“I send to Cuba my voice, from this distant beach.” This is a line from a song sung by Celia Cruz in the early days of her exile from her native country.
CELIA CRUZ stood out as the most influential female figure in Afro-Cuban music. Her flamboyant style, powerful projection and the warmth of her voice resonates. In dazzling costumes, crazy wigs and soaring platform heels she wowed fans with her dynamic, one of kind style.read more
This Hispanic Heritage month I am sharing artwork created to tell the stories of incredible people who made a difference. George Meléndez Wright filled his short life with purpose, establishing a foundation for wildlife conservation at American national parks. At a time when National Park funding is being slashed and National monuments are shrinking his groundbreaking work is even more meaningful.read more
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.read more
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.read more
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.read more
Katherine Paterson’s new middle-grade novel “My Brigadista Year” is due for release from Candlewick Press in October and I was fortunate to create the cover. You can learn more about it in this article from Publisher’s Weekly.read more