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October 14th, 2010
Award winning author Tafolla appears at Texas State

101310paletaCarmen Tafolla’s book What Can You Do With A Paleta is the recipient of the 2010 Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award.

STAFF REPORT

The winners of Texas State’s Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award, Carmen Tafolla and Magaly Morales, will present their work at a book award celebration in the LBJ Ballroom in the Texas State Student Center Thursday from 10-11:30 a.m. The book, What Can You Do With A Paleta? was written by Tafolla and illustrated by Morales.

The author and illustrator will sign autographs and the book will be available for purchase.

The colorful picture book was selected for its celebration of the barrio. The book takes a whimsical look at all the different things that may be done with a paleta, a a frozen fresh-fruit pop. The book illustrates the importance of community.

Tafolla has been honored before with the Tomas Rivera Award for her book The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans in 2009. The award was established at Texas State to encourage authors, illustrators and publishers to authentically reflect the lives of Mexican American children in the United States.

The San Antonio-based Tafolla has had her work recognized at the Texas Book Festival and won first place at the Chicano/Latino Literary Prize contest at the University of California Irvine in 1987.

Illustrator Morales is a native of Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico. Her other illustrated works include A Latino Twelve Days of Christmas by Pat More and Chavela and The Magic Bubble by Monica Brown.

Tafolla and Morales will also be appearing at the Children’s Chapter Read Me A Story Tent a the Texas Book Festival in Austin on Saturday from 2-2:30 p.m. and Sunday from 2:30-3 p.m.

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