Member from Texas
Patty York Raymond is an Award Winning Author and a native Texan. Her children’s book, It’s Too Windy! was honored with the International Latino Book Award for 2016 and 2017. Her most recent children’s book, The ABCs to Ranching, was awarded Best Interactive Children’s Book by The Texas Association of Authors in 2018. Patty earned her M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education from the University of Houston and her Administration and Supervision from Texas A&M International University. She has enjoyed working with children, families, and educators in a variety of roles including social worker, teacher and administrator. She and her family reside in McAllen, Texas where she is an independent education consultant as well as owner/director of Abrazo Case Management Services for Children and Pregnant Women.
The ABCs to Ranching is a cultural perspective on ranching in South Texas. It is a humorous account of a mischievous young boy determined to help his father with the chores. “Let’s go,” he yells to his Catahoula Cowdog as his father warns him not to get underfoot. With one mishap after another, the young boy develops an appreciation for nature and a strong connection to his father and their heritage—all centered on the alphabet. The ABCs to Ranching is accompanied by a music CD, ‘Take Me To The Ranch’ that is sure to get the children singing and dancing!
It’s Too Windy! is about family and how establishing long lasting traditions leads to developing close family ties that last a lifetime. Hooray! Yeah! Yippee! Yahoo! Jessica and David can’t wait to swim in the grandparents’ pool. But how long will they have to wait? It’s Too Windy is accompanied by a music CD, ‘That’s What My Grandma Said’ that creatively involves the children in the sequencing of the story.