Monica Brown, Ph.D. is the author of many award-winning books for children, including Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People (Henry Holt), winner of the Américas Award for Children's Literature and an Orbis Pictus Honor for Outstanding Nonfiction, and Waiting for the Biblioburro (Random House), a Christopher Award winner. Her picture book Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match/Marisol McDonald no combina (Lee & Low) is the winner of the Tejas Star Book Award, the International Latino Book Award, and a Pura Belpré Honor for Illustration. Marisol McDonald and the Clash Bash/Marisol McDonald y la fiesta sin igual, the second book in the Marisol series, was published in September 2013.
Monica's books are inspired by her Peruvian-American heritage and desire to share Latino/a stories with children. "I write from a place of deep passion, joy, and commitment to producing the highest possible quality of literature for children. In my biographies, the lives of my subjects are so interesting and transformational that I am simply giving them voice for a young audience. I don't think it is ever too early to introduce children to the concepts of magical realism, social justice, and dreaming big!" Monica is in demand as a conference keynote speaker and has appeared at ALA, TLA, NCTE, Book Expo America, and at book festivals across the country.
Monica Brown is a Professor of English at Northern Arizona University, specializing in U.S. Latino Literature and Multicultural Literature. She writes and publishes scholarly work with a Latino/a focus, including Gang Nation: Delinquent Citizenship in Puerto Rican and Chicano and Chicana Literature; and numerous articles and chapters on Latino/a literature and cultural studies. She was the recipient of the prestigious Rockefeller Fellowship on Chicano Cultural Literacies from the Center for Chicano Studies at the University of California. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Flagstaff, Arizona.
Sara Palacios was born in Mexico City. She holds degrees in Graphic Design, Illustration, and Digital Graphic Techniques, and is pursuing her MFA in Illustration at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She divides her time between Mexico City and San Francisco, California.
I adored reading this book.
There's also a great moment when Marisol is asked why she wanted to try conforming, and suddenly realizes that she can't even remember why it seemed like a good idea.
I would say this would be a great read aloud to any age group, and a read on their own book at about 2nd or 3rd grade.
Great history for bilingual families (English/ Spanish) My daughter's name is Marisol. She loves it!Published 24 days ago by tica mami
Bought this for my 5 year old daughter who refuses to wear socks that match. Charmingly written, easy to love.Published 2 months ago by lulu
With her brown skin and fire-colored hair, bilingualism, and her affinity for peanut butter jelly burritos, it is clear that Marisol McDonald simply does not match. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mme. Librarian
This is a family favorite. Our family is of mixed heritage and culture so we love it, but the message is universal: be yourself cause there is no better you. Read morePublished 3 months ago by John C Shelton
I absolutely adore this bilingual book! This is a story I hope to read hundreds of times!Published 3 months ago by Krystal M. Morris
This is a colorful and delightful story about a little girl with her own special individuality. Students love this book.Published 7 months ago by JP
Nowadays, more and more children are biracial. The story of Marisol it's a great introduction to the new America! Great reading.Published 11 months ago by ramontrane