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Kweli 2018

I did not take nearly enough photos, but I had to share this photo of a great big group of women of color and indigenous authors! Thank you to the Kweli conference for bringing us together. I’ve had the joy of watching this conference grow from year to year, and it was an honor to…

National Poetry Month

If you’re a teacher or librarian, I hope you’ll consider celebrating National Poetry Month with José Martí. I’ve made free bilingual poetry cards available for download in hopes that they will find their way into many children’s pockets this National Poetry Month. If you are thinking about using José Martí in the classroom this month,…

A Celebration of Bilingual Books and Latinx Communities at Bank Street

The first Celebration of Bilingual Books and Latinx Communities at Bank Street was a huge success. Despite the nor’easter, this event was packed with teachers, librarians, parents, and writers passionate about Latinx books. For some great articles about the event, visit the Bank Street Center for Children’s Literature’s blog, check out this article in School Library…

P.S. 87 School Visit

I visited the dual language immersion program at P.S. 87 and presented in Spanish. I was impressed by fifth graders who connected José Martí with Thomas Paine, and Kindergarteners who recited “Cultivo una rosa blanca” and made white paper roses. What lucky students to learn in this bilingual environment!

National Council of Teachers of English

The 2017 Annual Convention of the National Council of Teachers of English took place in St. Louis, Missouri. I participated in several panels, collaborated with wonderful educators, and met many fellow writers.        

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…