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Celebrate Children's Day with a Book Sale!

Celebrate El día de los niños / El día de los libros (Children's Day / Book Day) with a special 50% discount off books purchased from Arte Público Press! This special offer is good on orders until April 30, 2012 for events celebrating El día de los niños / El día de los libros.

This sale is a great chance to pick up Adelita and the Veggie Cousins on the cheap! (Go ahead and collect other great titles from their catalog while you're at it!)

"On the first day of her new school, Adelita learns that vegetables can have similarities and differences, as can new friends. . . . The dual message of nutrition and diversity will probably find its place in today's curriculum and can certainly augment units on food, language and culture."
-Kirkus Reviews

"The last two pages have a recipe in both English and Spanish for the '1-2-3 Super Calabacita Soup.' The bold, colorful illustrations capture the action well."
-School Library Journal

To take advantage of this offer, call 1-800-633-ARTE or e-mail your order to bkorders@uh.edu. To see a sample of the book, click here.


Illustration Friday: Stir

A Day with my Aunts illustration by Christina Rodriguez.

My submission for this week’s Illustration Friday comes from the bilingual picture book, A Day with my Aunts / Un dia con mis Tías. As Tía Dulce stirs the pot of picadillo, Isabel stirs and mixes dough with her hands. Together, they are making delicious empanadas, a recipe for which can be found in the book.

Have a great weekend, everybody!


Illustration Friday: Skinny

A Day with my Aunts illustration by Christina Rodriguez.

I figured this image would be a good submission for this week’s Illustration Friday, though I do prefer using the term “slim” or “slender” rather than “skinny.” In A Day with my Aunts / Un dia con mis tías, Isabel learns to dance from her Tía Clara.

The text describes only Tía Clara’s long ponytail, but I imagined her as an accomplished dancer and illustrated various trophies on the opposite page. As I mentioned in my interview with KUHF radio, I modeled her likeness after Vicky, my favorite college roommate who had also taught children to dance. Whenever I hear a Ricky Martin song, I remember her lithe form dancing in our dorm room just to make me laugh.

Have a great weekend, everybody!

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