Week 3 Global Read Aloud Videos!

Here are the WEEK 3 Global Read Aloud Videos. I’m back home in VA. Best of all, sleepy Petunia is back! Thank you again for submitting all your questions. I look forward to seeing what questions you come up with in WEEK 4.


Here are the Week 2 videos, PART 1 and PART 2.

I received many wonderful questions again this week and I tried to answer as many I could. If I didn’t answer your question this week, it’s only because I ran out of time or there was a similar question. I really appreciate you all taking the time to submit. I can’t wait to see what you all ask next in Week 3!!

P.s. Petunia will be back in Week 3!


Yay! It’s the first Galleys for STELLA DÍAZ NEVER GIVES UP!! Pub Date: January 14, 2020.

Currently, I only have five copies for my Global Read Aloud book giveaway. However, I hope to get more soon! And in case you’re wondering how to enter for the giveaway, you’re automatically entered when you submit questions for the weekly video. Petunia and I randomly select a winner each week.

Of course, you can also pre-order it today, too!

#gra19 #graStella #roaringbrook #mglit#middlegrade #sequel#stelladiazhassomethingtosay#stelladiaznevergivesup



I’m happy to share the Week 1 GRAStella videos! I received so many questions that I split it into two videos. FYI, the book giveaway is announced at the end of PART 2.

Thank you all again for reading STELLA DÍAZ HAS SOMETHING TO SAY and taking the time to submit your questions. I look forward to your questions during Week 2!!!

Part 1 of 2 Week 1 Videos! Thank you for submitting all your questions about STELLA DIAZ HAS SOMETHING TO SAY. Stay Tuned for Video 2 for the Book Giveaway
Part 2 of the WEEK 1VIDEOS. Stay tuned to the very end for the BOOK GIVEAWAY! #GRAStella #GRA19 #stella


Hi! Here's a BONUS Video for this year's Global Read Aloud. I'll answer a couple of early questions and show you where to submit on my website your Stella Díaz Has Something to Say questions. Thank you! #GRA19 #GRAStella

Global Read Aloud - How To Submit Your Questions! And Teacher Resources

It’s almost #GRA19 time! As promised, here is some information on my weekly videos. Starting Monday September 30th, please submit your #GRAStella questions through my website. That following Monday, I’ll post a video here on my blog where I answer as many of your questions as I can. 

 When submitting questions, please make sure to include the name of your classroom, students’ names, and #GRAStella as the subject line, too. 

 I’ll also be selecting at random a winner each week to receive an autographed copy of Stella Díaz Has Something to Say and an advanced copy of my upcoming follow up, Stella Díaz Never Gives Up.  Note, I will post videos up to Monday November 4th. 

On a related note, if you’re an educator looking for #GRAStella teaching resources make sure to check out Bobbi Hopkins and her crew’s HYPERDOC. I’ve seen a peek and it’s A..M..A..Z..I..N..G!

 That’s it! I can’t wait to go on this adventure with you all soon! 


Global Read Aloud

Thank you to everyone who is participating in this year’s Global Read Aloud! Here is a little video about this year’s #GRA19. I’ll have more information on how to submit your questions soon.

Global Read Aloud - Videos

I recently recorded a Read Aloud for Stella Díaz Has Something To Say. There were many bloopers...many bloopers. In the upcoming weeks, I’ll be posting weekly videos answering q/a’s. More details on that soon! I look forward to starting this adventure!


In non book news, I’m happy to share we adopted a dog, Petunia! She’s a Boston Terrier/Chihuahua mix that we rescued. Thank you, Capital Area Rescue Effort! I look forward to many walks and to having a new co-worker in my office.


I just got back from my second OMG (Oh Middle Grade) Book Festival. This year it was in St. Louis, MO and hosted by The Novel Neighbor. Here is just a few pictures of the fabulous festival organized by Sarah Mylnowski, Christina Soontornvat, Michael Buckley, Adele Griffins, and Julia Devillers.

I’m still amazed that 2,000 books were given away to children. Bonus! I met and hung out with my favorite authors like Karin Yan Glaser, Booki Vivat, Stuart Gibbs, Vashti Harrison, Elizabeth Eulberg, Marcus Emerson, and Tui Sutherland. For more information please visit: www.omgbookfest.org.


I’m headed to St. Louis, MO in two weeks for OMG Book Festival. For more information please visit: www.omgbookfest.org


NCTE Language Arts Magazine

It’s such an honor to have my illustration on the cover of Language Arts Magazine. The artwork is from Marta! Big & Small written by the fabulous Jen Arena. To along with the cover is an article on “Sustaining Bilingualism” where they discuss using Marta! Big and Small in a bilingual classroom.

One of my favorite lines from the article by Cecilia M. Espinosa and Alison Lehner-Quam is, “ An engagement with Marta! Big & Small provides young children like Aria the chance to translate lines from the book, making her talents visible to others. It also adds rich opportunities for children’s bilingualism to be sustained and further developed.” My heart swoons just reading that. Thank you National Council Of Teachers Of English and Jonda Mcnair for this opportunity.


SCBWI Golden Kite Awards Speeches

I’m thrilled to be able to show you clips from the SCBWI Golden Kite Awards. While you should watch the entire video, you can skip ahead to around minute 14:30 to see Meg Medina introduce my award, The Sid Fleischman Award for Humor. .

2019 Visual Artist Residency at the Highlights Foundation

I’m thrilled to be the featured visual artist for 2019 at the Highlights Foundation. Artwork from my book, Sing, Don’t Cry will be on display for the whole 2019 workshop season. The opening reception will be April 7th and preceding the reception will be an “un-workshop” from April 4th to the 7th. Here is a link with more information:




Golden Kite Gala #NY19SCBWI

 was wonderfully surreal, magical, and more. Thank you to SCBWI for awarding #sidfleischman to my book, STELLA DÍAZ HAS SOMETHING TO SAY. Another big thank you to SCBWI for bringing Justice Sonia Sotomayor to the Golden Kite Gala. She inspired everyone with her words. I can't believe I signed a copy of my book for her! 

Now my lovely award sits on my bookshelf next to some great company. 

Finally, gracias again to Meg Medina for her lovely introduction.


I’m delighted to say my debut middle grade novel has received some really great praise and attention. In the past month, it received the SID FLEISCHMAN AWARD and made the ALA NOTABLE LIST! I can’t wait to go to NY next week to receive the SID FLEISCHMAN award and see some of my favorite people.



I just came back from #ncte2018 in Houston. I had a wonderful time on a panel with five other female writers. Our topic was on how to use Diverse Lit to Build Empathy with Middle Schoolers. Thank you to everyone at Macmillan School and Library for their support. Here are just a few pictures.

Also gigantic news! STELLA DIAZ HAS SOMETHING TO SAY is a New York Public Library Top Ten Pick for Kid’s 2018 #bestbooks

SVRC and Young Authors Program

I just got back from three days Author visit in Western Virginia near Staunton, Harrisonburg, and Bridgewater. I had great time visiting elementary school and presenting to aspiring educators at James Madison University.