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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! 

D.C. Bilingual Public Charter School

Have I mentioned that I love visiting bilingual schools? I presented in Spanish at the D.C. Bilingual Public Charter School. I loved meeting the teachers and librarians, whose backgrounds span the Latinx diaspora, and answering the kids’ questions! 

Notre Dame Academy School Visit

WOW!!! I was blown away by the readers at Notre Dame Academy. These students came prepared with questions, and they were eager to show me the other books they were reading. They made powerful text-to-text connections. A truly diverse classroom, the students talked to me about their own families’ immigration experiences and heroes. I walked…