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Arbuthnot Award
Pat is honored to have been chosen to give The May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award April 2016. Read more

New Book in October 2015
Pat is also pleased that Arte Público Press, publisher of her first book in 1984 Chants, is publishing a new picture book. The Remembering Day, El día de los muertos, illustrated by Robert Casillas .
The Remembering Day by Pat Mora

Celebrate Reading with Día Webinar
In late January the Texas State Library & Archives hosted a webinar featuring Pat Mora and Mark Smith, Director and Librarian of the Texas State Library. The two had a lively discussion about celebrating Día, sharing their thoughts on how libraries can celebrate children and connect them to the world of learning through books and stories. See the video below, or you can visit the webinar site and choose "login as a guest" for additional course materials.

ALSC Blog Interview
Read an interview with Pat on the ALSC blog: What Does an Author Think of Día?

2014 Mora Award Winners
moralogo_white_smREFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking, has announced that the Sioux Center Public Library (Sioux Center, IA) is the winner of the 2014 Estela and Raúl Mora Award for the most exemplary culminating celebration of El día de los niños, El día de los libros/Children’s Day, Book Day. The Mora award is presented annually in partnership with REFORMA.

It is the third year that with a special donation from Kay and Dan Moore, three Mora Honor Winners were named; Brownsville Independent School District (Texas), Farmington Public Library (New Mexico), and Puyallup Public Library (Washington).

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Illustrators honored for Pat's books
Congratulations to Patrice Barton, illustrator of I Pledge Allegiance and Meilo So, illustrator of Water Rolls, Water Rises, whose work has been chosen for the annual Original Art, the Society of Illustrators’ annual juried exhibition celebrating the fine art of children’s book illustration.



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Pat and Libby signing their first joint book contract, July 2011.

A Mother & Daughter Duo: Pat & Libby Write Books

Pat is so enjoying writing children's books with her daughter Libby Martinez, a lawyer and consultant (visit Libby's website). The pair have two books that were published in April 2014:

I Pledge Allegiance (Knopf)
Pat and Libby are delighted at the illustrations by the talented Patrice Barton!

Bravo, Chico Canta! Bravo! (Groundwood)
Lots of phone laughter as Libby and Pat worked on their second manuscript! This story about a lively mouse family is illustrated by Amelia Lau Carling and is available in English and Spanish editions.

                            I Pledge Allegiance by Pat Mora and Libby Martinez                     Bravo, Chico Canta! Bravo!
Three of Pat's books are now available as ebooks from StarWalk KidsMedia:
Marimba A Library for Juana This Big Sky

USBBY poster

Pat was honored to be part of this USBBY/IBBY (United States Board on Books for Young People/ International Board on Books for Young People) poster for International Children’s Book Day and also honored to have her poem illustrated by the talented Ashley Bryan.

USBBY Iranian flyer

The Iranian ICBD brochure. (Download flyer)

The USBBY brochure includes Pat's poem, "Bookjoy Around the World," in English and Spanish, as well as French and German. Download the ICBD 2013 flyer.

Read about the 10th Annual IBBY Regional Conference, sponsored by USBBY, in St Louis this fall. Visit Bookjoy Around the World, an ICBD resource blog.





Pat on the Gift of a College Education (2012):

fireworksPat has reached a career milestone - over 1 million copies of her books have been sold!

Pat has been named as one of the "Fifty Most Inspiring Authors in the World" by Poets & Writers.

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