Words Take Wing: Honoring Diversity in Children's Literature

Maya Christina Gonzalez

Selected Awards & Recognitions

  • Pura Belpré Honor Book Award, American Library Association, for Mis colores, mi mundo = My colors, my world, 2008.
  • Second place, Best Children's Picture Book, Bilingual, International Latino Book Award, Latino Literacy Now, for Mis colores, mi mundo = My colors, my world, 2008.
  • Second place, Best Children's Picture Book, Bilingual, International Latino Book Award, Latino Literacy Now, for Nana's big surprise = Nana, qué sorpresa!, 2008.
  • Best Children and YA Books, Bilingual, Críticas Magazine, for Mis colores, mi mundo = My colors, my world, 2007.
  • Pura Belpré Honor Book Award, American Library Association, for My diary from here to there = Mi diario de aquí hasta allá, 2004.
  • Pura Belpré Honor Book Award, American Library Association, for Iguanas in the snow and other winter poems = Iguanas en la nieve y otros poemas de invierno / poems/poemas, 2002.
  • Aesop Prize, American Folklore Society, for Fiesta femenina: celebrating women in Mexican folktale, 2001.
  • Finalist, Américas Book Award Commended List, the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs, for My diary from here to there = Mi diario de aquí hasta allá, 2002.
  • Cooperative Children's Book Center Choice, School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, for Iguanas in the snow and other winter poems = Iguanas en la nieve y otros poemas de invierno / poems/poemas, 2002.
  • Certificate of Recognition, "Hecho En Califas: The Last Decade," State of California Senate, 2001.
  • Finalist, Américas Book Award Commended List, the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs, for Iguanas in the snow and other winter poems = Iguanas en la nieve y otros poemas de invierno / poems/poemas, 2001.
  • Honoree, "Hispanic Americans Profiles of Excellence," ABC-7 and San Francisco Board of Supervisors, 2001.
  • Américas Book Award Honorable Mention, the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs, for My very own room = Mi propio cuartito, 2000.
  • Cooperative Children's Book Center Choice, School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, for Angels ride bikes and other fall poems / poems = Los ángeles andan en bicicleta y otros poemas de otoño / poemas, 2000.
  • Cooperative Children's Book Center Choice, School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, for Honoring our ancestors: stories and pictures by fourteen artists, 2000.
  • Pura Belpré Honor Book Award, American Library Association, for From the bellybutton of the moon and other summer poems / poems = Del ombligo de la luna y otros poemas de verano / poemas, 2000.
  • Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award, Texas State University College of Education, for My very own room = Mi propio cuartito, 2000.
  • Finalist, Américas Book Award Commended List, the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs, for From the bellybutton of the moon and other summer poems / poems = Del ombligo de la luna y otros poemas de verano / poemas, 1998.
  • Pura Belpré Honor Book Award, American Library Association, for Laughing tomatoes and other spring poems = Jitomates risueños y otros poemas de primavera: poems/poemas, 1998.
  • Finalist, Américas Book Award Commended List, the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs, for I am of two places: children's poetry, 1997.
  • Finalist, Américas Book Award Commended List, the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs, for Laughing tomatoes and other spring poems = Jitomates risueños y otros poemas de primavera: poems/poemas, 1997.
  • Finalist, Américas Book Award Commended List, the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs, for Prietita and the ghost woman = Prietita y la llorona, 1996.

