Alma Flor Ada

Alma Flor Ada, an authority on multicultural and bilingual education, is the recipient of the 2012 Virginia Hamilton Literary Award, and in 2014 she was honored by the Mexican government with the prestigious OHTLI Award. She is the author of numerous award-winning books for young readers, including Dancing Home with Gabriel Zubizarreta, My Name Is María Isabel, Under the Royal Palms (Pura Belpré Medal), Where the Flame Trees Bloom, and The Gold Coin (Christopher Award Medal). She lives in California, and you can visit her at

Books by this Author

Island Treasures
Alexander y el dia terrible, horrible, espantoso, horroroso (Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day)
Love, Amalia
Dancing Home
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My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Live with kindness towards all

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. Authenticity

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Not having spent more time with each of my 9 grandchildren

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. The total serenity that fills mindful moments of awareness.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Zorro