From a very young age, Juana Inés loved words. When she was three years old, she followed her sister to school and begged the teacher to let her stay so she could learn how to read. Juana enjoyed poring over books and was soon making up her own stories, songs, and poems.
Juana wanted to become a scholar, but career options for women were limited at this time. She decided to become a nunSor Juana Inés de la Cruzin order to spend her life in solitude reading and writing. Though she died in 1695, Sor Juana Inés is still considered one of the most brilliant writers in Mexico's history: her poetry is recited by schoolchildren throughout Mexico and is studied at schools and universities around the world.
The recipient of the Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award, A Library for Juana celebrates Juana Inés's incredible thirst for knowledge, and is lovingly written by renowned children's book author Pat Mora and gorgeously illustrated by Beatriz Vidal.
About the Author
Pat Mora, poet and author, has written more than thirty children's books. She is a popular national speaker and the founder of the family literacy initiative El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), sponsored by ALA. Mora’s books have won numerous awards and honors, and she is a recipient of the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award and presented the ALA’s 2016 May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture. Mora lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her website is patmora.com.
BEATRIZ VIDAL is an award-winning Argentinean painter, illustrator, and teacher. Her work has appeared in well-known magazines such as The New York Times, Woman's Day, and The New Yorker. Her artwork has also been featured in numerous exhibitions around the world, including The International Exhibition of Illustration for Children and The Society of Illustrators in New York. Vidal divides her time between Buenos Aires, Argentina, and New York City.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A beautifully illustrated book about a young 17th century Mexican woman who wanted to learn to read and surrounded herself with books. She eventually became a poet and a nun to continue her love of learning. I like the postscript that biographical information about her that wasn't found in the story. The endpages are beautiful as well. Loved it.
This book is technically classified in the 800s in the Dewey system, which is used mostly for languages and rhetoric. I, however, would classify this book as a biography. It tells the simple, yet inspirational story of Juana Ines. In seventeenth century Mexico girls did not go on to secondary school or learn many skills past reading and housework. Somehow Juana Ines convinces her family to send her to school. People come from far and wide to witness her smarts and eventually Juana becomes an influential writer and nun in Mexico.This book would be appropriate to read to younger children as the plain, yet narrative writing is easy to understand. More experienced readers should read this to be reminded that no matter who you are, an learning should and can happen no matter who you are.
I felt like the story was a little flat and not engaging to a child. I think that Juana Ines was an amazing person, who I had not heard about until reading this book but I think it could have been done in a more engaging manner.This book could be used in curriculum to celebrate Mexican history and the key figures.