Love to Mam?: A Tribute to Mothers

A Poetry Anthology Honoring Mam? and Abuelita

By Daniel A. Olivas
Published on LatinoLA: May 1, 2003

Love to Mam?: A Tribute to Mothers

Okay, I admit it: I'm biased here.

I was lucky enough to have one of my poems accepted for "Love to Mam?: A Tribute to Mothers" (Lee & Low Books), a wonderful anthology of children's poems by Latina and Latino writers honoring mothers and grandmothers.

But, setting aside my small contribution (I receive no royalties...I've already been paid!), this beautifully produced collection not only includes work from some of our most treasured Latina and Latino writers (Virgil Su?rez, Pat Mora, Judith Ortiz Cofer, Francisco X. Alarc?n, to name a few of the thirteen contributors), but each poem is handsomely illustrated by Ecuadorian artist, Paula Barrag?n, who uses bright, inviting colors and images that draw both young and old into each poem.

Because most of the authors use a little Spanish, the book includes an easy-to-read glossary with a pronunciation key.

Despite being aimed at the younger reader, adults will enjoy this collection as they read it to their children because each poem will conjure up memories of the love, joy and comfort given by mothers and grandmothers.

Though this collection has been out only two years, it has garnered numerous honors including a ?Starred Review? from both Kirkus Reviews and the School Library Journal.

It is a perfect gift for Mother's Day!

About Daniel A. Olivas:
Daniel loves his mother. He is a Chicano writer who makes his home in the San Fernando Valley with his wife and son. Visit Daniel's web page at: http://www.homestead.com/DanielOlivas/olivas.html.

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