Today I found one of the amazing students I work with standing outside the door struggling to zip up her hoodie. I asked her what she was doing and she said she didn’t want anyone to see her clothes. Her parents dressed her in this lovely Ankara dress.
I told her she looked so beautiful. She looked at me doubtfully and so I told her I wear dresses just like hers!! When I showed her this photo she literally lit up and insisted to take a photo posed like me!
Growing up did you ever feel like you wanted to be like “everyone else?” How did you get over that feeling and learn to love what makes you, you?
There is Roti in my lunch box” is a story about Neha, a 6-year-old second generation Indian-American girl, who is trying to understand why the food in her lunch box is always so different from what her friends bring.
In her attempt to understand the cultural diversity around, she explores her own complex identity
This book touches on issues not typically addressed in picture books, and fills an important void in children’s literature for this group of children who are particularly vulnerable to feeling marginalized and different. Winner of purple dragonfly book award. #diversebooks#india#immigrantliterature#weneeddiversebooks#kidzbelong https://www.amazon.com/dp/0993895514/
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LESSON 1️⃣: Treat everyone with respect.
Last year an outstanding educator created this bulletin board which was then shared by @digitaldivideconquer. As much as I wish I was able to come up with something this spectacular, it is not my brain child. I can only share with the hope that others are led to have deep, meaningful conversations with their kids while exploring beautiful stories.
Oh hey! Remember us? We’re spending less time on Instagram and more time getting into a new routine that has shaken up our family a bit. Elle is less intense about gymnastics (fine by this mama!) and isn’t always in the mood to pose for a picture or video.
Getting her to pose with a book is effortless though because she’s almost ALWAYS reading. This is the one part of our routine that makes us happy. No rushing. No correcting. Just BEing. It’s a beautiful thang. And You Are My Happy by Hoda Kotb is such a sweet book. Elle and I are huge fans of that and I’ve Loved You Since Forever. What sweet books. Thank you, @harperkid! We’ll be cherishing these for quite some time. 💕
When Isaiah saw me sketching this he decided it was him. So he picked most of the colors for me. How’d he do?
Some people have asked for a personalized illustration of a boy and I finally thought of this idea (because I wanted something magical rather than a fireman or athlete). Swipe to see how it looks personalized and let me know if you want me to add this to the shop.
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NYC FRIENDS! @vitamurrow will be doing a workshop for kid readers at the Children’s museum of art @cmainnyc this Thursday. #Repost@vitamurrow ・・・
Hi book friends! Are you acquainted with the amazing @cmainnyc otherwise known as the Children’s Museum of the Arts in NYC? It is an exciting place where families and schools get to work with artists in studios and make, reflect on and puzzle out art making together. I’m so pleased to join with them on a workshop in connection with their current exhibition: A Way With Words: The Power and Art of the Book. I’ll be doing a Reading & Workshop
Thursday, March 21 from 4:00-5:30
Once Upon a Picture: Retelling Tales in our Own Image
I’ll read from one of my smart, funny and kind, can do anything princesses. Then share about my process as a literary and visual artist working to offer kid readers opportunities to see issues of self-image, confidence, LGBTQ, friendship, advocacy and disability in the familiar settings of well known fairy tales. Then patrons will get a chance to create their own story mood boards with me! How would you retell your favorite story? Come join me and let’s find out! #nyc#museuming#springbreak#kidlit#kidsinthestudio#cmacivickids#writersofinstagram#writerlife#powertotheprincess#weneeddiversebooks#artinthecity#authorsofinstagram#beseen#makeart#feminist#fairytale#rewrite
Hello again! Since there are only 2 April boxes left (one subscription and one single purchase), we can reveal that every April box will include a GoT Funko! We can’t wait for you to get your boxes! 🐉🐺🐟🦑🦁⚔️👑
I tore through HURRICANE SEASON by @nicolemelleby and cried when I finished it. Thank you @workmanpub for sending me an advanced copy- this book is fantastic. It addresses mental illness, the role of social services, and coming out in developmentally appropriate way for middle grade readers. •
Hurricane Season tells the story of Fig and her dad, a celebrated British pianist. It has always been the two of them, and because of his intense mood swings, Fig has been the one in charge. She makes sure bills get paid, that her dad has eaten, and that she is on top of her studies. In art class, she starts studying Vincent Van Gogh and hopes that by understanding him and his illness, she can gain insight on her own father’s struggle. When a new neighbor, Mark, moves in across the street, their family is changed forever- for good. •
This book comes out in early May this year- put it on your #TBR list! It would make a GREAT middle grade book club book and I’ll be getting some extra copies so I can use it this fall with students!
