SWAG-A-PALOOZA PROMOTION for 2020 ALA Virtual Community

"Graciela was at the center of the action at our city’s Festival Latino. Families joyfully received copies of her books, given attentively and signed to them in person. Graciela was at ease while being mobbed by families and managed to make each child feel heard and appreciated.
Her books will inspire warm feelings of togetherness when children reread them and remember the special time they shared with family and friends meeting a Real Live Author. Our community was thrilled that Graciela was a feature of the event! Thank you for being a part of our event and thank you for your service to this country, as well as your service through education to other veterans. It was an honor to meet you." - Millie Barriger, Librarian, Albany Public Library and Co-Chair Linn County Linn-Benton Hispanic Advisory Committee


Library and school buyers can place orders via Mackin, Follet, Brodart, Baker and Taylor and other distributors or buy direct from publisher here:



DOWNLOAD this flyer that describes the truly unique program Graciela can bring into your library.

"Graciela presented at three of our libraries and both parents and children thoroughly enjoyed her presentation. Her telling about her journey in the Air Force was inspiring for all. Graciela was easy to work with. She was professional, responsive and flexible. Graciela’s desire to have a positive impact on the community is evident in the connection she made with all participants. We are looking forward to having her back in September for another program during Hispanic Heritage Month." - Lynne Noone, Senior Community Library Manager, Contra Costa County Library

At the 2016 International Latino Book Awards ceremony, Captain Mama's Surprise/La Sorpresa de Capitán Mamá won 1st Place in the "Most Inspirational Children's Picture Book - Bilingual" category and is featured in this NBC News piece!


Captain Mama's Surprise/La Sorpresa de Capitán Mamá was included in The Latino Author Top Ten Children/Teen book list for 2016 as seen HERE.


Good Night Captain Mama / BuenasNoches Capitán Mamá received an award as “Best Educational Children’s Book – Bilingual” at the 2014 International Latino Books Awards at the 2014 American Library Association convention in Las Vegas. Other awards include:
  • 1st Place, Children's Picture Book, Writers Digest 2014 eBook competition among indie publishers
  • Bronze Medal at the Military Writers Society of America Book Awards, “Children Ages 12 and Under” category as seen here.
  • Silver Medal at the 2014 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards (Independent Publishing Awards) in the Languages/Cultural category as seen here.
Latinas for Latino Lit published their "Remarkable Latino Children's Literature of 2013" list and included Good Night Captain Mama. This was in response to The New York Times 2013 list of "Notable Children's Books" lacking any titles whatsoever by Latino authors, again. You can see their list on Pinterest here, also republished here
The NPR interview about this list is here.