I was born in Cuba and received my B.A. in Spanish and Comparative Literature from the University of California, Riverside. I have worked extensively with children of all ages in scholastic and cultural events as well as in theater. I live with my husband, Guillermo, and we have three marvelous children: Ismael, Talia Alina and Ludim. We are also the proud grandparents of our first grandchild Ariel Cruz Retana.
I am an author of eight published bilingual children’s books and the owner and publisher of High Desert Productions, a small independent press located in Bisbee, Arizona. I am also a literary presenter for students, teachers, librarians, and parents. I enjoy doing school visits along with one of my illustrators, Pat Pollock Rhoads. I believe that a book is a passport to any place or any period in time.
I'm Mike McQueen, teacher librarian and founder of http://www.GettingBoysToRead.com. Like many school districts, we are in a financial crises. Our school board recently proposed to eliminate ALL 20+ middle school teacher librarians and also cut all 90+ elementary schools to half time. Since we are the biggest district in all of Colorado, we worry this will cause other districts to follow suit. We launched an online movement and are going to do our best to put up a good fight. If possible, please visit our Facebook page and "Like" us http://www.facebook.com/SupportSchoolLibraries . Adding a positive comment and sharing with your friends would help our morale as well. The board finalizes the budget soon so your timely support would be greatly appreciated!