I’ll Always Come Back to You!
Eerdmans, Coming 2019
The delightful, funny, and loving promise of a parent to a young child, this book will touch the hearts of young and old. Based on the author’s promise to her own newly adopted toddler in 2006, it reassures the child with separation anxiety, as well as those affected by abandonment issues, custody situations, parental deployments, or any separation from a caring adult.
Tricycle/ Random House, 2010. Illustrated by Amy Cordoba
A playful rhyming romp into the activities of a community-wide fiesta. Aimed at the 0-4 year-old, Fiesta Babies is especially fun to read aloud, and includes a sprinkling of fiesta activity words in Spanish, with a glossary in back for the Spanish-challenged parent.
What Can You Do with a Paleta?
Tricycle Press, Hardback 2009. Paperback, 2014. Illustrated by Magaly Morales.
This beautifully illustrated affirmation of the smells and sounds and tastes of a Mexican-American barrio is a delightful, touching, and playful trip into the many imaginative uses a young girl finds for the icy, natural fruit treat of a Mexican paleta. Winner of the Americas Award, the Tomas Rivera Book Award, and the Charlotte Zolotow Award.
What Can You Do with a Rebozo?
Tricycle Press, 2008. Illustrated by Amy Cordova.
Recognized as an ALA Notable Book, a Pura Belpre Honor Book for Illustration, and on the Texas Library Association’s Texas 2X2 Reading List, What Can You DO with a Rebozo is a wonderful celebration of the power of imagination and play., following a spunky young Mexican American girl through her discovery of many uses for her Mom’s red Mexican shawl.
“Para los ninos, Tafolla and Córdova weave together a delightful swirl of color, rhythm, and rhyme, delightful as a rebozo.”
--- Pat Mora, award-winning author of more than twenty children’s books
That’s Not Fair!: Emma Tenayuca’s Struggle for Justice /
¡No es Justo!:La Lucha de Emma Tenayuca por la Justicia
Wings Press, 2008. Illustrated by Terry Ybañez.
This is the first book ever published about the significant Latina civil rights leader from the 1930s, who at the tender age of 22, organized twelve thousand pecan shellers in a strike that was to become the first successful action in the Mexican American struggle for political and economic justice. Aimed at readers 6 and up, That’s Not Fair was the April 2008 national Las Comadres Book Selection, and was listed in Críticas Magazine’s Best Children’s Books of 2008. School Library Journal calls it “an important book celebrating the struggle for justice and civil rights.”
Baby Coyote and the Old Woman
Wings Press, 2000
The Dallas Morning News calls Baby Coyote and the Old Woman a simple story that imparts a powerful message. John Nichols says, “Baby Coyote is a wonderful, gentle, and very compassionate book about the most important struggle on earth today.” It is a story of respect, friendship, and ecological wisdom. Nominated for the Texas Bluebonnet Award, it was featured at the Texas Book Festival in 2002.
The Dog Who Wanted to Be a Tiger
Celebration Press, Scott-Foresman