Monday, December 23, 2019

December #cbadspotlight - Spotlight on Don't Touch My Hair! with Author/Illustrator Sharee Miller


Today I'm shining the spotlight on 
Sharee Miller,
author/illustrator of #cbadspotlight pick 
DON'T TOUCH MY HAIR!
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An entertaining picture book that teaches the importance of asking for permission first as a young girl attempts to escape the curious hands that want to touch her hair.

It seems that wherever Aria goes, someone wants to touch her hair. In the street, strangers reach for her fluffy curls; and even under the sea, in the jungle, and in space, she’s chased by a mermaid, monkeys, and poked by aliens…until, finally, Aria has had enough!

Author-illustrator Sharee Miller takes the tradition of appreciation of black hair to a new, fresh, level as she doesn’t seek to convince or remind young readers that their curls are beautiful–she simply acknowledges black beauty while telling a fun, imaginative story. 


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

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

December #cbadspotlight - Spotlight on Saturday with Author/Illustrator Oge Mora


Today I'm shining the spotlight on 
Oge Mora,
author & illustrator of #cbadspotlight pick 
SATURDAY
and also her debut picture book, THANK YOU OMU, a Caldecott Honor book.
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In this warm and tender story by the Caldecott Honor-winning creator of Thank You, Omu!, join a mother and daughter on an up-and-down journey that reminds them of what’s best about Saturdays: precious time together.

Today would be special. Today would be splendid. It was Saturday! But sometimes, the best plans don’t work out exactly the way you expect….

In this heartfelt and universal story, a mother and daughter look forward to their special Saturday routine together every single week. But this Saturday, one thing after another goes wrong–ruining storytime, salon time, picnic time, and the puppet show they’d been looking forward to going to all week. Mom is nearing a meltdown…until her loving daughter reminds her that being together is the most important thing of all.

Author-artist Oge Mora’s highly anticipated follow up to Caldecott Honor Thank You, Omu! features the same magnificently radiant artwork and celebration of sharing so beloved in her debut picture book.


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

Friday, December 6, 2019

#classroombookaday Recommendations: Nonfiction

As part of my #classroombookaday partnership with Follett Classroom, I get the opportunity to curate recommended book lists each month this school year. I share the recommended books in a blog post at the Follett Community site explaining more in depth my thoughts in creating the list and why I chose those specific titles, and the lists are available in Titlewave also. 
My December list was all about nonfiction picture books
[Please visit the link to read the accompanying blog post]
You can also find all of my posts & lists I've done with Follett at my landing page bit.ly/heisefollett.

Monday, December 2, 2019

December #cbadspotlight - Spotlight on The Patchwork Bike


Today I'm shining the spotlight on 
THE PATCHWORK BIKE
 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!

Monday, November 11, 2019

November #cbadspotlight - Spotlight on Bilal Cooks Daal with Author Aisha Saeed & Illustrator Anoosha Syed


Today I'm shining the spotlight on 
Aisha Saeed & Anoosha Syed,
author & illustrator of #cbadspotlight pick Bilal Cooks Daal 
and also illustrated by Anoosha: I Am Perfectly Designed
Bilal Cooks Daal
Six-year-old Bilal introduces his friends to his favorite dish—daal!—in this charming picture book that showcases the value of patience, teamwork, community, and sharing.

Six-year-old Bilal is excited to help his dad make his favorite food of all-time: daal! The slow-cooked lentil dish from South Asia requires lots of ingredients and a whole lot of waiting. Bilal wants to introduce his friends to daal. They’ve never tried it! As the day goes on, the daal continues to simmer, and more kids join Bilal and his family, waiting to try the tasty dish. And as time passes, Bilal begins to wonder: Will his friends like it as much as he does?

This debut picture book by Aisha Saeed, with charming illustrations by Anoosha Syed, uses food as a means of bringing a community together to share in each other’s family traditions.


Thank you, Aisha & Anoosha, for joining me for a #cbadspotlight video & guest post today!

Monday, November 4, 2019

November #cbadspotlight - Spotlight on The Field with Author Baptiste Paul & Illustrator Jacqueline Alcántara


Today I'm shining the spotlight on
Baptiste Paul & Jacqueline Alcántara,
author & illustrator of #cbadspotlight pick The Field 
and also co-authored by Baptise with Miranda Paul I Am Farmer & Adventures to School
and also illustrated by Jacqueline Freedom Soup
The Field
The world’s most popular and inclusive sport has found its spirited, poetic, and authentic voice in Baptiste Paul’s debut picture book—highlighting the joys of the game along with its universal themes: teamwork, leadership, diversity, and acceptance. Creole words (as spoken in St. Lucia, the author’s birthplace island in the Caribbean) add spice to the story and are a strong reminder of the sport’s world fame. Bright and brilliant illustrations by debut children’s book illustrator Jacqueline Alcántara—winner of the We Need Diverse Books Illustration Mentorship Award—capture the grit and glory of the game and the beauty of the island setting where this particular field was inspired. Soccer fan or not, the call of The Field is irresistible.




