Tuesday, April 05, 2016


Author: Jen Arena
Illustrator: Angela Dominguez

Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publication Date: August 2016

This concept book teaches both opposites and simple vocabulary words—in English and Spanish. “Marta is una niña… / …an ordinary girl.” She is “grande” to a bug but “pequeña” to an elephant, “lenta” to a horse but “rápida” to a turtle, tranquila” to a lion but “ruidosa” to a rabbit. All is well until she’s up against a snake who finds her “sabrosa” (tasty); on a Marta-free spread that follows, the offstage narrator frets, “Marta? ¿Dónde estás?” Readers are quickly reassured of the girl’s safety (she has skittered up a tree—“Phew!”), but was there ever really any doubt about the resourcefulness of this “ingeniosa” child? Like Marta, with her matching purple backpack, shorts, and sneakers, the art is energetic and no-frills, at least until the wink at the end when Marta is depicted sitting before paper, paint, and a brush that has just slithered across the page: was the snake a product of her imagination? The story concludes with a glossary, likely to be followed by requests to hear the book de nuevo. Nell Beram

San Antonio Book Festival

I just got back from my time presenting at the San Antonio Book Festival. I presented with Meg Medina our book Mango, Abuela, and Me. I also had the great pleasure of sharing the stage with John Parra, Don Tate, Monica Brown, and Daniel Miyares. The entire event was absolutely delightful.

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

San Antonio Book Festival

I'm so excited to be participating in the San Antonio Book Festival this April. Please check the flyer and their website for more information.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Kid Lit TV interview

Recently I was featured on a episode of Kid Lit Tv. Thank you to everyone at Kid Lit Tv. It was such a delightful experience. Here's a link if you'd like to see it.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

ALA Pura Belpré

Recently, both Meg Medina and I were honored with the Pura Belpré Honor. I am still in shock and grateful for the recognitions. 

MANGO, ABUELA, AND ME. Text copyright © 2015 by Meg Medina. Illustrations copyright © 2015 by Angela Dominguez. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA.

Monday, November 30, 2015

How Do You Say? Cómo Se Dice? Proofs

I just received proofs for my book How Do You Say? Cómo Se Dice? (Henry Holt November 2016)

Thank you to Kate Farrell and April Ward for their fabulous help on the book.

Website Update

I just updated my website with a new bio page and a few new images. Also if you click on the Maria Had A Little Llama Page you can you now hear a Spanish Read Out Loud!