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Hispanic Heritage. Aída de Acosta

Hispanic Heritage. Aída de Acosta

Today marks the start of Hispanic Heritage Month in the U.S. held September 15 to October 15. There has never been a more important time to celebrate the rich cultures, history and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. Storytelling is about connecting to other people and showing them what you see.

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ALL THE WONDERS Podcast: Bravo! Poems about Amazing Hispanics

ALL THE WONDERS Podcast: Bravo! Poems about Amazing Hispanics

t was serious fun to sit down and chat with Matthew Winner at ALL THE WONDERS about the art and craft of making books. In this podcast, author and poet Margarita Engle and I talk about capturing the spirit of a person through poem and portrait. We discuss creating a first person time travel experience for children and the challenges of capturing the essence of an individual in Bravo! Poems about Amazing Hispanics.

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Getting Colorful with Eric Carle and Friends

Getting Colorful with Eric Carle and Friends

Excited to be part of a vibrant new picture book from Eric Carle and Friends called What’s your favorite color? Inviting children and families to join me and some friends Mike Curato, Etienne Delessert and William Low for a lively afternoon at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst, Massachusetts this Sunday May 7 from 1-4pm. You can catch the exhibition there about our new book and I am looking forward to leading a workshop about coming up with ideas. It will be fun to watch kids make their own creations at the Art Studio at the Carle. You never need an appointment there and get to play with your imagination, explore new colors and ideas.

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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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