read

Here’s hoping this idea will spread to other school districts across the country!
Santa Fe Public Schools

Children’s Book Week: 99 Years of Sharing Bookjoy

Next week is Children’s Book Week, an annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading. Established in 1919, it has been going strong for 99 years! Every year, events are held nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores, homes–wherever young readers and books connect! On their resource website you can download free bookmarks, activities, event kits & more for your Children’s Book Week–and Día–celebrations.

Children's Book Week

Diapalooza 2018

A Poem for Earth Day

Annually during Díapalooza, we remember that we all need to be good stewards of the beauty on our planet:

Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge
             if the earth’s old bones smile
I hear them
in the hush of this greenless forest
shining up to the gray clump of salt cedar
          to black swords of mesquite
          to the grace of grasses, yellow, rust

             if the earth’s old bones smile
I hear them shining
to strange chirps and chatters
to strange birds with necks that flow and flow
Canadian geese, sandhill cranes
stirring the air, stirring the air

             if the earth’s old bones smile
I hear them shining
in pools, in the mallard’s green shimmer
in the startled          FLAP
filling the blue with a whirl white
                         silent, vast
then dip of black tip
                       snow geese, snow geese

             if the earth’s old bones smile
I hear them
shining in the white of the majestic crane
the great Whoop
white neck flowing, flowing
into desert grasses
white flowing
into the smile of old bones.

© Pat Mora; poem from Communion

Diapalooza 2018