Colato Laínez, René

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René Colato Laínez was born in El Salvador. He uses his  immigrant experience in many of his award-winning children’s  books, and Críticas Magazine has called his characters “immigrant heroes”. He holds an MFA in Writing for Children &  Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. He  received the International Latino Book Award for his bilingual  picture book, I am René, the Boy, in 2006 and a honorable  mention for René Has Two Last Names in 2010. His new  children’s books are My Shoes and I, The Tooth Fairy Meets El  Ratón Pérez and From North to South.


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