A nice in-depth article about about my books and relationship with Seven Stories Press in Publishers Weekly:
A wonderful and thought ful review from Vamos a Leer: https://teachinglatinamericathroughliterature.wordpress.com/2015/09/21/mira-look-a-is-for-activist-a-de-activista/
Some more photos from the A is for Activist exhibit at La Casa Azul Bookstore!
We're the People: Summer Reading 2015
La Casa Azul Bookstore is currently featuring and exhibit featuring the artwork in A IS FOR ACTIVIST by Innosanto Nagara.
What a great review, and again, in the best of company!
“I have found it a great way to slowly start discussing political ideas at an early age in a way that is non-polarizing. Plus, it always impresses the pants off adults when a kid can tell you that vox populi means voice of the people! ”
Radical Books for Radical Kids
Radical Books for Radical Kids, from Niki Whiting!
Thoughtful article by Karen Sands-O’Connor, a professor of children’s literature and a mom in a multiracial family on her blog that puts a "focus on some of the books, people, and ideas that help or hinder children from talking about race, and why the discussion is crucial to all of us."
It Should be Easy as ABC
Six months ago, when I started this blog, I wrote about an incident involving white police officers and African-American youths. Over the last couple of days, white police officers have been in the…
Book People of Moscow was one of the first booksellers to carry A is for Activist, even back when I was self-publishing it. So glad it's still doing well in their community. And check it out, I think this is the first mention of Counting on Community in print! :)
What's Selling at BookPeople of Moscow
Jesica Sweedler DeHart, co-manager of children's books and gift buyer at BookPeople of Moscow in Moscow, Idaho, reports on titles that are moving quickly at her store, including Carson Ellis's 'Home.'
A de Activista in Guatemala!
Loving the connections this morning! Our friend Inno Nagara's book "A de Activista" which we gifted to our friends at Limited Horizons IXIL, now in the hands of little ones in Guatemala, lovingly carried there by Katie Morrow. — with Martha Gonzalez and 2 others.
For anyone struggling with complex issues and small children, this is a useful framework: "When teaching a three-year-old about social issues and matters that will come up sooner rather than later in their lives, you must be able to communicate on their level. Basically, it has to be simple. Accessible. I was reading one of my daughter's favorite books to her ("A is for Activist"), and we got to the letter X which was Malcom X. When she asked me who he was, my mind flashed with all the complex and nuanced sociopolitical events and statements that dictated his public persona and personal conviction and thought how in the world was I going to convey that to a three-year-old? So I started slowly, and it finally dawned on me: he stood up to bullies and inspired others to stand up to bullies too. Through Black History Month, Hispanic American Heritage Month, and Women's History Month as promos cropped up to teach young ones about influential individuals in our history, I found this theme resonated over and over. The act of standing up against a bully, whether on a personal or systemic level, is an act of courage and heroism. My daughter told me quite earnestly she thinks Malcom X is a superhero and lists him among The Avengers since they help people too."
Frankly, Scarlett…: Wisdom of the (Young) Ages: Life Lessons from a 3-Year-Old
Cool list from The Albany Times Union that includes A is for Activist and other personal favorites like My Colors, My World/Mis Colores, Mi Mundo by the great Maya Christina Gonzalez and We March by Shane Evans!
The We're the People Summer Reading List, Part I: Picture Books and Early Readers
I'm signing in at the last minute for my blogging shift, due to the launch of my new novel, Surviving Santiago, today. It's the long-awaited companion to my 2009 novel, Gringolandia, but also a sta…