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New books by Pat Mora

New Books

As 2014 ends, I am again traveling to the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) as I did last year. Since I taught English at various levels, I enjoy being surrounded by colleagues who share my interest in words, reading and writing. This year I'm going to speak about the literacy initative, Children's Day, Book Day, often known as Día. The concept of planning culminating April book fiestas is spreading across the country. Join us!

I hope you've had an opportunity to read the two books I wrote with my older daughter, Libby Martinez, I Pledge Allegiance and Bravo, Chico Canta! Bravo! We had such fun writing these two very different books, and we are grateful to our wonderful illustrators, Patrice Barton and Amelia Lau Carling.

I'm still enjoying the evocative art by Meilo So in my newest book Water Rolls, Water Rises/El agua rueda, el agua sube. Perhaps because I was born in the Southwest desert, I'm always amazed by the beauty and power of water in its various forms. Also, my husband, Vern Scarborough, an anthropology professor at the University of Cincinnati, studies water and society in the past and present.

I've just posted a new letter to kids and hope you'll share it.


Join Pat at NCTE on Friday, November 21st
11:00-12:15 El Día de Los Niños/El Día de Los Libros: Planning, Funding, and Implementing Your Winning Celebration of Kids, Culture, and Books.

Book signings:
1:00-2:00 p.m., Random House, booth #612
2:00-3:00 p.m., Groundwood Books, booth #212
3:00-4:00 p.m., Lee & Low Books at Anderson’s Bookshop, booth #153

Holiday books from Pat Mora

Bookjoy for the Holidays!
Sample these books as you consider holiday gift books for family and friends, and to donate to schools, libraries, and community centers.

Straight from the heart of a child flows this lighthearted bilingual celebration of family, friendship, and fun. Come share the joy and think about all life's little pleasures for which we can say, "¡Gracias! Thanks!" (Also available in audio.)

Yum! ¡Mmm! ¡Qué Rico! America's Sprouting and Yum! ¡Mmm! ¡Qué Rico! Brotes de las Américas
Enjoy a luscious collection of haiku celebrating foods native to the Americas. Brimming with imagination and fun, these poems capture the tasty essence of foods that have delighted, united, and enriched our lives for centuries. (Available in Spanish, English and audio editions.)

The Gift of the Poinsettia: El regalo de la flor de nochebuena
As he participates in the festivities of Las Posadas, preparing for the birth of Christ, a young Mexican boy worries about what gift he will have for the Christ Child.

A Piñata in a Pine Tree: A Latino Twelve Days of Christmas
A festive Latino twist on "The Twelve Days of Christmas" populated with piñatas in place of partridges, as well as burritos bailando (dancing donkeys), lunitas cantando (singing moons) and much more, all displayed in wonderful, vivid colors.

The Bakery Lady/La señora de la panadería
In this colorful bilingual picture book, Mónica yearns to be a baker like her grandparents. Her first real test comes as she and her beloved grandparents prepare for the coming celebration of January sixth, Feast of the Three Kings, el Día de los Reyes Magos.

The Beautiful Lady: Our Lady of Guadalupe
La hermosa Señora: Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe
Celebrate the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 12! One of Mexico's most-loved stories is told as a story-within-a-story, making it more accessible to children and framing it within a contemporary celebration of the "special" day.

Explore curriculum activities and classroom ideas for these holiday titles as well as for all of Pat's books.

Holidays are a time for gratitude, friends and family. I'm grateful to all of you who creatively promote Bookjoy and Día throughout the year. Wishing you health and happiness!