Military veteran, keynote speaker and Air Force Captain Graciela Tiscareño-Sato wants to see Latinas and women in uniform front and center in classrooms around the USA this Veterans Day and all year long. To accomplish this objective, the founder of one of the nation’s few Latina-owned publishing and marketing firms, northern California-based Gracefully Global Group LLC, recently published Good Night Captain Mama/ Buenas Noches Capitán Mamá [ISBN: 978-0-9834760-3-0]. When it debuted, it went straight to the bestseller lists in three children’s book categories: military children’s books, Hispanic/Latino and “Things that Go/Transportation.”
“I’m doing my part to encourage our children and young adults to pursue careers in STEM fields, including aviation. Our youth should know about the AFROTC scholarship that made my university education at Berkeley possible. I’d love to see more Latinas becoming military officers” Captain Graciela Tiscareño-Sato
This unique early picture book for children from ages three to eight is the first of its kind – the first to be written in both English and Spanish and the first to depict a Latina mother in military service. Tiscareño-Sato served as an officer and navigator onboard the U.S. Air Force KC-135R refueling tanker after graduating from the University of California at Berkeley as an Air Force ROTC scholarship cadet. Her first children’s book was inspired by a conversation with her three year-old son when he saw her in her flight suit the night before a Veterans Day presentation at his preschool. The picture book features the work of Latina illustrator Linda Lens whose father Alberto served in the United States Air Force.
The book went to print with nearly two dozen endorsements from the educational, library, military and Latino communities. Here are key comments from those who were first to review.
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