If you haven't already read the children's book Esperanza Rising and others by the great Pam Munoz Ryan I would recommend. She came to our school today to do an assembly for the 3-6th graders (her main readership ages), which I was very excited to attend. I had seen her before at the SLC Library at an author's conference a few years ago with my Mom (we also heard and saw and had books signed by Lois Lowry). She puts on a great presentation and at the library "speech" she read from her book Mice and Beans. I often read to the boys her When Marian Sang (which always make me cry), Hola Mar (Hello Ocean) (my attempt at providing my kids with a bilingual education - and totally "pictured" from La Jolla Shores, or at least I imagine. So I casually mentioned that Ryan was at our school (and the reason why I didn't answer my cell phone) to Megan and she freaked that I didn't tell her, since Bailey's favorite author happens to be her. So I let her know she would be at King's English (the greatest bookstore at 15th and 15th) tonight. So I went directly to King's, bought 2 copies Ryan's newest book Paint the Wind, and then met them there tonight. It ended up just being a signing, no presentation or reading, which I was sort of bummed for Bailey, but we got there early enough to ask questions, etc. I felt a little goofy since I was like the only adult without a child getting signage.