Book awards and honors


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USA Today: "Diverse children's books need more visibility"


"Dutcher celebrates biliteracy with inspirational speaker,"Turlock Journal, April 7, 2017


NBC News: "Here Are Some of the 18th Annual Intl Latino Book Awards Winners"


"Latina Veteran Graciela Tiscareño-Sato Authors Second Bilingual Aviation Children’s Book" 
–‘Captain Mama’s Surprise’ follows four-time award-winning book ‘Good Night Captain Mama’ that brought us images of a military mother and aviator, now continues the story while igniting imaginations through STEM concepts and art —


SAN FRANCISCO, CA – July 21, 2016 – (HISPANICIZE WIRE) – Independent educational publishing firm Gracefully Global Group announces the national release of a unique contribution to children’s literature and the #WeNeedDiverseBooks movement. Inspired by the military aviation service of a Mexican-American officer, Captain Mama’s Surprise/ La Sorpresa de Capitán Mamá (ISBN: 978-0-9973090-0-3) by Air Force veteran Graciela Tiscareño-Sato, is now orderable through book wholesalers, distributors and retail channels. The title was just named a finalist in the “Most Inspirational Children’s Picture Book” category for the upcoming 2016 International Latino Book Awards (September 8th at Cal State – Dominguez Hills.)


“The author and veteran has crafted a story that blends military aviation, engineering, and career opportunities while on a classroom field trip; Captain Mama inspires students of different ethnicities, both genders and English language learners to pursue careers in aviation,” said Karla Orosco, Science Teacher at the elementary school at Naval Air Station Lemoore in California.


In the series debut, a young boy named Marco learns why his mother wears a military flight suit with embroidered patches and why she serves. In this second book, Marco leads his second-grade class on a field trip to the jet where his Captain Mama works. The story takes readers through fascinating parts of the plane as they learn basic aviation vocabulary, in English and Spanish. Uniquely, a glossary and a glosario of new words are included. This literature is perfect supplemental reading for K-3rd grade –level curriculum and celebrations during Hispanic Heritage Month, Veterans Day and Women’s History Month. Interior illustrations and cover art are available here.


Ms. ‚ÄčTiscareño-Sato served in the Air Force as a navigator and instructor on the KC-135 and earned an Air Medal for combat missions over Iraq. Teaching children about airplanes and other careers available to college graduates, in her first language of Spanish and in English, has been an ongoing mission for the author, a popular keynote speaker at both teacher conferences and events for veterans.


“Much of what’s published today for children in English and Spanish is limited to themes of food, animals or historical figures, most of them dead,” said Ms. Tiscareño-Sato. “This unique series instead expands young minds and encourages exploration of technical careers. It sparks conversations around gender equity, smashes stereotypes and creates globally-curious citizens, in two languages. I’ve been actively role modeling for over two decades with my unusual daughter-of-immigrants-turned-aviator story. Now, through bilingual presentations at schools, libraries and conferences, I’m grateful to be reaching many more children, their parents and their educators to help raise educational expectations of English Language Learners.” [See awards won by the author (including a White House honor) and the Captain Mama series debut here.]


For librarians and consumers who prefer hardcover books over paperbacks, the publisher is making both Captain Mama books available in hardcover format. Captain Mama’s Surprise/ La Sorpresa de Capitán Mamá (ISBN hardcover: 978-0-9973090-3-4) and Good Night Captain Mama/Buenas Noches Capitán Mamá (ISBN hardcover: 978-0-9973090-4-1) are both available via wholesaler Ingram and trade distributor Mackin.


See author’s military biography here. Photos of author reading to elementary school children are here. Author video introducing both titles here. Video of author reading the first title in Spanish is here. Author-signed books with patches are available only from the publisher here. Photos of discounted Teacher Packs (bundled books and patches) are here.


About Gracefully Global Group LLC
Gracefully Global Group LLC is the premiere independent publisher of positive media images and case studies from the Latino community in book, eBook and live presentation formats. The company is certified by the Small Business Administration as an 8a firm and as a Woman-Owned Small Business. The firm’s first book in the Latinnovating (978-0-9834760-0-9) series received three honors at the International Latino Book Awards in New York City when it debuted, for its unique focus on showcasing Latino-led innovation and entrepreneurship in the green economy. Using educational literature, the firm helps organizations and corporations with diversity and inclusion initiatives reaching out to veteran and Latino communities with a creative blend of literature, multicultural marketing and public speaking offerings. Its mission is to “create literature that showcases the positive contributions of Latino Americans in the USA.”


