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January 30, 2019

The 2019 Youth Media Awards were announced on Monday, January 28 at the American Library Association Midwinter conference in Seattle. These include the prestigious Newbery Medal, Caldecott Medal, and the Coretta Scott King Book Awards, and the Pura Belpré Book Awards,...

January 29, 2019

WILL GIRAFFE LAUGH?

Hilary Leung (@hilary_leung) is the author/illustrator of WILL GIRAFFE LAUGH?, the fourth in a series about a friend group of animals and their interactions with one another, including WILL BEAR SHARE?, WILL LADYBUG HUG?, and WILL SHEEP SLEEP?. The s...

January 26, 2019

My students spent the month of December reading 16 picture books we think could be in the running for the Coretta Scott King Award, given annually "to encourage the artistic expression of the African American experience via literature and the graphic arts, including bi...

January 22, 2019

WE RISE, WE RESIST, WE RAISE OUR VOICES

Cheryl Willis Hudson (@diversitymom_ch) and Wade Hudson (@hudsonwade) are the founders of Just Us Books and the editors of WE RISE, WE RESIST, WE RAISE OUR VOICES. In this anthology of stories, poems, art, and photographs, fifty o...

January 21, 2019

The children's activity calendar I created for Upstart for the month of February is now available online for FREE. Share with teachers, parents, and anyone else in your life that works with children or is looking for fun ideas for bringing joy and wonder to the every d...

January 18, 2019

When we learn about others' lives their experiences can help shape our own perspectives on the world. When we read about different celebrations we can witness the universality of giving thanks and celebrating as one. When see how other lives their lives in ordinary but...

January 18, 2019

IVER & ELLSWORTH + RIPPLE GROVE PRESS

Rob Broder (@RGrovePress) is the co-founder of Ripple Grove Press, an independent, family-run children's book publisher. Ripple Grove's passion for well-told and beautifully illustrated stories for children comes out in its titles a...

January 15, 2019

THE ROUGH PATCH + GOT TO GET TO BEAR'S!

Brian Lies (@BrianLiesbooks) is the author/illustrator of the best-selling BATS IN THE LIBRARY series. He shares in our conversation that he's always had an interest in drawing animals and that, for him, casting animals as main ch...

January 14, 2019

The children's activity calendar I created for Upstart for the month of January is now available online for FREE. Share with teachers, parents, and anyone else in your life that works with children or is looking for fun ideas for bringing joy and wonder to the every da...

January 13, 2019

For the second year in a row our students at Swansfield Elementary are participating a mock Coretta Scott King award process. Last year we recognized one winner (Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison.) and three honor books (Crown: An Ode to th...

January 11, 2019

Happy New Year! I'm so excited to continue to share favorites from small and independent presses as we start into the new year. This week I thought I'd intentionally focus on beautifully illustrated picture books. Each approaches its subject matter in a different mediu...

January 8, 2019

MARY WEARS WHAT SHE WANTS   

Keith Negley (@keithnegley) is the author/illustrator of MARY WEARS WHAT SHE WANTS. The story follows a young Mary Edwards Walker, determined to swap the confining, uncomfortable dress expected of her and other girls and women for a mor...

January 7, 2019

Happy new year!

This Picture Book Recap series was something new I tried in 2018 as a means of staying on top of my TBR pile as well as giving a quick nod to those titles I couldn't stop thinking about from month to month (You can see the whole series using this link)....

January 5, 2019

Sometimes you start a conversation with a stranger and you have no idea where it might take you.

June Smalls is an author I met on Twitter back in 2016. She reached out because she was working on a blog series about the many, many hands that touch a picture book from co...

January 3, 2019

DON'T TOUCH MY HAIR!   

Sharee Miller (@coilyandcute) is the author/illustrator of DON'T TOUCH MY HAIR! The story follows Aria, a young African American girl who loves her hair but cannot stand when people touch her hair without permission. Sharee talks in our conv...

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