Growing up in El Paso, Texas, Pat Mora learned the power of story from her mother and aunt, who would read to her every night and tell her stories in English and Spanish about their childhood in Mexico. These evenings spent imagining exotic places and exciting events turned Pat into a passionate reader, and eventually a gifted writer. "I'm a writer because I'm a reader," says Pat. "I savor words." Her commitment to literature and storytelling inspired her to not only write and publish over 20 books for children, but to found El dia de los ninos/ El dia de los libros, an annual celebration of children, books, languages, and cultures.
A former consultant, museum director, university administrator, and teacher, Pat Mora brings a wealth of knowledge and resources to her children's books and her literacy efforts. She has won numerous awards including the Golden Kite Award, a Pura Belpre Honor Award, and the National Hispanic Cultural Center Literacy Award. In March of 2008 Pat was elected to honorary membership in the American Library Association, the ALA's highest honor in recognition of outstanding contributions of lasting importance to libraries.
Pat is the mother of three children and when she's not writing enjoys gardening, cooking, and traveling. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.