P&P Live! NoNieqa Ramos and Jacqueline Alcántara | Your Mama
This sweet ode to modern motherhood ingeniously spins the age-old “your mama” joke on its head, turning it into a point of pride that empowers and recognizes moms for their love and everyday hard work, with lines like: “Your mama so strong, she like a marine. Up three flights of stairs, carries the groceries. When you both had a fever, carried you to the emergency” and "Your mama dress so fine, she could have her own clothing line." This stunning tribute to moms is made even more special by its fluid mix of English and Spanish throughout the text.
NoNieqa Ramos is an educator, literary activist, and writer of picture books and young adult literature. Her books include The Truth Is, which was named one of the best YA Latinx books of 2019 by Remezcla and HipLatina, and The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary, a 2018 New York Public Library Best Book for Teens, a 2019 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection, and a 2019 In the Margins Award Top Ten pick. You might find NoNieqa in Virginia, salsa dancing with her soulmate and her children, Prince Lango Tango and PrincX Rainbow Cat. She is a proud member of Las Musas, a collective of Latinx children’s authors.
Jacqueline Alcántara is a freelance illustrator and artist who spends her days drawing, writing, and globetrotting with her dog, Possum. She is particularly excited about promoting inclusiveness and diversity in children’s literature and the illustration field in general. Readers may recognize her work from Baptiste Paul’s The Field, Tami Charles’ Freedom Soup, and Alicia D. Williams’ Jump at the Sun. Jacqueline lives in Chicago, Illinois.