Thursday, December 6, 2018

Get to Know Bharat Babies + a Giveaway!

I am constantly looking for the recommendations I give and the books I share with students and educators to be culturally and racially inclusive. So I was thrilled to discover a new publisher when they reached out to ask if I'd be interested in a copy of one of their picture books to review. 

Bharat Babies is an indie publishing house that helps parents diversify their libraries one story at a time though children's books, magazines, and digital media. 
In the Spring of 2013, Sailaja Joshi was on a mission to complete her baby registry in preparation for the arrival of her first child. Inline with her “library” themed baby shower, Sailaja went on the hunt to find books about Indian culture that should could share with her newborn daughter. Of the few books that spoke to her Indian heritage, Sailaja realized that none of these books took into account the developmental needs of her growing child. Recognizing this gap in children’s literature, the idea for Bharat Babies was born.
The mission of Bharat Babies is simple: design and produce developmentally appropriate books that tell the stories of India’s heritage for children from birth through elementary school.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

#NCTE18 #classroombookaday Presentation

I was thrilled to be able to bring #classroombookaday to NCTE this year, especially with some amazing educators who discussed their different angles on how they have implemented it at their schools at roundtables, paired with incredible authors/illustrators talking about the value of picture books for all ages. Although I can't recreate those conversations for you, I can at least share the slides I used for my 20 minute origin story and overview of #classroombookaday, with some of our joint book recommendations at the end.

My #NCTE18 #BuildYourStack #classroombookaday Picture Book Recommendations

I was honored to be asked to be a part of the debut year of Build Your Stack presentations at NCTE18 in Houston. It was a lot of fun, and a bit of a challenge, deciding which books to share in a 20 minute session in the exhibit hall. I focused on some new favorite picture book titles for #classroombookaday read alouds & ended up with 21 slides and 70 books to booktalk in just 20 minutes. And I made it through them all! :)

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Getting to Know Animals through Picture Books

Every so often I'll read a picture book that instantly makes me think of a bunch of other picture books that would make a good connected text set. When it happens with a topic that is both engaging to kids and also connected to curriculum concepts they may encounter, even better.

When I read How Do You Take a Bath? (out today!), I smiled at how adorable it was, but also appreciated how it could connect with science concepts about animals. Even though it reads as a book aimed at a younger audience about bath time with a specific fact about how each animal cleans itself, it also connects well with other recent picture books that share fun facts about a variety of animals through engaging picture book formats with great illustrations.