Monthly Archives: February 2016

Francisco’s Kites makes Tejas Star Reading List!

It’s always exciting when you see a book you’ve written arrive on your doorstep. And when that book is a picture book, it’s also thrilling to page through and discover the illustrator’s depiction of your story. I was delighted at how Gary Undercuffler brought my character Francisco to life.

Francisco's Kites screenshot

On Friday I found out that the Texas Library Association selected my book Francisco’s Kites to be on this year’s Tejas Star Reading List. According to the TXLA website, “The Tejas Star Reading List Task Force annually selects a recommended reading list of bilingual English/Spanish books or books written in Spanish from books published in the three years prior to the list being published. The list is prepared for use by children ages 5-12.”

Want to learn more?

http://www.txla.org/tejas-current

Birds of the World article

Whether you’re a city person or a country dweller, birds keep us all company around the globe. During the two years when I lived in Australia, I was completely captivated by the birds — both in my backyard and in the botanical gardens I loved to visit. It never ceased to surprise me how sulfur-crested cockatoos or colorful galahs just flitted by all the time. So I wrote an article in The Old Schoolhouse magazine titled “Birds of the World: A Unit Study.” Whether you homeschool or not, there are lots of fun activities to try with kids of all ages. I’d love to hear from any of you who try some of them!

http://www.thehomeschoolmagazine-digital.com/thehomeschoolmagazine/2016annual?pg=133#pg133