Cover Reveal: The Tree of Hope

We are so excited to be revealing the cover for the picture book, THE TREE OF HOPE!

When Hurricane Maria devastated the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, jagüey blanco, the banyan tree that had stood guard by the historic San Juan Gate was uprooted and fell into the sea. For locals, the ancient tree, which weighed over 30,000 pounds and measured over 50 feet in height, symbolized the indomitable spirit of the Puerto Rican people and its fall was a shattering blow. The TREE OF HOPE is inspired by the tree’s miraculous rescue and regrowth; a reminder of the power of community and the importance of never giving up.

“We and nature are so very much related, or similar. We both face challenges in life, but we move forward with determination each and every day. In this case, Hurricane Maria destroyed so much of the island’s nature, but it regrew…bit by bit…like the tree in my story. THE TREE OF HOPE is a love letter to my country…to the indomitable spirit of the Puerto Rican people, who never give up despite facing so many challenges . . .

Anna Orenstein-Cardona, author of THE TREE OF HOPE

See the amazing cover to this phenomenal picture book below!

Juan Manuel Moreno

You can now pre-order The Tree of Hope by Anna Orenstein-Cardona illustrated by Juan Manuel Moreno, out August 23, 2022.

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About the Author

Anna Orenstein-Cardona was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and is an alum of Faber Academy (Writing a Novel and Writing for Children). She is active in the Society of Children Book Writer’s and Illustrators (SCBWI).

She is an NFEC-certified financial educator (CFEI) and coach with over 22 years of experience working in global financial markets. In 2020, she founded Wear Your Money Crown® to help close the gap in financial literacy.

Currently, Anna is working on developing various projects, including more children books. She lives in London with her two very special furbabies and her Southern Gentleman husband, although spends as much time as she can in Puerto Rico, where she regularly gets involved in rescuing abandoned animals and supporting local charities.

Read Anna’s #LatinxPitch success story here.

About the Illustrator

Juan Manuel Moreno is an illustrator based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He spent most of his childhood living in the countryside and cultivating his passion for painting. After studying graphic design, he lectured at the university and worked as an in-house illustrator for different studios. He has illustrated several picture books for international publishers.

Run Little Chaski: A Cover Reveal

Chaskis as drawn by chronist Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala in 1615.

Mariana Llanos, one of the founders of our #LatinxPitch has a new book coming out this year, and the best news is that it releases simultaneously in Spanish and English. Run Little Chaski! An Inka Trail Adventure and ¡Corre Pequeño Chaski! Una aventura en el Camino Inka, illustrated by Mariana Ruiz Johnson, will release May 1st of this year with Barefoot Books. Hear from Mariana Llanos:

I wrote Run Little Chaski late in 2016. After running it through my critique group, working on revisions, and finally feeling like it was “ready”, I decided to begin the submission process. It was last year, and with the help of my new agent, Clelia Gore, that I sold it to Barefoot Books.

The few people who have read the book mention what a novel idea it was to feature these interesting foot-fleeted messengers that delivered messages through the Andes mountains in the times of the Inkas. I feel fortunate I found a publisher committed to diversity, but what people usually don’t realize is that novel ideas set in lands (not to mention times) faraway are a tough sell no matter how original they may seem.

Many publishing houses still puzzle over the idea of producing books set in other cultures. The most common argument is that children in the U.S won’t relate or that the editors themselves can’t relate. I obviously, disagree with this notion. As I have stated before, I grew up reading books set in “other” cultures, but those books still made me dream, laugh, and learn. How do we expect children to open their mind to the world if all they can see is their own reflection?

I learned this when I published my first self-published book in 2013 (Tristan Wolf). In those times I was doing plenty of Skype in the Classroom visits to schools around the world. On the same date I had a visit to a school in Illinois and one in Nigeria. I was a little worried about both visits: would the Illinois children understand my accent? Would the Nigerian children understand my accent?

It turned out they did (as children usually do), but not only that. Those children who were in different continents, separated by a great big ocean, reacted with laughter and surprise to the same parts of the story. Furthermore, their questions were substantially similar. So, my conclusion is, children are children wherever they are. They crave adventure and a well-told story. They recognize universal themes and are excited about learning from “others”. Children are children, everywhere.

Without further ado, here you have my newest book, which is also available to preorder from AMAZON (Hardcover English or Paperback Spanish) or BOOKSHOP (English or Spanish).

And more exciting news: Run Little Chaski debuts as a Junior Library Gold Standard in English and Spanish. What an honor!

Please be a good Little Chaski and share the news far and away!

Corre Pequeño Chaski: Una aventura en el Camino Inka
Run Little Chaski! An Inka Trail Adventure

Learn more about the chaskis (or chasquis) from the National Museum of the American Indian

Learn more about Mariana and her books, including her latest Eunice and Kate (Penny Candy Books, 2020) HERE