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.
Dear Readers, This is a mini newsletter with some major news: my Steps To Literacy Whole Book Approach Storytime Sets are available to order! As I look back to the start of this project, I realize I’ve essentially written 7 books about 75 picture books in … Continue reading →
Here’s a post I wrote about my friend Lisa’s new online writing resource, BookFlow: I first heard about BookFlow because I belong to a writing group with company founder, Lisa Papademetriou. Just one meeting with Lisa showed me what a … Continue reading →
1 Book Launch, 7 WBA Book Bins, and Tons of Book Love Read all about my Author Tour for A Kid of Their Own, my Steps to Literacy Whole Book Approach Book Bin project for grades pre-k through 5, … Continue reading →
Thanks to the Massachusetts Library Association for inviting me to lead this webinar. The link will be live through February 7, 2020. Enjoy! https://vimeo.com/384087911 … Continue reading →
What a lovely surprise it was to see my forthcoming picture book illustrated by Jessica Lanan, A Kid of Their Own, on this list of anticipated children’s book titles for 2020 over at Romper.com. They write, A very important childhood … Continue reading →
It’s very exciting to anticipate what the real Caldecott Committee will choose for the 2020 Medal and Honor books when they convene in Philadelphia in January. In the meantime, here are the beautiful books my Simmons University students chose in … Continue reading →
I am teaching a graduate course, CHL 403 The Picturebook, at Simmons University this fall. On Tuesday we will conclude the semester with a mock Caldecott debate. My twelve students are each turning in their three nomination papers today, and … Continue reading →
Tonight I had the honor of being one of several people to pay tribute to Susan Bloom at the Children’s Literature Institute at Simmons University. This is what I shared with those gathered to remember this most remarkable woman: Susan … Continue reading →