• ALOUD with Urrealism Yesterday it was my privilege to head over to the Los Angeles Central Public Library to listen to Luis Urrea speak about his new novel, Queen of America. I first met Luis several years ago when I went to interview him at a signing at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena. The signing went long; I never […] Gina Ruiz No responses December 2, 2011
  • Social Good & Your Phone (Sponsored post) The economy is horrid, jobs few and far between, and yet every day I see that people just aren’t out for themselves, they are doing social good in some way.  Whether it be a greener planet, helping someone out with a resume or lead, or Tweeting for donations to a cause, people care and are […] Gina Ruiz No responses October 27, 2011
  • Shelter Puppies Shelter Puppies US $19.95, CAN $21.95, UK £12.95 Hardback, 96 pages 80 illustrations / 65 in color 24 x 21.5 cm (9.5 x 8.5 in) ISBN: 978-1-8589-4560-6 Merrell Publishers CUTE ALERT! I have to say that this is one of the cutest books I’ve run into in a long, long time.  Each page is graced […] Gina Ruiz No responses October 25, 2011
  • Cybils: Year Six Now We Are Six. I’ve been with the Cybils since the beginning when I timidly raised my hand as a volunteer panelist.  Since then, the Cybils have grown with all the force of a young child, springing all too rapidly into young adulthood.  We’re still relatively young.  Six years old isn’t so very big, but […] Gina Ruiz No responses October 21, 2011
  • Education Week & Books (Sponsored Post) AmoXcalli is about books and reading.  Looking at it, you’ll think “oh another book blog” and you’ll be right.  Look deeper.  It’s much more than that.  Books are the keys to education.  If a child loves books, that child will grow up to have a thirst and hunger for knowledge and education.  I’m living proof […] Gina Ruiz No responses October 19, 2011
  • Univision’s Es El Momento Program for Education When I was growing up in a poor Latino neighborhood, books were considered luxos (luxuries).  While education was important and we were encouraged to go to school and study hard, for some reason there was a great disconnect between the school and home.  Books, unless they were the bible or school books seemed a waste […] Gina Ruiz 5 responses February 27, 2011
  • Why Ti­a Lola and I Love Sayings: A Guest Post by Author Julia Alvarez Today AmoXcalli is graced and honored with a beautiful guest post but one of my favorite authors, Julia Alvarez.   Follow her along on the blog tour at the following blogs: 10/18 http://amoxcalli.ginaruiz.com 10/19 http://donalupeskitchen.com/ 10/20 http://randomactsofreading.wordpress.com/ 10/21 http://teenreads.com 10/22 http://www.spanglishbaby.com Why Ti­a Lola and I Love Sayings I know that How Ti­a Lola Learned to […] Gina Ruiz One response October 18, 2010
  • The Cybils – Year 5                       And then we grew up. Five years ago, I learned about the Cybils – The Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers Literary Awards. It was their first year. They were brave, intrepid adventurers and as they shyly, in a very bookish manner called out for […] Gina Ruiz No responses September 16, 2010