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Carmela Full of Wishes — Post-Tour Thoughts

Earlier this month, Christian Robinson and I finished a three-week tour for Carmela Full of Wishes. It’s always an honor to be sent on the road for a book, but this one was special. This was a book dedicated to my Mexican grandparents. This was a book celebrating family and community and the power


Christian Robinson and I are hitting the road in October to promote our new collaboration, Carmela Full of Wishes. (**The book will be available in both Spanish and English!) In a time when folks speak openly of building walls and exclusivity, I was moved to tell the story of one young Dreamer, Carmela, who is

Writing for Young Readers

Writers. We are so very flawed. So human. We mess up in life. Our books never quite measure up to what we hoped they would become when we first conceived them in our heads. Or maybe it’s just me…. But what a gift to be reminded that there are real people out there, YOUNG

Carmela Full of Wishes — First Three Reviews (All Stars!)

Carmela got her first two reviews, and they’re both STARS! One from PW and one from Kirkus. Christian and I feel so fortunate. Can’t wait to share this book with young people everywhere! Here are the reviews:  Carmela Full of Wishes — PW Matt de la Peña, illus. by Christian Robinson. It’s Carmela’s birthday,

Brain Pickings on LOVE and So Much More

This weekend I read a post about Love that knocked me out. It was on a taste-maker site called Brain Pickings (you can read the post here), the brainchild of Maria Popova. She is wonderfully insightful about LOVE, but I went on to read so many other posts, and I’m blown away, and at

Superman Cover Reveal

In February, 2019, my YA Superman novel comes out. Earlier this week the cover was revealed. Here’s my statement about the project: “I’m honored to have the opportunity to contribute to one of the most iconic American storylines. What has always fascinated me most about Superman is his outsider status — a recurrent theme

Carmela Full of Wishes

Keep families together.

Last Stop on Market Street – The Hip Hop Musical

I’m beyond thrilled that Last Stop on Market Street has been adapted for the stage. Chicago Children’s Theatre has created a hip hop musical production of Last Stop that is open now and runs through June 3rd. After that, the musical travels to Minneapolis. You can find more details here. It’s pretty amazing to

World Read Aloud Day

Carmela Full of Wishes — Press Release

Penguin Young Readers has just announced CARMELA FULL OF WISHES, my next picture book with illustrator Christian Robinson. This is a very special book for me (the story is set in a migrant community), and I can’t wait until folks get a look at the amazing illustrations! Here’s the press release from the publisher: