Life of Alma Flor Ada

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In History
  • Happy Birthday

    Born Alma Flor Ada Lafuente January 3rd 1938 in Camagüey, Cuba, she lived with her family at her grandmothers house
  • Quinceañera or English?

    Instead of having a lavish Quinceañera, Alma came to the United States and attended summer school in PA to learn English. This began her journey to become bilangual
  • College in the states

    After completing Highschool in Cuba, she received a scholarship to Loretto Heights College in Colorado
  • Hispanic Studies

    Earned a degree in Hispanic Studies from Universidad Complutense de Madrid
  • Earning a Ph.D

    Attended Pontifica Universidad Católica in Peru and earned her Ph.D for Faculty of Humanities
  • University of San Francisco

    Alma became a professor of education and the director of the Center for Multicultural Literature for Children and Young Adults. There is no confirmed retirement date but she now holds the title of Professor Emerita.
  • University of San Francisco

    From 1976- Present day, Alma is a professor of education and director of the Center for Multicultural Literature for Children and Young Adults
  • Received University of San Francisco School of Education Distinguished Research Award

  • Earned University of San Francisco Outstanding Teacher Award

  • First Children's Book

    Published first Children's Book; How Happy I Would Be
  • First Children's Book Award in Argentina

    Marta Salotti Gold Medal (Argentina), 1989, for Encaje de piedra
  • Gathering the Sun Awards

    Gathering the Sub earned Alma the “Once Upon a World” Simon Weisenthal Museum of Tolerance Award, the NCTE Notable Trade Book in Language Arts, and NCSS/CBC Notable Trade Book in the field of Social Studies in 1998
  • Gold Medal Parenting Magazines

    The Lizard and the Sun earned Alma the Gold Medal Parenting Magazines in 1998
  • Awards in the year 2000

    José Martí World Award (Costa Rica), San Francisco Public Library Laurate, 2000 Purá Belpré Gold Medal, American Library Association, 2000, for Under the Royal Palms
  • Wrote "Extra! Extra! Hidden Forest News!"

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    Head of Spanish Dept.

    Head of Spanish Dept. at Colegio A. von Humboldt in Lima, Peru
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    Postdoctoral Study

    Conducted postdoctoral research at Harvard University
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    Mercy College of Detroit

    Alma was a professor at Mercy College of Detroit in Detroit, Michigan
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    NCSS/CBC Notable Children's Trade Book in Field of Social Studies and American Booksellers

    NCSS/CBC Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies and American Booksellers “Pick of the List” for The Gold Coin
    NCSS/CBC Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies and American Booksellers “Pick of the List,” 1993, for My Name is María Isabel