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Arbuthnot Award
Pat is honored to have been chosen to give The May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award on April 15. 2016. Read more

Texas Book FestivalPat Mora at the Texas Book FestivalTexas Writer Award
Pat is the recipient of the 2015 Texas Writer Award! She received the award during hte 2015 Texas Book Festival and was the featured author at the South Texas Literacy Coalition Gala. See photos.

Read "Lessons from Latina Trailblazer Pat Mora at Texas Book Fest" from Austin 350.


Pat's Newest Book
Pat is also pleased that Arte Público Press, publisher of her first book in 1984 Chants, has just published her new picture book. The Remembering Day, El día de los muertos, illustrated by Robert Casillas .
The Remembering Day by Pat Mora

Poetry Pauses
Every month, we'll post an audio clip of Pat reading one of her poems.

Listen to "Ode to Sunflowers" from Adobe Odes.

Listen to "Leaf Soup" from Confetti: Poems for Children and "Halloween" from This Big Sky.

Listen to "Ode to Teachers" from Dizzy in Your Eyes: Poems About Love.

Listen to "For Georgia O'Keeffe" from Chants.

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

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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