I was pleased to be invited to participate in a project developed by the Public History Program at UMass-Amherst in which I was interviewed to be part of a virtual tour of Amherst’s children’s book authors and illustrators. Click here … Continue reading
Thanks to EmbraceRace for inviting Autumn Allen, Dr. Krista Allen and the Diverse BookFinder team, and me to create this annotated picture book list, which offers context for why we highlight these picture books in this moment. It was so good to work together! … Continue reading
Many thanks to my local public library for hosting an interview with me yesterday. It was great to talk with the head of the Children’s Department, Mia Cabana. Although I did talk a little bit about my newest book, A Kid of Their Own, I also used the opportunity to highlight books I’m finding especially valuable during this time of the pandemic and amidst the protests happening after the killing of George Floyd, including the invaluable work of my friends at Embrace Race. The interview is linked below, and most of the resources and books I mention are linked in the comments. Let me know if there’s something missing.
One thing I noticed that I missed is a mention of OurShelves! I meant to say something about my work with them at the beginning when I was talking about the importance of including diverse family constellations in children’s books. I’ve since added that mention to the comments and hope people will check out their work.
I am hard at work on an exciting project that will launch in 2020 with educational distributor Steps to Literacy. They contracted with me to curate picture book bins for grades pre-k through five that will include: A copy … Continue reading
I was pleased and honored to be invited by local activist, Liz Friedman, to lead a family program for a new social justice group, We Stand Together, as a part of their month-long Hannukah Ally Action. They state on their … Continue reading
Hello Readers! Here’s the latest newsletter I sent out. If you’d like to receive it, just sign up on my contact me page. To view the newsletter outside of this blog, use this link. Dear Family, Friends, Colleagues, and … Continue reading
Many thanks to the Massachusetts Center for the Book for naming Real Sisters Pretend a Must Read title in the Picture Book/Early Reader category of the 17th annual Massachusetts Book Awards. I am so honored to have my book with … Continue reading
On June 18 I had the pleasure of speaking on a panel about Jewish Children’s Literature. I offered an introduction to the Whole Book Approach that highlighted books by and/or about Jewish life and culture. I talked a bit about … Continue reading
I’ve been talking with a woman named Alli Harper who is working on plans to demonstrate and leverage market demand for picture books and board books that include matter-of-fact depictions of queer characters. I first encountered her after she wrote … Continue reading
This post is part of celebrating Women’s History month with 31 days of posts focused on improving the climate for social and gender equality in the children’s and teens’ literature community. Join in the conversation on Twitter #kidlitwomen or on … Continue reading