Every December, Grandma Lupita tells Rose the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe. As they make paper flowers to put around her statue, Grandma begins: Long ago, on a cold December morning near what is now Mexico City, a man named Juan Diego put on his cloak and started down the road to church. On his way, Juan Diego sees a beautiful Lady at the top of a hill. She tells Juan Diego to go to the Bishop and ask him to build a special church for her. But the Bishop doesn't believe that Juan Diego has seen the Lady; he asks for a sign. Again the Lady sends Juan Diego, and again the Bishop asks for a sign. Until finally, she provides one: her shining image on Juan Diego's cloak for everyone to see.
About the Author
Pat Mora, a popular presenter across the country at conferences, campuses, libraries, and schools, speaks and offers workshops on literacy, creativity, leadership, the writing process, and serving diverse populations. Sharing Bookjoy: Creative Literacy Leaders and ZING! Seven Creativity Practices for Educators and Students are among her more popular themes.
The author of award-winning books of nonfiction and poetry for adults and of many children s books, Pat received honorary doctorates in letters from North Carolina State University and SUNY Buffalo and is an honorary member of the American Library Association. Among her other awards are the 2006 National Hispanic Cultural Center Literary Award, a Civitella Ranieri Fellowship, a Visiting Carruthers Chair at the University of New Mexico, a Poetry Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a Kellogg National Leadership Fellowship.
A former teacher, university administrator, and consultant, Pat is the founder of the family literacy initiative El dia de los ninos/El dia de los libros, Children s Day/Book Day (Dia), now housed at the American Library Association. The yearlong commitment to linking all children to books, languages, and cultures and of sharing what Pat calls bookjoy, culminates in national celebrations in April.
Pat was named one of the Fifty Most Inspiring Authors in the World by Poets & Writers magazine in February 2010.
Lou Fancher and Steve Johnson have worked as a creative team for over 22 years and have illustrated over 30 children's books including Dr. Seuss's "My Many Colored Days, "Jon Scieszka's "The Frog Prince, Continued "and Lois Duncan's "I Walk the Night "which was recognized as a "New York Times "Best Illustrated Book. They live in Moraga, California.
Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher are an illustration team with more than forty picture books in print. Their work has garnered rave reviews and won awards. Their books include My Many Colored Days, Bebop Express, I Walk at Night, New York's Bravest, The Velveteen Rabbit, and The Salamander Room. They were also concept artists for Pixar's Toy Story and A Bug's Life. They live in California with their son.