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San Antonio Public Library displays book illustrations by Carmen Tafolla

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Carmen Tafolla book illustration of children at a paleta wagon

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(Oct. 3, 2011) -- In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the San Antonio Public Library hosts this month "The Art of Cultura y Herencia: Artwork and Illustrations in the Books of Carmen Tafolla." The exhibit on display at the library's Memorial branch honors the work of Tafolla, known by many as one of the godmothers or "madrinas" of Chicana literature.

The exhibit features illustrations from many of Tafolla's children's books. Through Oct. 15, illustrations by artists Rolando Briseno, Amy Cordova, Catalina Garate, Magaly Morales, Thelma Ortiz Muraida, Matt Novak and Terry Ybanez will be on display.

A San Antonio native, Carmen Tafolla is the writer-in-residence for children's youth and transformative literature in the Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies in the UTSA College of Education and Human Development. She is the author of an array of books, stories and other texts such as the award-winning children's books "What Can You Do with a Paleta?" and "That's Not Fair! Emma Tenayuca's Struggle for Justice,", and a short story collection centered on San Antonio, "The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans." Her latest children's book, "Fiesta Babies," was named one of the Best Books for Babies of 2011 by the Fred Rogers Corp.

Notably, Tafolla is the first Latina author to be honored with the Charlotte Zolotow Award for Best Children's Picture Book Writing of 2010. She also is the recipient of numerous other national awards and honors.

The Memorial branch of the San Antonio Public Library is at 3222 Culebra Rd. For hours, visit the San Antonio Public Library website.


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