hotTEAS of Children’s Poetry: Jorge Argueta

Jorge Argueta is a celebrated Salvadoran poet and author whose bilingual books have won many awards, including the Americas Award, the International Latino Book Award, and the IPPY Award for Multicultural Fiction (Juvenile/Young Adults). With his wife Holly Ayala, he publishes and sells multicultural bilingual children’s books at Luna’s Press and Bookstore in San Francisco’s Mission District.



photos by Holly Ayala

☕ Cuppa of Choice: “I love mango tea, mint, lemon, ummmmm camomile, is hard to say.”

☕ Hot Off the Press: Salsa: Un Poema Para Cocinar/A Cooking Poem, illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh (Groundwood Books, 2015).  (My review of this chili pepper-laced book is here.)

☕ Visit Jorge Argueta’s Official Website

☕ Check out the Luna’s Press and Bookstore Facebook Page

☕ Read this chat with Jorge to find out more about Luna’s Press and Bookstore


Spicy Hot! 🔥🔥🔥

Somebody call the fire department!

♥ More hotTEAs of Children’s Poetry here.


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16 thoughts on “hotTEAS of Children’s Poetry: Jorge Argueta

  1. I was unfamiliar with Jorge…so thanks for sharing this, Jama. I’ll need to look for some of his books.

    (Btw, I sent you an email early this morning, so please let me know if you didn’t get it!)


    1. Look for his cooking poem series — each book features a recipe poem. So far he’s done Bean Soup, RIce Pudding, Guacamole, Tamalitos and Salsa. There’s a different illustrator for each book to add to the deliciousness. He also has several other stand alone PBs. A MOVIE IN MY PILLOW is especially lovely.


  2. I am… having hair envy. Truly gorgeous poetry, and a gorgeously-souled man who writes lovely poetry. And I’m in obvious agreement about the hot-tea aspect.


  3. Well, the spring temperatures took a serious dip here down South today; sure glad your series is here to keep us nice and warm….

    I just looked up Jorge’s poem in The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations – wonderful! Makes me want to dance. :0) I “liked” the bookstore Facebook page, too. What an inviting shop!


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