Pat’s Appearances

Pat Mora Photo 3 2021

A popular presenter across the country at conferences, campuses, professional development workshops, book and literacy festivals, libraries and schools, Pat enjoys speaking to audiences of all ages. Among the venues where she has spoken and given readings are the National Book Festival, American Library Association, National Council of Teachers of English, YALSA, Texas Library Association, North Carolina State University, Utah Council of Teachers of English/Language Arts, Minnesota Humanities Language Conference and Día celebrations.

To invite Pat to speak at your event or to offer a workshop, please visit our Appearances Contact page.

Upcoming Appearances


April 30, 2022 25th Anniversary! of Children’s Day, Book Day
El día de los niños, El día de los libros (Día).
Culminating celebrations of a yearlong commitment
are held throughout the country on or near April 30.
Join us in sharing bookjoy in your community!
November 4, 2022 Santa Fe, NM: Pat will be speaking at La Cosecha Dual Language Conference, 10:50-12:15

Past Appearances: 2022
Chicago, IL: Reading at Young People’s Poetry Day, Poetry Foundation

Past Appearances: 2020
Pharr, TX: Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District

Past Appearances: 2019

October 19
Las Vegas, NV: Las Vegas Book Festival

October 11
Denver, CO: Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association’s Fall Conference

October 3
Middleton, ID: Idaho Library Association Conference

September 28
Seattle, WA: Seattle Children’s Book Festival

September 17-18
Raleigh, NC: North Carolina State University

September 8
A moderated conversation with Pat and Justice Sonia Sotomayor for an event with Bookworks, Albuquerque, NM

June 23
American Library Association Annual Conference, Washington DC

April 2019
National Hispanic Cultural Center Children’s Bilingual Festival, Albuquerque, NM
District-wide visits for Children’s Day, Book Day celebration at the Santa Fe, NM public schools
San Antonio Book Festival, San Antonio, TX

March 2019
Keynote, Corwin’s Literacy and Equity Institute, San Diego, CA
University of Arizona Libraries Annual Luncheon, Tucson, AZ
Tucson Festival of Books:
»» Wordjoy: Celebrating Poetry with Children
»» Tucson Voices
»» ¡Bookjoy Gran Fiesta!Nuestras Raíces

Past Appearances: 2018
27th Annual San Antonio Express-News Book & Author Luncheon, San Antonio, TX
Writing Poetry for Children, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden
Newburgh, NY: Mount Saint Mary College
Keynote Speaker at the 25th Annual Conference on Literacy: Dare to be a Wild Reader and Writer
Kingsville, TX: Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Santa Fe, NM: Visiting Santa Fe Public Schools for Their Children’s Day, Book Day Celebrations, a District-Wide Celebration

Past Appearances: 2017
Dallas, TX: Southwest Airlines speech and Dallas Children’s Theater’s Opening Night of Tomás and the Library Lady
Hattiesburg, MS: University of Southern Mississippi
Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival
Recipient of the 2017 Coleen Salley Storytelling Award

Kent, OH: Kent State University
33rd Virginia Hamilton Conference
Recipient 2017 Virginia Hamilton Literacy Award

El Paso, TX: Texas Institute of Letters Banquet
Recipient of Lon Tinkle Award for Lifetime Achievement

El Paso, TX: University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer
Institute for Secondary School Teachers (Grades 6–12)
on “Tales from the Chihuahuan Desert: Borderlands–Narratives about Identity and Binationalism”

Past Appearances: 2016
Austin, TX: Guest appearance at the Zach Theatre production of Tomás and the Library Lady
San Antonio, TX: University of TX at San Antonio
Keynote speaker: UTSA 6th Annual Early Childhood Institute
Nashville, TN: Tennessee Library Association
Children and Young Adult Luncheon
Santa Barbara, CA: May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture
“Bookjoy! Alegria en los Libros!”
Houston, TX: Texas Library Association Conference
Diversity in Action (DIA) @Your Library panel

Washington, DC: Día Turns 20 Capitol Hill event
La Crosse, WI: University of Wisconsin-LC
Winchester, VA: Shenandoah University
Children’s Literature Conference
Words & Pictures: The Art of the Matter

Minneapolis, MN: AFT Convention

Washington, DC: “Bookjoy for All,” Moving Innovations in Global Literacy Forward with New Partners
International Literacy Day Celebration, Co-hosted by USAID and the Library of Congress

Nogales, AZ: Voces & Visones Festival
One Author’s Journey: An Afternoon with Pat Mora

Past Appearances: 2015
Chicago, IL: ALA Mid-winter, American Library Association
Day of Diversity: Dialogue and Action in Children’s Literature and Library Program

Mission & McAllen, TX: Rio Grande Valley Reading Rock Stars
Pat Mora & Libby Martinez
Edinburg, TX: A Conversation with Pat Mora & Libby Martinez
Austin, TX: Texas Library Association (TLA)
Portland, OR: Innovative Northwest Teacher (T.I.N.T)
Knoxville, TN: Children’s Defense Fund’s Ella Baker
Child Policy Training Institute

Fort Lauderdale, FL: Broward County Library
Broward Reads to Succeed: Early Literacy Conference
Texas Book Festival
Edinburg, TX: Gala: South Texas Literacy Coalition
Austin, TX: Texas Book Festival
Pat received the Texas Writer Award