Friday, November 18, 2016

Holiday Reading with Pat Mora

Pat Mora: author, presenter, literacy advocate

Stories and Poems for Thanksgiving

"A boy recounts the many things he is thankful for, like his time at the beach and the bees that don't sting him when he is outside playing. The poetic writing flows in both Spanish and English and carries a sense of happiness brought by the simple things in life...this delightful bilingual book has universal appeal."--School Library Journal

Yum! ¡Mmm! ¡Qué Rico! America's Sproutings
"This concept book serves as a delicious introduction to 14 types of food, all of which have their origins in the Americas. Snippets of information and a haiku poem accompany each one, ranging from blueberry and chili pepper through papaya, prickly pear, and vanilla. Using English and a smattering of Spanish words, Mora crafts a playful introduction to each one."--School Library Journal

Celebrate Christmas traditions

The Gift of the Poinsettia/El regalo de la flor de nochebuena
"This popular title introduces readers to Mexican traditions and inspires them to think about gift-giving in a different way. The authors take children through each of the days of the posada ("inn") celebration, in which celebrants take figurines representing the Virgin Mary and Joseph from one inn to another as they look for a place to rest. Carlos worries that he has no money to buy a special gift to offer the Christ child, but his grandmother urges him to pick a flower along the way. This humble flower blossoms into a glorious poinsettia on Christmas Eve. An enjoyable selection for readers of any age."—Criticás

A Piñata in a Pine Tree: A Latino Twelve Days of Christmas
"In trading a partridge for a piñata and intertwining English and Spanish, Mora has created not only a fun adaptation of a classic Christmas carol but also an introduction to many elements of holiday celebrations for families across the U.S. and Latin America...[the] paintings share a similar colorful and vibrant style as they integrate words, numbers, Spanish pronunciations, joy, and excitement throughout each full page spread."--Booklist

December 12: Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe

The Beautiful Lady: Our Lady of Guadalupe
La hermosa Señora: Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe
"The author pays loving tribute to Mexico’s Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, the most noted appearance of the Virgin Mary in the Americas, framing this story with a family’s sharing traditions surrounding the celebration of her feast day, December 12. Grandma Lupita and her granddaughter create yellow, orange, and red paper roses and bake rose cookies to commemorate Our Lady’s appearance to a poor man in the hills near Mexico City in 1531. A jewel-toned palette presents both expressive faces and the warmth of Mexican mountain landscapes.--School Library Journal

January 6: Feast of the Three Kings,
el Día de los Reyes Magos

The Bakery Lady/La señora de la panadería
"Mora has once again succeeded in writing a warm family story that includes information about Mexican traditions and celebrations while appealing to the common elements that link people across cultures."—School Library Journal


A Thanksgiving Message from Pat

Holidays are a time for gratitude, friends, family--and good food! Thanks to each of you who creatively promotes bookjoy and Día throughout the year and who shares bookjoy with more and more children and families. Together, let's make Día a national tradition.


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The Remembering Day


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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Siembra, Latino Theatre
The Season of La Llorona
November 3November 13

By Rudolfo Anaya
November 3-6, & November 10-13, 2016
7:30 pm—Thursday-Saturday
2 pm—Sunday
Rudolfo Anaya, acknowledged as the foremost author of New Mexican Hispanic culture and folkways and acclaimed as the founder of modern Chicano literature, has written over 40 books and plays; this is his first play. His exploration of the Mesoamerican legend of La Llorona, the “Wailing Woman,” gives both historic and human depth to the well-known myth. Presented in partnership with Teatro Nuevo México.
$18 w/ $3 discount for students, seniors, & NHCC members; $10 Thursday shows only

Unveiling of Rudolfo Anaya Bust

November 10

6 pm
Join the National Hispanic Cultural Center for an unveiling and dedication of Reynaldo “Sonny” Rivera’s sculptural bust of Rudolfo Anaya in the Center’s History and Literary Arts Library from 6 to 7 pm, in advance of the Center’s presentation of Mr. Anaya’s work The Season of La Llorona in the Roy E. Disney Center for Performing Arts at 7:30 pm. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.

Generously donated by Mr. Anaya, the sculpture was accepted as a general acquisition of the NHCC by its Board of Directors in August 2016, and will be on display in the History and Literary Arts Library. The sculpture is the original prototype from which bronzed busts of Mr. Anaya have been reproduced; the latter currently reside at the Albuquerque Museum and the Rudolfo Anaya Elementary School in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The installation of Mr. Anaya’s portrait in the Library and this dedication were made possible thanks to the generous support of New Mexico Mutual.

Free community event

A beloved native New Mexican, Mr. Anaya is an educator and renowned writer. Considered the father of contemporary Chicano literature, he received the National Humanities Medal from President Barack Obama in 2015 and the National Medal of Arts from President George W. Bush in 2001. Mr Anaya was raised in Santa Rosa and Albuquerque. His most famous works include Bless Me, Ultima (1972), Heart of Aztlán (1976), and Tortuga (1979). More recent works of fiction include Randy Lopez Goes Home: A Novel (2011) and The Old Man’s Love Story (2013).

The NHCC has proudly worked with Mr. Anaya since its opening in October 2000, and has presented many of his works, including the current presentation of The Season of La Llorona as part of the Center’s Siembra: Latino Theatre Season, and the planned 2018 presentation of an opera adaptation of Bless Me, Ultima.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Rudolfo A. Anaya Summer Reading Program Celebration Day

Governor Susana Martiez Proclaims September 29, 2016 as Rudolfo A. Anaya Summer Reading Program Celebration Day in New Mexico.
Use link to print the full proclamation.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Dia Timeline, Mora Award and First Book and "The Remembering Day, Dia de Los Muertos!"

A Timeline for Día's 20 Years

We're still celebrating Día's 20th year--with an Evolving Día Timeline! Día connects us daily and especially during April for the culminating celebrations of sharing bookjoy--all children, all cultures, all languages. Let's each, individually and collectively, urge libraries, schools and school districts, universities and colleges, early literacy programs, presses and literacy organizations to collaborate, to work together for the good of their community, state and our nation. Literacy is essential in our democracy.

Congratulations to the
2016 Mora Award Winners!

Sonia M. Sotomayor Early College High School in Pharr, Texas, will receive the 2016 Estela and Raúl Mora Award, an honor given by Pat and her sister in partnership with First Book. The award will provide $1,000 in credits to the First Book Marketplace.
This year there were two Mora Award honor winners that will receive $500 in credit to the First Book Marketplace. Broward County Public Schools in Hollywood, Fla., and Brownsville Independent School District (BISD) Library and Media Services in Brownsville, Texas were also recognized for innovative Día celebrations, which reached a combined 187 elementary schools and 200 early education providers.

The Remembering Day/
El día de los muertos

In this special bilingual picture book for children, [author] Pat [Mora] creates an origin myth in which she imagines how the Mexican custom of remembering deceased loved ones—El día de los muertos or the Day of the Dead—came to be. With tender illustrations by Robert Casilla that depict Bella and Mamá Alma’s loving relationship, this book will encourage children to honor loved ones, whether by writing stories and poems or creating their own remembering place.
The Evolving Día Timeline celebrates the people and organizations that have helped to grow Día and share bookjoy these many years.


Mora Award and First Book logos
This year, First Book coordinated the judging for the Mora Award which recognized schools and libraries that plan exemplary literacy activities during the month of April in celebration of Día.  Nearly 75 schools and educational programs submitted entries to this year’s award process. Read First Book’s press release.


The Remembering Day
"This delicate subject matter is masterfully handled by Mora, a storyteller of unparalleled sensibility."—NBC News