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Pat Mora

Cynthia Farah

“My life just wouldn’t be my life without books. I wouldn’t be me. The possibility of bringing others bookjoy is a thrill.”—Pat Mora

Pat Mora’s Tomás and the Library Lady is an IRA Teachers’ Choice and a Texas Bluebonnet Master List Selection.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


An award-winning author of children’s books, poetry, and nonfiction, Pat Mora is committed to bringing together all children with books. She often speaks at conferences, universities, and schools about creative writing, leadership, and multicultural education. She also works with national organizations on Día de los niños/Día de los libros, an April 30th celebration of childhood, books, languages, and cultures.

Born in El Paso, Texas, Pat has received numerous children’s book awards. In 2002 she was honored as a "Literary Light for Children” by the Associates of the Boston Public Library and included in “100 Library Champions” during the Texas Library Association’s Centennial.

Ms. Mora has been the Carruthers Chair, Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of New Mexico; a consultant on U.S.–Mexico youth exchanges; an administrator and museum director at her alma mater, the University of Texas at El Paso; and has taught English at all levels. The proud mother of three grown children, she divides her time between Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati area.

For more information on Pat Mora, visit her Web site at www.patmora.com


PRAISE

A LIBRARY FOR JUANA
The World of Sor Juana Inés

“This lovingly produced picture-book biography of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz features a fresh subject and introduces young American audiences to an important figure in Mexico’s literary history.”—The Horn Book Magazine

TOMÁS AND THE LIBRARY LADY

—A Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award
—An IRA Teachers’ Choice
—A Texas Bluebonnet Master List Selection

“A gentle text and innovative artwork depict a pivotal summer in a boy’s life when he and his family leave their Texas home for farmwork in Iowa. . . . Spanish words slip in naturally and unobtrusively throughout Mora’s text as she focuses on the snug library and the books that fire Tomás’ imagination, and on his friendship with the librarian.”—Publishers Weekly


Author Bookshelf

Dizzy in Your Eyes: Poems about Love

By: Pat Mora

Beloved children's book author and speaker Pat Mora has written an original collection of poems, each with a different teen narrator sharing unique thoughts, moments, sadness, or heart’s desire: the girl who loves swimming,...

Dona Flor

By: Pat Mora
illustrated by: Raul Colon

Doña Flor is a giant woman who lives in a puebla with lots of families. She loves her neighbors–she lets the children use her flowers for trumpets, and the families use her leftover tortillas...

Tomas and the Library Lady

By: Pat Mora
illustrated by: Raul Colon

A Common Core Exemplar Text by an award-winning author-illustrator team

Tomás is a son of migrant workers. Every summer he and his family follow the crops north from Texas to Iowa, spending long, arduous...


The Beautiful Lady: Our Lady of Guadalupe

By: Pat Mora
illustrated by: Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher

Every December, Grandma Lupita tells Rose the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe. As they make paper flowers to put around her statue, Grandma begins: Long ago, on a cold December morning near what is now...

I Pledge Allegiance

By: Pat Mora and Libby Martinez
illustrated by: Patrice Barton

Libby's great aunt, Lobo, is from Mexico, but the United States has been her home for many years, and she wants to become a U.S. citizen. At the end of the week, Lobo will say the Pledge of Allegiance...


La hermosa Senora: Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe

By: Pat Mora
illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher; translated by: Adriana Dominguez and Pat Mora

Cada diciembre, abuelita Lupita le cuenta a Rosa la historia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe. Mientras ambas hacen flores de papel para colocar alrededor de su estatua, abuelita comienza: Hace mucho tiempo,...

Dona Flor (Spanish Edition)

By: Pat Mora
illustrated by: Raul Colon

Doña Flor, una señora gigante, vive en un pueblo pequeñito. Los vecinos
la adoran y ella adora a sus vecinos. Deja que los niños utilicen las flores de su jardín como trompetas y las tortillas...

Rainbow Tulip

By: Pat Mora

Stella loves her family and her Mexican heritage, but she doesn't always like being different from the other kids at school. Now her class is going to dance around the Maypole at the school's May parade, and...