Publications

Picture Books for Children

Author
  • Mis colores, mi mundo = My colors, my world, Children's Book Press (San Francisco, CA), 2007.
Illustrator
  • Francisco X. Alarcón, Animal poems of the Iguazú: poems = Animalario del Iguazú: poemas, Children's Book Press (San Francisco, CA), 2008.
  • Amada Irma Pérez, Nana's big surprise = Nana, qué sorpresa!, Children's Book Press (San Francisco, CA), 2007.
  • Brenda Parkes, What fine gardeners, Rigby (Crystal Lake, IL), 2004.
  • Amada Irma Perez, My diary from here to there = Mi diaries de aqua haste allay, Children's Book Press (San Francisco, CA), 2002.
  • Francisco X. Alarcón, Iguanas in the snow and other winter poems = Iguanas en la niece y otros poemas de environ / poems/poemas, Children's Book Press (San Francisco, CA), 2001.
  • Fiesta feminine: celebrating women in Mexican folktale, retold by Mary-Joan Garson, Barefoot Books (New York: NY), 2001.
  • Amada Irma Pérez, My very own room = Mi propio cuartito, Children's Book Press (San Francisco, CA), 2000.
  • Francisco X. Alarcón, Angels ride bikes and other fall poems / poems = Los ángeles andan en bicicleta y otros poemas de otoño / poemas, Children's Book Press (San Francisco, CA), 1999.
  • Alba Ambert, Face to the sky, Rigby (Crystal Lake, IL), 1999.
  • Francisco X. Alarcón, From the bellybutton of the moon and other summer poems / poems = Del ombligo de la luna y otros poemas de verano / poemas, Children's Book Press (San Francisco, CA), 1998.
  • Francisco X. Alarcón, Laughing tomatoes and other spring poems = Jitomates risueños y otros poemas de primavera: poems/poemas, Children's Book Press (San Francisco, CA), 1997.
  • Patricia Almada, The crying mountain: a Mexican legend, Rigby (Crystal Lake, IL), 1997.
  • I am of two places: children's poetry, edited by Mary Carden and Mary Cappellini, Rigby (Crystal Lake, IL), 1997.
  • (As Christina Gonzalez) Gloria Anzaldua, Prietita and the ghost woman = Prietita y la llorona, Children's Book Press (San Francisco, CA), 1995.

Other

  • (Contributor) On my block: stories and paintings by fifteen artists, edited by Dana Goldberg, Children's Book Press (San Francisco, CA), 2007.
  • (Featured Artist) Sky woman: indigenous women who have shaped, moved or inspired us, edited by Sandra Laronde, Theytus Books (Penticton, British Columbia), 2005.
  • (Featured Artist) Gary D. Keller, Triumph of our communities: four decades of Mexican American art, Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingüe (Tempe, AZ), 2005.
  • (Featured Artist) __________________, Chicano art for our millennium: collected works from the Arizona State University community, Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingüe (Tempe, AZ), 2004.
  • (Featured Artist) __________________, Contemporary Chicana and Chicano art: artists, works, culture, and education, Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingüe (Tempe, AZ), 2002.
  • (Featured Artist) Curve magazine - June Issue, 2000.
  • (Contributor) Honoring our ancestors: stories and pictures by fourteen artists, edited by Harriet Rohmer, Children's Book Press (San Francisco, CA), 1999.
  • (Featured Artist) La Frontera magazine - Issue # 8, 1998.
  • (Featured Artist) Girlfriends magazine - September Issue, 1998.
  • (Cover Artist) Living Chicana theory, edited by Carla Trujillo, Third Woman Press (Berkeley, CA), 1998.
  • (Contributor) Just like me: stories and self-portraits by fourteen artists, edited by Harriet Rohmer, Children's Book Press (San Francisco, CA), 1996.
  • (Cover Artist) Himilce Novas, Mangos, bananas, and coconuts: a Cuban love story, Arte Publico Press (Houston, TX), 1995.
  • (Cover and Featured Artist) CSWS Review, Center for the Study of Women in Society, University of Oregon (Eugene, OR), 1993.
  • (Cover Artist) Lavender Network and BlueStocking magazines, 1993.
  • (Featured Artist) Intown magazine (Eugene, OR), 1993.

Selected Publications About the Author

Critical Studies

  • Reisberg, Mira, "Maya Gonzalez: portrait of the artist as a radical children's book illustrator," Visual culture & gender, vol. 3, 2008, pp. 53-67. Available as PDF (http://explorations.sva.psu.edu/VCG/3vol/Reisberg.pdf)PDF
  • __________________, An A/r/tographic study of multicultural children's book artists: developing a place-based pedagogy of pleasure, Ph. D. diss., Washington State University, 2006. Available as PDF (http://research.wsulibs.wsu.edu:8080/dspace/handle/2376/538)

