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#AllOurChildren

Posted by on Feb 25, 2017 in For Children's Book Creators, For Educators, Immigration, Race & Culture, XYZ Feature | Comments Off on #AllOurChildren

#AllOurChildren

  In a December 2016 column entitled, “Notes from the Resistance,” journalist and author Summer Brennan observes that it’s impossible to respond to all the current threats to what we hold dear: “What we must do, instead, is to find our particular hills to defend, and then to defend them as if our freedom depended on it… “Get a diary or journal and write down as many words as you can that relate to the things that you value. Fascism favors sameness; it represents a desertification of language and thinking. You can fight sameness with diversity. Inside...

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Start with Art

Posted by on Feb 25, 2017 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Start with Art

My next piece for my column, “The Illustrator’s Perspective,” in the upcoming issue of the Bulletin of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, is entitled “Start with Art.” It’s about the daily art journaling I’ve committed to for 2017, based on Gina Rossi Armfield’s book, No Excuses Art Journaling. Here are two weekly pages from...

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I’M NEW HERE: Resources for Welcoming Immigrants & Refugees

Posted by on Feb 2, 2017 in Bk: I'm New Here, Diverse & Global Books, For Educators, Immigration, Race & Culture, XYZ Feature | 2 comments

I’M NEW HERE: Resources for Welcoming Immigrants & Refugees

In the midst of the shocking events of the last week, including the Executive Order banning immigrants from certain Muslim countries, one hopeful sign has been the response of teachers, librarians and parents who have sought out books about the immigrant and refugee experience to share with children. I’ve received multiple messages from educators who have read and discussed I’m New Here in classrooms. Here are some resources that can be used to expand student engagement:     AUDIO/VIDEO I’m New Here audiobook “I’m New Here: Welcoming Immigrant...

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Books As Bridges: Using Children’s Books to Talk About Race

Posted by on May 5, 2016 in For Educators, Race & Culture, XYZ Feature | Comments Off on Books As Bridges: Using Children’s Books to Talk About Race

Books As Bridges: Using Children’s Books to Talk About Race

On April 30, I presented my workshop, “Books As Bridges: Using Children’s Books to Talk About Race,” for the Massachusetts School Library Association conference in Amherst. Here is the title and resource list I’ve developed for the workshop. Many of the titles are older ones that I’ve used for years; they are intended as prototypes so that librarians, teachers and parents can apply these categories to other, more recent titles as well.       BOOKS AS BRIDGES Using Children’s Books to Talk About Race: A Bibliography developed by Krista Aronson and...

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Why I Haven’t Posted Since October

Posted by on May 5, 2016 in Events & Presentations  | Comments Off on Why I Haven’t Posted Since October

Why I Haven’t Posted Since October

The last six+ months have been a wild, often flat-out run, during which I: promoted my Fall 2015 title, I’m New Here (Charlesbridge); launched my Spring 2016 title, Abracadabra, It’s Spring! (Abrams); finished editing my Fall 2016 title, Hocus Pocus, It’s Fall! (Abrams); revised my Spring 2017 YA novel, In the Shadow of the Sun (Scholastic/Arthur Levine); traveled for an author visit to Daegu International School – in my childhood home of Daegu, Korea! – and reunions with old friends and extended family; did local and regional author visits at Narragansett...

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