Wednesday, January 28, 2009


(photo: author Carmen Tafolla at Museu Alameda)


Cheers to the new year!

With lots of glitzy photos and news from Golden Globe, SAG, and the Academy Awards this time of year, our own publishing equivalent of the Oscars was announced this week! The American Library Association announced their annual awards on Jan 26 and among them was a Pura Belpré Illustrator Honor to Amy Córdova for What Can You Do With a Rebozo? written by Carmen Tafolla and published by Tricycle Press. The Pura Belpré Awards honor Latino authors and illustrators whose work best portrays, affirms and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in children’s books. The awards were announced during the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting taking place in Denver, Jan. 23 - 28.

Three cheers to Amy and Carmen and to all rebozos---Carmen shown here with dancers from the Museo Alameda. Look for Carmen’s follow-up book What Can You Do with a Paleta? illustrated by Magaly Morales coming from Tricycle Press in April 2009 along with the bilingual edition of What Can You Do with a Rebozo?

More cheers to share:

Monica Brown’s Pele, King Of Soccer/Pele, El Rey Del Futbol illustrated by Rudy Gutierrez received a *STARRED* review in the December 15th issue of Criticas! A feature interview with author Monica Brown was also featured in the issue.

Read the full Q&A at:

If These Boobs Could Talk: A Little Humor To Pump Up The Breastfeeding Mom by Shannon Payette Seip & Adrienne Hedger, published by Andrews McMeel Publishing received a Mom’s Choice Awards® 2009 Gold Award (Pregnancy & Childbirth category). The Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA) is known for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services.

Preggatinis: Mixology for the Mom-to-Be by Natalie Bovis-Nelson – received a great 5 star rating and review on

And the nominees are…

What Can You Do With a Rebozo? written by Carmen Tafolla, illustrated by
Amy Córdova has been nominated for the Texas 2x2 reading list sponsored by the Texas Library Association.

There Was a Coyote Who Swallowed a Flea by Jennifer Ward, illustrated by Steve Gray has been nominated for the 2009 Grand Canyon Reader Award by the state of Arizona and the 2009 Texas Mockingbird Award. (Look for There Was an Old Monkey Who Swallowed a Frog by Jennifer Ward, illustrated by Steve Gray coming from Marshall Cavendish in 2010!)

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Triumph of the Readers!!!

This morning I opened the Wall Street Journal, and let me tell you what a relief it was to finally get optimistic about where publishing is heading. For those of you out there writing, and wondering if anyone will ever *Read* your work, Ann Patchett (whose Bel Canto is a must read, by the way), has this delectable thought for you:



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