Pat Mora

Pat Mora is a mother, author, poet, and tireless literacy advocate. Her writings range from lyrical picture books to adult prose. Her most common themes are family, Mexican-American culture, and the desert. Since growing up along the border as a second-generation Mexican American, Mora has become a valuable translator between Hispanic and non-Hispanic audiences. One day she may address a room full of teachers and librarians about outreach to parents. The next day she may speak to parents in Spanish about ways they can better partner with their children’s school. Mora’s charming picture books also reach out across cultures. They are available in English and Spanish, but are often bilingual.

Books by This Author

My Own True Name: New And Selected Poems For Young Adults

By: Pat Mora
Age Level: 14-16

"Mora has selected poems from her adult collections and added some new ones. She speaks of her own experience as a Latina in the Southwest, and of the experiences of those people whose lives have touched her own. Using the metaphor of a cactus, she has grouped the selections into three sections: 'Blooms' (of loves and joys), 'Thorns' (of hardships and sorrows), and 'Roots' (of family, wisdom, home, and strength)." — School Library Journal

Pablo's Tree

By: Pat Mora
Illustrated by: Cecily Lang
Age Level: 3-6
Language: English

Pablo can't wait to visit his abeulito for his birthday. His grandfather decorates Pablo's special tree, planted when he was adopted. Pablo's special tree and its surprises are presented in rich illustrations and gentle text.

Sweet Dreams/Dulces sueños

By: Pat Mora
Illustrated by: Maribel Suarez
Language: Spanish (Bilingual Eng/Sp)

It's bedtime, and Grandma has come to tuck everyone in. One by one, she kisses her grandchildren good-night in a loving refrain that reminds them of all the other friends who are closing their eyes and falling asleep. The soothing text and gentle drawings make this the perfect way to end a busy day. Bilingual text. This title is part of the My Family/Mi Familia series.

The Bakery Lady

By: Pat Mora
Illustrated by: Pablo Torecilla
Age Level: 3-6

Monica enjoys spending time at her grandparents' bakery not only because of sweet treats but because they have a special relationship. The story, told in both Spanish and English, is imbued with details about Mexican traditions.

The Remembering Day / El día de los muertos

By: Pat Mora
Illustrated by: Robert Casilla
Age Level: 6-9
Language: Spanish (Bilingual Eng/Sp)

Long, long, long ago, Bella and her grandmother Mamá Alma admired their vegetable garden. They liked gardening together. They grew sunflowers and lilies too, and chatted with lizards and hummingbirds. They walked around the flowers and vegetables holding hands, something they had done frequently since Bella was a baby. As her grandmother aged, Bella helped her to walk. "Every year, I need your help more and more," said Mamá Alma.

Tomás and the Library Lady

By: Pat Mora
Illustrated by: Raúl Colón

Tomás, child of migrant workers, visits the town library to find stories like the ones told by his grandfather. There he meets a librarian who provides him with a cool place, stories and books, and friendship before Tomás and his family move on to the next place. Handsomely illustrated in earth tones, this touching story was inspired by the real life of writer and educator, Tomás Rivera. Also available in Spanish.

Water Rolls, Water Rises/El agua rueda, el agua sube

By: Pat Mora
Illustrated by: Meilo So
Age Level: 3-6
Language: Spanish (Bilingual Eng/Sp)

Here is a poetic ode to the beauty of the natural world as expressed by the movement and moods of water on Earth. With every evocative verse, we visit one of fourteen different water landscapes and cultural areas around the world, each stunningly illustrated with a breathtaking view of a place of natural beauty and conveying a sense of the drama, joy, power, serenity, grandeur, or peacefulness of water.

Wiggling Pockets/Los bolsillos saltarines

By: Pat Mora
Illustrated by: Maribel Suarez
Language: Spanish (Bilingual Eng/Sp)

"In this fourth offering from Mora's bilingual easy-reader series My Family/Mi familia, beginning readers follow the excitement as a young boy sneaks four frolicking frogs into the kitchen via his overall pockets. Chaos ensues when frogs begin leaping into the sink, on Abuelita's lap, on Tina's head, and in Mama's pie. The simple text is perfectly complemented by soft, expressive, watercolor illustrations comprised of simple lines and details."— REFORMA News

¡Marimba!: Animales from A to Z

By: Pat Mora
Illustrated by: Doug Cushman
Age Level: 3-6

Find out what the animals in the zoo do once it's closed for the night in this lively, rhyming alphabet book. Jaunty illustrations add humor and meaning to words presented in two languages.

¡Yum! ¡Mmmm! ¡Qué Rico!

By: Pat Mora
Illustrated by: Rafael López
Language: English, Spanish, Spanish (Bilingual Eng/Sp)

Celebrate the native foods of the Americas — peanuts, blueberries, corn, potatoes, tomatoes, and more — through haiku poetry and stunning artwork from award-winning illustrator Rafael López.

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