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

Wiggling Pockets/Los bolsillos saltarines

Illustration of boy with his pets
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

Parade of animals in zoo
By: Pat Mora
Illustrated by: Doug Cushman
Age Level: 3-6
Language: Spanish (Bilingual Eng/Sp), Spanish vocabulary featured

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!

Painting of foods of the Americas, such as pumpkins and corn
By: Pat Mora
Illustrated by: Rafael López
Age Level: 6-9
Language: 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.