In My Family / En mi familia
Written and illustrated by Carmen Lomas Garza
In her eagerly-awaited second book for children, In My Family/En mi familia, internationally-renowned artist Carmen Lomas Garza takes us once again to her hometown of Kingsville, Texas, near the border with Mexico. Through vibrant paintings and warm personal stories, Carmen brings to life more loving memories of growing up in a traditional Mexican American community: eating empanadas, witnessing the blessing on her cousin's wedding day, and dancing to the conjunto band at the neighborhood restaurant.
In My Family/En mi familia is Carmen Lomas Garza's second book of family pictures, a continuing tribute to the loving family and community that shaped her childhood—and her life.
For effective strategies on incorporating students' linguistic and cultural backgrounds into social studies curricula, check out the article "Developing Literacy through Culturally Relevant Texts" by Dr. Iliana Alanís in Social Studies and the Young Learner (2007) from the National Council for the Social Studies.
Pair In My Family with the author study guide Carmen Lomas Garza: Chicana Author and Illustrator by Deborah J. Francis, part of The Alma Project, a cultural infusion model by Denver Public Schools.
About the Creators
is one of the most prominent Mexican American painters working today. Born and raised in Texas, she now lives in San Francisco, California. Her paintings have traveled all over the United States and Mexico in numerous exhibitions. Visit her website at http://carmenlomasgarza.com/.