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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.

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…