Online Press Kit
April 2014: Two spring books from a new writing duo:
Pat Mora and her daughter, Libby Martinez
This April, mother-and-daughter writing partners Pat Mora and Libby Martinez will see their first two collaborative children’s books published. I Pledge Allegiance is a family story featuring Libby’s great aunt, Lobo, who is learning the Pledge of Allegiance so that she can become a U.S. citizen. Bravo, Chico Canta! Bravo! is a sweetly funny picture book about a tiny mouse, Chico Canta, who saves his entire family from the clever kitten, Little Gato-Gato, when he uses his quick wits and ability to speak another language. Read the full press release.
Praise for I Pledge Allegiance
"…the inclusion of Spanish text not only introduces readers to potentially new vocabulary words but it also helps them understand the importance of Lobo’s Mexican heritage as well as her American citizenship. Barton’s warm, mixed-media illustrations echo the warmth in Lobo’s words…"—Booklist
"Lobo’s nostalgic recounting of her immigration experience pairs well with Barton’s soft pencil sketches…Intertextual historical facts make this book a shoo-in for social-studies units on the United States."—Kirkus Reviews
Praise for Bravo, Chico Canta! Bravo!
Photos of Pat Mora and Libby Martinez