Tuesday, May 29, 2012


Big congratulations to all our FCL award-winning authors! We're rounding up our spring awards, honors and nominations---so much to celebrate:

Waiting for the Biblioburro by Monica Brown, illustrated by John Parra (Random House Children’s Books) was awarded the Christopher Award (Books for Young Readers category) in New York on May 24, 2012.
First presented in 1949, the prestigious Christopher Awards were established by Christopher founder Father James Keller to salute media that “affirm the highest values of the human spirit.” Their goal is to encourage men, women and children to pursue excellence in creative arenas that have the potential to influence a mass audience positively. Award winners encourage audiences to see the better side of human nature and motivate artists and the general public to use their best instincts on behalf of others. 

Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People by Monica Brown, illulstrated by Julie Paschkis (Henry Holt and Company) is an Orbis Pictus Award, Honor Book!

NCTE’s (National Council of Teachers in English) Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children, is an annual award for promoting and recognizing excellence in the writing of nonfiction for children.

Meet author Monica Brown at the NCTE Annual Convention in Las Vegas this November, visit her website for details on upcoming events. 

Clara and the Curandera / Clara y la curandera by Monica Brown with illustrations by Thelma Muraida, is named to Tejas Star Book Award List!

The Tejas Star Book Award list for 2011-2012 promotes reading in general and for readers to discover the cognitive and economic benefits of bilingualism and multilingualism. All the children of Texas will have the opportunity to select their favorite book from the Tejas Star list during the upcoming 2012-2013 academic year.

CCBC Choices is the annual best-of-the-year list of the Cooperative Children’s Book Center. Titles from three (!) FCL authors have been chosen for CCBC Choices 2012:

Buzzeo, Toni. Lighthouse Christmas. Illustrated by Nancy Carpenter. Dial, 2011. (Seasons and Celebrations)

Brown, Monica. Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People. Illustrated by Julie Paschkis. Henry Holt, 2011. (Biography and Autobiography)

Ada, Alma Flor, and F. Isabel Campoy. Ten Little Puppies = Diez perritos. Translated from the Spanish by Rosalma Zubizarreta. Illustrated by Ulises Wensell. Rayo / HarperCollins, 2011. (Concept Books)

Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match/Marisol McDonald no combina by Monica Brown, illustrated by Sara Palacios, Lee & Low (Best Children’s Picture Book – Bilingual) wins a Skipping Stone Honor Award! 

The 2012 Skipping Stones Honor Awards honors books that promote an understanding of cultures, cultivate cooperation and encourage a deeper understanding of the world’s diversity, ecological richness, respect for multiple viewpoints and close relationships within human societies.

The International Latino Book Awards is the largest and most important book awards for Latino authors and themes. Three FCL titles have been named finalists for the International Latino Book Awards. The winners will be announced at BookExpo  next week!
Waiting for the Biblioburro by Monica Brown, illustrated by John Parra Random House Children’s Books (Best Children’s Picture Book – English)

Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match/Marison McDonald no combina by Monica Brown, illustrated by Sara Palacios, Lee & Low (Best Children’s Picture Book – Bilingual)

Dancing Home by Alma Flor Ada and Gabriel M. Zubizarreta, Atheneum Books/Simon & Schuster (Best Young Adult Fiction – English)

Penny Warner's The Code Busters Club: Case #1 The Secret of the Skeleton Key has been nominated for the 2011 Agatha Awards in the best Children's/Young Adult Category. Named in honor of Agatha Christie, the Agatha Awards honor the "traditional mystery" and books best typified by the works of Agatha Christie.

 Congratulations again to all!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Feeding the Demand for More Diverse Books with the CBC

Join the "It's Complicated" discussion this week on the Children's Book Council (CBC) Diversity Blog with today's post by Stefanie. Monday's post was by Author Cynthia Leticia Smith. More posts this week coming from Editor Cheryl Klein from Scholastic and Reviewer Debbie Reese.

Click here to join the CBC Diversity Committee conversation---we'd love to hear from you!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

A Decade of National Latino Writers Conference - La Bloga Recap

In its tenth year, the National Latino Writers Conference, on the campus of Alburquerque’s National Hispanic Cultural Center, was held May 16-19.

This year’s faculty of writers produced workshops around specialty themes. Novel/Memoir/Poetry, Jimmy Santiago Baca; Biography/Newswriting, Kathryn Córdova; Novel/Anthology, Cristina García; Literary Criticism/Book Reviews, Rigoberto González; Novel/Short Fiction, Tim Z. Hernández; Writing for Social Justice, Demetria Martínez; Non-Fiction, Iñigo Moré; Oracy/Presenting Your Work,  La Bloga’s Michael Sedano; Young Adult Fiction, Alisa Valdés-Rodriguez. Industry professionals on faculty included Stefanie Von Borstel, Toni Plummer from St. Martin's Press Gary Francisco Keller from Bilingual Review Press, and editorial consultant Marcela Landres.

