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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.

A Second Starred Review

Martí’s Song for Freedom has just received it’s second STARRED review, this one from Publishers Weekly. The reviewer writes, “Excerpts from Martí’s Versos sencillos thoughtfully underscore this moving account of his crusade for justice.” You can read the full review on the Publishers Weekly website. 

National Poetry Month Activity

In celebration of National Poetry Month, I visited my publisher Lee & Low’s blog yesterday to talk about José Martí’s poetry, and to share a bilingual activity. Parents and teachers, I hope you’ll give it a try with your kids! Click here to download the high-res activity sheets, and for the full blog post, visit Lee & Low’s…

A Starred Review

Last week the first review of MARTÍ’S SONG FOR FREEDOM was published, and it’s a starred review from Kirkus! The reviewer says, “In bringing an important life back into the conversation during divided political times, this book spotlights a steadfast hero and brilliant writer still worth admiring today.” You can read the full review here.  MARTÍ…