New Release: My Magic Wand by Pat Mora and illustrated by Amber Alvarez

Today is the release day for My Magic Wand: Growing with the Seasons! From bestselling Latina author Pat Mora comes a collection of poems celebrating a young child’s growth and everyday experiences throughout the seasons of a year. Vibrantly colored illustrations by Amber Alvarez and fun, lyrical poetry for young readers make My Magic Wand the perfect read aloud for every season.

My Magic Wand: Growing with the SeasonsAbout the book:

Would you like to…

write with a magic wand?
sled down a snowy slope in winter?
plant flowers in a garden in spring?
splash in a pool like a fish in summer?
ride high up on a horse in autumn?
blow out birthday candles?

Come share the fun of these activities, and more, with a spunky young girl enjoying a year of growth, creativity, and discovery with her diverse family and friends.

Praise for My Magic Wand:

“A sweet first poetry collection takes young readers through the seasons.” —Kirkus Reviews

“This collection of lovely poetry comes together with warm, loving illustrations to show how extraordinary everyday life is.” —Booklist

Order Your Copy of My Magic Wand:

Lee & Low Books
Barnes & Noble 
or wherever you order your favorite books!

Check out our collection of books by author Pat Mora!

Read our Poetry Resource Guide, which features tips and strategies from renowned poet, educator, and literacy advocate Pat Mora about how to use poetry with students in various educational settings.

Pat MoraPat Mora is the celebrated Latina author of forty award-winning children’s poetry and prose picture books. A lifelong literacy advocate, she founded Children’s Day, Book Day (El día de los niños, el día de los libros) to celebrate children and motivate them to become readers with daily support from families, teachers, and librarians and annual festivities on April 30. Mora lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Visit her online at

Amber AlvarezAmber Alvarez, a full-time illustrator, grew up in Oahu, Hawai‘i, and received her BFA from Pratt Institute. As a child, she embraced many of the activities the main character of My Magic Wand enjoys—drawing, cooking, swimming, dancing, and gardening—and her life still centers around these activities. Alvarez lives in Provo, Utah. You can find her online at and @shesureissketchy.