Pat Mora

This is the author website of award winning poet and author of books for children, young adults and adults. She is proudly Chicana and many of her books are published bilingually. Her poetry often switches between English and Spanish within each poem. Mora is known for her many books, including, Marimba! Animales from A to Z, A Birthday Basket for Tia, Dona Flor, My Own True Name and Agua Santa/Holy Water.

This is a beautifully designed website with numerous features including biographical and bibliographical information about Mora, information on her appearances and upcoming works, a page about her books for adults and young adults, a page about her children’s books, a “Kid Fun” page for children and a page of resources for Librarians and Educators.

This is one of the better Chicana/o author sites I’ve seen. It is truly set apart by the extensive resources listed for librarians and educators. This site is strongly recommended for all teachers and librarians serving children, especially those interested in optimizing the service they provide to their Spanish speaking communities.

Published in: on December 2, 2007 at 8:38 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Sandra Cisneros

 This is the official site of award winning and tremendously popular Chicana author Sandra Cisneros, best known for her books including: The House on Mango Street, Woman Hollering Creek,  and Caramelo.The site contains links to the usual biographical and bibliographic information. The site also links to articles, interviews, news and events, including scheduled appearances, about Cisneros.

The website is distinguished by its inclusion of study guides for book groups and classrooms studying Cisneros’s work, as well as links to the the foundations started by Cisneros, including The Macondo Foundation for budding writers, Los MacArturos for Latino/a recipients of MacArthur Foundation awards, and the Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Award, named for Cisneros’s father and awarded to Texas writers.

This site is an excellent resource for fans of Cisneros’s work, writers, librarians and teachers.

Published in: on November 30, 2007 at 3:27 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Luis Alberto Urrea

Another author website, this time for 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist, novelist Luis Albero Urrea. Urrea’s books, including Across the Wire and, most recently The Hummingbird’s Daughter have won numerous awards. The website contains extensive biographical information, a bibliography, Urrea’s frequently updated blog that tends to focus on issues of Chicano identity in the United States, and a calendar of events. There is a page devoted to Santa Teresita de Cabora, who constitutes the focus of his most recent novel.

There is an excellent “Etc.” page listing links to resources on human rights organizations concerned with border issues, and music, book, publishing and writing information that Urrea finds relevant.

This is a useful website for librarians doing readers advisory, fans of Urrea’s work, and readers and browsers interested in issues related to the Mexican/US border and immigration.

Published in: on November 29, 2007 at 4:23 am  Leave a Comment  
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