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Tía Lola Stories


How Tía Lola Came to Visit Stay

(New York: Knopf Book for Young Readers, 2001)

My ten-year old nephew kept asking when he was going to get to read one of my books. The pressure was on. As I sat down to write a book he could read now, I knew I wanted to address the whole issue of what it means to be Latino to children of immigrants, children born and raised in this country. I also wanted to bring my memories of my wonderful aunts, tías, to the snowy landscape of the blank page. So, when ten-year-old Miguel moves to Vermont with his mami after his parents divorce, guess who flies up from the Island to help take care of him and his little sister, Juanita? Tía Lola! A kind of Mary Poppins with a Spanish accent.

Talk about wonderful & plentiful Tía Lola materials!

There are class plans, writing ideas, music class ideas and more are available at Lenoir-Rhyne University's

The publisher, Random House has put up a wonderful Educators Guide that covers the whole series.

How Tia Lola Came to -Visit- Stay by Julia Alvarez
see this book on hardcover  *  paperback
en español: hardcover  *  paperback
or you may be able to get an
autographed copy at
Vermont Book Shop
Julia Alvarez as Tía Lola with Sonia Manzano of Sesame Street at Symphony Space's Thalia Book Club on October 16, 2011

Readings & Writing Prompts to do with the Tía Lola books

I made up a list of passages and writing prompts to do with the kids at Symphony Space's Thalia Book Club in October 2011. I wanted to share that list with all of you.

Letter to Readers of Tía Lola Stories

If you want to know how I came to write about Tía Lola, here's a short letter to fans of Tía Lola and to the readers of these books.

Tía Lola Blog Tour 2010

If you haven't yet met Tía Lola, I hope you will join us on the online blog tour that took place in October 2010. The blog posts are still available here:

Why Tía Lola and I Love Sayings
How Tía Lola Cooks Her Beans the Dominican Way
How Tía Lola Makes Rice the Dominican Way
What Do I Do When I'm Not Writing? part one
What Do I Do When I'm Not Writing? part two
A Typical Writing Day
Introducing (some of) My Tías

Gracias to those who hosted &
read Tía Lola Blogs!

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More Books by Julia Alvarez:

How Tía Lola Learned to Teach, a book for young readers by Julia Alvarez
How Tía Lola
Learned to Teach
How Tía Lola Saved the Summer, a book for young readers by Julia Alvarez
How Tía Lola
Saved the Summer
How Tía Lola Ended Up Starting Over, a book for young readers by Julia Alvarez
How Tía Lola
Ended Up Starting Over

Autographed Books by Julia Alvarez

Would you like a signed -- or personalized -- copy of one of Julia's books? Simply call or email one of her two local bookstores -- or stop in for a visit.

Vermont Book Shop
38 Main Street, Middlebury, Vermont

Middlebury College Store
58 Hepburn Road, Middlebury, Vermont
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And, of course, Julia would love to see you at one of her upcoming appearances. To see if she will be in your town, check her calendar.


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