More about My BOOKS

 
Mama Clemen

Mama Clemén died when I was 13 and for decades, I’ve wanted  to share her with the world.  The first two books are about her through the eyes of the family dog, La Toma, and are based on the stories Mama Clemen and my mom shared with me.  They are set in the 1960s, a time when Cd. Juarez, Chihuanua was more rural, more ecologically diverse and so safe that dogs didn’t need leashes or fences.  While the family’s dog was a Pomeranian, the dog in the books is a Pit Bull because the breed is very close to my heart and is very much in need of a sweet poster child.  The picture below shows my mom and her sisters with one of La Toma's puppies, who looks like a Pit Bull, so I think La Toma would approve.

Photo: Mama Clemén in her kitchen.

Mama Clemen

Mama Clemén died when I was 13 and for decades, I’ve wanted  to share her with the world.  The first two books are about her through the eyes of the family dog, La Toma, and are based on the stories Mama Clemen and my mom shared with me.  They are set in the 1960s, a time when Cd. Juarez, Chihuanua was more rural, more ecologically diverse and so safe that dogs didn’t need leashes or fences.  While the family’s dog was a Pomeranian, the dog in the books is a Pit Bull because the breed is very close to my heart and is very much in need of a sweet poster child.  The picture below shows my mom and her sisters with one of La Toma's puppies, who looks like a Pit Bull, so I think La Toma would approve.

Photo: Mama Clemén in her kitchen.

Mama Clemen

Mama Clemén died when I was 13 and for decades, I’ve wanted  to share her with the world.  The first two books are about her through the eyes of the family dog, La Toma, and are based on the stories Mama Clemen and my mom shared with me.  They are set in the 1960s, a time when Cd. Juarez, Chihuanua was more rural, more ecologically diverse and so safe that dogs didn’t need leashes or fences.  While the family’s dog was a Pomeranian, the dog in the books is a Pit Bull because the breed is very close to my heart and is very much in need of a sweet poster child.  The picture below shows my mom and her sisters with one of La Toma's puppies, who looks like a Pit Bull, so I think La Toma would approve.

Photo: Mama Clemén in her kitchen.

 
What are the first books about? 

The first two books are in English and Spanish and they are about my grandmother, Mama Clemen.  She was wise, open-minded,  and didn’t think children should be sheltered from the truth.  I have a lot of memories of her. I remember her taking us to an elderly neighbor’s funeral.  She told us to go to the open casket and say goodbye to our friend. I was four, maybe five.  My cousin was a year younger.  Yep. We were very little.  We had a ton of questions and she answered all of them and I don’t remember being haunted by the experience.  She demystified death and robbed it of its fear the way she demystified life - by talking about it.  It was like having our very own Mr. Rogers.

Why Children's books?

Photo: My grandparents, Federico (Papa Vico) and Clementina (Mama Clemen) 

I firmly believe that all of my academic and professional  achievements can be traced back to my grandmother’s kitchen.  It was there that I learned to love words.  Because of my quiet demeanor, I was allowed to listen to great storytelling.   

I don’t think anyone ever read to me.  I started school later than most kids.  I was a monolingual Spanish speaker.  I was raised by a working class single mom.  But none of that set me back because I arrived to school equipped with a large vocabulary and knowing how to pay attention to words and how they were spoken.   

We know that kids are sponges, but we can’t take for granted that kids see or absorb everything they need to or that they understand what they are seeing and feeling.  That’s where storytelling comes in.  Storytelling is such a powerful tool that it is one of the five recommendations of the science-based learning campaign, the Boston Basics, which is trying to close the skills gap between socio-economic, racial, and ethnic groups. (boston.thebasics.org) 

The challenge is that storytelling is not easy or natural for alot of us, including me.   This is complicated by the fact that most books for toddlers and early readers do not have much text and parents and grandparents don’t always know how to use them as a springboard for talking about their own experiences and memories.  

By including a lot of words in short stanzas, in both English and Spanish, and accompanying them with beautiful illustrations, I hope my books make storytelling easier, especially for working class families.

 
 
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Overview

By contributing to this campaign, you will be helping to publish the first of two bilingual children’s books and to launch Muñeca’s Books: a self-publishing company. At least 50% of the profits from each book will be donated to organizations working to improve the lives of children and animals who have been abandoned, exploited or otherwise forgotten.

Thank you for considering contributing to this campaign! I have written the first two books to inspire readers to delve into long, nostalgic, and hopefully, enlightening conversations with their loved ones.  The first book will be published by May of 2019.

It has been beautifully illustrated by Xitlhali Treviño (@xitlhali_trevino on Instagram) and is being designed by Jud Burgess (@judburgess on Instagram).  The book will be available in print and will be sold online, primarily. 

By contributing to this campaign, you will be helping to pay for:

  • the illustrator’s advance

  • graphic design

  • logo design

  • proof prints

  • rewards for contributors of this campaign 

Money that exceeds the goal will be used to establish a website for the book and to pay for the illustrations and design of the second volume.   Muñeca’s Books (munecas_books on Instagram), the publishing company, will serve other authors who want to self-publish and donate their proceeds to worthy causes.  

For any inquiries, please contact Veronica Carbajal

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