World Read Aloud Day 2019

I'll be video chatting with schools around the country for World Read Aloud Day 2019. If you are a teacher or librarian and would like to schedule a session for your class, sign up here. 

KidLit Con

I'll be speaking and signing at KidLit Con in Providence, Rhode Island. Details to come.

Massachusetts Reading Association

I'm looking forward to meeting educators at the Massachusetts Reading Association conference!

NErD Camp NJ

See you at the third annual NErD Camp NJ!

Past Appearances

New Jersey Association of School Librarians

I'm looking forward to the NJASL 2018 Conference. If you are a librarian attending, please come say hello!

NCTE 2018

I will be participating in several panels and roundtables at NCTE in Houston. Stay tuned for more details!

New Jersey SCBWI Fall Craft Weekend

I'll be presenting a workshop at the New Jersey SCBWI Fall Craft Weekend in Princeton. Details here.

2018 Fall Library Conference: School Libraries Inspire Dreamers

I am excited to be participating in the New York City School Library Systems Conference this year. Registration here. 

Bookfest at Bank Street

I'm excited to be speaking at Bookfest at Bank Street, one of my favorite annual events! Details coming soon.

Warwick Children’s Book Festival

I'll be signing at the Warwick Children's Book Festival. Find more information about the event at the festival website.

Highlights Foundation Master Class in Writing Nonfiction for Children and Young Adults 2018

I will be joining the faculty for the Master Class in Writing Nonfiction for Children and Young Adults at the Highlights Foundation from July 15th-July 19th this year. This is an extra-special workshop, since I benefitted so much from Highlights retreats early in my career.

Greenburgh Public Library

I'm looking forward to visiting the Greenburgh Public Library in Elmsford, New York for an interactive family event as part of the Cafe a las Siete series. Details here. 

Catskill Mountains Book Festival

if you're in the Catskills this weekend, see you on Saturday! Details here 

Reforma Northeast Chapter Conference

I'll be speaking with author Susie Jaramillo about bilingual books at the annual joint conference of the REFORMA Northeast Chapter at the Bronx Library Center. Details here. 

Maplewood/South Orange Book Festival

I'll be participating in the second annual Maplewood/South Orange Book Festival this June. Visit for details.

Corona Library Visit

Join me at the Corona Library in Queens at 3:30pm for a special story time.

C.S. 211 Literacy Night

I will be talking to the kids at C.S. 211 in the Bronx, along with authors Robin Newman, Jackie Azúa Kramer, and Aram Kim.

Pelham Storytellers Celebration

It is my honor to be presenting to the parents and commended writers at Pelham Memorial High School in Pelham, NY

The Bronx Book Festival

I'm delighted to be participating in the first ever Bronx Book Festival. More details available on the festival website at

Washington International

I will be presenting to the 5th graders at the Spanish immersion program at Washington International School in Washington, D.C.

D.C. Bilingual Public Charter School Visit

Thanks to the Open Book Foundation, I will be visiting D.C. Bilingual Public Charter School in Washington, D.C.

P.S. 24 School Visit

Thanks to the folks at the Brooklyn Book Festival, I will be visiting bilingual students at P.S. 24 in Brooklyn!

Story Hour at Bank Street

In honor of Children's Book Week, I will be reading at Story Hour at the Bank Street Bookstore in New York City

Uniondale Public Library

Join me at the Uniondale Public Library to celebrate Día de los niños.

NErD Camp NJ

I can't wait for this year's NErD Camp NJ, where teachers and authors come together for a fun unconference. Register here. 

Roeper School Visit

I will be presenting to lower and upper school students at The Roeper School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

American Educational Research Association Panel

I will be speaking on a panel titled "Diverse Perspectives on Children's Publishing" at this years AERA conference in New York City. The panel will be at 6:15pm.

Trinity College Visit

As part of the Bridging Divides: Higher Education's Role in Advancing, Understanding, and Promoting a Just Society I will be giving a Common Hour talk in Mather-Hall Terrace, Room B. This talk, titled "Children's Literature and Change: José Martí and the Real-World Consequences of Childhood Reading" is free and open to the public. A light lunch will be served. For more details visit the Bridging Divides website.

2018 The Color of Children’s Literature Conference

One of the most exciting things in children's literature the last few years has been the Kweli Conference. Every year this event is bigger and better than the year before, and if you are an aspiring children's author of color, this is where you'll find your people. I'll be speaking on two panels alongside lots of other authors and editors. Register here. 

International School of Brooklyn

I will be visiting the International School of Brooklyn and presenting in Spanish to their Spanish immersion students.

Virginia Festival of the Book

I'm thrilled to be participating in this year's Virginia Festival of the Book in Charlottesville, VA! Visit my speaker page here for details.

A Celebration of Bilingual Books and Latinx Communities at Bank Street

This year the Bank Street Center for Children's Literature's spring mini-conference will be celebrating Latinidad! I'm looking forward to kicking off the day and joining in a panel. Best of all, we'll get to enjoy Duncan Tonatiuh's keynote address. For registration, click here. 

