How to pronounce Rebecca’s last name in one minute :-):


Bio in, ahem, third person:

Rebecca Balcárcel authored SHINE ON, LUZ VÉLIZ!, due out in May 2022, and THE OTHER HALF OF HAPPY (2019), a Pura Belpré Honor Book, an ALSC Notable Book, and “a must-have for all library collections” according to School Library Journal. She loves popcorn, her kitty, and teaching her students at Tarrant County College as Associate Professor of English. Find her on YouTube where she analyzes literature and chats about writing as the SixMinuteScholar.

Rebecca as a kid!

Me at ten years old 1980This me at age ten, lol! I liked roller skating, singing while swinging on my backyard swing, putting on plays with my BFF, and riding my bike. I also read a LOT, and I even re-read my favorite books, like The Boxcar Children and Charlotte’s Web. I lived in a small town in Iowa until we moved to Texas when I turned ten. Though I missed the huge trees of Iowa, I appreciated the Spanish speaking going on in Texas. It was then that I realized I could embrace both sides of my Guatemalan-American heritage. I didn’t only love corn on the cob; I loved corn tortillas!

Random tidbits!

  • I biked 1300 miles in from Houston to Santa Fe one April back in my twenties — while pregnant! Get your own copy of the essay in Oklahoma Review that tells the story by joining my email list: I want to keep up with Rebecca.
  • I am the mother of identical twins and their big brother.
  • I once made a pilgrimage to Prince Edward Island to see the places that inspired  Anne of Green Gables. I also met the real Winnie the Pooh at NYC’s public library in 2017, and I enjoy the Lorax statue in Fort Worth, TX often.
  • I went skydiving!

https://www.lasmusasbooks.com/ — Find my Latina author sisters here!
https://www.scbwi.org/ — Aspiring kidlit writers will learn much here!

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