Reviews

  • Booklist,
    • June 1, 1997, Annie Ayres, review of Laughing tomatoes and other spring poems = Jitomates risueños y otros poemas de primavera: poems/poemas, p. 1707;
    • September 1, 1997, GraceAnne A. DeCandido, review of Just like me: stories and self-portraits by fourteen artists, p. 114;
    • October 15, 1998, Annie Ayres, review of From the bellybutton of the moon and other summer poems / poems = Del ombligo de la luna y otros poemas de verano / poemas, p. 423;
    • February 1, 1999, Hazel Rochman, review of Honoring our ancestors: stories and pictures by fourteen artists, p. 970;
    • July, 1999, review of From the bellybutton of the moon and other summer poems / poems = Del ombligo de la luna y otros poemas de verano / poemas, p. 1958;
    • December 1, 1999, Annie Ayres, review of Angels ride bikes and other fall poems / poems = Los ángeles andan en bicicleta y otros poemas de otoño / poemas, p. 707;
    • March 15, 2000, review of From the bellybutton of the moon and other summer poems / poems = Del ombligo de la luna y otros poemas de verano / poemas, p. 1342;
    • July, 2000, Gillian Engberg, review of My very own room = Mi propio cuartito, p. 2042;
    • August, 2000 Isabel Schon, review of Angels ride bikes and other fall poems / poems = Los ángeles andan en bicicleta y otros poemas de otoño / poemas, p. 2154;
    • November 1, 2002, Isabel Schon, review of My diary from here to there = Mi diario de aquí hasta allá, p. 506;
    • January 1, 2003, Linda Perkins, review of My diary from here to there = Mi diario de aquí hasta allá, p. 892;
    • March 15, 2007, Stella Clark, review of Nana's big surprise = Nana, qué sorpresa!, p. 54;
    • March 3, 2008, review of Mis colores, mi mundo = My colors, my world, p. 17.
  • Book Links,
    • January, 2004, Isabel Schon, review of My diary from here to there = Mi diario de aquí hasta allá, p. 45.
  • Children's Bookwatch,
    • September, 2007, review of Mis colores, mi mundo = My colors, my world, p. NA.
  • Childhood Education,
    • winter, 2008, Mary Anne Hannibal, review of On my block: stories and paintings by fifteen artists, p. 128.
  • Criticas,
    • July/August, 2002, Paul M. Kienlen, review of Iguanas in the snow and other winter poems = Iguanas en la nieve y otros poemas de invierno / poems/poemas, p. 61;
    • November/December, 2003, Veronica Covington, review of Fiesta femenina: celebrating women in Mexican folktale, p. 62;
    • January/February, 2004, Deborah Kreisman, review of My diary from here to there = Mi diario de aquí hasta allá, p. 7;
    • June, 2008, Ann Welton, review of Animal poems of the Iguazú: poems = Animalario del Iguazú: poemas, p. 32.
  • Curriculum Review,
    • May, 1996, review of Prietita and the ghost woman = Prietita y la llorona, p. 12.
  • ForeWord,
    • November-December, 2007, Jada Bradley, review of Mis colores, mi mundo = My colors, my world, p. NA.
  • Horn Book Magazine,
    • November/December, 2000, Kathleen T. Horning, review of My very own room = Mi propio cuartito, p. 749;
    • September/October, 2002, Nell D. Beram, review of My diary from here to there = Mi diario de aquí hasta allá, p. 556.
  • Instructor,
    • January/February, 2001, Judy Freeman, review of My very own room = Mi propio cuartito, p. 19;
    • May, 2001, review of Angels ride bikes and other fall poems / poems = Los ángeles andan en bicicleta y otros poemas de otoño / poemas, p. 37;
    • October, 2001, Alice Quiocho, review of From the bellybutton of the moon and other summer poems / poems = Del ombligo de la luna y otros poemas de verano / poemas, p. 16;
    • October, 2001, Alice Quiocho, review of My very own room = Mi propio cuartito, p. 17.
  • Kirkus Reviews,
    • August 15, 2001, review of Fiesta femenina: celebrating women in Mexican folktale, p, 1212;
    • August 1, 2002, review of My diary from here to there = Mi diario de aquí hasta allá, p. 1139;
    • March, 1, 2007, review of Nana's big surprise = Nana, qué sorpresa!, p. 230;
    • July 1, 2007, review of Mis colores, mi mundo = My colors, my world, p. NA;
    • August 1, 2007, review of Mis colores, mi mundo = My colors, my world, p. 665;
    • August 1, 2007, review of On my block: stories and paintings by fifteen artists, p. 792;
    • August 1, 2008, review of Animal poems of the Iguazú: poems = Animalario del Iguazú: poemas, p. 697.
  • Library Media Connection,
