GÜERO Read Across America

I’m delighted to announce that They Call Me Güero was selected as one of the National Endowment of the Arts Read Across America titles for middle-grade readers! I’m especially proud and excited to be part of the project’s mission, to “motivate kids to read and celebrate the diversity in their…

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Pura Belpré Acceptance Speech

I delivered the following speech at the American Librarian Association’s annual conference in Washington, DC, as part of the Pura Belpré Celebración on June 23rd, after accepting the Belpré Author Honor for They Call Me Güero. Soy fronterizo. A child of the borderlands. Home is Donna, Texas, right across the…

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GÜERO Wins the Tomás Rivera Award

I’m overjoyed to announce that They Call Me Güero has been selected for the 2019 Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award. About the Award From the website: “Texas State University College of Education developed the Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award to honor authors and illustrators who create literature that depicts…

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GÜERO Wins Claudia Lewis Award

They Call Me Güero has won the 2019 Claudia Lewis Award for Excellence in Poetry! The Claudia Lewis Award is one of three announced each year by the Children’s Book Committee at the Bank Street School of Education. Established in 1909, the committee is made up of 40 or so volunteer members from…

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2018 Appearances

American Book Sellers Winter Institute 13. January 23rd. Memphis, Tennessee. Southwest Popular Culture American Culture Conference. February 9, 2018. Albuquerque, New Mexico. National Latino Children’s Literature Conference. February 22-24. San Antonio, Texas. FESTIBA. “The House on the Borderlands/La Frontera.” Panel moderated by David Bowles at the Outer Dark Symposium on the…

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FEATHERED SERPENT a Kirkus Best YA Book of 2018

Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky: Myths of Mexico made the Kirkus list of Best YA Books of 2018! Seventy-five titles are on the list, in eight categories. The one FSDHS was selected for–Books That Feed Imaginations–is perfect for my retelling of these crucial ancestral tales.  

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GÜERO a Shelf Awareness Best Book of 2018

The magazine Shelf Awareness has selected They Call Me Güero for their Best Books of 2018 list!  

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Cover Reveal: The Chupacabras of the Rio Grande

Today Latinxs in Kid Lit hosted the reveal of The Chupacabras of the Río Grande (book 4 of the Unicorn Rescue Society series). I’m so proud of the work Adam Gidwitz, Hatem Aly and I did on this one! I can’t wait for you all to meet Choopi (the young chupacabras you…

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Quoted on Criminal Minds

Last night I was quoted on the show Criminal Minds on CBS. In the final moments of the show, Penelope García says the following line. “‘When wounds are healed by love / The scars are beautiful.’ David Bowles.” The words are from “Kintsukuroi,” a poem from my collection Shattering and Bricolage, which is…

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GÜERO Cover Reveal

Say hola to my middle-grade poetry book They Call Me Güero: A Border Kid’s Poems, featuring the amazing art and lettering of Zeke Peña, the 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Non-fiction Winner for Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide (along with author Isabel Quintero). Tomorrow I’ll reveal the wrap-around. Big shout-out…

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