Armando and the Blue Tarp School
Armando Book Cover
A truck horn sounds through Armando’s colonia, his neighborhood, near the city dump. Señor David is back, setting up school on a blue tarp spread on the ground. Oh how Armando longs to go to this school, but he knows he must help his father pick through trash in the dump for things his family can use, recycle, or sell.

When Armando’s parents at last decide to let him spend afternoons at Señor David’s school, Armando is overjoyed. He’ll learn to read and write. He’ll learn numbers. Best of all, he’ll draw pictures. And one momentous day Armando’s love of drawing helps bring an almost unimaginable treasure to the children of the colonia.

Told with honesty and hope, Armando and the
Blue Tarp School is a testament to the
pursuit of dreams and the power of
one person to make a difference
in the lives of others.

About the Authors
One Book

Armando and the Blue Tarp School has been chosen by One Book, One San Diego 2012, as a companion book to Luis Urrea's Into the Beautiful North. Both books will be featured this summer. Armando is about teacher David Lynch and his work educating the kids of the Tijuana dump.

California Reader Summer Cover

Great News!
Armando and the Blue Tarp School was a nominee for a California Young Reader Medal. Learn more about how schools can participate at:

International Reading Association

Authors selected by The Greater San Diego Reading Association to receive the 2009 International Reading Association's Celebrate Literacy Award for their contributions to literacy, writing, teaching, and for their school visits.

Armando and the Blue Tarp School Spanish Cover

Spanish Version
Armando and the Blue Tarp Schoolis now available in Spanish from Lee & Low Books

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About the Authors
About the Authors
Authors Edith Fine and Judith Josephson

Edith Hope Fine (left) and Judith Pinkerton Josephson (right) are full-time writers of children’s books and stories. Fine’s Under the Lemon Moon, published by Lee & Low Books, was a Parents’ Choice Award Honor book. Josephson’s biographies of Walt Disney and Beethoven won first place in the San Diego Book Awards.

Fine and Josephson met David Lynch—whose work in a colonia of Tijuana, Mexico, was the inspiration for this story—in 1985 while freelancing for the Los Angeles Times. Fine and Josephson both live in Encinitas, California. Their Web site is A portion of the proceeds from this book will be donated to Responsibility, Inc.

Hernan Sosa

Hernán Sosa, born in Argentina and raised in Paraguay, received a degree in visual communications from the Colorado Institute of Art. He currently works as an illustrator of children’s books and as a graphic designer focusing mostly on magazines. Sosa and his wife live in Denver, Colorado.

Visit Hernán Sosa's web site.