Children’s Books to Puerto Rico

Hard Ball Press, in collaboration with children’s book author Mark Torres, has donated 200 bilingual children’s books to the Puerto Rico Teachers Federation (FMPR). The seven titles, all picture books for young children, explore the kinds of social justice themes that families in Puerto Rico face every day, including fair wages (Joelito’s Big Decision, Jimmy’s Carwash Adventure), indigenous people’s rights and culture (Margarito’s Forest), gender equality (Hats Off For Gabbie!), and economic inequality (The Cabbage That Came Back).  Mark’s book, Good Guy Jake teaches children how a union fights to reinstate a sanitation worker unfairly fired for taking toys from the trash that he repaired and gave to children in a local shelter for Christmas.

With so many books destroyed by the hurricane, the children in many schools in the San Juan area have enjoyed the books, including teenage students with learning disabilities. Hard Ball Press will be donating copies of all new children’s books as they come into print.


Surviving Poverty: Creating Sustainable Ties among the Poor Now Available

Surviving Poverty: Creating Sustainable Ties among the Poor by Joan Maya Mazelis is now available from NYU Press. The book, “carefully examines the experiences of people living below the poverty level, looking in particular at the tension between social isolation and social ties among the poor.” You may read about the book and download the introduction here.

Daniels’s Rowing Inland Pre-Publication Discount

A pre-publication discount is now available for Rowing Inland, Jim Daniels’s forthcoming book of poems. This book is “a time machine that takes the reader back to the Metro Detroit of his youth and then accelerates toward the future. With humor and empathy, the author looks at his own family’s challenges and those of the surrounding community where the legacy handed down from generation to generation is one of survival. The economic hits that this community has to endure create both an uncertainty about its future and a determined tenacity.”

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Two New Children’s Books

Hard Ball Press has published two new children’s books you may want to consider for holiday gift-giving and your own pleasure.  Both are available in English and Spanish.  The Cabbage that Came Back / El Repollo que Volvio by Steven Pearl and illustrated by Rafael Pearl tells a wonderful children’s fable about sharing.  Margarito’s Forest / El Bosque de Don Margarito by Andy Carter and illustrated by Allison Havens tells a story of how the ways of the Maya, faced with the deforesting effects of climate change, offering timely wisdom for a planet in peril.