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March 29, 2019

I AM HUMAN 

Susan Verde (@susanverde) shares I AM HUMAN: A BOOK OF EMPATHY, which is illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds. I AM HUMAN carries with it an important yet all-too-overlooked truth: that you are flawed, but that does not make you bad. Susan reminds us all in this...

March 27, 2019

WHEN YOU ARE BRAVE 

Pat Zietlow Miller (@PatZMiller) shares REMARKABLY YOU and WHEN YOU ARE BRAVE, two recent picture book releases that see kids from all sides and complexities. REMARKABLY YOU was inspired by the Seven Ways of Being Smart, also known as the Seven Intel...

March 21, 2019

Oh my word! What a start to the year!

Here's what stuck out to me from the JANUARY 2019 picture book releases that crossed my desk.

I wonder if you read and loved any of these? And I wonder which books weren't included on my list for one reason or another that definitely...

March 19, 2019

ANOTHER 

Christian Robinson makes his author-illustrator debut with ANOTHER, a wordless picture book exploring the literal experience of seeing yourself in a book and of others seeing themselves in the same book. Christian talks about relying on his strengths and owning...

March 17, 2019

LIGHTS, CAMERA, CARMEN! 

Anika Aldamuy Denise (@AnikaDenise) is the author of PLANTING STORIES: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Bepré, an exceptional picture book biography about one of perhaps the best know librarians of our time or any. Anika also shares he...

March 16, 2019

The children's activity calendar I created for Upstart for the month of April 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 day.

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March 12, 2019

KHALIDA AND THE MOST BEAUTIFUL SONG 

Amanda Moeckel (@AmandaMoeckel) is the author and illustrator of KHALIDA AND THE MOST BEAUTIFUL SONG, a picture book published last September that centers on a child who is visited in the night by a song and is compelled thereafter t...

March 9, 2019

Challenging the ordinary through storytelling is a surefire way to hook readers. Take a familiar tale and tell it from a new perspective. Shine a light on what goes on after all of us humans go home for the day. Question what really makes the bad guy so bad, and offer...

March 5, 2019

TRIANGLE, SQUARE, and CIRCLE 

Mac Barnett (@macbarnett) and Jon Klassen (@burstofbeaden) are the award-winning team of many beloved books including EXTRA YARN and SAM AND DAVE DIG A HOLE. Today we’re focusing our attention of three books that are part-trilogy and part p...

March 2, 2019

The children's activity calendar I created for Upstart for the month of March 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 day.

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March 1, 2019

Understanding our feelings and the feelings of other builds empathy and sensitivity, helping to make us a more supportive, more communicative society. Children are constantly observing, learning from what they see, how others react and interact, and this goes for what...

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