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My Colors, My World / MIS Colores, Mi Mundo Paperback – Picture Book, April 1 2013

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"[Gonzalez's] paintings are big and bold, fanciful and exuberant, and should inspire kids to look for the colors in their world, too." -- San Francisco Chronicle

"The intensely colored paintings [feature] some touches of magical realism. . . this book can jump-start the world of imagination." -- Kirkus Reviews

"The exaggerated facial features of both Maya and her feathered friend capture the contentment they find through enjoying the beauty of their world... Recommended for public libraries and bookstores." -- Criticas Magazine

"Gonzalez has created kid-friendly, yet sophisticated compositions." -- ForeWord Magazine

"[A] powerful portrayal of a Latino child, her family, and her immediate environment, and an engaging way to introduce young children to basic concepts." -- MultiCultural Review

Pura Belpré Illustrator Award Honor, Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)
Best Children's and YA Books, Criticas Magazine
International Latino Book Award, Latino Literacy Now

About the Author

Maya Christina Gonzalez is an award-winning children's book artist, author, activist and progressive educator. Her work addresses systemic inequity in relation to race/ethnicity, sexism and cissexism using children's books as radical agents of change and healing, both personally and culturally. She co-founded Reflection Press, a POC, queer and trans owned independent publishing house that uses holistic, nature-based, and anti-oppression frameworks in their books and materials for kids and grown-ups. She is also the creator of the Gender Wheel, a tool to express the dynamic, infinite and inclusive reality of gender, and provides lectures and workshops to educators, parents and caregivers. Visit her online at mayagonzalez.com.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Children's Book Press (CA); Bilingual edition (April 1 2013)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English, Spanish
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 32 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0892392789
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0892392780
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 113 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 19.81 x 0.51 x 24.89 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 42 ratings

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As a young person, Maya Christina Gonzalez grew up under the hot pink sunsets of the Mojave Desert. It was in the brilliant hot pinks of the sunset that she finally found her reflection in her environment. At a very young age Maya understood the importance of seeing one's self reflected in one's world. When working with children, she often recalls her favorite page of any book as a child: those empty pages at the back. It was there that she used to draw in her round, Chicana face!

She has now created art for upwards of 20 award-winning, multicultural children's books. The first book she ever wrote, My Colors, My World was given the Pura Belpre Illustrator Honor Award.

What reviews are saying:

Animals of the Iquazu by Francisco Alarcon and illustrated by Maya

"The simple words--often playfully integrated into the illustrations as shaped poems--stress the natural balance of the Iguazú... The multimedia illustrations feature lush, glowing paints that depict the animals (including humans) set against a backdrop of cut-paper strips that comprise the rainforest's verdant growth. Stunning." --Kirkus Starred Review

My Colors, My World by Maya

"The exaggerated facial features of both Maya and her feathered friend capture the contentment they find through enjoying the beauty of their world . . . Recommended for public libraries and bookstores." --Criticas Magazine

I Know the River Loves Me by Maya

"The author's love and respect for the natural beauty and rhythm of the river and how it sustains her through quiet and vibrant moods is vividly portrayed in both her words and paintings. . . Inspiring and peacefully thought-provoking." --Kirkus Reviews

Nana's Big Surprise by Amada Irma Perez and illustrated by Maya

"...fantastically engaging... a treasure hunt for found objects... a wonderful book about the love and support of a family. " --ForeWord

Maya currently plays and plays in San Francisco. She wants to share the important lessons she has learned from her only and deeply loved teacher Creativity. In this spirit she has created a small press to share her lessons to support educators, fellow artists and especially children.

She loves to share her 3 rules:

1. Everyone is an artist.

2. There is never a right or a wrong way to make art.

3. Art is always an act of courage.

To learn more about her curriculum, philosophies and much more...please feel free to visit her here: www.reflectionpress.com

To see prints from her children's books...please visit her here:


And to see more about her fine art and her work in the Contemporary Chicano/a Art Movement...feel free to go here: www.mayagonzalez.com

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