Mamá the Alien Website



The Mamá the Alien website is ready is ready. You will find reviews, teaching ideas, links and more surprises. Visit http://mamathealien.weebly.com

El sitio de internet de Mamá la extraterrestre está listo. Encontrarás reseñas, ideas para maestros, enlaces y más sorpresas. Visita http://mamathealien.weebly.com


2017 Américas Book Award Winners




For more information visit,


The Américas Award is given in recognition of U.S. works of fiction, poetry, folklore, or selected non-fiction (from picture books to works for young adults) published in the previous year in English or Spanish that authentically and engagingly portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States. By combining both and linking the Americas, the award reaches beyond geographic borders, as well as multicultural-international boundaries, focusing instead upon cultural heritages within the hemisphere. The award is sponsored by the national Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP).


Award Winners


 Ada’s Violin written by Susan Hood and illustrated by Sally Wern Comport. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2016. ISBN: 978-1481-430-951 

 The Only Road written by Alexandra Diaz. Simon & Schuster, 2016. ISBN: 978-1481457507



Honorable Mention Titles 

Malaika’s Costume written by Nadia L. Hohn and illustrated by Irene Luxbacher. Groundwood Books, 2016. ISBN: 978-1554987542 

The Distance Between Us written by Reyna Grande. Aladdin, Simon & Schuster, 2016. ISBN: 978-1481463713



Commended Titles 

Burn Baby Burn written by Meg Medina. Candlewick Press, 2016. ISBN: 978-0763674670 

Juana & Lucas written by Juana Medina. Candlewick Press, 2016. ISBN: 978-0763672089 

Lion Island written by Margarita Engle. Simon & Schuster, 2016. ISBN: 978-1481461122 

Lowriders to the Center of the Earth written by Cathy Camper and illustrated by Raúl the Third. Chronicle Books, 2016. ISBN: 978-1452123431


 Mamá the Alien / Mamá La Extraterrestre written by René Colato Laínez and illustrated by Laura Lacámara. Children’s Book Press, Lee & Low Books, 2016. ISBN: 978-0892392988 

Margarito’s Forest / El Bosque de Don Margarito written by Andy Carter and illustrated by Allison Havens. Hard Ball Press, 2016. ISBN: 978-0997979701 

Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat written by Javaka Steptoe. Hachette Book Group, 2016. ISBN: 978-0316213882 

Rainbow Weaver – Tejedora del arcoirís written by Linda Elovitz Marshall and illustrated by Elisa Chavarri. Children’s Book Press, Lee & Low Books, 2016. ISBN: 978-0892393749 

Shame the Stars written by Guadalupe García McCall. Lee & Low Books, 2016. ISBN: 978- 1620142783

Somos Como Los Nubes / We are Like the Clouds written by Jorge Argueta and illustrated by Alfonso Ruano. Groundwood Books, 2016. ISBN: 978-1554988495 

The Memory of Light written by Francisco X. Stork. Arthur A. Levine Books, Scholastic, 2016. ISBN: 978-0545474320

The Princess and the Warrior written Duncan Tonatiuh. Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2016. ISBN: 978-1419721304


The School the Aztec Eagles Built written by Dorinda Makanaōnalani Nicholson. Lee & Low Books, 2016. ISBN: 978-1600604409

MAY EVENTS/ EVENTOS DE MAYO



5-01-2017 
Glendale Central Library, CA

5-20-2017 
Magnolia's Parent Conference, Los Angeles, CA

5-23-2017 
Project Cornerstone Volunteer Celebration, Campbell, CA



4-29-17
Signing Books at Pico Branch Library
Santa Monica, CA


Welcome May/ Bienvenido Mayo


Mayo es mes de celebraciones


René Colato Laínez


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Mayo es mes de celebraciones
con el 5 de mayo y sus canciones,
el día de las madres y sus amores
y mis gran cumpleaños de emociones.

Mayo es mes de celebraciones
te invito a mi fiesta de diversiones.
Sin regalo no hay bombones
no se aceptan explicaciones.

Mayo es mes de celebraciones
te invito a mi fiesta de diversiones
romperemos una piñata de corazones,
cantaremos con trombones y guitarrones.

Mayo es mes de celebraciones
te invito a mi fiesta de diversiones
comeremos un pastel de tres sabores,
habrá risas, juegos y chicharrones.




DIA Events



I will be celebrating DIA (Children’s Day/Book Day) on Saturday and Sunday.

* Pico Branch, Los Angeles Public Library on Saturday, April 29 at 12:15 p.m.

Discover local arts and literacy resources. Enjoy a day of fun activities including workshops, arts and crafts, storytelling, music performances and games

2201 Pico Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90405



* 6th Annual Dia del Nino

“Día Del Niño”/“Day of the Child”, is a traditional Mexican holiday recognizes children, celebrates a child’s importance in society, and promotes their well–being.

This family festival will take place Sunday, April 30, 2017 from 10:00a to 3:00pm at Birch Park in Santa Ana.


200 N Ross St, Santa Ana, California 92701


Los Angeles Festival of Books- USC


I will be signing books this Sunday at Los Angeles Festival of Books at 10:00 a.m. at East West Discovery Press- Booth 510.  USC

Este domingo voy a estar firmando libros en el Festival de Libros de Los Angeles en el puesto 520 de West Discovery Press. USC

@LATimesFOB #BOOKFEST

San Antonio Book Festival 2017

I had an amazing time at the San Antonio Book Festival. 
I told whether Mamá was an alien! 








