Books by April Ward

GROWING UP WITH TAMALES/LOS TAMALES DE ANA by Gwendolyn Zepeda
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2008

"Young readers will delight in Zepeda's use of repetition and will giggle over the story's jocular ending. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Six-year-old Ana can't wait until she is eight, so she can be more grown-up like her big sister Lidia. Read full book review >
JUAN AND THE CHUPACABRAS/JUAN Y EL CHUPACABRAS by Xavier Garza
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2006

"Another successful title for the author of Lucha Libre: The Man in the Silver Mask (2005). (Picture book. 6-9)"
Their grandfather's tales of his encounters with Latin American terrors La Llorona (the ghostly Weeping Woman) and the Chupacabras inspire Juan and his almost fearless cousin Luz to sneak out late. Read full book review >
A WRITING KIND OF DAY by Ralph Fletcher
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2005

"Black and white illustrations, in a range of styles from simple line drawings to what look like processed photos, add drab but atmospheric notes; the poet's simple language and wide variety of moods and topics may help to get young writers off the stick. (Poetry. 8-10)"
In 27 new, mostly free verses, Fletcher takes a young writer's voice, ruminating on metaphors, plagiarism and other writerly concepts, battling writer's block, or connecting one entry to the next. Read full book review >