About Alma Flor Ada

Alma Flor Ada, Pro­fes­sor Emerita at the Uni­ver­sity of San Fran­cisco, has devoted her life to advo­cacy for peace by pro­mot­ing a ped­a­gogy ori­ented to per­sonal real­iza­tion and social jus­tice. A for­mer Rad­cliffe Scholar at Har­vard Uni­ver­sity and Ful­bright Research Scholar she is an inter­na­tion­ally re-known speaker.

Alma Flor’s numer­ous children’s books of poetry, nar­ra­tive, folk­lore and non fic­tion have received pres­ti­gious awards; among many: Christo­pher Medal (The Gold Coin), Pura Bel­pré Medal (Under the Royal Palms), Once Upon a World (Gath­er­ing the Sun), Par­ents’ Choice Honor (Dear Peter Rab­bit), NCSS and CBC Notable Book (My Name is María Isabel), Inter­na­tional Latino Book Award (Love, Amalia; Danc­ing Home, and Yes! We Are Lati­nos) Marta Salotti Gold Medal (Encaje de piedra). In 2012 she received the Vir­ginia Hamil­ton Award in recog­ni­tion of her body of work for chil­dren. In 2014 the Mex­i­can Gov­ern­ment hon­ored her with the pres­ti­gious OHTLI Award for her ser­vices to the Mex­i­can com­mu­ni­ties in the United States.

Her pro­fes­sional books for edu­ca­tors, include:   A Mag­i­cal Encounter: Latino Children’s Lit­erature in the Class­room  and, co-authored  with F. Isabel Cam­poy: Authors in the Class­room: A Trans­for­ma­tive Edu­ca­tion Process, Ini­tial Span­ish Lit­er­acy: Strate­gies for Young Learn­ers and Está linda la mar: Para com­pren­der y usar la poesía en la clase.