5 Books for Hispanic Heritage Month

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15), we’ve rounded up five books that celebrate Hispanic culture and heritage.

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The Gift of Hope: Guadalupe Garcia McCall on first books

Author/poet Guadalupe Garcia McCall reveals how the mission of First Book, to get low-income children their very first book, is a reality that many children face, including herself when she was growing up.

What does close reading look like in Fifth Grade?

Resident Literacy Expert Jaclyn DeForge discusses how to do a close reading of a fifth grade level text.

Guadalupe Garcia McCall gets a visitor from beyond

 guest post by Summer of the Mariposas author Guadalupe Garcia McCall. I’ve been travelling to the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas a lot these days, visiting with some wonderful librarians, sharing my story with some amazing students, and just enjoying the adventures this burgeoning writing life is affording me. Road trips have always been […]

Guadalupe Garcia McCall on how writing heals

In this excerpt from her 2012 Pura Belpré acceptance speech, Under the Mesquite author Guadalupe Garcia McCall shares how writing the book helped her heal and brought her closer to her father: My life with my mother was full of love and acceptance. I was blessed to be her daughter, even if for a little […]

ALA 2012: What I learned & a recap in photos

We had a great time this year at the American Library Association in Anaheim! It’s been a while since we were out on the West Coast, and it was fun to be able to see old friends who we haven’t seen in a while and make some new ones, too. Attendance was high, enthusiasm was […]

Cover Reveal: Summer of the Mariposas by Guadalupe Garcia McCall

Like dating, designing the right cover for a book can be a long, arduous process. Sometimes a cover gives off the wrong impression. Sometimes it’s too showy, sometimes it’s too dull. Sometimes a cover says all the right things, but lacks sincerity. But sometimes, you find The One. And you just know. That was the […]