El Dia del Salvadoreño en Oakland

On August 5, El Dia del Salvadoreño in Oakland, I will be signing copies of my new book Telegrams to Heaven: The Childhood of Archbishop Oscar Romero.

El 5 de agosto, El Dia del Salvadoreño en Oakland, voy a estar firmando copias de mi nuevo libro Telegramas al cielo: La infancia de monseñor Oscar Romero.

Jefferson- Vassie D. Wright Memorial Branch Library

On Wednesday, August 2, I will be presenting at Jefferson- Vassie D. Wright Memorial Branch Library at 3:30 pm. This presentation is part of Los Angeles Public Library -Summer Author Program.

El miércoles 2 de agosto, voy a presentar en la biblioteca Jefferson- Vassie D. Wright Memorial como parte del programa de verano de La biblioteca pública de Los Angeles- Programa de verano de autores. 

Booktrailers: Telegramas al cielo/ Telegrams to Heaven

Telegramas al cielo/ Telegrams to Heaven

Written by René Colato Laínez
Illustrated by Pixote Hunt

Luna’s Press Books

(415) 260-7490

Telegrams to Heaven recounts the moving childhood of Archbishop Óscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez, who from an early age discovers the candor, light and power of the word, which he uses to pray and to write poetry, sending telegrams to heaven from
his heart. René Colato Laínez, the renowned Salvadoran writer, has written a touching story about the great Salvadoran prophet who dreamed from his childhood of being a priest, and became not only a priest, but also a bishop, an archbishop, and the great orator of his country. His word remains, for the Salvadoran people and the world—a prayer, a poem, a sweet telegram that Archbishop Romero continues to send in the name of his people to the heart of heaven. The colorful, modern illustrations of Pixote Hunt make us reflect with deep tenderness, showing us the innocence of the great Archbishop Romero as a young child.

Telegramas al Cielo narra la conmovedora niñez de monseñor Óscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez, quien desde muy temprana edad descubre la candidez, la luz y la fuerza de la palabra, la cual utiliza para rezar y escribir poesía, para desde su corazón enviar telegramas al cielo. El afamado escritor salvadoreño, René Colato Laínez, ha escrito una enternecedora historia del gran profeta salvadoreño que soñó desde su infancia con ser sacerdote y no solo lo fue, sino que también se convirtió en monseñor, obispo, arzobispo y el gran orador de su país. Su palabra permanece entre el pueblo salvadoreño y el mundo: como un rezo, como un poema, como un dulce telegrama que monseñor Romero sigue enviando, en nombre de su pueblo, al corazón del cielo. Las modernas y coloridas ilustraciones de Pixote Hunt, nos hacen reflexionar con profunda ternura, al mostrarnos la inocencia del pequeño gran monseñor Romero.

Pacoima Branch Library

Los Angeles Public Library, Summer Author Program

LAPL is excited to announce the Summer Author Program this year! A variety of branches will be hosting authors for both children and teens. Refreshments will be provided and ten lucky winners will be receiving a free copy of the author’s book. Come out and enjoy the fun!

This is the Summer Author Program Book List, 

Meet the Authors and Illustrators


René Colato Laínez
June 13, 2017 3:30PM

Patty Rodriguez and Ariana Stein 
June 15, 2017 4:00PM

Chris Robertson
June 19, 2017 4:00PM to 5:00PM

Jeff Garvin
June 20, 2017 3:00PM

Rolandas Kiaulevicius Dabrukas
June 21, 2017 10:30AM to 11:00AM

Antonio Sacre
June 21, 2017 4:00PM to 5:00PM

José Lozano
June 22, 2017 4:00PM to 5:00PM

Brigitte Benchimol 
June 27, 2017 4:00PM to 5:00PM

LeUyen Pham Re
June 27, 2017 4:00PM to 5:00PM

Karen Winnick
June 29, 2017 3:00PM


Brandy Colbert
July 6, 2017 2:00PM to 3:00PM

Jen Wang
July 11, 2017 2:00PM

Courtenay Fletcher
July 11, 2017 3:45PM

Brandy Colbert
July 12, 2017 4:00PM to 5:00PM

Susan Bernardo and Illustrator Courtenay Fletcher
July 12, 2017 4:00PM to 5:00PM

Kathryn Hewitt
July 18, 2017 11:00AM

Antonio Sacre
July 18, 2017 3:00PM

Jen Wang
July 18, 2017 3:00PM

Courtenay Fletcher
July 18, 2017 4:00PM to 5:00PM

Ron Koertge
July 19, 2017 1:00PM to 2:00PM

Lilliam Rivera
July 19, 2017 4:00PM to 5:30PM

Maurene Goo
July 19, 2017 4:00PM to 5:00PM

July 20, 2017 4:00PM to 5:00PM

Isabel Quintero
July 20, 2017 4:00PM

Sarah Rafael Garcia
July 22, 2017 1:00PM

Andrea Loney
July 25, 2017 11:00AM

Antonio Sacre
July 26, 2017 2:00PM to 3:00PM

Jeff Garvin
July 27, 2017 3:00PM

Lisa Bakos
July 27, 2017 4:00PM to 5:00PM

Laura Lacámara
July 27, 2017 4:00PM to 5:00PM

Sarah Rafael Garcia
July 28, 2017 2:00PM to 3:00PM

Maurene Goo
July 29, 2017 2:00PM

Oliver Chin
July 29, 2017 4:00PM


Oliver Chin
August 1, 2017 4:00PM

Laura Lacámara
August 1, 2017 4:00PM

Oliver Chin
August 2, 2017 3:00PM

Rene Colato Laínez
August 2, 2017 3:30PM to 4:30PM

Andrea J. Loney
August 9, 2017 10:30AM

Isabel Quintero
August 15, 2017 4:00PM to 5:00PM


Gratts Primary Center- Para Los Niños, Los Angeles,CA
Pacoima Branch Library, Pacoima, CA 

ALA- American Library Association Conference - Chicago

Lee and Low, booth 3115 at 10:00 am
Arte Público Press, booth 1417 at 1-2:00 pm

Holiday House, booth 3416 at 9:30-10:00

Two-Ways Bilingual Immersion Conference  
Palm Springs, CA

Signing Books at 
Project Cornerstone Volunteer Celebration, Campbell, CA

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