Creator Spotlight: Lourdes Heuer

At Tundra Books, we want you to get to know and love our authors as much as you know and love their books. Our creator spotlight series will introduce you to the people behind some of your favorite titles . . . this week, say hello to Lourdes Heuer!

About the Author:

LOURDES HEUER is a children’s book author and poet. She was born in Spain to Cuban immigrant parents, then moved to the United States in 1984. She holds an MFA in Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and is an Associate Professor of English at Broward College. She lives in South Florida with her husband, son and three dogs.

Q&A with Lourdes:

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

Washington, D.C. Living in a brownstone in D.C: that’s the dream.

What’s one thing that can instantly make your day better?

My son.

Which meal is your favorite: breakfast, lunch, or dinner? 

Breakfast — for dinner!

What’s your “dance like nobody’s watching” song?

“When You Were Young” by The Killers.

Do you remember any of your birthday wishes from when you were a child?

I do remember one, but I can’t tell you what it was: it hasn’t come true, YET.

Books by Lourdes:

Esme’s Birthday Conga Line
By Lourdes Heuer
Illustrated by Marissa Valdez
76 Pages | Ages 6-9 | Paperback
ISBN 9780735269453 | Tundra Books
Esme lives with her grandparents on the uppermost floor of the topmost best building. It’s her birthday. Mimi and Pipo gave her a beautiful guitar. But they didn’t plan a birthday party. Esme thinks this is the way with grandparents. They don’t know about parties or piñatas or birthday cake. No problem! Esme is great at problem solving. With the help of her cat, El Toro, and a LOT of help from her neighbors in the topmost best building, the irrepressible Esme gets the birthday party of her dreams.

Keep an eye out for Troop Esme coming August 2024!

On This Airplane
By Lourdes Heuer
Illustrated by Sara Palacios
32 Pages | Ages 3-7 | Hardcover
ISBN 9780735268609 | Tundra Books
Someone travels solo, two travel as one,
three return, and four set out. In this simple and moving book, a young family takes a plane to their new home. While onboard, they encounter all the people you meet on a plane: a bookworm, a businessperson, tourists, crying babies and daydreamers . . . all with their own stories and all heading somewhere special.

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