    • April/May, 2005, KaaVonia Hinton-Johnson, review of of Angels ride bikes and other fall poems / poems = Los ángeles andan en bicicleta y otros poemas de otoño / poemas, p. 44;
    • October, 2007, Shelley Glantz, review of Nana's big surprise = Nana, qué sorpresa!, p. 92;
    • January, 2008, Shelley Glantz, review of Mis colores, mi mundo = My colors, my world, p. 90.
  • Multicultural Perspectives,
    • vol. 2, no. 1, 2000, G. Pritchy Smith and Deborah A. Batiste, review of Honoring our ancestors: stories and pictures by fourteen artists, p. 46.
  • PMLA: Publications of the Modern Language Association of America,
    • January, 2006, Tey Diana Rebolledo, review of Prietita and the ghost woman = Prietita y la llorona, p. 279.
  • Publishers Weekly,
    • July 20, 1998, review of From the bellybutton of the moon and other summer poems / poems = Del ombligo de la luna y otros poemas de verano / poemas, p. 222;
    • January 18, 1999, Diane Roback, review of Honoring our ancestors: stories and pictures by fourteen artists, p. 339;
    • August 30, 1999, review of Angels ride bikes and other fall poems / poems = Los ángeles andan en bicicleta y otros poemas de otoño / poemas, p. 86;
    • July 3, 2000, review of My very own room = Mi propio cuartito, p. 71;
    • September 17, 2001, review of Iguanas in the snow and other winter poems = Iguanas en la nieve y otros poemas de invierno / poems/poemas, p. 82;
    • September 23, 2002, Diane Roback, review of My diary from here to there = Mi diario de aquí hasta allá, p. 73;
    • August 13, 2007, review of On my block: stories and paintings by fifteen artists, p. 69;
    • June 23, 2008, review of Animal poems of the Iguazú: poems = Animalario del Iguazú: poemas, p. 54.
  • The Reading Teacher,
    • May, 1998, Evelyn B. Freeman, review of Laughing tomatoes and other spring poems = Jitomates risueños y otros poemas de primavera: poems/poemas, p. 684.
  • School Arts,
    • March, 1998, Ken Marantz, review of Just like me: stories and self-portraits by fourteen artists, p. 49;
    • March, 2008, Sharon Warwick, review of On my block: stories and paintings by fifteen artists, p. 48.
  • School Library Journal,
    • July, 1996, Marilyn Taniguchi, review of Prietita and the ghost woman = Prietita y la llorona, p. 82;
    • May, 1997, Ann Welton, review of Laughing tomatoes and other spring poems = Jitomates risueños y otros poemas de primavera: poems/poemas, p. 118;
    • December, 1997, Ann Welton, review of Just like me: stories and self-portraits by fourteen artists, p. 114;
    • December, 1998, Denise E. Agosto, review of From the bellybutton of the moon and other summer poems / poems = Del ombligo de la luna y otros poemas de verano / poemas, p. 98;
    • June, 1999, Linda Greengrass, review of Honoring our ancestors: stories and pictures by fourteen artists, p. 120;
    • August, 1999, review of From the bellybutton of the moon and other summer poems / poems = Del ombligo de la luna y otros poemas de verano / poemas, p. 38;
    • October, 1999, Reina Huerta, review of Angels ride bikes and other fall poems / poems = Los ángeles andan en bicicleta y otros poemas de otoño / poemas, p. 130;
    • August, 2000, review of Angels ride bikes and other fall poems / poems = Los ángeles andan en bicicleta y otros poemas de otoño / poemas, p. 37;
    • August, 2000, Denise E. Agosto, review of My very own room = Mi propio cuartito, p. 163;
    • August, 2001, Ann Welton, review of Iguanas in the snow and other winter poems = Iguanas en la nieve y otros poemas de invierno / poems/poemas, p. 166;
    • October, 2001, Ann Welton, review of Fiesta femenina: celebrating women in Mexican folktale, p. 183;
    • August, 2002, Paul M. Kienlen, review of Iguanas in the snow and other winter poems = Iguanas en la nieve y otros poemas de invierno / poems/poemas, p. S61;
    • November, 2002, Ann Welton, review of My diary from here to there = Mi diario de aquí hasta allá, p. 153;
    • July, 2007, Daisy Porter, review of Nana's big surprise = Nana, qué sorpresa!, p. 83;
    • December, 2007, Wendy Lukehart, review of On my block: stories and paintings by fifteen artists, p. 108.
  • Skipping Stones,
    • May/August, 1999, Jena Novotny, review of From the bellybutton of the moon and other summer poems / poems = Del ombligo de la luna y otros poemas de verano / poemas, p. 5.
  • Smithsonian,
    • November, 1996, Kathleen Burke, review of Prietita and the ghost woman = Prietita y la llorona, p. 160.

