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Lucia M. Gonzalez

Lucia M. Gonzalez was born in Cuba, in a very small town with a very long name, Caimito del Guayabal. She came with her parents and sister to the United States at the age of 12, in 1970. Lucia has lived in Miami, Florida, California, Spain, and Venezuela.

Lucia M Gonzalez
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Born Lucia Martinez
(1957-12-13) 13 December 1957 (age 60)
Caimito, Cuba, Cuba1
Occupation Author, Librarian, Storyteller, Puppeteer.
Genre Storytelling, Folklore, Fun, Historical Fiction, Latino Children's Literature

An accomplished storyteller, puppeteer, and children's librarian, Lucia M. Gonzalez started her career in library services to children in 1987 after receiving the Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from the University of California, Santa Barbara and while pursuing her Masters in Library Science at the University of South Florida. Lucia is the author of three award-winning bilingual books, The Bossy Gallito,[1] winner of the Pura Belpré Children's Literature Honor Medal and among New York Public Library's 100 Picture Books Everyone Should Know, and Señor Cat's Romance and Other Favorite Stories from Latin America, an Americas Award Commended Title. Gonzalez was named the Jean Key Gates Distinguished Alumni by the University of South Florida School of Library and Information Science for 1998. Gonzalez's new book, The Storyteller's Candle[2] is a bilingual picture book illustrated by Lulu Delacre, winner of the 2008 Pura Belpré Children's Literature Honor Medal.


Awards and honorsEdit

  • Awarded the 2008 Pura Belpré Children’s Literature Honor Medal for writing The Storyteller's Candle/La velita de los cuentos.[3]
  • Awarded the 1996 ALA/ALSC Pura Belpré Children’s Literature Honor Medal for writing The Bossy Gallito.[4]
  • Selected by the USF/SLIS Alumni Society as the School’s 1998 "Outstanding Graduate".

Presentations HighlightsEdit


  • The Storyteller's Candle / La velita de los cuentos[13]
  • Picture Books in Spanish: A Best of the Best Backlist. Criticas Magazine. May/June, 2002.[14]
  • Cultural Integration at the Library. Library Services to Youth of Hispanic Heritage: Proceedings from the Trejo Foster Foundation Fourth National Institute. McFarland & Company Inc., 1999.
  • Señor Cat’s Romance and other Favorite Stories from Latin America.[15]
  • The Bossy Gallito.[15]
  • Juan Bobo and the Buñuelos. From Sea to Shining Sea: An Anthology of American Folklore.[15]


Professional Library ExperienceEdit

  • Library Director, North Miami Public Library (2011-Present)
  • Associate Director for Programming, Youth Services and Family Literacy, Broward County Library (2004)
  • Assistant Section Manager. Broward County Library, Youth Services, Main Library (2003)
  • Programs Coordinator for the Miami-Dade Public Library System (2000–2003)
  • Children’s Department Manager, West Kendall Regional Library (1994–1999)
  • Children’s Librarian / Assistant Branch Manager, Hispanic Branch Library (1994–99)
  • Children’s Outreach Librarian, Imagination Factory (1990–1992)

Professional AffiliationsEdit


  1. ^ "Bossy Gallito / El gallo de bodas: (Bilingual) (Spanish Edition): Lucia M. Gonzalez, Lulu Delacre: 9780439067577: Books". 1999-06-01. Retrieved 2014-03-12. 
  2. ^ "The Storyteller's Candle / La Velita De Los Cuentos: Lucia Gonzalez, Lulu Delacre: 9780892392377: Books". 2012-06-01. Retrieved 2014-03-12. 
  3. ^ "Welcome to the Pura Belpré Award home page! | Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)". Retrieved 2014-03-12. 
  4. ^ "The Pura Belpré Award winners, 1996-present | Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)". Retrieved 2014-03-12. 
  5. ^ "2014 ALA Annual Conference". Retrieved 2014-03-12. 
  6. ^ "". 2014-01-25. Retrieved 2014-03-12. 
  7. ^ "USC: Latino Conference". Retrieved 2014-03-12. 
  8. ^ "". Retrieved 2014-03-12. 
  9. ^ "". Retrieved 2014-03-12. 
  10. ^ [1] Archived January 25, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ "NCTE Annual Convention". Retrieved 2014-03-12. 
  12. ^ Visit us Visit us Scheduling a visit is easy. "Shenandoah University - Curiosity Required". Retrieved 2014-03-12. 
  13. ^ "Children's Book Press | multicultural | bilingual | children's books". Retrieved 2014-03-12. 
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  15. ^ a b c "Children Book Publishing". Scholastic. Retrieved 2014-03-12. 
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2002-12-28. Retrieved 2009-03-21. 
  17. ^ "". Retrieved 2014-03-12. 
  18. ^ University of South Florida. "Welcome to the University of South Florida | Tampa, FL". Retrieved 2014-03-12. 
  19. ^ "Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)". Retrieved 2014-03-12. 
  20. ^ [2] Archived February 14, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
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