August 2013 Book of the Month
Ask My Mood ring How I Feel
By Diana López
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
It’s summer before eighth grade, and Erica “Chia” Montenegro is feeling so many things that she needs a mood ring to keep track of her emotions. She’s happy when she hangs out with her best friends, the Robins. She’s jealous that her genius little sister skipped two grades. And she’s passionate about the crushes on her Boyfriend Wish list. And when Erica’s mom is diagnosed with breast cancer, she feels worried and doesn’t know what she can do to help.
When her family visits a cuarto de milagros, a miracle room in a famous church, Erica decides to make a promesa to God in exchange for her mom’s health. As her mom gets sicker, Erica quickly learns that juggling family, friends, school, and fulfilling a promesa is stressful, but with a little bit of hope and a lot of love, she just might be able to figure it out.
Confetti Girl author Diana Lopez returns with this sweet, funny, and utterly honest story about being a girl in a world full of good (and bad) surprises.
About the Author: Diana López
Diana López is the author of the novels Choke and Confetti Girl, which won the 2012 William Allen White Award. She is the editor of the journal Huizache and the managing director of Centro Victoria, an organization devoted to promoting Mexican American literature.
López lives in South Texas and teaches at the University of Houston-Victoria.
August 2013 Additional Conversation
How Far Do You Love Me?
By Lulu Delacre
Published by Lee & Low Books
Based on a bedtime game that author/illustrator Lulu Delacre played with her young daughters, How Far Do You Love Me? is an “I love you” book with a twist. With every expression of love, readers visit one of thirteen different locations around the world, each a beautifully illustrated scene of adults and children in a place of natural beauty.
About the Author: Lulu Delacre
Three-time Pura Belpré Award honoree Lulu Delacre has been writing and illustrating children’s books since 1980.
Born and raised in Puerto Rico to Argentinean parents, Delacre says her Latino heritage and her life experiences inform her work. Her 34 titles include Arroz con Leche: Popular Songs and Rhymes from Latin America, a Horn Book Fanfare Book in print for nearly 25 years; and Salsa Stories, an IRA Outstanding International Book. Her newest work, How Far Do You Love Me?, has been twice reviewed as having the emotional resonance of the children’s classic, The Runaway Bunny.
Delacre has lectured internationally; served as a juror for the National Book Awards; and exhibited at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art among other venues.