AnnMarie Hurtado

AnnMarie Hurtado has worked in schools and libraries for more than eight years and for five years has been a librarian in the Youth Services Department of the Pasadena (California) Public Library. There she created a bilingual yearlong reading program called Lucha Libros for elementary school students and facilitated a mother–daughter book club, a series of hands-on science workshops, and two monthly creative writing workshops, each tailored to different age groups—one is for tweens 9 to 12 years old, and the other is for kids 5 to 8 years old who are still developing their basic writing skills. It is Hurtado’s experience with the latter group that inspired her to write this book.