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Works for Children

What Can You Do with a Rebozo?
(Tricycle Press, 2008. Illustrated by Amy Cordova)
Recognized as an ALA Notable Book, a Pura Belpre Honor Book for Illustration, and on the Texas Library Association’s Texas 2X2 Reading List, What Can You DO with a Rebozo is a wonderful celebration of the power of imagination and play., following a spunky young Mexican American girl through her discovery of many uses for her Mom’s red Mexican shawl.

“Para los ninos, Tafolla and Córdova weave together a delightful swirl of color, rhythm, and rhyme, delightful as a rebozo.”
--- Pat Mora, award-winning author of more than twenty children’s books

What Can You Do with a Paleta?
(Tricycle Press, 2009. Illustrated by Magaly Morales)
This beautifully illustrated affirmation of the smells and sounds and tastes of a Mexican-American barrio is a delightful, touching, and playful trip into the many, imaginative uses a young girl finds for the icy, natural fruit treat of a Mexican paleta.


That’s Not Fair!: Emma Tenayuca’s Struggle for Justice /
¡No es Justo!:La Lucha de Emma Tenayuca por la Justicia

(Wings Press, 2008. Illustrated by Terry Ybañez)
This is the first book ever published about the significant Latina civil rights leader from the 1930s, who at the tender age of 22, organized twelve thousand pecan shellers in a strike that was to become the first successful action in the Mexican American struggle for political and economic justice. Aimed at readers 6 and up, That’s Not Fair was the April 2008 national Las Comadres Book Selection, and was listed in Críticas Magazine’s Best Children’s Books of 2008. School Library Journal calls it “an important book celebrating the struggle for justice and civil rights.”

Baby Coyote and the Old Woman
(Wings Press, 2000)
The Dallas Morning News calls Baby Coyote and the Old Woman a simple story that imparts a powerful message. John Nichols says, “Baby Coyote is a wonderful, gentle, and very compassionate book about the most important struggle on earth today.” It is a story of respect, friendship, and ecological wisdom. Nominated for the Texas Bluebonnet Award, it was featured at the Texas Book Festival in 2002.


What Can You Do
with a Rebozo?


What Can You Do
with a Paleta?


That’s Not Fair


Baby Coyote

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