Interview with Graciela Tiscareño-Sato, author of ‘Good Night Captain Mama: Buenas Noches Capitán Mamá’
Posted: Oct 06 2014
‘I love you Captain Mama’ said Graciela Tiscareño-Sato’s son one night after he saw her in her military flight suit as he walked off to bed. It was the first time her son had ever seen her in her uniform. Tiscareño-Sato says it was that line which inspired her into penning an initial draft of her award-winning bilingual children’s book, Good Night Captain Mama: Buenas Noches Capitán Mamá.
Good Night Captain Mama: Buenas Noches Capitán Mamá is a children’s picture book which follows the story of a little boy named Marco. Marco is walking to his bedroom, when he spots his mother in her military flight suit. It’s the first time he’s seen her in the flight suit, so before he goes off to sleep for the night, Marco and his mother have a conversation about airplanes, why she served in the military, and what she did in the impressive KC-135R aerial refueling plane.
Tiscareño-Sato whose parents were Mexican immigrants to the US, says “I always knew I would become an author and write children’s books.” She remembers that during her first week in the U.S. Air Force in her early 20s, she was went to the local mall, and purchased a book about writing for children. Tiscareño-Sato has also authored another book titled Latinnovating: Green American Jobs and the Latinos Creating Them, a collection of business case studies that’s used in high schools, colleges and business schools around the country. Graciela founded an educational publishing company to publish books that showcase the positive contributions of Latino Americans in the USA. She says ‘I wanted to create award-winning literature that tells our positive stories, so that our children see themselves in literature that sparks dreams of brighter futures as highly-educated citizens in this nation. I also wanted, importantly, wanted to own and manage the intellectual property rights for the content we create and distribute through my company’.
Tiscareño-Sato is a speaker at many conferences, libraries and schools around the country. She says ‘I work though literature to inspire kids and spark their imaginations’. Recently she says she was speaking at an elementary school assembly. A young girl in kindergarten came up to her after the event and said ‘Capitán Mamá – Yo también quiero volar en las aviónes como tú!’ (I also want to fly on the airplanes like you). Tiscareño-Sato says she’ll never forget that little girl, who she encouraged to stay focused on that dream and keep on learning the math, reading and science she’ll need to become an aviator. Graciela says “I truly believe that every child can do anything they aspire to; they just need to have the knowledge, role models and dreams.”
Learn more about the book ‘Good Night Captain Mama: Buenas Noches Capitán Mamá’ and purchase at the CaptainMama.com website. The book is very popular during Hispanic Heritage month, Veterans Day, Memorial Day and during Women’s History month. You’ll also find an art activity for young readers at the end of the book, as well as downloadable patch outline to color at the book’s website. And for those of you who’ve already read the book, good news! There’s another CaptainMama book on the way. Stay tuned!