Q&A with Cynthia Consistency & Teresa Martínez, Mi Ciudad Sings

By Thushanthi Ponweera

Today we’re pleased to invite Cynthia Consistency and also Teresa Martínez to the WNDB blog site to review their image publication Mi Cuidad Sings, out June 14, 2022! We formerly exposed the English and also Spanish covers for guide below

After experiencing a damaging quake, the spirit of a lovely and also lively Mexican area could be trembled, yet it can not be damaged.

As a little woman and also her canine start their everyday go through the city, they avoid and also rotate to the acquainted noises of revving vehicles, clanking bikes, pleasant barks, and also whistling camote carts. What they aren’t anticipating to listen to is the frightening noise of a rolling quake … and also after that … silence.

With fascinating message and also dynamic, lovely pictures, this heartfelt tale leaves viewers with the message that they can select to be solid and also endure also when they are afraid, and also can still locate pleasure and also hope in the middle of despair.

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The tale has to do with a quake that damages Mexico city– a rep of what occurred thirty years in the past. Both times, it was reconstructed. What worths special to Mexican society do you assume this highlights?

Cynthia: I really felt influenced to compose this tale since it’s a genuine account on just how the neighborhood rallied along with strength, friendship, and also generosity. Mexico, thought about a collectivistic-oriented society, values the wellness of the neighborhood over individualistic objectives. This connectedness usually locates a course in our society via songs assisting us develop bridges to commemorate, yet additionally supplying toughness to increase over a tough circumstance with each other; which is precisely what occurs in Mi Ciudad Sings

Teresa: As generally occurs in significant disasters, individuals have a tendency to act in uniformity to aid, yet in Mexicans something better and also a lot more intimate was seen, a feeling of “household” that made every little thing a lot more delicate, caring and also cozy. A minimum of that was my assumption.

What do you really hope young viewers will remove from this publication?

Cynthia: In your area or internationally most of us deal with obstacles and also I think viewers of every ages can surpass “seeking the assistants” and also sign up with these initiatives to locate long-term hope and also convenience. When we provide assistance also in little methods to one more individual or pet dog, we locate objective and also toughness. Stress and anxiety or deep despair after an all-natural catastrophe generally embeded in when we really feel separated and also it’s within our neighborhood, getting in touch with others, where we can absolutely recover.

Teresa: I really hope that the story of this publication provides kids a method of dealing with an unforeseen occasion in a calmness and also favorable method, constantly thinking of the sensation of household.

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Teresa, what is the most effective component regarding working with tasks that focus your lived experience?

I enjoy to repaint from my memories, specifically areas where I have actually been and also have actually assessed with my eyes. On this event I especially intended to concentrate on Coyoacán (an area of Mexico City), its visual appeals and also atmospheres, considering that it is an area that I made use of to constant a great deal with my household as a kid.

Cynthia, you are a previous WNDB image publication mentee along with the founder for #Latinxpitch. What do you support for a lot of when it concerns variety in kids’s posting?

WNDB has actually been groundbreaking, opening a course for much required varied depiction in kids’s publications, and also has actually been crucial in my occupation.

Latinxpitch integrated when numerous publications with unsafe Latine stereotypes (by designers that did not have lived experience) maintained being released and also in reaction to objection somebody in the market stated they could not locate Latine designers. All the Latinxpitch founders really felt obliged to develop a system and also network particular for Latinx skill to get in touch with posting experts, to boost the opportunities to precisely and also honestly show the selection of tales from the Latin American diaspora.

And also lastly, what various other just recently released or honest publications regarding your society would certainly you advise for kids?

Cynthia: I would certainly advise titles by my fellow gifted Musas (a cumulative of Latinx writers and also illustrators) in all age groups from board publications to YA. A number of my current faves acclaimed publications are Kid of the Blossom Track Individuals: Luz Jimenez, Little Girl of the Nahua by Gloria Amezcua and also Duncan Tonatiuh for Image Publication, and also The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera for Center Quality.

Teresa: I would specifically such as to advise guide I serviced created by Grecia Huesca called Precious Abuelo, considering that it’s created from the perspective of a lady experiencing a social modification.


Cynthia Harmony Headshot Cynthia Consistency is an academic psycho therapist that has actually produced exhibitions and also multilingual understanding products for kids and also scientific research galleries. Initially from Mexico City, Cynthia is a kids’s writer and also translator, and also this is her launching image publication.

teresa martinez headshot Teresa Martínez is the illustrator of countless publications for kids, consisting of The Halloween Tree, Sing with Me: The Tale of Selena Quintanilla, and also It’s Not a Bed, It’s a Time Device She stays in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.


Thushanthi Ponweera headshot Thushanthi Ponweera is a blog site volunteer for We Required Diverse Books and also a WNDB 2021 image publication mentee with writer David LaRochelle. She was birthed and also increased in Colombo, Sri Lanka where she copes with her spouse and also 2 kids. She matured analysis and also loving tales regarding kids and also areas that were international to her. She thinks that at some point kids from worldwide will certainly check out and also love tales regarding kids in Sri Lanka. She wishes to compose those tales. You can locate her on Twitter @thushponweera and also on Instagram @bythush

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