Welcome to my website!

From the founder of Picture Book Month, Dianne De Las Casas: “The website, PictureBookMonth.com, features essays from thought leaders in the children’s literature community. Each day in November, a new essay is posted. PB Month logo

New features this year include “Curriculum Connections” by Education Consultant, Marcie Colleen. Every day, a new activity and curriculum connection is posted based on the Author/Illustrator’s book. In addition, the multi-page Picture Book Month Educator’s Guide, correlating picture books across the curriculum, is available as a free download for educators and teacher librarians. 

My day (Lupe Ruiz-Flores) for Picture Book Month on “Why Picture Books are Important” is November 22. Be sure and visit the website every day of this month.

I am the author of six bilingual picture storybooks. My books, published by Arte Publico Press, are on the Accelerated Reader List. For book descriptions and to order books, click here.

I live in Texas but have also lived in Bangkok, Thailand and Okinawa, Japan. I come from a large, close-knit family where my sisters are my best friends.

My writing career started when I entered a writing contest and was lucky enough to win an all-expense paid trip to New York where I attended a week-long writing workshop. It was a great experience.

I started out writing nonfiction and then ventured into children’s picture books. Now I am working on a middle-grade novel. I even dabbled in poetry and had some of it published in anthologies. You never know what can happen when you take a leap of faith and enter a writing contest. Try it!

Memberships and Awards
Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI)
Writers’ League of Texas

SCBWI logo2005 recipient of SCWBI Martha Weston Award
2011 recipient of SCWBI Amazon.com Work-in-Progress Grant

My latest bilingual picture book, Lupita’s First Dance/El Primer Baile de Lupita, Illustrated by Gabhor Utomo, is on the 2014-2015 Tejas Star Book Award Reading List. This award is sponsored by the Texas Library Association (TLA).

7 thoughts on “Welcome to my website!

  1. Lupe. This looks great. Love the colorful banner.
    and the way it is laid out. Nice to have your blog as part of the web-site.

  2. The only thing about the comment section that seems off is the time it says the post was recorded. I just sent mine (9:09 pm) but it says 2:05 am.

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