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Best Book Lists 2017

It’s been an exciting day for MARTÍ’S SONG FOR FREEDOM, which today was named to the Kirkus Best Books of 2017 list and the New York Public Library’s Best Books of 2017 list, in addition to School Library Journal’s Best Books list last week. And it’s been a frenetic day for me, crammed in between…

Miami Country Day School Visit

I had a blast visiting the students at Miami Country Day. The students had tons of energy and great questions, and the World Languages faculty members were warm and wonderful. This program offers Spanish classes at all levels from learners to native speakers, and my discussion with the students moved seamlessly between Spanish and English….

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.

José Martí Weekend at Governor’s Island

This past weekend the Empire State Center for the Book hosted a weekend in honor of José Martí on Governor’s Island. It was wonderful to see José Martí honored among so many other great New Yorkers, particularly since he himself visited Governor’s Island and wrote about it. It was especially nice to meet Anne Fountain,…

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.