Blogging from A to Z Challenge Diversity Reading Challenge

#atozchallenge Bad Girls Book Club Letter Y Yacqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass

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The Book

Yacqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina

Yacqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina

I’ve had this book on my radar a while and I’m anxious to read it. Our heroine, Piddy, arrives in a new school only to become the subject of Yacqui Delgado’s harassment. As you can imagine, the bullying escalates and it affects Piddy’s life completely and Piddy has to figure out how to get help and get Yacqui and her bullies to stop.

Anyone who survives bullying is awesome in my book.
And a total Bad Girl.

Go Piddy Go!!

If you are someone you know is having trouble with bullying please GET HELP.


5 Books to help you celebrate el Dia de los Muertos


I loved living in Texas because of all of the fiestas.  And the food. But that’s another story.  But while living in Texas I learned to celebrate el Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead.  Day of the dead celebrates your loved ones who have died and if you think about it, it’s kind of nice remembering loved ones.  el Dia celebrations include decorative festive skulls (sugar skulls), brightly colored flowers, music, and food.

Think it sounds like fun?

You betcha!

Here are five books to introduce or help your family celebrate Dia de los Muertos:

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courtesy The Latin Baby Book Club

Day of the Dead paper dolls.


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courtesy The Latin Baby Book Club

Day of the Dead by Tony Johnston, a picture book incorporating Spanish and English words.

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courtesy The Latin Baby Book Club

I Remember Abuelito by Janice Levy, a bilingual picture book in which a little girl fondly remembers her grandfather, abuelito.

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courtesy The Latin Baby Book Club

Just a Minute by Yuyi Morales, is a trickster tale that helps children learn to count in English and Spanish.


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courtesy Mommy Maestra

Rosita y Conchita by Eric Gonzalez & Erich Haeger a fact based picture books describing how to celebrate Dia de los Muertos.


And because everyone loves a fun app there’s…

Oy, Mexico, a Dia de los Muertos app!

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courtesy Mommy Maestra

So now you have everything you need to celebrate your loved ones

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now pass the pan de muerte!




Books Reviews

The Pregnancy Project by Gaby Rodriguez

The Pregnancy Project


Publication Date: January 17, 2012

It started as a school project…but turned into so much more.

Growing up, Gaby Rodriguez was often told she would end up a teen mom. After all, her mother and her older sisters had gotten pregnant as teenagers; from an outsider’s perspective, it was practically a family tradition. Gaby had ambitions that didn’t include teen motherhood. But she wondered: how would she be treated if she “lived down” to others expectations? Would everyone ignore the years she put into being a good student and see her as just another pregnant teen statistic with no future? These questions sparked Gaby’s school project: faking her own pregnancy as a high school senior to see how her family, friends, and community would react. What she learned changed her life forever, and made international headlines in the process.

In The Pregnancy Project, Gaby details how she was able to fake her own pregnancy—hiding the truth from even her siblings and boyfriend’s parents—and reveals all that she learned from the experience. But more than that, Gaby’s story is about fighting stereotypes, and how one girl found the strength to come out from the shadow of low expectations to forge a bright future for herself.


One cold night in January 2012 I sat in on an event at my local bookstore, Towne Book Center.  That night, a young woman, Gaby Rodriguez, talked about her book The Pregnancy Project.  Following are my thoughts after meeting this extraordinary young woman.

It is not uncommon these days for high school seniors to work on some sort of senior project; a project meant to be a culmination n of their final year of school and express the child’s personality, skills, dreams, and organizational tools.

Gaby Rodriguez’s senior project changed her life, and hopefully those of other teens.  Gaby, a confident and self-assured young Latina woman, believed she was destined for greater things than those of her peers.  Rodriguez also believed that she had a voice and a choice in every decision she made.  Her voice has come from the controversy surrounding The Pregnancy Project.  Gaby’s voice says you have choices: don’t let any one choice you make define or limit you.

Gaby’s choice to fake a pregnancy intended to show young Latina women in her community that pregnancy isn’t your only option in life.  She believed that if you become pregnant, that pregnancy shouldn’t stop you from moving forward.  Rodriguez encouraged her friends to “go past” the circumstances they were in.

A year later, due to her compelling message, Rodriguez’s voice has been heard and hopefully will continue to be heard.  The Pregnancy Project has been picked up by The Lifetime channel and turned into a movie starring Alexa Vega from Spy Kids.

Here’s to fighting stereotypes and Latina women.

Gaby and I even had time for a photo!

PammyPam and Gaby Rodriguez