Hunter College Visit

I will be meeting with in-service teachers at Hunter College to discuss bilingual books in their classrooms!

St. Agnes Library

I will be meeting third-graders on the Upper West Side at the St. Agnes branch of the New York Public Library

Bronx Library Center

I will be visiting the Bronx Library Center on January 30th at 3:30pm

Read to a Child Fundraiser

I'm happy to announce that the Read to a Child Fundraiser at Books & Books in Miami has been rescheduled to January 23rd, 2018. You can purchase tickets to the fundraiser here. It's sure to be a wonderful night, and I hope to see you there!

Reforma Northeast Chapter 2nd Annual Book Buzz

I'm looking forward to presenting a keynote at the Reforma (National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking) Northeast Chapter's 2nd Annual Book Buzz. More information is available here. 

East City Bookshop

I'll be reading at story hour at the East City Bookshop on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. at 11am on January 6th. See you then!

Seward Park Library Visit

I will be visiting the Seward Park Library at 3:30pm on Friday, December 8th. I hope to see you there!

Cathedral School Visit

I'm looking forward to visiting the readers at The Cathedral School in New York City!

Behind the Books Author Visit

I will be visiting the students at  Salome Ureña School in New York City for a bilingual book presentation, thanks to Behind the Books!

National Council of Teachers of English

I'll be on two panels at the annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English in St. Louis, alongside wonderful writers and educators. Registration is here. 

Miami Book Launch: RESCHEDULED

I'm thrilled that the Cuban Research Institute, in collaboration with Books & Books, has rescheduled my talk in Miami. Find me at Books & Books in Coral Gables on Saturday, November 11th at 11am.

Carrollton School Visit

I will visit the 5th Grade at the Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart in Miami, FL

Miami Country Day School Visit

I can't wait to talk to the young readers at Miami Country Day! I'll be visiting elementary-school Spanish classes, which are some of my favorite groups to meet as we combine language learning with culture and history.

South Miami K-8 Center School Visit

I will be visiting South Miami K-8 Center in Miami, FL

Texas Book Festival

I'm thrilled to participate in this year's Texas Book Festival in Austin, November 3rd-5th. Details at the festival website.

Bookfest at Bank Street

I will be leading a breakout session at this year's Bookfest at Bank Street. Details coming soon!

José Martí Weekend on Governor’s Island

I'll be participating in an incredible celebration of Cuban literature and culture on Governor's Island Saturday, October 14th and Sunday, October 15th. Details and list of speakers here. 

Washington Latin School Visit

I'll be visiting the students at Washington Latin Public Charter School in Washington, D.C.

Brent Elementary School Visit

I'll be visiting Brent Elementary School in Washington, D.C.

Takoma Park Library Event

I will be speaking to kids and families at the Takoma Park Library at 7:30pm on Tuesday, October 10th. More details here

Fairview Public Library

I will be participating in a Hispanic Heritage Month celebration at the Fairview Public Library at 4pm on Tuesday, October 3rd. Details coming soon!

P.S. 316 School Visit

I'm happy to be joining the students at P.S. 316 in Brooklyn for their Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations!

Princeton Children’s Book Festival

I'm looking forward to attending the Princeton Children's Book Festival on Saturday, September 23rd. Details about the festival are available here. 

Brooklyn Book Festival

I will be at the Brooklyn Book Festival this September. Details at the Festival website. 

School Library Journal Day of Dialogue

On September 15th, I'll be participating in School Library Journal's Day of Dialogue at the Brooklyn Public Library alongside a rockstar line-up of children's authors. Tickets are available here.

POSTPONED: Read to a Child Fundraiser at Books & Books

I will be speaking at the annual Read to a Child fundraiser at Books & Books in Coral Gables on Thursday, September 14th. You can buy tickets to support this great organization at this link.

UPDATE 9/12/17: Due to Hurricane Irma, this event has been postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date.

NYC Book Launch

Join me in New York City on July 20th from 5:30-7:00pm at the Corner Bookstore (93rd & Madison) to celebrate the launch of Martí's Song for Freedom! If you're able to attend, an RSVP here would be greatly appreciated.

New Jersey Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators

I'll be presenting with my colleague Andrea J. Loney at the 2017 Annual Conference of the New Jersey Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (NJSCBWI). Register here. 

NerdCamp NJ

I'll be participating in New Jersey's FIRST EVER NerdCamp on Saturday, May 20th, 2017. Registration is here. 

Kweli: The Color of Children’s Literature

I will be presenting at this year's Kweli Conference with my editor Jessica Echeverria on Saturday, April 8th, 2017. Register here to attend.

Comadres y Compadres Writers Conference

I will be on the Success Panel at this year’s Comadres y Compadres Writers Conference at the New School in New York City.