Tuesday, January 21, 2020

January #cbadspotlight - Spotlight on When Aidan Became a Brother

Today I'm shining the spotlight on 
Kyle Lukoff,
author of #cbadspotlight pick 
When Aidan was born, everyone thought he was a girl. His parents gave him a pretty name, his room looked like a girl's room, and he wore clothes that other girls liked wearing. After he realized he was a trans boy, Aidan and his parents fixed the parts of life that didn't fit anymore, and he settled happily into his new life. Then Mom and Dad announce that they're going to have another baby, and Aidan wants to do everything he can to make things right for his new sibling from the beginning--from choosing the perfect name to creating a beautiful room to picking out the cutest onesie. But what does "making things right" actually mean? And what happens if he messes up? With a little help, Aidan comes to understand that mistakes can be fixed with honesty and communication, and that he already knows the most important thing about being a big brother: how to love with his whole self.

When Aidan Became a Brother is a heartwarming book that will resonate with transgender children, reassure any child concerned about becoming an older sibling, and celebrate the many transitions a family can experience.

Thank you, Kyle, for joining me for a #cbadspotlight interview today!

Monday, January 13, 2020

January Books for #classroombookaday with a Theme of Perseverance

Each month of this school year I am getting a chance to share a themed list of 20 recommended picture book titles for #classroombookaday read alouds in partnership with Follett Classroom. Each booklist is accompanied by a blog post explaining more in depth my thoughts in creating the list and why I chose those specific titles.

One of the great parts of this partnership is that my recommendation lists are also being saved in Titlewave which allows them to be easily found and shared with librarians for purchasing for school libraries!

My January 2020 list is picture books good for discussing perseverance as we head into a new year. Be sure to check out my complete blog post & booklist, and find my others at bit.ly/heisefollet.

Monday, December 2, 2019

December #cbadspotlight - Spotlight on The Patchwork Bike

Today I'm shining the spotlight on 
 by Maxine Beneba Clarke, illustrated by Van Thanh Rudd
#cbadspotlight pick for December.
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What's the best fun in the whole village? Riding the patchwork bike we made! A joyous picture book for children by award-winning author Maxine Beneba Clarke.

When you live in a village at the edge of the No-Go Desert, you need to make your own fun. That's when you and your brothers get inventive and build a bike from scratch, using everyday items like an old milk pot (maybe mum is still using it, maybe not) and a used flour sack. You can even make a numberplate from bark, if you want. The end result is a spectacular bike, perfect for going bumpity-bump over sandhills, past your fed-up mum and right through your mud-for-walls home.

A delightful story from multi-award-winning author Maxine Beneba Clarke, beautifully illustrated by street artist Van T Rudd. 

Although we weren't able to get the author or illustrator in Australia to contribute something at this time, Candlewick has shared the teacher's guide they created for this picture book.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

#NCTE19 Presentation Slides

I was honored to present several times at the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention last week in Baltimore. Two were full sessions and two were #BuildYourStack booktalk sessions. I'm sharing my slideshows here for those who asked, and for any who would like to see some of what was shared.

Monday, November 18, 2019

November #cbadspotlight - Spotlight on Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story

Today I'm shining the spotlight on 
Kevin Noble Maillard & Juana Martinez-Neal,
author & illustrator of #cbadspotlight pick 
Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story 
an NCTE Charlotte Huck Award Honor Book
Told in lively and powerful verse by debut author Kevin Noble Maillard, Fry Bread is an evocative depiction of a modern Native American family, vibrantly illustrated by Pura Belpre Award winner Juana Martinez-Neal.

Fry bread is food.
It is warm and delicious, piled high on a plate.

Fry bread is time.
It brings families together for meals and new memories.

Fry bread is nation.
It is shared by many, from coast to coast and beyond.

Fry bread is us.
It is a celebration of old and new, traditional and modern, similarity and difference.

One of the most important parts of this book, to me, is the extensive back matter in Kevin's author's note that provides context and around Native history in this country. It is a valuable material for educators who do any teaching around Indigenous peoples, Nations, and U.S. history.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Where to Find Me @ #NCTE19

 Attending the NCTE Annual Convention in Baltimore next week? 
Here's where I'll be sharing and learning alongside some awesome authors.
Hoping to see many edufriends there!