September 9: Read with Your Grandchildren for Grandparents Day

Grandparents can be an important part of encouraging children to become readers! Why not read a book with your grandchild to celebrate Grandparents Day?

Pablo's TreePablo’s Tree
In a heartwarming intergenerational story, Pablo cannot wait to visit his grandfather and discover what treasures will be placed on his tree, a tree that was purchased when Pablo was adopted and that, each year, is decorated with special surprises.

The Bakery Lady/La señora de la panaderíaThe Bakery Lady/La señora de la panadería
Mónica, spends her life around a bakery not just because she likes the sweets, but also because she loves her grandparents who own the bakery. She watches wide-eyed, as the pans slip in and out of the oven and in and out of the appreciative customers’ hands straight into their happy bellies.

Good Books Are Blessings

Black Boy by Richard WrightI am trimming my library. I tease my librarian friends that wouldn’t use the term “weeding” referring to books. Trimming my books also, for me, means some re-reading. I started re-reading Black Boy by Richard Wright. I’d forgotten what a brutal memoir it is.

For my morning reflection time, a few days ago, I’d selected Guide My Feet by children’s advocate and author Marian Wright Edelman.

I had the pleasure and honor of being with her at in Knoxville in 2015 for a Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools Training. What a rousing event! In Guide My Feet, Edelman writes, “Books were always a part of our home. My parents considered them necessities rather than luxuries.”
Guide My Feet by Marion Wright Edelman
What stark contrasts and life stories these two courageous and talented leaders offer us in their books and lives. We need diverse voices in our libraries and minds.

Good books are blessings.


Visit Pat on Pinterest

We’ve heard from many teachers who love Pinterest and look there to find curriculum activities and other resources. Pat’s Pinterest presence is small but growing–there are now boards for four of Pat’s books:

Please help us by adding to the boards if you have curriculum suggestions! And check back often–we’re going to keep adding books!
Pat on Pinterest

A Letter to Kids: August 24, 2017

Dear Girls and Boys,

I have written you about seventeen letters through the years. I hope you enjoy reading them. This year I want to remind you that my mom, my three children and I were born in El Paso, Texas. My dad was born in Mexico. He came to El Paso with his family when he was a little boy.

I love many landscapes–oceans and beaches, forests–and deserts.

Now I live in Santa Fe, New Mexico. My husband and I love to look at the trees, hills, and mountains from our back deck. Below are some photos from around our house. In the winter, we do have snow even though we are in the desert. I like to read about the birds, plants and trees that grow here. Reading is one way that I keep learning. What do you like to read about?

This year and every year be sure your school celebrates Children’s Day, Book Day / El día de los niños, el día de los libros (nickname Día) in April,

Your reading friend,

Pat's garden  Pat's garden path
Snow in Pat's yard  Flowers at Pat's house

Read more letters from Pat.

Share Bookjoy

I was honored to be included in Scholastic’s Open a World of Possible (2014). I enjoyed reflecting on how I became a reader and why founding and growing Children’s Day, Book Day, (in Spanish) El día de los niños, El día de los libros, nickname Día has been so important to me. Luckily, I have many wonderful partners including the American Library Association and First Book. Join us. Make sure that Día is celebrated in your community.

Dia Planning Booklet

Communion E-Book: Poems to Take Along

CommunionCommunion, Pat’s third poetry collection, is available as an e-book. The Texas Review of Books said of Communion: “Mora’s collection is aptly titled: her poems often reveal a communion of sorts between poet and subject that inspires the poet’s empathetic, imaginative response.”

For a preview, listen to a 2012 edition of The Writer’s Almanac, which featured the poem “Teenagers.”