A Birthday Basket for Tia
Publication Date: May 1997
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When her great-aunt, her tia, turns ninety, little Cecilia lovingly gathers together a basket full of memories. "Vibrant, detailed cut-paper illustrations portray family warmth and individuality with verve and panache". -- School Library Journal
The author of award-winning books of nonfiction and poetry for adults and of many children s books, Pat received honorary doctorates in letters from North Carolina State University and SUNY Buffalo and is an honorary member of the American Library Association. Among her other awards are the 2006 National Hispanic Cultural Center Literary Award, a Civitella Ranieri Fellowship, a Visiting Carruthers Chair at the University of New Mexico, a Poetry Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a Kellogg National Leadership Fellowship.
A former teacher, university administrator, and consultant, Pat is the founder of the family literacy initiative El dia de los ninos/El dia de los libros, Children s Day/Book Day (Dia), now housed at the American Library Association. The yearlong commitment to linking all children to books, languages, and cultures and of sharing what Pat calls bookjoy, culminates in national celebrations in April.
Pat was named one of the Fifty Most Inspiring Authors in the World by Poets & Writers magazine in February 2010.