Thank you, Baptiste & Jacqueline, for joining me for a #cbadspotlight interview today!

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Picture Books for #classroombookaday during Native American Heritage Month & All Year Long

Edit 11/1/19:
It was brought to my attention that in centering my work I neglected to recognize the work of Native librarians and scholars who have been doing this work for many years. In my efforts to promote quality books, I missed the chance to amplify voices of Native scholars / organizations / sites that are my go-to resources for finding Native perspectives and guidance on evaluating books with Native content. I am adding several of them to the beginning of this post and encourage you to visit/follow them, read their work, and use their recommendations to guide your book selection. They have all informed my work, practice, & understanding of Native Nations' cultures and representation.
A first place to go for recommendations on books with Native creators/content is the American Indian Library Association's American Indian Youth Literature Award. Every other year, since 2006, "the AIYLA identifies and honors the very best writing and illustrations by and about Native Americans and Indigenous peoples of North America. Books selected to receive the award present Indigenous North American peoples in the fullness of their humanity." Their award will also be announced as part of the ALA Youth Media Awards announcements for the first time in January 2020.

Dr. Debbie Reese’s website, American Indians in Children’s Literature, is one of my go-to resources for finding critical reviews of children’s literature with Indigenous content. I have learned much from her and her critiques about the essential need for representation that is accurate and authentic in books about Native Nations and peoples. She also includes yearly best books recommendations.

Oyate "a Native organization working to see that our lives and histories are portrayed with honesty and integrity, and that all people know that our stories belong to us. For Indian children growing up in the 21st century, it is as important as ever for them to know who they are and learn about the histories that they come from. For all children, it is time to know and acknowledge the truths of history. Only then will they come to have the understanding and respect for each other that now, more than ever, will be necessary for life to continue."


Cynthia Leitich Smith is a citizen of the Muscogee Nation, children's book author of picture books to young adult. She also promotes Native books and creators and has kidlit recommendations on her site.

Indigo's Bookshelf is a blog by the teens & young adults behind the twitter account @OfGlades.


Original Post 10/30/19:
My November #classroombookday post for Follett Community this year shares my picture book recommendations for Honoring Voices of Native Nations. My post is timed to align with Native American Heritage Month, but I hope you'll share these books with your students throughout the year, not just in November, because all students deserve to be represented in the classroom all year long. Please visit this link to read my entire post supporting these recommendations with more context and guidance for critically analyzing Native representation in books you choose to share with students.
All of my Follett #classroombookaday posts/webinars & this year's book recommendation lists are at bit.ly/heisefollett. All of my info on #classroombookaday is at classroombookaday.com.

Also important for when you are searching for titles, I compiled
critical considerations of Native representation from my recent MLIS research of Native scholars and researchers.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

October #cbadspotlight - Spotlight on Mixed: A Colorful Story by Arree Chung


Today I'm shining the spotlight on Arree Chung,
author of #cbadspotlight pick Mixed: A Colorful Story 
and also Out!, Ninja!, and Ninja: Attack of the Clan
The reds, the yellows, and the blues all think they're the best in this vibrant, thought-provoking picture book with a message of acceptance and unity.
In the beginning, there were three colors . . .
Reds,
Yellows,
and Blues.
All special in their own ways, all living in harmony--until one day, a Red says "Reds are the best!" and starts a color kerfuffle. When the colors decide to separate, is there anyting that can change their minds?
A Yellow, a Blue, and a never-before-seen color might just save the day in this inspiring book about color, tolerance, and embracing differences.


While Arree wasn't able to visit personally, he sent along 
this fab teacher's guide 
with activities you can do with your students!

Monday, October 14, 2019

October #cbadspotlight - Spotlight on The Many Colors of Harpreet Singh with Author Supriya Kelkar


Today I'm shining the spotlight on Supriya Kelkar,
author of #cbadspotlight pick The Many Colors of Harpreet Singh 
and also middle grade novels Ahimsa and coming in March 2020: American as Paneer Pie

Harpreet Singh loves his colors—but when his family moves to a new city, everything just feels gray. Can he find a way to make life bright again?

Harpreet Singh has a different color for every mood and occasion, from pink for dancing to bhangra beats to red for courage. He especially takes care with his patka—his turban—smoothing it out and making sure it always matches his outfit. But when Harpreet’s mom finds a new job in a snowy city and they have to move, all he wants is to be invisible. Will he ever feel a happy sunny yellow again? 

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

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

October #cbadspotlight - Spotlight on Let Me Finish! with Illustrator Isabel Roxas


Today I'm shining the spotlight on Isabel Roxas,
illustrator of #cbadspotlight pick
Let Me Finish! 

When our young hero settles in to read, the last thing he wants is for some noisy animals to ruin the ending of the story.
But ruin it they do.
And as it turns out, the boy is quickly approaching a surprise ending of his own! Maybe he should have listened to the animals after all. . . .
This silly, timeless picturebook with a clever meta twist introduces debut author Minh Lê's witty text and Isabel Roxas's eye-catching illustrations.


