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.

Skype In the Classroom

I’ve just relaunched my Guest Speaker profile on Skype in the Classroom! I love this infographic that Candlewick put together too.


Princeton Children's Book Festival

Just came back from another fabulous year at the Princeton Children’s Book Festival. Here are just a few pictures. It was great to see the giraffe I designed for the poster on the wall and all the name badges. I’m grateful to the wonderful people at Princeton Public Library, JaZams Book store, wonderful attendees, and all the great author/illustrators at the festival.


I just came back from vacation and a wonderful experience at ILA annual conference in Austin.  I spent three days with wonderful educators and fellow authors like Vera Brogsol, Varian Johnson, Angela Cervantes, Colby Sharp, Juana Martinez-Neal, and Pablo Cartaya. Here are just a few pictures from panels and presentations. Thank you to Macmillan for bringing me and being so supportive of STELLA DÍAZ HAS SOMETHING TO SAY. Also a big thank you to Susannah Richards and Oralia Cortes for moderating the panels.