Carmen Tafolla

Named Poet Laureate of the State of Texas in 2015, Dr. Carmen Tafolla is an award-winning poet and children’s author, storyteller, performance artist, motivational speaker, scholar and university professor. The author of more than 30 books and a Professor of Transformative Children’s Literature at UT San Antonio, she holds a Ph.D. in Bilingual Education from the University of Texas and a B.A., M.A., and a Doctorate Honoris Causa in Humane Letters from Austin College. Tafolla’s work appears internationally in high school and university textbooks, newspapers, journals, magazines, elementary school Big Books, posters on city buses, and engraved on sidewalks and museum walls. Chosen in 2012 as the first Poet Laureate of the City of San Antonio, Tafolla has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Americas Award, presented to her at the Library of Congress in 2010, five International Latino Book Awards, two Tomas Rivera Book Awards, two ALA Notable Books, the Art of Peace Award, a Junior Library Guild Selection, the Tejas Star Listing, the Texas 2 by 2 Award, Top Ten Books for Babies, and has been recognized by the National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies for work which “gives voice to the peoples and cultures of this land.”


EMC is proud to feature the work of Carmen Tafolla within Mirrors & Windows. Tafolla's autobiography, "Mi Familia", is featured in Unit 3 of Mirrors & Windows Level 1/Grade 6. Here is a sample from the Student Edition: