Antonio's Card/ La tarjeta de Antonio

By Rigoberto González
Illustrated by Cecilia Álvarez

Paperback: $9.95

Antonio loves words, because words have the power to express feelings like love, pride, or hurt. Mother's Day is coming soon, and Antonio searches for the words to express his love for his mother and her partner, Leslie. But he's not sure what to do when his classmates make fun of Leslie, an artist, who towers over everyone and wears paint-splattered overalls. As Mother's Day approaches, Antonio must choose whether — or how — to express his connection to both of the special women in his life.

Rigoberto González's bilingual story about a nontraditional family resonates with all children who have been faced with speaking up for themselves or for the people they love. Cecilia Concepción Álvarez's paintings bring the tale to life in tender, richly hued detail.

Discover exciting ideas to help you and your students learn about and celebrate Mother’s Day with the Lee & Low Teacher Resource Guide for Mother's Day. Guide includes prereading focus questions, comprehension questions, writing activities, home-school connections, and Mother's Day card activity instructions.

About the Creators

Thumb_thumb Rigoberto González - Author

was born in Bakersfield, California, and raised in Michoacán, Mexico. The son and grandson of migrant farmworkers, he is an award-winning poet and writer. Since completing his third university degree, he has worked mostly in New York and primarily with children and young adults as a dance instructor, daycare provider, literacy specialist, and creative writing teacher.

Thumb_thumb Cecilia Álvarez

is a gifted fine artist. The daughter of a Mexican mother and a Cuban father, her artwork has been exhibited internationally and featured in a range of publications. Over the past decade, she has focused her creative energies on works of public art. Cecilia has two children and lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband.

About This Title


Hardcover: 9780892392049

Paperback: 9780892393879


Rainbow List, GLBTQ Round Table
American Library Association (ALA)

Lambda Literary Award
Lambda Literary

Guided Reading:




Interest Level:

Grades 2 - 5

Reading Level:

Grades 3 - 3


Classroom Activities, Similarities and Differences, Sharing & Giving, Identity/Self Esteem/Confidence, Overcoming Obstacles, Mothers, Mentors, Latino/Hispanic/Mexican Interest, Home, Holidays/Traditions, Families, Discrimination, Cultural Diversity, Conflict resolution, Childhood Experiences and Memories, Bullying, Breaking Gender Barriers, Bilingual, Art, Empathy/Compassion, Respect/Citizenship, Self Control/Self Regulation, Courage, Education, Pride, Realistic Fiction, Tolerance/Acceptance, LGBTQ

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