Students and teachers in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas were the first to read and receive a copy of Me, Frida and the Secret of the Peacock Ring thanks to the Texas Book Festival's Reading Rockstar Program. Upon my visit there, my mind was blown by all the creative art projects inspired by the mystery novel. Check them out below. Want more ideas? Check out the free printer-friendly classroom worksheets for Me, Frida and The Secret of the Peacock Ring.
Students made their own self-portraits!!
I LOVE the cover of my upcoming novel Me, Frida and the Secret of the Peacock Ring. The cover art designed by award-winning illustrator, Rafael López, is absolutely beautiful and perfectly captures the flavor of Mexico and mystery that permeates the story. For me, the best part of Rafael's stunning cover art, is that it shows the main character's face.
My last two book covers didn't show the young protagonists' faces. Maybe that seems like a small thing, but it means so much to me. I could go on and on about it. The big takeaway from this beautiful book cover is this: I’m grateful to Rafael López for his stunning work and the Scholastic design team for their support.
It was an honor and so much fun working on the junior novelization of Coco by Disney Pixar. It's a beautiful story about familia and music and celebrates the true essence of Día De Los Muertos.
The novel is currently available for preorder at your favorite bookseller and the movie comes out November, 2017.
Several times I’ve been asked about my recommendations for diverse books, so I made a list. This list is by no means complete nor organized in any profound way. I'm sure that I'm leaving off LOTS of books, but these are the ones I've managed to read (in between my writing schedule) and have completely enjoyed. Hopefully, it serves as a nice starting point for your further exploration.
Happy Birthday Gaby, Lost and Found!
Ten Coolest Things That Have Happened to Me Since Gaby, Lost and Found Was Published
Looking back on this fun-filled busy first year as a new published author, I have created a list (I’m obsessed with lists!) of the Ten Coolest Things That Have Happened to Me Since Gaby, Lost and Found Was Published (I’m also obsessed with long list titles!)
Here it is!
Warning: it might be a bit of an exclamation point overload.:0
10. Met Judy Blume at the ALA – Ack! Love her!
9. Hello! My name on a billboard in Houston, Texas!
8. I met Clifford the BIG RED DOG in Houston, Texas!
7. A Kansas student picked me for her “amazing women in history” project.
Okay, that makes me feel old, but I don’t care I like the sentiment!
6. Rainbow loom bracelets and fan letters from kids, teachers and moms all over the country!
5. Being invited to the San Antonio Book Festival and meeting other great illustrators and story-tellers there!
4. Gaby, Lost and Found winning the International Latino Book Award in Las Vegas! Sweet victory!
3. Going back home to Topeka, Kansas to meet Gaby fans!
2. Having Gaby, Lost and Found in the Scholastic catalogs that I used to love as a child.
1. All the wonderful students I’ve met during my school visits tour! They are a constant reminder of why I’m proud to be a kidlit writer.:)
It’s been an amazing year! Thanks everyone! On to book #2!