June 14th, 2022
After experiencing a devastating earthquake, the spirit of a charming and vibrant Mexican neighborhood might be shaken, but it cannot be broken.
As a little girl and her dog embark on their daily walk through the city, they skip and spin to the familiar sounds of revving cars, clanking bikes, friendly barks, and whistling camote carts. But what they aren’t expecting to hear is the terrifying sound of a rumbling earthquake…and then…silence.
With captivating text and lively, beautiful illustrations, this heartwarming story leaves readers with the message that they can choose to be strong and brave even when they are scared, and can still find joy and hope in the midst of sadness.
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Harmony’s sweet story line about human resilience is brought to vivid life by Martínez’s illustrations, which clearly mirror the movement of a tumultuous natural disaster, as well as the joy in recuperating after such an event.
- ALA Booklist
a flicker of hope
Viking - Fall 2023
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Educational market Early Readers
This picture book, which mixes Spanish with English, is a rhythmic and vibrantly illustrated celebration of a city pulling together after a natural disaster.
Though the story is about an earthquake, it’s a great read to discuss communities working together after any disaster.
- Book Riot
TRANSLATION: ENGLISH / SPANISH
Member of The American Literary Translators Association ALTA
Tucson Museum of Art
Siete Colores Ideas Interactivas
Trapiche Museo, Los Mochis
Photo Credit. TheoP Photography
I grew up playing tennis and waiting for my family's next trip to Acapulco. A special weekend treat included drinking a tiny bottle of Chaparrita soda at one of the downtown pebbled streets of Mexico City. Chaparrita or Chapis later became my nickname (it means shorty).
Research for my Master's in Education at Universidad Complutense de Madrid became a series of textbooks, my first publication in the educational market in 2008. I've also worked with artists, designers, and scientists creating interactive exhibits and educational content for new Children's Museums and Science Centers.
In 2020, I won the "We Need Diverse Books" Picture Book Mentorship and cofounded "Latinxpitch" an ongoing effort to support underrepresented voices in children's literature. My books explore themes of community, friendship, family bonds, art, and joy rooted in my heritage.
My all-time favorite place to live was Playa del Carmen. Now I live in Arizona with my husband, our two amazing niños that help me pick character names, a dog, and two fish.
Cynthia Harmony is an author and educational psychologist, originally from Mexico City. She has published for the educational market and was awarded the 2020 "We Need Diverse Books" Mentorship. Her picture books MI CIUDAD SINGS (2022) and FLICKER OF HOPE (2023) will be released simultaneously in English and Spanish by Penguin Young Readers.
When not writing, Cynthia can be found in a museum with her kids, dancing to a Latin beat, daydreaming of tacos, or planning her next family trip.
Presentations in English or Spanish include:
Reading of MI CIUDAD SINGS or MI CIUDAD CANTA
WRITER’S TOOLBOX PRESENTATION: brainstorming ideas, choosing settings, creating characters.
Optional story puzzle activity for grades K - 2
Optional creative writing activity for grades 3-5
Book signing/ Bookplates for virtual visits.
RATES for 2 morning or afternoon sessions
Grade K-2 45 MINUTES $250
Grades 3-5 60 MINUTES $300
IN-PERSON SESSIONS TUCSON
Grade K-2 45 MINUTES $350
Grades 3-5 60 MINUTES $400
Outside Tucson fees vary based on travel distance, please contact me for a customized plan and a BOOK ORDER FORM for bulk signed copies.
Mi Ciudad Sings and Mi Ciudad Canta are perfect for Latinx History Month, National Library Week, Children’s Book Week, and Spanish Immersion Programs.
PODCASTS & BLOGS
YA and Kids Book Central Interview
Las Musas Debut Spotlight Book Birthday Blog
We Need Diverse Books Book Birthday Interview
Math is Everywhere Blog by Kaitlyn Sanchez
Las Musas Debut Spotlight Podcast
Latinx in Kidlit -The importance of Community Guest Post
Las Musas Podcast Debut Diaries, Picture Book Edition Episode 13
Latinx Kidlit Book Festival 2021 Draw Off Panel Moderator
"La Historia de los Detalles" Watch the Replay here
Las Musas Podcast Debut Diaries Picture Book Authors Ep. 7
BOOK EVENTS & PANELS
MI CIUDAD SINGS Book Launch at Tucson Children's Museum June 18th, 2022
NerdCamp PA Banned Books Edition July 15th, 2022
Meaningful Discussions through a Diverse Library
The Word for Diversity 2022 Margins Conference and Festival Virtual Panel. Cities Come Alive: authentic lenses for diverse children who play, sing, and fly! August 7th 9am MST with Brittany Thurman and Valerie Bolling.
Latinx Kidlit Book Festival Panel October 2022
Picture Books Recommendations
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