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Writers Against Racism: (A Fun) 2012 Pura Belpre Honor

After the day I had, e-mails like THIS make my day. Thank you, Samantha Vamos! “I love love love what he did. He’s just something else! Rafael [Lopez]made a video of his reaction to winning a 2012 Pura Belpre Honor.” Take a look…this is ‘AWEsome’ at its best. “Before You Were Here, Mi Amor”  (Viking) […]

Writers Against Racism: Happy Mother’s Day – My Book Pick

Happy Mother’s Day, Moms! Author Samantha Vamos will be visiting my school in the fall and I am thrilled to facilitate the visit. Here’s my Mother’s Day children’s book pick – Before You Were Here, Mi Amor. What’s yours? E-mail me: Follow me on Twitter: @abowllan Find me on Facebook!

Writers Against Racism: Inspiration for “The Cazuela That The Farm Maiden Stirred”


How Samantha Vamos ‘Cooked Up’  The Cazuela The idea for The Cazuela That The Farm Maiden Stirred occurred to me one wintry, weekend morning.  I was in the kitchen gathering ingredients to make pancakes and discovered that I lacked both milk and eggs.  At the time, my husband and I lived in Chicago, Illinois and […]