Internet Sources

Art Exhibitions:

One Woman Show

  • "Nana's Big Surprise!" Encantada Galleria (San Francisco, CA), 2007.
  • "Seventh Annual Chicana/o Art Exhibition," (University of Santa Barbara Multicultural Center, CA), 2004.
  • "Snake Skull Woman," Encantada Galleria (San Francisco, CA), 2003.
  • "For the Momeant: Images of Women and Fruit," Encantada Galleria (San Francisco, CA), 1998.
  • "Maya's Women," 17 Reasons (San Francisco, CA), 1998.
  • "Into the Light," Galleria Posada (Sacramento, CA), 1997.
  • "La Llorona," Studio 24 (San Francisco, CA), 1995.
  • "Dias de los Muertos," Studio 24 (San Francisco, CA), 1994.
  • "Pulse," Baba Yaga's Dream (Eugene, OR), 1993.
  • "Come Into the Light," New Zone Gallery (Eugene, OR), 1992.
  • "Home," Keystone Gallery (Eugene, OR), 1989.
  • "Images of Women," One Common Thread (Eugene, OR), 1988.

Group Shows

  • "Connecting Cultures," Phoenix Airport Museum (Phoenix, AZ), December 16, 2006 - July 8, 2007.
  • "Celebration of Day of the Dead," M.H de Young Museum, (San Francisco, CA), November 1 - November 26, 2006.
  • "Triumph of Our Communities: Contemporary Mexican American Artists," Hispanic Research Center of Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ), March 21 - May 16, 2005.
  • "Chicana/o Biennial," Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana (San Jose, CA), March 18 - April 30, 2005.
  • "Chicano Art for our Millennium," Mesa Southwest Museum/Hispanic Research Center of Arizona State University (Mesa, AZ), 2004.
  • "Dias de los Muertos," Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum (Chicago, IL), 2004.
  • "Dias de los Muertos," Encantada Galleria (San Francisco, CA), 2003.
  • "Dias de los Muertos," Encantada Galleria (San Francisco, CA), 2002.
  • De Cordova Museum/Gallery on the Go Program - tour, 2002-2004.
  • Exhibits USA, Touring Show, "Just Like Me" - catalogue, 2002-2005.
  • "Chicanos en Mictlan: Dia de los Muertos in California," - catalogue Mexican Museum (San Francisco, CA), 2001.
  • "Tails of the City," Fundraiser Auction Destination Foundation (San Francisco, CA), 2001.
  • "Intimas," Encantada Galleria (San Francisco, CA), 2000.
  • "Mujeres de la Valle," Galleria Posada (Sacramento, CA), 2000.
  • "Hecho En Califas," Plaza de la Raza Cultural Center for the Arts and Education (Los Angeles, CA), 2000.
  • "Tenth Annual Best of Children's Book Illustrations," Sun Gallery (Hayward, CA), 2000.
  • "From the Wonderful Wizard of Oz to Grandfather's Journey's," Reading the World Conference University of San Francisco (San Francisco, CA), 1999.
  • "Children's Book Illustrations," Pacific Book Auction (San Francisco, CA), 1999.
  • "Dias de los Muertos," Oakland Museum, (Oakland, CA), 1998.
  • "Ninth Annual The Best of Children's Book Illustrations," Sun Gallery (Hayward, CA), 1998.
  • "Dias de Los Muertos," Encantada Galleria, (San Francisco, CA), 1997.
  • "Dias de Los Muertos," Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum (Chicago, IL), 1995.
  • "La Luz del Valle," Arte Americas: Casa de la Cultura (Fresno, CA), 1995.
  • "Artists to Artists in Kobe," Benefit Art Auction, Diamond and Jewelry Mart, (San Francisco, CA), 1995.
  • "Cultural Expressions," Cooper, White and Cooper, (San Francisco, CA), 1994.
  • "Public/Private," Somar Gallery, (San Francisco, CA), 1994.
  • "Group Show," William White Gallery, (Eugene, OR), 1993.
  • "Art in the Vineyard Invitational," Maude Kernes Art Center, (Eugene, OR), 1993.
  • Cinco de Mayo Downtown Invitational, (Eugene, OR), 1993.
  • "Zone for All," New Zone Gallery, (Eugene, OR), 1993.
  • "War and Peace," New Zone Gallery, (Eugene, OR), 1992.
  • "Art in the Vineyard Invitational," Maude Kernes Art Center (Eugene, OR), 1992.
  • "Group Show," William White Gallery (Eugene, OR), 1991.