2016 May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture Bookjoy, Wordjoy: Alegría en los Libros

Pat Mora


On September 29, 2014, I received a special email. It was from friendly Hannah Ehrlich at Lee & Low Books who forwarded a lovely and affirming message from [2016 Arbuthnot Committee Chair] Julie Corsaro. I was speechless and so grateful at what Julie had written.

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Pat Mora, “Words Free As Confetti,” Confetti: Poems for Children (New York: Lee & Low, 1996).

Sylvia Puentes de Oyenard, Paraflor: Antologia (Santiago, Chile: Editorial Andrés Bello, 1988), 5.

Kids Count Data Center, Annie E. Casey Foundation, July 2015, http://datacenter.kidscount.org/data/tables/103-child-population-by-race?loc=1&loct=1#detailed/1/any/false/869,36,868,867,133/68,69,67,12,70,66,71,72/423,424.

Pat Mora, “Twenty Ways of Looking at a Child” (unpublished poem, March 2016), www.patmora.com.

Lyndsey Layton, “Majority of U.S. Public School Students are in Poverty,” Washington Post, January 16, 2015, www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/majority-of-us-public-school-students-are-in-poverty/2015/01/15/df7171d0-9ce9-11e4-a7ee-526210d665b4_story.html.

Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC), School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison, “Publishing Statistics on Children’s Books about People of Color and First/Native Nations and by People of Color and First/Native Nations Authors and Illustrators,” accessed March 3, 2016, http://ccbc.education.wisc.edu/books/pcstats.asp.

Pat Mora, Zing: Seven Creativity Practices for Educators and Students (Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin, 2010), 114.

Bookjoy, Wordjoy by Pat Mora, to be published by Lee & Low, New York. Used with permission.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.5860/cal.14n3.3


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