Wednesday, October 17, 2012

NEW Reading Guides for Love , Amalia and Dancing Home

A message from Alma Flor Ada

Dear friends:

It is a joy to welcome Love, Amalia (also in Spanish, Con cariño, Amalia) co-written with my son Gabriel Zubizarreta, in my collection of realistic fiction with Latino characters, which also includes last year’s Dancing Home (Nacer bailando) and the re-released My Name is Maria Isabel (Me llamo Maria Isabel). A story about a young girl dealing with loss, Booklist says that Love, Amalia “charmingly emphasizes the importance of both friendship and intergenerational relationships.” Kirkus writes, “The authors tackle issues of love, loss and familial ties with a sympathetic, light hand and blend Spanish words and Latino music and recipes into Amalia’s tale.”

To learn more about our mother/son collaboration, which was a truly wonderful experience, watch our interview at

You can find Reading Guides on the corresponding book pages in my website or in:

You may want to take advantages of the suggestions and links to a series of resources that include free downloads listed in the attached document “Resources”  and the list of Celebrations and Festivities found in my books.  Many teachers have found them useful.

Books are available through your local bookstore or For more personalized attention, order through Del Sol Books by contacting

To stay up to date with all things Alma Flor Ada, including new books, awards, and giveaways, ‘like’ my fan page at or follow me on twitter (@almaflorada).

May you continue to receive great joy seeing your efforts bloom. Whether you inspire your students to discover “the joy of learning”,  facilitate the “magical encounter” between children and books, or advocate for equality, social justice and peace, you are contributing to make the world a better place with your example. 

Alma Flor Ada

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