New Spanish Children's ABC Book "A de Activista"
Written by GRAMMY-winning singer-songwriter Martha Gonzalez and Illustrated by Innosanto Nagara, it inspires social awareness
A is for Activist is an ABC board book written and illustrated for the next generation of progressives: kids who want to grow up in world that is safe, where activism, environmental justice, civil rights are respected.
Published on LatinoLA: November 13, 2014
The alliteration, rhyming, and vibrant illustrations make A is for Activist exciting for children, while the issues it brings up resonate with their parents' values of community, equality, and social justice. This engaging little book carries huge messages as it inspires hope for the future, and calls children to action while teaching them a love of books. And there is the cat, who must be found on every pageÔÇªÔÇª
MARTHA GONZ?üLEZ is a Chicana artivista (artist/activist), feminist music
theorist, and Fulbright scholar who was born and raised in East Los Angeles. For the past seventeen years, she has been a singer and percussionist for the band Quetzal, a group that has made a considerable impact on Los Angeles's Chicano music scene. Their 2012 album Imaginaries won the Grammy for Best Latin rock, urban or alternative album. Gonzalez is a professor in the Chicano/a Latino/a Studies Department at SCRIPPS/Claremont College.
INNOSANTO NAGARA was born and raised in Indonesia and moved to the US in 1988 to study zoology and philosophy at UC Davis. He worked as a graphic designer for a range of social change organizations before founding the Design Action Collective, a worker-owned cooperative design studio in Oakland, California. A is for Activist is Inno's first book. After Inno self-published to great acclaim and amazing sales in the fall of 2012, he decided to bring this book to Triangle Square in early 2013.
Major community figures have had great things to say about the book, and below are just a few examples of the praise for "A de Activista" and the English version "A is for Activist."
"When I bring books into our home, I want beautiful books that are going to remain relevant and meaningful and reflect respect for children and a vision of a sound world. A is for Activist was an easy choice! "-- Maya Christina Gonz?ílez, author and illustrator of Mi Colores, Mi Mundo (2007 Pura Belpr?® Honor Award) and Yo s?® que el R?¡o me Ama.
"A de Activista is an important tool that re-enforces core educational standards and will inspire children towards civic participation in their communities and throughout the world!" --Jose-Luis Orozco, bilingual educator, children's book writer and musician.
"It's essential that children know that the world we live in isn't perfect and that we all have the ability to change it, to make it better for everyone. The organizer strives to make the world more just." --Pablo Alvarado, executive director, National Day Laborer Organizing Project
"?í?í?í?í?íOrale!!!!!! Howl with pride!!!!!!" --Guillermo G??mez-Pe??a, Chicano performance artista, writer, activist and educator.
"I love that there is now a book I can share with my granddaughters that teaches a new vocabulary about human and social justice values -- and workers' rights!"
--Maria Elena Durazo, director, AFL-CIO, Los Angeles
"A de Activista:
A is for absolutely wonderful!
B is for beautiful illustrations.
C is for creative use of labor philosophy.
D is for promoting Democracy.
E is for Excellent.
B is for BUY this book!!" -- New Mexico State Representative Christine Trujillo.
"This book is very well-written, easy to read, and holds a wonderful message! On top of everything else, what truly leaves one in awe is the graphic art. My congratulations!" --John Vigueras, Organizing Director, Federation of Puerto Rican Workers (AFL-CIO)
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A de Activista Release Details:
Written by Martha Gonzalez and illustrated by Innosanto Nagara
October 28, 2014
For readers of all ages
28 pp / paper over board / $9.99 / 978-1-60980-569-2
5.5" x 5x5" / Full-color illustrations throughout