Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Floating on Mama’s Song Virtual Book Tour

Follow the virtual book tour and you can be the lucky winner of a signed copy of this wonderful bilingual book. Leaving a comment on any of the tour's host sites enters you in the drawing to win a copy of Floating on Mama’s Song!  So I hope you will check out all the stops on the tour:

Monday, Aug. 30 - Floating on Mama's Song synopsis, reviews of the Paintbox)      

Tuesday, Aug. 31- Laura Lacámara (author) interview (On Beyond Words & Pictures) Megan Frances

Wednesday, Sept. 1- Katherine Tegen (editor) interview -- book comes out today! from the Rushmore Kid)

Thursday, Sept. 2 - Yuyi Morales (illustrator) interview (Latin Baby Book Club) René Colato Laínez

Friday, Sept. 3 - Announcement of contest winner! of the Paintbox)

Anita's mama loves to sing. She sings such beautiful, happy songs that something magical happens: Everyone who hears her music floats high above the ground. But then Mama stops singing. Can Anita find a way to bring back happy times and magical moments for her family? Debut author Laura Lacámara's lyrical, uplifting tale is paired with Yuyi Morales's stunning art for a magical celebration of family, music, and happiness.

A la mamá de Anita le encanta cantar. Sus canciones son tan bonitas y felices que crean algo mágico: todo el que escucha su música se eleva y flota en el aire. Pero la mamá de Anita deja de cantar. ¿Logrará Anita recobrar los tiempos felices y los momentos mágicos para ella y su familia?
La lírica e inspiradora historia de Laura Lacámara y el arte espectacular de Yuyi Morales retratan una celebración mágica de la familia, la música y la felicidad.

From North to South/ Del Norte al Sur

Today is the publication day of my new bilingual book. Visit your favorite bookstore or internet store and take a look at From North to South/ Del Norte al Sur.

"From North to South  shines a light on the painful experience of family separation from both sides of the border—the questions, the anxiety of waiting, and the hope of a child and his parents. ¡Si se puede!" —Dolores Huerta, activist, organizer and co-founder of The United Farm Workers of America, AFL-CIO

"The child’s perspective makes this a particularly moving glimpse of an increasingly common experience." —Kirkus Reviews

"With the latest in unjust immigration upheavals in Arizona and beyond, José and his parents—and too many of Laínez’s students—are some of the actual faces of real people, real families being torn apart by seemingly arbitrary, anonymous laws. From North to South—presented in both English and Spanish for even broader appeal and reach—is an effective, necessary reminder beyond just the numbers of how human lives are at the mercy of policymakers who are far, far away from the real people." —Smithsonian's BookDragon Blog

"Told in English and Spanish, the story and illustrations focus on the loving ways families devise to have hope and stay together in trying circumstances." —ForeWord Reviews

From North to South / Del Norte al Sur es un nuevo libro bilingue escrito por René Colato Laínez e ilustrado por Joe Cepeda. El autor inmigrante salvadoreño residente de Los Ángeles se convierte en el portavoz de estos niños, los que quedaron atrás, los que esperan volver a juntarse con sus padres para retomar una vida de normalidad que, dice, quizás vuelva con la reforma migratoria. Las ilustraciones; de hecho, pinturas al óleo, de Joe Cepeda, realmente complementan la historia haciendo de la lectura una fiesta para los ojos.- Gabriel Lerner La Opinión- Hispanic LA


Doret said...

I reviewed Floating on Mama's Song, today.

Loved it. Its crazy good.

Rene, much congrats on the new release. For some reason I thought it was coming out later in the year. I will had it to my new release feature for next Tuesday.

Side by Side/Lado a Lado by Monica Brown was also released today. illus. by Joe Cepeda as well.

Rene Colato Lainez said...

Thanks Doret,

Next year Laura, Monica and I can celebrate the first birthday of our books.