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

Monday, October 7, 2019

October #cbadspotlight - Spotlight on Let Me Finish! with Author Minh Lê


Today I'm shining the spotlight on Minh Lê,
author of #cbadspotlight pick
Let Me Finish! 
and also Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature for Picture Book Drawn Together
and the upcoming picture book The Perfect Seat & graphic novel Green Lantern: Legacy

When our young hero settles in to read, the last thing he wants is for some noisy animals to ruin the ending of the story.
But ruin it they do.
And as it turns out, the boy is quickly approaching a surprise ending of his own! Maybe he should have listened to the animals after all. . . .
This silly, timeless picturebook with a clever meta twist introduces debut author Minh Lê's witty text and Isabel Roxas's eye-catching illustrations.

Thank you, Minh, for joining me for a #cbadspotlight video today!

Friday, October 4, 2019

#classroombookaday Recommendations: Friendship Picture Books

As part of my #classroombookaday partnership with Follett Classroom, I get the opportunity to curate recommended book lists each month this school year. I share the recommended books in a blog post at the Follett Community site explaining more in depth my thoughts in creating the list and why I chose those specific titles, and the lists are available in Titlewave also. 
My October list for early in the school year is about Friendship
[Please visit the link to read the accompanying blog post]
You can also find all of my posts & lists I've done with Follett at my landing page bit.ly/heisefollett.

Monday, September 30, 2019

September #cbadspotlight - Spotlight on Alma and How She Got Her Name with Author/Illustrator Juana Martinez-Neal


Today I'm shining the spotlight on Juana Martinez-Neal,
author/illustrator of #cbadspotlight pick & Caldecott Honor book 
Alma and How She Got Her Name 
and also illustrator of La Princesa and the Pea, La Madre Goose: Nursery Rhymes for Lost Niños,
Babymoon & Frybread: A Native American Family Story


What's in a name? For one little girl, her very long name tells the vibrant story of where she came from — and who she may one day be.
If you ask her, Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela has way too many names: six! How did such a small person wind up with such a large name? Alma turns to Daddy for an answer and learns of Sofia, the grandmother who loved books and flowers; Esperanza, the great-grandmother who longed to travel; José, the grandfather who was an artist; and other namesakes, too. As she hears the story of her name, Alma starts to think it might be a perfect fit after all — and realizes that she will one day have her own story to tell. In her author-illustrator debut, Juana Martinez-Neal opens a treasure box of discovery for children who may be curious about their own origin stories or names.


Thank you, Juana, for joining me for a #cbadspotlight guest post today!

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

September #cbadspotlight - Spotlight on The Day You Begin with Illustrator Rafael López


Today I'm shining the spotlight on multiple time Pura Belpré & Américas Illustrator Honor & Award Winner Rafael Lópezillustrator of #cbadspotlight pick The Day You Begin 
and also Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music, We've Got the Whole World in Our Hands, Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood, Book Fiesta!, The Cazuela that the Farm Maiden Stirred, Bravo!: Poems About Amazing Hispanics, My Name is Celia: The Life of Celia Cruz, Tito Puente: Mambo King, and the recently published Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreño Played the Piano for President Lincoln and Just Ask!: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You


National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson and two-time Pura Belpre Illustrator Award winner Rafael Lopez have teamed up to create a poignant, yet heartening book about finding courage to connect, even when you feel scared and alone.
There will be times when you walk into a roomand no one there is quite like you.
There are many reasons to feel different. Maybe it's how you look or talk, or where you're from; maybe it's what you eat, or something just as random. It's not easy to take those first steps into a place where nobody really knows you yet, but somehow you do it.
Jacqueline Woodson's lyrical text and Rafael Lopez's dazzling art reminds us that we all feel like outsiders sometimes-and how brave it is that we go forth anyway. And that sometimes, when we reach out and begin to share our stories, others will be happy to meet us halfway.


Thank you, Rafael, for joining me for a #cbadspotlight guest post interview today!

Friday, September 6, 2019

September #cbadspotlight - Spotlight on The King of Kindergarten with Author Derrick Barnes


Today I'm shining the spotlight on Derrick Barnes,
author of #cbadspotlight pick The King of Kindergarten 
and also #classroombookaday favorite Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut,
a Newbery Honor, Caldecott Honor, Coretta Scott King Author & Illustrator Honor book


A confident little boy takes pride in his first day of kindergarten.
The morning sun blares through your window like a million brass trumpets.It sits and shines behind your head--like a crown. Mommy says that today, you are going to be the King of Kindergarten!
Starting kindergarten is a big milestone--and the hero of this story is ready to make his mark! He's dressed himself, eaten a pile of pancakes, and can't wait to be part of a whole new kingdom of kids. The day will be jam-packed, but he's up to the challenge, taking new experiences in stride with his infectious enthusiasm! And afterward, he can't wait to tell his proud parents all about his achievements--and then wake up to start another day.


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

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