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Washington Latin School Visit

I’m beaming looking at this photo. This is me with Ms. Breitman, my seventh-grade English teacher. Ms. Breitman is someone who has seen me through many a lunch hour, one memorable detention, and lots of adolescent tears. In college and adulthood, I’ve come back to her for advice on everything from political engagement to moving…

Criticize the King!

Today I did a reading for PK-3rd grades at a local public school. I was a little anxious about addressing the tougher themes in my book with the pre-schoolers, but, as usual with young kids, they surprised me with their attention, wisdom, and curiosity. One of the questions that came up was why José Martí…

Nerdy Book Club Blog

I blogged about guayaba con queso, Hispanic Heritage Month, and democratic values over at the Nerdy Book Club. Check out my post here.

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.