Tomas and the Library Lady
Author/Illustrator: Pat Mora; Raul Colon
Publication Year: 1997
Brief Summary: Based on the true story of Tomas Rivera, this book tells about a migrant family and how their boy, Tomas, discovered and fell in love with public libraries.
Awards, Honors and Prizes:
- Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award, 1998 Winner Texas
- Adventuring with Books: A Booklist for PreK-Grade 6, 12th Edition, 1999 ; National Council of Teachers of English
- American Experience: Strength from Diversity ; ALSC American Library Association
- Americas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature, 1997 ; Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP) ; Commended
- Best Children’s Books of the Year, 1998 ; Bank Street College of Education
- Children’s Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, 2001 ; H.W. Wilson
- Children’s Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006 ; H.W. Wilson
- Lasting Connections, 1997 ; American Library Association
- Lasting Connections, 1997 ; Book Links
- Smithsonian Magazine’s Notable Books for Children, 1997 ; Smithsonian
- Teachers’ Choices, 1998 ; International Reading Association
Ideas for using this book in classroom or library and/or brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core, etc.:
- Social Studies: Who are migrant laborers? Can you imagine being in a family of migrant laborers and having to move frequently? Discuss Mexican Americans and their culture.
- Talk about Tomas Rivera, who this book is based on, and how the love of reading and the generosity of the librarian had changed his life. Think about someone in your life that has made a big difference. Write about what he/she has done that helped you in some way. Who inspires you?
Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.
Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library