Michael Sedano featured an extensive recap on today's LA BLOGA, click here and enjoy!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

10th Annual National Latino Writers Conference

Join me at the 10th Annual National Latino Writers Conference in Albuquerque this month-- one of my favorite writer's conferences of the year! The talented faculty and focus on Latino literature for adults through young adult make this conference special. Faculty include American Book Award-winner Tim Hernandez, Cristina Garcia, Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez, Rigoberto Gonzalez among many others.

For more information, click here.


Thursday, May 10, 2012

Kickstart Mother's Day with MOM INC!

So many women dream of having it all—being kickass mothers and running their own successful businesses. This book helps them take the leap with confidence. Serial entrepreneurs (and moms) Meg Mateo Ilasco and Cat Seto draw on their own successes and missteps to reveal exactly how to choose the right business, find clients, write a business plan, launch a blog and Web site, stay focused at home, and more. Insightful Q&As with enterprising mothers like fashion designer Cynthia Rowley and Style Me Pretty blogger Abby Larson demystify the many nuances of balancing work life with family time. It’s not easy. But this practical and inspiring guide helps make it possible.

“More than just a pep talk, Mom, Inc. is brimming with resources and practical information. You'll be introduced to an array of enterprising mothers and will learn as much from their early mistakes and failures as from their eventual successes. —Carrie McBride, managing editor, Oh Dee Doh

"Mom, Inc. is a smart, realistic, and easy working mom’s guide. In an age when we all have so much to juggle, what a great companion book for starting or running a business!" —Christiane Lemieux, founder and creative director, DwellStudio

BABBLE the popular website for a new generation of parents feature, click here.

Meet Meg and Cat on their San Francisco - New York - Los Angeles Tour this May and June!

Sunday, May 06, 2012

New Teen Series BORDER TOWN by Malin Alegria!

Malin Alegria's new teen series BORDER TOWN will be released in English and Spanish-language editions from Scholastic beginning in May. The first-ever young adult series starring Latina teens living in a Texas border town, explores the physical and social boundaries of life on the border. NPR's Morning Edition talked with Malin about her writing and new series, listen here.

"Packed with action and surprising twists and turns up to the very last page, this start to the new Border Town series is a gripping mystery and also a warm, contemporary Latino drama of extended family and friends....With lots of laughs, especially about small town lack of privacy and about extended family, the drama is both suspenseful and touching. A “Tex-Mex” glossary with Spanish words is included. " -- Booklist May 15, 2012

Book #1: Crossing the Line (Scholastic, available May 2012)

Nothing is simple in a border town like Dos Rios, in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Even for high school students Fabiola Garza and her younger sister Alexis, whose parents run a local Tex-Mex restaurant, Dos Rios is full of borders — where you should go, who your friends should be, which boy you should date.

Dos Rios is also full of opportunities, but it’s a town divided, between the haves and the have-nots, the Whites and the Mexicans-Americans, the Texans and the Mexicans, the legal and illegal. But through it all, the Garza sisters have each other. Water can be crossed, but blood is the ultimate borderline — no matter what.

Book #2: Quince Clash (Scholastic, available July 2012)

If Fabiola Garza had her way, her quinceanera would simple ---- two airline tickets to New York City and her best friend in tow. Sadly, things hardly ever go Fabi's way.

After mean girl Melodee lays down a quinceanera challenge in front of the entire school, Fabi is forced to upgrade her party plans. Melodee is rich and popular, her quinceanera will be effortlessly epic. Fabi is at a loss as to how to make her party remotely as fun and fabulous as Melodee's is sure to be. Younger sister Alexis steps in with a scheme to get Fabi on the TV show Quince Dreams, but Fabi isn't convinced she won't end up in a quince nightmare instead.

Book #3: Falling Too Fast (Scholastic, available Nov 2012)

Book #4: No Second Chances (Scholastic, 2013)

Visit Scholastic's THIS IS TEEN and Malin Alegria's website for more information about the books and upcoming events and publicity.

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Follow the mama blog tour with Stay Close to Mama

Toni Buzzeo writes about the inspiration behind STAY CLOSE TO MAMA, her charming new picture book, on the second day of her blog tour at Momma Drama: http://blogginmommadrama.blogspot.com/2012/05/stay-close-to-mama.html

Click here to download a free, customizable Mother's Day card featuring the adorable artwork from her book, illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka. 

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