Celebrate Freedom! Juneteenth

June 19th, 1865, began as another hot day in Texas. Enslaved African Americans were busy working in the fields and homes of the people who owned them when a message arrived in Galveston.  The message raced from ear to ear…
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Poetry Break of a Different Kind

To follow up on last month’s post, I want to celebrate a wonderful new book that offers its own kind of poetry break.  In Kiyoshi’s Walk, by Mark Karlins (Lee and Low Books), young Kiyoshi’s question, “Where do poems come…
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Poetry Break! Enjoy the Moment

April is the perfect month for a Poetry Break. Children’s literature champion Caroline Feller Bauer was a major role model for me during my career as a children’s librarian.  Through workshops (where I first met Caroline) and her books, she…
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Glad Tidings! Will Rogers Medallion Award

Covid concerns have kept many from gathering with family and friends for special celebrations.  Still, we’ve all found ways to express and share our joys.  Please do a little happy dance for Let ‘er Buck! George Fletcher, the People’s Champion…
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Levity II: Layla’s Happiness

As part of my celebration of the 35th anniversary of the Ezra Jack Keats Award, I have been revisiting and beating the drum of past winners.  One of my favorites is Layla’s Happiness which received the illustrator award in 2020.…
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Levity: Happy Anniversary ‘Bunny Days’

It’s been a tough year.  Over Christmas, while thinking about the reason for the season, I was reminded of the importance of joy and how I sometimes lost sight of this in 2020.  Regarding a manuscript I am working on,…
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Celebrating the Ezra Jack Keats Award!

In these pandemic times, we need the joy and inspiration the children’s book community brings to us.  The 35th Anniversary of the Ezra Jack Keats Award is certainly one reason to celebrate.  April 2021 marks the event, but it’s not…
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BROWSING THE SHELVES: The Lemming Condition

A book well-worth rereading and a keeper in my personal library is The Lemming Condition by Alan Arkin, published in 1976. It came into my hands again when COVID restrictions led me (like many others) to do some reorganizing. In…
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BROWSING THE SHELVES: You Don’t Know Me

There are always wonderful new books for us to discover and love. But I hope the amazing, stand-out titles that came before are not allowed to collect dust or be withdrawn from library shelves. I hope they are still being…
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Infinite Hope & Ashley Bryan

Veterans Day seems the perfect time to sing praises for Ashley Bryan’s remarkable new release, Infinite Hope: A Black Artist’s Journey from World War II to Peace. Ashley has given us many marvelous books over the years and, in all…
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