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Silver Meadows Summer

Silver Meadows Summer, my debut middle-grade novel for kids ages 8-12 was recently published by Knopf Books for Young Readers. It’s a book about cousins, new friends, and secret houses in the woods. It’s inspired by growing up Cuban-American and spending summers between New York and Puerto Rico. It’s about carrying the Caribbean and the…

Book Blurbs!

My debut middle-grade novel, Silver Meadows Summer, will be published at the end of this month (on April 30th, 2019), by Knopf Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Random House. Several authors and trade journals have already given the book some lovely reviews, listed below. If you would like a signed copy of…

Middle Grade Cover Reveal!

I’m thrilled that Kidlit blogger Mr. Schu shared an interview and cover reveal of my forthcoming middle-grade novel, SILVER MEADOWS SUMMER, on his blog! You can read the whole interview (and see the rest of this beautiful cover by illustrator Kailey Whitman) at Mr. Schu Reads!   

International Literacy Association Conference 2018

Martí’s Song for Freedom/Martí y sus versos por la libertad was awarded the International Literacy Association’s 2018 Children’s and Young Adult Book Award in Intermediate Nonfiction. I headed to Austin to accept the award, and met some great people while I was there. A few photos below.

Highlights Foundation Master Class in Nonfiction 2018

I was honored to join the faculty at the Highlights Foundation for this year’s Master Class in Nonfiction Writing for Children. Other faculty members included Larry Dane Brimmer, Peter Jacobi, Sandra Neil Wallace and Rich Wallace, and Carole Boston Weatherford. I admire each of them as individuals and as writers. Highlights is a place where…

Cafe a las Siete at Greenburgh Public Library

I visited the Greenburgh Public Library as part of the series “Cafe a las Siete: Preserving Latino Culture for the Next Generation.” I had a blast! After a reading and Q&A, I invited kids to work with their parents on drawing and writing about important heroes in their families. Some of the kids wrote about…

School Visit Roundup

Just a few of my favorite photos from a year of school visits. If I visited your school and you have photos to share, please email them to me and I’ll be happy to add them here. If you would like to schedule a visit for next year, please see the School Visits tab on this…

C.S. 211 Literacy Night

Thanks to teacher Kelly Purdy for organizing this Literacy Night at her school in the Bronx. I especially enjoyed meeting the parents as well as the young readers at this school!