VIDEO: Alma Flor Ada and Gabriel Zubizarreta discuss their inspiration for writing Dancing Home

Alma Flor Ada and Gabriel Zubizarreta dis­cuss their inspi­ra­tion for writ­ing Danc­ing Home. Watch video.

Alma Flor Ada on Books and Reading for Latin Baby Book Club

Last month we were for­tu­nate enough to have esteemed author, Alma Flor Ada, con­tribute a short piece on help­ing our chil­dren to grow up bilin­gually. This month, Sra. Ada has once again shared some of her thoughts on the value of books in a child’s life…

Few friends could be more valu­able for chil­dren than books.

Books can be fun and enter­tain­ing offer­ing chil­dren won­der­ful moments. But they cer­tainly do much more.

Books can be infor­ma­tive, and allow chil­dren to learn about any topic, any time, any place. But they do much more. Read more…

MuuMoo Animal Nursery Rhymes Release

It is always an immense source of joy to see a new book pub­lished. Isabel Cam­poy and I have been col­lect­ing folk­lore all our lives. We know the soul of the cul­ture lives in these pop­u­lar expres­sions that have been shared from gen­er­a­tion to gen­er­a­tion through the cen­turies. It is very mean­ing­ful for us to be able to share the chil­dren folk­lore bilin­gually. Chil­dren who are famil­iar with the Span­ish lan­guage will be able to enjoy the orig­i­nal rhymes, those that are not flu­ent yet will be able to enjoy them in Eng­lish, par­tic­u­larly because the Eng­lish ver­sions have been lov­ingly and artis­ti­cally cre­ated by Rosalma Zubizarreta to make them as enjoy­able as the orig­i­nals.
These book fol­lows another col­lec­tion of tra­di­tional rhymes, Pio Peep! and one of Vil­lan­ci­cos or Christ­mas Car­ols, all of them pub­lished by Harper­Collins with extra­or­di­nary illus­tra­tions by Vivi Escriva.
A par­tic­u­lar ele­ment in MuuMoo is that our won­der­ful edi­tor Rose­mary Bros­man, under­stand­ing the impor­tance that pop­u­lar poetry remains alive, by being added upon, encour­aged us to add some of our own orig­i­nal ani­mal rhymes to the tra­di­tional col­lec­tion.
We look for­ward to your com­ments as you share MuuMoo with your chil­dren or stu­dents.
May these rhymes con­tinue to live and delight and remain as small trea­sures in the hearts of chil­dren to be held on to for­ever and some day share with yet another gen­er­a­tion of children.

Article on the application of Authors in the Classroom in the Dominican Republic in the Inter-American Journal of Education for Democracy

Using Teach­ers’ Vol­un­teer Expe­ri­ences in the Domini­can Repub­lic to Develop Social Respon­si­bil­ity in Cana­dian Middle-School Stu­dents: An ‘Authors in the Class­room’ Approach,” Judith K. Bern­hard, Lisa Evans, Yohan­nys Mar­molejo, Teresa Cosentino

Pub­lish: Sep­tem­ber 2009
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Alma Flor Ada Teachership Award, 2010

The win­ner of this year Alma Flor Ada Teach­er­ship Award is Pavel Escobedo. Mr. Escobedo is study­ing for his teach­ing cre­den­cial at CSU Chan­nel Islands. The award will be pre­sented by Alma Flor Ada dur­ing the Award Lun­cheon at the CABE [Cal­i­for­nia Asso­ci­a­tion for Bilin­gual Edu­ca­tion] Con­fer­ence, in San Jose, on March 11, 2010.
The first recip­i­ent of the teach­er­ship, was Maricela Var­gas Gon­za­lez, in 2009.

I Love Saturdays y domingos in video for the program Beyond the Page

I Love Sat­ur­days y domin­gos in video for the pro­gram Beyond the Page, Dis­ney Edu­ca­tional Pro­duc­tions. Ani­mated illus­tra­tions bring to life the story and Elivia Savadier’s illus­tra­tions. The story is fol­lowed by an inter­view with Alma Flor, accom­pa­nied by her grand­daugh­ter Camille and by a video field trip fea­tur­ing grand­par­ents. Click here to see interview.

Ballet The Malachite Palace

Alma Flor Ada’s pic­ture book The Mala­chite Palace has been turned into an extra­or­di­nary bal­let with chore­og­ra­phy by Diane Lam­bie and per­formed by Bal­let Bras d’Or in Cape­Bre­ton, NS, Canada. Watch a video:

Smiles & Butterflies Newsletter

A new monthly dig­i­tal newslet­ter can come your way to sig­nal the col­lab­o­ra­tion between Alma Flor Ada and Amer­i­can Read­ing Com­pany. You are a teacher; a believer in poten­tial; a guide and a men­tor to chil­dren of many back­grounds and diverse cul­tures. You lead them and love them, and you seek to send them on the most beau­ti­ful path they can walk. Who is guid­ing you?

Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Cam­poy feel a kin­ship with you and a deep grat­i­tude for your work. Our love for chil­dren and our belief that they blos­som in your care has led us to cre­ate a free new pub­li­ca­tion, Smiles & But­ter­flies. It’s our way of acknowl­edg­ing your call­ing and offer­ing a col­or­ful, infor­ma­tive tool that, in your capa­ble hands, can surely add sun­shine and hap­pi­ness to the time you spend teach­ing and cul­ti­vat­ing these grow­ing lights in our world.

Our first issue is just a click away. Thank you for all that you do, and enjoy Smiles & Butterflies!

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Meet the author: Alma Flor Ada interviewed for Col­orín colorado

Alma Flor Ada is the award-winning author of more than 200 books for chil­dren. She is also a poet, sto­ry­teller, edu­ca­tor, mother, and grand­mother. With a Ph.D. in lit­er­a­ture and a life­long love for sto­ries, Ada has mas­tered the art of retelling tra­di­tional folk­tales and nurs­ery rhymes from across Latin Amer­ica. A native of Cuba who has also lived in Spain, Peru, and the United States, Alma Flor Ada writes poetry, pic­ture books, and nov­els that offer rich, mul­ti­cul­tural per­spec­tives for all children.”

View the video clips below:

Meet the Author – Col­orín col­orado
Conozca al Autor – Col­orín colorado

SILK a moving film

The won­der­ful idea, from my son Alfonso, of pro­ject­ing films at home –instead of watch­ing them on a TV screen– con­tin­ues to my the life long dream of a home the­ater be a great gift.
Among the many beau­ti­ful films recently seen is SILK — a film with a very direct story line, a love story, but one of the most del­i­cate expres­sions of true love.
The views of France and Japan are equally strik­ing, the pho­tog­ra­phy is excel­lent, but it is the del­i­cacy and exquis­ite­ness of the love story what makes it memorable.