2017 Conference personalities: Authors, Illustrators, & Keynote Speakers
Dr. Alma Flor Ada Ada is Professor Emerita at the University of San Francisco specializing in multicultural, transformative education grounded in issues of social justice. Recipient of the American Education Research Association (AERA) Hispanic Issues Award, she is an internationally renowned speaker and award-winning author of both children’s books in Spanish and English and professional books for educators and librarians. Her most recent books include Yes! We are Latinos: Poems and Prose about the Latino Experience (written with Isabel Campoy and published by Charlesbridge), Island Treasures: Growing Up in Cuba (published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers), and the third edition of Magical Encounters: Latino Children's Literature in the Classroom (written with Isabel Campoy and published by Mariposa Transformative Education Services).
Angela Cervantes is an award-winning author of fiction for tween who hails from Shawnee, Kansas. Her books include Gaby, Lost and Found (Scholastic) and Allie, First at Last (Scholastic). Currently she is working on her third middle-grade novel featuring an unforgettable cast of characters.
Isabel Campoy is a leading international scholar in the areas of language acquisition and transformative education. A well-known songwriter, poet, and storyteller, she has written numerous award-winning children’s books in English and Spanish in addition to professional books for bilingual educators. Her recent children’s titles include the highly acclaimed Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood (written with Theresa Howell and published by HMH Books for Young Readers) and Mi día de la A a la Z (Santilliana USA). One of her most notable titles for educators is Authors in the Classroom: A Transformative Education Process (Allyn & Bacon) co-written with Alma Flor Ada.
Latina Author, Poet, & Educator
Guadalupe Garcia McCall is an English/Language Arts teacher in San Antonio, Texas and an award-winning author of young adult books. Guadalupe was born in Piedras Negras, Coahuila. Her family immigrated into the United States when she was six-years-old so that she and her siblings could attend school. Her books include the nationally-acclaimed, award-winning Under the Mesquite (Lee & Low Books), as well as Summer of the Mariposas (Lee & Low Books) and Shame the Stars (Lee & Low Books). Her poetry for children and teens has also appeared in The Poetry Friday Anthology.
Duncan Tonatiuh, a native of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, is an award-winning author and illustrator of numerous picture books for children. He graduated from Parsons School of Design in New York City and his distinctive artistic style is inspired by pre-Columbian art, particularly that of the Mixtec codex. His recent works include The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoes (Abrams), Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras (Abrams), Salsa: Un poema para cocinar/ A Cooking Poem (written by Jorge Argueta and published by Groundwood Books), and Esquivel!: Space-Age Sound Artist (written by Susan Wood and published by Charlesbridge).