about The author

From the Author - José Chavez

"I became interested in poetry when I began writing poems in second grade. Now, as my children are grown, I have more time to devote to my love of writing.  Common themes I explore, as a children’s writer, include the magic in everyday life, nature, family relationships, friendships, education, second language acquisition, and issues of equity. I enjoy humor, and played with words in the classroom, while I was teaching.  I believe this style will resonate with readers of my work."


Bio 

José Chavez was born in New Mexico and raised in Southern California. He attended college in Orange County, Berkeley, and Eastern New Mexico University.  He has a Master's Degree in English as a Second Language, and  recently retired as a second grade Dual Language Immersion teacher in Moreno Valley, CA. 

He writes poetry, picture books, and short stories for children. He also writes poetry for adults. His poem, Juan Not John, has been published by the California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE) in the March 2018 issue of Multilingual Educator, and several poems published in the 2017 Inlandia Anthology.  His first poetry book of bilingual poetry for children is entitiled: Estrellitas y Nopales-Little Stars and Cactus, published in 2017 by Archway Publishing.


Awards and Organizations


2017 International Latino Book Awards


  • Best Educational Children's Picture Book, 2nd Place
  • Best Poetry-OneAuthor-Bilingual, 2nd Place
  • Best First Book-Children & Youth, Honorable Mention


Organizations


  • SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) 
  • ISLA (International Society of Latino Authors)
  • CABE (California Association of Bilingual Educators)
  • Inlandia Member

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