Jaguars and Butterflies is a self-empowerment resource for girls of Mexican heritage and an educational children’s book for all. It presents an enchanting world of art and poetry that encourages girls to value and center themselves. Each colorful page is a celebration of strength and diversity that highlights cultures, art, and geography in Mexico. Proceeds support grants for authors working to increase representation of their communities in children’s literature.
Additional content includes:
- A list of cultural and geographic terms with definitions and historic context
- A parent and educator guide for further learning and self-empowerment
Proceeds support grants for authors working to increase representation of their communities in children’s literature. See www.jaguarsandbutterflies.com for more information.
About the Author:
Catherine Russler first came to México as a college exchange student. Years later, after obtaining her master’s degree in international affairs with a focus on Latin American studies, she returned to México as a U.S. intelligence analyst posted abroad. There, she fell in love with Francisco, to whom she is now married. They live in Guadalajara with their young daughter Olivia, an ever-changing number of senior rescue dogs, and an opinionated cat. They are excited to soon grow their family by adopting México’s foster care system.
Catherine enjoys spotting butterflies and hummingbirds with Olivia and imagining ways to help young people discover their own magic. She is passionate about social justice issues impacting youth in both of her countries.
About the Illustrator:
Melissa Zúñiga, better known as Ely Ely, is a Mexican illustrator from Aguascalientes who currently lives in México City. After finishing her studies in graphic design, she worked for a few years in various marketing agencies while also doing freelance work as an illustrator and mural painter, then launched her own illustration studio in 2014.
Women, Mexican graphical elements, nature, and color form the basis for her creativity and inspiration, and these things can frequently be found in her illustrations, murals, and other work. She has worked on numerous projects in México and abroad, including partnerships with Disney, Google, Mary Kay, Clinique, Maybelline, Dole Sunshine, Danone, and Bonafont, among others. See more of her work on Instagram.