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"Hofstra honors veterans with memorial service," The Hofstra Chronicle, By Laurel O’Keefe, December 7, 2015

Fox News Latino, December 4th "Latina Veterans proud to finally see all combat jobs open to women"


NEWS RELEASE: "U.S. Air Force Veteran Graciela Tiscareño-Sato to Keynote at Hofstra University in Honor of Diversity Awareness Month: Veterans Day Event November 11th"


NEWS RELEASE: "Graciela Tiscareño-Sato to Keynote in San Antonio at Sixth Annual Dual Language Conference Friday November 6th"


NEWS RELEASE: "Hayward Military Woman Veteran Honored in Event with First Lady Michelle Obama"


NEWS RELEASE (from the Business and Professional Women's Foundation): "BPW Foundation Salutes Five Outstanding Working Women Leaders- Awards Are Part of National Business Women’s Week Celebration," November 2014


"Severance Middle School students learn from local author," Windsor Now! Sept 2014


NBC News "What July 4th Weekend is to Me," - 2014 - contributed essay


NEWS RELEASE: Spokane, WA, July 1, 2014 - "Fairchild AFB Veteran and author of Bestselling Children’s Book Good Night Captain Mama Visits Auntie’s Bookstore on July 26th with Aviation Presentation and Book Signing"


NBC News Growing Int'l Latino Book Awards Reflect Booming Market - June 29, 2014


VIDEO Interview on alDia on Estrella TV, Channel 42, San Francisco (Spanish)


VIDEO: "Getting started in writing" at YouTube Channel


VIDEO: "The reality of getting into the writing business" at YouTube Channel


NEWS RELEASE, June 2014 - Good Night Captain Mama, Finalist in the ILBA ‘Best Educational Children’s Book –Bilingual’ category, Now Available in Multiple eBook Formats
National Public Radio interview: Read transcript & hear podcast here: Diverse Summer Reading Picks For Kids. June 3, 2014. Download mp3 file here.


Military Mom Talk Radio (6-16-2014 Podcast). Download podcast here.







Whitworth alumna recognized by White House for military service and entrepreneurship (May 1, 2014)


U.S. Veterans Magazine "White House Highlights Women Veteran Leaders “Champions of Change"


2014 Latinas for Latino Lit (L4LL) Día Blog Hop Reflections-themed contribution, titled "Reflecting on my First Deployment in the Cockpit of a Military Airplane," published at UnknownMami blog here


KGO-TV (ABC San Francisco) news feature "East Palo Alto School introduces girls

to aviation," March 7, 2014 - Women of Aviation Week 2014

"Celebrating Women of Aviation," PractiGal blog by Sonya Sigler - summary of key takeaways from the Women of Aviation Week panel at Hiller Aviation Museum on March 8th.


Telemundo news story (in Spanish) featuring girls getting their first-ever plane ride - Women of Aviation Week 2014


NPR "Latino Children's Literature That Should Top Lists"

Univision (Spanish language TV feature story for Veterans Day)

CNN en español, TV Interview for Veterans Day

National Public Radio (2 segments):

"Military Women Combat Challenges in Service"

"Navigating Military Service, Parenting And The Brass Ceiling"


Voz De America, Studio 45 (Washington D.C. radio station)

"Latina crea un libro infantil para explicar la labor de madres en el Ejército," Tucson, AZ

Latin American Herald Times, "Latina Creates Children’s Book About Women in the Military"


San Fernando Sun, Feature story


Florida - Aviadora latina publica libro militar infantil y bilingüe


Bay Area San Jose Mercury News "Hayward Latina veteran works to change perceptions"


New York City - Woman Around Town, "Three Female Aviators Soared into the Skies And Now Hope to Inspire Younger Flyers,"



Fox News Latino, On Syrian Missile Strikes


Mami en transición


"Capitán Mamá," Member Profile in Costco Connection November 2013 issue


Book Review at Blog After the DD214


Being Latino "The sky(and beyond) is the limit for “Captain Mama”


Contra Costa Times "Capt. Mama challenged Air Force gender barriers,"

NEWS RELEASE, (Sept 2013) First –Ever National Women Veterans Speakers Bureau Launches: Veterans from All Military Branches, Poised for Corporate, Military and Educational Speaking Events

Papi Blogger (Creative Parenting and Life on the Road) - "End of the Road Trip: Alcatraz, Tech Entrepreneurs and 8 Stitches in San Francisco"


NEWS RELEASE to announce launch of book, (July 3, 2013)  First-Ever Bilingual Children’s Picture Book about why Mommies Wear Military Uniforms Now Available to Celebrate the 4th of July

“A New Latina Role Model in Good Night Captain Mama by Trina Fresco for Mamiverse, July 11, 2013


"Good Night Captain Mamá by Graciela Tiscareno-Sato," by Juan Alanis, Hispanic Houston, July 9, 2013

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Wed July 2 Latina Book Club -read review here

Tues July 3 Knitting and Sundries - read review here

Thurs July 4 Mommy Maestra- read review here

Fri July 5 Amoxcalli- read review here

"Air Force veteran inspires through book, 'Good night Captain Mama,'" NBC Latino, July 5, 2013

"Latina veteran pens first bilingual children’s book showing Latina mamá in uniform," Latina Lista

Reviewed in Spanish at Mamá XXI "Buenas Noches Capitán Mamá" MamaXII

Featured at Latin Baby Book Club

Feature in OC

"Author Interview," by Mayra Calvani for

Audio recording of Author Interview at Condor Musings
NEWS RELEASE- Announcing partnership with V-WISE (April 2013)

Graciela Tiscareño-Sato presents: Good Night Captain Mama at New Latina

New Latina Spotlight, April 2013
Feature article: "Castro Valley Mom Writes Children's Book About Her Air Force Days," Castro Valley Patch

First feature in a national magazine: LatinaStyle Magazine "About the Author."


"Books to Read," The East Harlem Journal, January 1, 2013

"You Are Strong!" Featured Veteran, November 2012

Interview on "The Story Exchange"

First press release announcing the book is on the newswire here. You can download it as pdf here.