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Pursue Poetry this April

Pursue Poetry this April

Both my parents were architects who designed their own house in Mexico. The focal point of our living room were floor to ceiling bookshelves on two long walls they custom built to house books and musical recordings. I remember the excitement exploring second hand bookshops and weekend flea markets with my father to discover treasures that others had left behind. At home I spent endless hours at that bookshelf traveling to distant places through words and images. Part of the thrill of travel is trusting your instincts and getting lost sometimes. Lucky me it was in the poems of Octavio Paz and Pablo Neruda. April is Poetry Month where tens of millions of readers, students, teachers, librarians and booksellers recognize the importance of poetry in our culture and lives.

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Maybe Something Beautiful

Maybe Something Beautiful

GRATEFUL on this rainy day to discover that Maybe Something Beautiful, How Art Transformed a Neighborhood has won the 2017 Tomás Rivera Children’s Book Award. Thank you to my incredible colleagues, authors F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell for artfully telling the story of the Urban Art Trail community murals we began back in 1997.

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BRAVO! Poems About Amazing Hispanics

BRAVO! Poems About Amazing Hispanics

BRAVO! Poems About Amazing Hispanics, is my second collaboration with innovative, gifted writer, poet and friend Margarita Engle. This book celebrates the accomplishments, contributions and collective history of the Hispanic community. After the recent blitz of negative tweets and taunts, I’m thrilled to showcase these poems and amazing stories of Latinos who made an impact and difference with their remarkable lives.

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2017 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Drum Dream Girl

2017 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Drum Dream Girl

Long ago in Cuba, young Millo dreamed of becoming a drummer. But women on the island were not allowed to play drums so she had to keep drumming and dreaming alone. It’s a girl power story about perseverance and breaking barriers.

It was so exciting to see my illustrations for this story and Margarita Engle’s stirring text come to life through the amazing animation talents of Ryan Swenar and Dreamscape. This week we found out that Millo did it again and brought home the 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music.

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