I met many author and illustrators friends.



 René Saldaña Jr., René Colato Laínez, Xavier Garza


 René Colato Laínez and Lupe Ruiz-Flores

Carolyn Flores and René Colato  Laínez




Presenting at Spicewood Elementary School





5th Annual San Antonio Book Festival



I will be presenting this Saturday at the San Antonio Book Festival. This is my schedule. 

April 8, 2017 - San Antonio Book Festival

René Colato Laínez tells us whether Mamá is an alien!


Location: Holt Family Children’s Reading Tent
Start Time: 
2:15 pm
End Time: 
2:45 pm
Start of Signing: 3:00 pm
Signing Location: McNutt Garden at Southwest School of Art


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The 5th annual San Antonio Book Festival will take place on April 8, 2017 at the Central Library (600 Soledad) and Southwest School of Art in downtown San Antonio. The Festival runs from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The San Antonio Book Festival (SABF), the signature program of the San Antonio Public Library Foundation, celebrates national and local authors and their contributions to the culture of literacy, ideas, and imagination. The free, daylong event is a gift to visitors and the citizens of San Antonio, bringing books to life through author presentations, innovative panel discussions, recipe demonstrations, and book sales and signings. Also included in this fun day of literary entertainment are family activities such as children’s theater performances, a technology area, interactive play and art stations, and a selection of the city’s famous food trucks. SABF offers learning experiences for readers of all ages and interests.

SABF has a Governing Board, Advisory Committee, and Event Planning Committee, which consists of over 40 Volunteer Chairs who oversee 500+ volunteers who help at the Festival. 



 To see the 2017 Book Festival authors visit http://www.saplf.org/festival/meet-the-authors/






My CABE Schedule

I will be presenting at CABE in Anaheim, California- March 29 to April 1. This is my schedule. 




Workshops at CABE 2017 (California Association For Bilingual Education)


Connecting Communities through Our Languages, Cultures, and Stories

Forty-two Years of Educational Excellence for English Learners & Biliteracy for All

March 29 - April 1, 2017

Anaheim Marriott and Hilton Hotels-
 Anaheim, California



Many children's book writers will be presenting at CABE.  This is a partial list of author's workshops in English and Español. If you are at CABE, please come and meet them. 


Thursday March 30, 2017 

Writers Workshop in the Common Core Classroom
1:30pm - 2:45pm
Hilton Room: Catalina 4

Students write better when they control their writing. This presentation, focused on upper elementary grades, presents participants with a writing program that balances standards-based instruction with the Writers Workshop model. The five-day plan explains how to arrange time to teach grammar and spelling, district writing assessments, and Writers Workshop sessions. All the components for student writing folders, including domain/genre sheets, writers’ logs to keep track of projects, pre-writing organizers, and more will be shared.


From Idea To Book: Mamá The Alien/ Mamá la extraterrestre
3:15pm - 4:30pm
Hilton Room: Catalina 4

Author René Colato Laínez and illustrator Laura Lacámara, will discuss the process of publication of the bilingual book Mamá The Alien/ Mamá la extrarrestre. René Colato Laínez will share how he got the idea and concept to write the story. Laura Lacámara will describe her illustration process from sketches to final art.


Friday March 30, 2017 

The Stories Behind the Stories- Los cuentos detrás de los cuentos
10:30am - 11:45am 
Marriott Room: Orange County 2

The Stories Behind the Stories- Los cuentos detrás de los cuentos Bilingual Children’s authors James Luna and Amy Costales share the stories behind their picture books, stories that come from community and family. Come learn about those stories and how literature helps students write about their own lives.  Conversation in Spanish and English.  


Two Languages on My Tongue: U.S. Spanish in the Classroom
1:30pm - 2:45pm
Marriott Room: Orange County 2

Language is living, evolving and intimately tied to the identities of its speakers. How do our youth feel when they are told their Spanish is bad, incorrect or informal? And how do we, as teachers, avoid turning Spanish class into yet another barrier? In this interactive presentation, Amy Costales, bilingual children's author and Spanish Heritage Language Advisor, will present methodology to meet the needs of heritage speakers of Spanish and address linguistic variation in U.S. Spanish.


Creating Art with Children's Books
3:15pm - 4:30pm
Marriott Room: Orange County 2

Come and celebrate reading in two languages. Three children's authors will present their bilingual books. Then, they will share art activities relating to their books that you can do in the classroom with your students or at home with your children. Participants will receive a packet of the art activities. Ven y diviértete.


Writers Workshop in the Common Core Classroom
3:15pm - 4:30pm
Hilton Room: Catalina 4

Students write better when they control their writing. This presentation, focused on upper elementary grades, presents participants with a writing program that balances standards-based instruction with the Writers Workshop model. The five-day plan explains how to arrange time to teach grammar and spelling, district writing assessments, and Writers Workshop sessions. All the components for student writing folders, including domain/genre sheets, writers’ logs to keep track of projects, pre-writing organizers, and more will be shared.



Authors James Luna, Mara Price and René Colato Laínez at CABE 2014