Gracias - Thanks

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$19.95  $18.55
Lee & Low Books
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8.6 X 10.9 X 0.4 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Pat Mora is the celebrated Latina author of forty award-winning children's poetry and prose picture books. A lifelong literacy advocate, she founded Children's Day, Book Day (El día de los niños, el día de los libros) to celebrate children and motivate them to become readers with daily support from families, teachers, and librarians and annual festivities on April 30. Mora lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Visit her online at

John Parra is a graphic artist, an illustrator, and a fine artist. His paintings have been exhibited in many gallery shows around the United States, and much of his work is inspired by his knowledge and appreciation of his Hispanic heritage. Parra has illustrated two recent picture books: P is for Piñata: A Mexico Alphabet and My Name is Gabriela/Me llamo Gabriela. He and his wife live in South Richmond Hill, New York. Parra's website is


* "The originality and liveliness of language and art in this one will inspire children to consider their own blessings." -- Booklist, starred review

* "Readers will find themselves nodding in agreement as the unnamed narrator gives thanks to the ladybug that lands on his finger, the bees that don't sting him and his little brother, who throws mashed peas at their sister. . . For this graceful celebration, ¡gracias!" -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"The poetic writing flows in both Spanish and English and carries a sense of happiness brought by the simple things in life. . . This delightful bilingual book has universal appeal." -- School Library Journal

Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street College of Education
Notable Children's Book, Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)
Pura Belpré Illustrator Award Honor, Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)
Choices, Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)
Golden Kite Award, Picture Book Illustration, Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)
Gelett Burgess Children's Book Award, Gelett Burgess Center

Suggested Reading List, New York State Reading Association