Love to Mama: A Trubute to Mothers
Parent’s Guide Children’s Media Award, 2001
Outstanding Merit, Bank Street College Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2001
Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, NCSS/CBC, 2001

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15th anniversary 2016

Love to Mamá: A Tribute to Mothers
Lee & Low Books, illustrated by Paula S. Barragán M.
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Pat edited and contributed to this beautiful and celebratory collection, in which thirteen poets write with joy, humor, and love about the powerful bond between mothers, grandmothers, and children. These poets represent a wide spectrum of Latino voices, from award-winning authors to a 15-year-old new talent. They write passionately about their Puerto Rican, Cuban, Venezuelan, and Mexican American backgrounds and the undeniable influence of their mothers and grandmothers. Illustrated with exuberance by Ecuadorian artist Paula S. Barragán M., Love to Mamá is sure to be embraced and treasured by everyone who wants to recognize mothers as one of our universal role models.

Highlighted Reviews
Green star icon"In a beautiful tribute to mothers, grandmothers and care-giving women, 13 poets write with joy, humor, and love about the maternal bond. … Without exception, the poems are in their differing forms and voices of superb literary quality, making their effective use of rhythm and meter. While cultural heritage provides a fundamental context, the universality of emotions expressed makes this a book with broad applicability and appeal … Wonderful for reading aloud or for enjoying quietly alone. This is that rare book that will resonate across age ranges and cultures to appeal to the common human experience. A tour de force."—Starred, School Library Journal

Green star icon"The warmth of family, life, especially that of mothers, aunts, and grandmothers, pervades this delightful collection of poems by Latino writers of various backgrounds … Although the voices are Latino, the poems and experiences they encompass will speak to all … Abrazos (hugs) for Mora and all the contributors for this one."—Starred, Kirkus Reviews

"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

"This beautiful book contains musical language and eye-catching artwork. It's like a piñata that can be cracked open repeatedly, each time revealing another spicy, warm or dulce treat."—The Miami Herald

“This poetry anthology for children celebrates a spectrum of Latino voices, and their mothers. There are grandmothers too here, and not necessarily standard-issue ones … This book makes a nice gift—for young lovers of poetry or for any mother.”—New Mexico Magazine

“Love to Mamá is an anthology of poetry that celebrates mothers, grandmothers and mothering … a book that readers of all ages and cultures will appreciate.”—The New Mexican