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Fifth Starred Review!

Martí’s Song for Freedom has just received another starred review, this one from Shelf Awareness. The reviewer writes, “Otheguy’s text (paired with the Spanish translations by author, editor and literary agent Adriana Domínguez) is clean and concise, direct and approachable. Beatriz Vidal’s gouache illustrations burst with color and life, each illustration giving a strong sense of…

NYC Book Launch at The Corner Bookstore

On Thursday, July 20th we all gathered at The Corner Bookstore on 93rd & Madison to celebrate the launch of MARTÍ’S SONG FOR FREEDOM. It was wonderful to see friends, family, and colleagues, and to sing “Guantanamera,” a song whose lyrics draw on Martí’s Versos sencillos. Thank you to my cousin Arabella for playing the guitar, and to everyone who…

American Library Association Annual Conference 2017

I had expected the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in Chicago to feel like any other professional conference, but meeting librarians and hearing about everything they do for children was full of meaning and depth that I’ve never experienced at another conference. I loved every minute of it.

Latinx in KidLit Guest Post

Today my guest post, Under the Sky and Over the Sea: A Cuban-American’s Reflections on Childhood Reading was published on the Latinx in Kid Lit website. In this post, I discuss some memories of childhood reading, José Martí, Maurice Sendak, and Rubén Darío. I hope you’ll read the whole thing.

A Fourth Starred Review!

Martí’s Song for Freedom has received it’s fourth starred review, this one from School Library Journal. The reviewer called the book “A sensitive and poignant tribute to one of Latin America’s most important historical figures that will encourage readers of all ages to fight for freedom and peace.” You can read the whole review on the…

Middle Grade Book Deal

Hooray! The one and only Jenny Brown at Knopf Books for Young Readers will be publishing Silver Meadows Summer, a middle-grade novel about my favorite things: summer camp, the Hudson Valley, best friends, older cousins, and most of all, big Latinx families with a lot of noise and a lot of love. Look for it in Spring 2019!

Anansesem Guest Post

  In honor of the anniversary of José Martí’s death at Dos Ríos and Cuban Independence, I wrote an article for my friends at Anansesem, a website focused on Caribbean children’s literature. Here’s a short excerpt: I knew from La edad de oro that the toughest themes can also be laced with magic and music….

Three Starred Reviews!

Booklist has just published a starred review of Martí’s Song for Freedom. They write, “Otheguy and Vidal tell a timely story that will inspire many to fight for equality and sing songs for freedom.” This is the THIRD starred review for Martí! You can read the full review at Booklist Online.