One of the best experiences I've had making zines for so many years is developing friendships that have lasted. Despite living in different parts of the country, I have kept up with a handful of zinesters over the years through letters and zines. This past week I received this beautiful piece of art made by one of my oldest zines friends. I love everything about this, but especially the little Malú worry doll!
How cool is this? The mom of a California 5th grader whose class was reading the book made conchas for the class at his request. They look yummy, and I love that they perfectly match the cover!
Malú rides the Pink Line! The Pink Line goes around the Loop and west through Pilsen, a historically Mexican neighborhood that was partly the inspiration for Malú’s new home. As a regular CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) rider I love this opportunity to share my book in such a cool way. Thank you to Books on the L!
One of the greatest honors I had in writing THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK and seeing it become a real live book was the opportunity to work with and amazing team of Latinas including my editor, my agent and the cover illustrator. There's a great feature over on Bustle about this experience! Thanks to Kerri Jared for The Latina Team Behind 'The First Rule of Punk' Created Something For The Kids They Used to Be.
The audiobook edition of THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK, from Recorded Books, is out in the world! It's read by the super talented actress, Trini Alvarado! It's available wherever audiobooks are sold. And check out the cool cover!
This is THE coolest. A middle school student from Texas dressed up as Malú for Halloween! Halloween is my favorite holiday so this is such an honor! Big thanks to her school librarian for sharing this!
Love being included in Brightly's Read Globally list of 15 Beautiful Books That Introduce Mexican Culture and History to Kids!
It was a lot of fun to do this interview of School Library Journal with Jennifer Mathieu, the author of the new YA novel Moxie (whose protagonist also makes zines!) They've Got Moxie: In Conversation with Celia C. Pérez and Jennifer Mathieu.
My interview with the Books Between podcast was included in Matthew Winner's Top 10 Tuesday: Podcast Interviews with Hispanic and Latinx Bookmakers. That's some good company to be in!
What a great list to be on! Brightly's 17 New Authors of Color Writing Much-Needed Stories for Kids.
THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK got a sweet shout out from John Green in Parade Magazine's 3 Page Turners for All Ages.
Super honored to have THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK selected as the ONE CITY, ONE BOOK read for Pleasant Hill, California! All 5th graders in the city will get a copy of the book and there will be more give away in the library.
THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK is included in the Chicago Public Library's MUSIC: THE BEAT OF OUR CITY list of musical books for kids!
THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK is a 2017-2018 Chicago Public Schools Battle of the Books title for 7th-8th grade! I feel like I've died and gone to heaven. What an honor!
Thank you to Lettycia Terrones for this most thoughtful and beautifully written look at THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK over at the Latinxs in Kid Lit blog.
Check out THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK in the Chicago Public Library's Neighborhood Girls: New Teen Books by Chicago Authors list!
Thank you to the Latinxs in Kid Lit blog for the Spotlight on Middle Grade Authors feature!
THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK was featured on School Library Journal's Heavy Medal: A Mock Newbery blog!
Q&A on #OurVoces blog series featuring Latinx and Hispanic kid lit authors!
Thank you to A Mighty Girl for including THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK with so many of my favorites in its 45 Empowering Books Starring Latina Mighty Girls!
Completely out of order but I forgot to include it when it aired. I was interviewed by the lovely Corrina Allen for episode #33 of Books Between! One of my favorite podcasts so this was super fun to do.
Honored and humbled to have had the opportunity to talk about THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK and diversity in books with veteran Chicago journalist Sue Ontiveros for her Chicago Sun-Times column.
THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK was featured in mitú's "Fierce Boss Ladies" column. A huge thanks to Raquel Richard for this lovely feature!
Thank you to Betsy Bird at School Library Journal's A Fuse #8 Production Blog for featuring THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK as its Review of the Day!
Happy Latinx / Latino / Hispanic Heritage Month! Thank you to School Library Journal for including THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK in its list of 23 YA and Middle Grade Books to Honor Hispanic Heritage Month! If you're looking for more titles, we're also on Brightly's 14 New Children's and YA Books That Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!
Thank you, Colby Sharp, for including THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK in Not On The Yarn!
I was interviewed by Kelly McEvers for NPR's All Things Considered. What an honor! Audio and transcript are available online now.
"Sorry, Mom, I'm an Aspiring Punk Rocker": THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK was reviewed by Nell Beram for the back-to-school section of The New York Times Book Review!
THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK was reviewed in the September issue of the long running punk fanzine Maximum RocknRoll!
08.21.2017 - 09.1.2017
Thank you to all the wonderful blogs and bloggers who featured THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK on its two week blog tour!
August 21 – Books 4 Your Kids
August 22 – Here’s to Happy Endings
August 23 – Boricuan Bookworms
August 24 – Teachers Who Read
August 25 – Margie’s Must Reads
August 28 – The Reading Nook Reviews
August 29 – The Novel Hermit
August 30 – Teen Librarian Toolbox
August 31 – YA Book Central
September 1 – The YA Book Traveler
Feature by Heidi Stevens in The Chicago Tribune! 'Chicago librarian captures punk aesthetic, Latino culture in new kids' book'.
Thanks to the American Booksellers Association and Indies Introduce committee member Laura Delaney for this Indies Introduce Q&A!
Thank you Phil at Change the Rotation blog for the interview! We chat about zines, punk, librarianship, and THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK!
"'The First Rule of Punk' Celebrates Feisty, Soyrizo Loving Latina Girl"! I was interviewed about THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK for NBC Latino!
What an honor to be a part of the Autumn 2017 Kids' Indie Next List with all these amazing titles! Thank you, American Booksellers Association!
Lots of awesome stuff happening today for THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK!
Included in 10 Bitch Approved Books You Must Read in August over at the BITCHMEDIA website.
Included in Must-Read August New Releases on the Book Riot website.
Included in Amazon's Best Books of the Month for ages 9-12.
Featured in a Q&A on Travis Jonker's 100 Scope Notes blog over at the School Library Journal website!
A lovely starred review from School Library Journal! Thank you!
Kicking it back to April. Forgot to link to this lovely little nugget from Loud Women ezine on the other side of the pond! Thanks for the shout out!
Great review love from the folks at Owl Crate in their May Reading Wrap Up!
How cool is that? Excited to be in such great company and thankful to the selecting committee, made up of independent booksellers, for this honor. Blurbs from some of the committee members can be found here.
Honored to be included in this list of 2017 releases by Latinxs in honor of Women's History Month (via Bustle)!
The First Rule of Punk featured in Publishers Weekly's Fall 2017 Children's Sneak Previews
I wrote a book! And it's going to be published by Viking!