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January 31, 2020

Last November I had the esteemed privilege of moderating a panel at NCTE, the annual conference of the National Council of Teachers of English. The panel was titled “Redefining the Boy Hero: Empowering Sensitive Boys and Bucking Gender Stereotypes Through Middle Grade...

January 28, 2020

Today I am joined by a team of 3rd graders at my school. Specifically, these are 3rd graders who signed up to take a podcasting class with me. You may have heard them on previous episodes interviewing Ricardo Cortes about his illustrations in PARTY: A MYSTERY or asking...

January 21, 2020

Frané Lessac (@franelessac) shares UNDER THE SOUTHERN CROSS and UNDER THE MILKY WAY. Frané has made many beautiful books, but it was Traci Sorell’s debut picture book, WE ARE GRATEFUL: OTSALIHELIGA, in 2018 that really made me sit up and pay attention. Today Frané brin...

January 17, 2020

Elizabeth Zunon (@ElizabethZunon) shares BEDTIME FOR SWEET CREATURES, which is written by Nikki Grimes. It is a bedtime story of a parent telling the story of putting her child to bed. Elizabeth’s illustrations play alongside the text in enticing the child to bed by li...

January 14, 2020

Angela Joy (@AngelaJoyBlog) shares BLACK IS A RAINBOW COLOR. This beautiful book, illustrated by one-to-watch and the one-to-wow Ekua Holmes, is Angela’s debut to the children’s book world. The book answers a question from her daughter, and it also bears witness to his...

January 9, 2020

Here at Kidlit These Days, Karina Yan Glaser, NYT bestselling author of the Vanderbeekers series, and I are your kidlit connoisseurs, pairing the best of children’s literature with what’s going on in the world today. 

TODAY'S EPISODE: Seeing Homelessness

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January 7, 2020

Ann Braden (@annbradenbooks) shares THE BENEFITS OF BEING AN OCTOPUS. This is a story about the strength of a 12-year-old girl named Zoey, even from before the moment when she realized she possessed such strength. It is a story about the things people tell us about our...

January 6, 2020

Here at Kidlit These Days, Karina Yan Glaser, NYT bestselling author of the Vanderbeekers series, and I are your kidlit connoisseurs, pairing the best of children’s literature with what’s going on in the world today. 

TODAY'S EPISODE: Hosting a Mock Book Award

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January 4, 2020

Rajani LaRocca (@rajanilarocca) shares MIDSUMMER’S MAYHEM. Mimi, the main character in Rajani’s middle grade debut, enters a baking competition at her town’s newest sweet spot, but things aren’t quite as they appear. The baked goods they sell are awful and overpriced,...

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