Love to Mamá: A Tribute to Mothers

By Pat Mora
Illustrated by Paula Barragán

Paperback: $9.95

Six Pack: $59.70

In this beautiful and celebratory collection, thirteen poets write with joy, humor, and love about the powerful bond between mothers, grandmothers, and children. The poets represent a wide spectrum of Latino voices, from award-winning authors such as Francisco X. Alarcón, Judith Ortiz Cofer, and Pat Mora, to Daniel A. Olivas, a Deputy Attorney General of the State of California, and Cristina Muñiz Mutchler, a 15-year-old new talent. They write passionately about their Puerto Rican, Cuban, Venezuelan, and Mexican American backgrounds and the undeniable influence of their mothers and grandmothers.

Illustrated with exuberance by Ecuadorian artist Paula S. Barragán M., Love to Mamá is sure to be embraced and treasured by everyone who wants to recognize mothers as one of our universal role models.

Watch Pat Mora's interview with Reading Rockets

Read author Pat Mora’s letter to teachers about inspiring students with poetry in the Lee & Low Poetry Resource Guide for Teachers.

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.

About the Creators

Thumb_thumb Pat Mora - Author

is the author of numerous award-winning children’s books. She is also the founder of the family literacy initiative El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day). Mora and her husband live in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Visit her online at

Photo: Cheron Bayna

Thumb_thumb Paula Barragán

is a native of Quito, Ecuador. She received her degree in graphic design and illustration from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. In addition to being a painter, Barragán is a printmaker and carpet designer. Her fine art pieces have been shown at galleries in the United States and South America. Barragán currently lives in Quito. This is her first picture book.

About This Title


Paperback: 9781584302353

Hardcover: 9781584300199

Six Pack: 9781584303763


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Guided Reading:




Interest Level:

Grades 1 - 6

Reading Level:

Grades 3 - 3


Sharing & Giving, Identity/Self Esteem/Confidence, Poetry, Mothers, Latino/Hispanic/Mexican Interest, Home, Grandparents, Friendship, Families, Cultural Diversity, Childhood Experiences and Memories, Optimism/Enthusiasm, Pride

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