Art Break!

h1 August 29th, 2013 by jules

“My Name Is Santiago … I am Dominican. I live in Detroit. I am Latino.”

Well, there’s always art here at 7-Imp, but it’s I who am taking a break in my work today to post some art from David Díaz.

Last week over at Kirkus, I chatted (here) with Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy, both pictured below in this post, about Yes! We Are Latinos (Charlesbridge, August 2013), illustrated by Díaz, a series of narrative poems about the various ways Latinos and Latinas in this country celebrate their heritage. So, today I’ve got some art from the book.

I also didn’t have room in last week’s column for one final question I had for Ms. Ada and Ms. Campoy, so that question is also included below.

Enjoy the art.

From the introduction: “Latinos and Latinas come from diverse backgrounds. …”

“Whatever your background, this is an invitation to look inside yourself.
What would your story tell us about you?”

“My Name Is Gladys … I am Puerto Rican. I live in Philadelphia. I am Latina.”

And, finally, the question I didn’t have room for last week:

Jules: What’s next for each of you? Are the two of you collaborating together on any other books?

Alma (pictured above): Writing is a significant part of our lives, so we plan to continue writing, both individually and as a team. Forthcoming from Isabel [pictured below] is an anthology of her poetry in Spanish, Poesía eres tú (Santillana). I am working on a middle grade historical novel and always creating new poems and stories. Together we have completed a book of poems that celebrate life from a multitude of children’s voices, which we will be submitting soon, and have a plan for some biographical books and a very comprehensive book of the Latino presence in the United States and their contributions to our society.

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YES! WE ARE LATINOS. Copyright © 2013 by Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy. Illustration copyright © 2013 by David Diaz. Illustrations used with permission of Charlesbridge, Watertown, MA.

Photos of Ms. Ada and Ms. Campoy are used with their permission.

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