For Get Caught Reading Month in May, we’re raising funds and resources for Beacon High School to sponsor student libraries in Special Education English classrooms! Get Lit Beacon is collecting books (and funds for books) based on teacher wishlists. There are 3 ways you can help: 1. Order a book from the wishlist at Binnacle Books @binnaclebooks, 2. donate money for book purchases on the GLB website, or 3. buy a book and drop it off any time at Oak Vino Wine Bar @oakvino. Full book wishlist of 24 #diversebooks titles is available on our site. We need at least 3 copies of each!! Help us donate books they’ll Get Caught Reading! #GetLitBeacon#GLB#GetCaughtReadingMonth
You'll have a blast reading this cheerful, lyrical bilingual story!
It’s a clever cumulative tale about how a farmer, his family, and the animals help prepare a piñata and birthday party festivities to surprise a special person. Spanish words are in bolded capital letters and supported with lively illustrations so readers can infer what each word means. The repetition will help reinforce each new word.
This is the farmer
who carved figures from wood
while minding the OVEJA
that braided the CUERDA
then wrapped the PAPEL
torn by the GATO
and soaked in the PASTA
stirred by the GAñSO
with flour and AGUA
hauled by the CABALLO
that carried the NIñO
who shaped the BARRO
to make the PIñATA that the farm maiden hung.
You'll learn the piñata song at the end of this story, too -- in English and in Spanish and directions to make your own piñata. A glossary of Spanish words at the ending should also help for any clarification.
I love this sparkling celebration of culture and family!
We're really enjoying this nonfiction biography series from @leeandlow. These chapter books include:
•Highlighted vocabulary words
•A bibliography and
•Recommended further reading
These are great for those who want to level up from picture book biographies.
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What does it mean to dress like a girl? Many will tell you in this big, wide world that there are strict rules that must be addressed, rules you will need when looking your best. But when you are given these rules to obey, the secret is heeding them—in your own way.
This rhyming picture book is so adorable and empowering for kids! And how cute are these six girls featured on the cover? There are themes of: creativity, friendship, using your imagination and being the best version of you. Sends the message loud and clear you can be anything you want to be. Ages 4-8 and up. #dresslikeagirl#womenshistorymonth#girlpower#girlsrock#magicofstorytelling
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We absolutely adore this rhyming picture book that empowers Muslim girls and shows the versatility of the hijab.
Hijabs are often worn to reflect a person’s faith, to feel closer to God, or to keep certain body parts like hair private due to religion.
I think I might have shared this book before but I recently read it with a 1st grader and I was reminded of how much I love this book! Children really connect to to it and the idea of grandma’s purse being filled with so many different things. I smiled as I read it thinking about how my purse is filled with so much stuff! I need to really clean it out 😩! I love how authentic this book portrays the relationship between the girl and her grandmother and of course the illustrations are amazing! Add this one to your list!
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Today’s #womenshistorymonth share is Abigail the Whale.
Abigail hates going to swimming lessons. She’s always teased and makes splashes that are just a little too big. Everyone calls her, Abigail the Whale. Her teacher helps her understand that the only words that matter are those she tells herself. Abigail begins to be empowered, seeing herself as some amazing powerful sea creatures.
I love this book as an example that girls/women’s bodies come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. #weneeddiversebooks#diversereads#representationmatters#kidsreadtheworld
This anthology is simply stunning! And it’s currently on sale on Amazon for only $4.26 for a hardcover copy. Update: You guys snatched up the $4.26 copies quick so now the current price is $11.72...still on sale just not as low as $4.00 anymore.
Here’s the synopsis from the publisher:
A charmingly illustrated and timely tribute to the women who broke glass ceilings in film and television, debuting during an historic time of change in the entertainment industry.
Renegade Women in Film and TV blends stunning illustrations, fascinating biographical profiles, and exclusive interviews with icons like Barbra Streisand, Rita Moreno, and Sigourney Weaver to celebrate the accomplishments of 50 extraordinary women throughout the history of entertainment.
Each profile highlights the groundbreaking accomplishments and essential work of pioneers from the big and small screens, offering little-known facts about household names (Lucille Ball, Oprah Winfrey, Nora Ephron) and crucial introductions to overlooked pioneers (Alla Nazimova, Anna May Wong, Frances Marion). From 19th century iconoclast Alice Guy Blaché to 21st century trailblazer Ava DuVernay, Renegade Women honors the women who succeeded against all odds, changing their industry in front of the camera and behind the scenes.
An uplifting story, told through the alternating voices of two middle-schoolers, in which a community rallies to reject racism.
Karina Chopra would have never imagined becoming friends with the boy next door--after all, they've avoided each other for years and she assumes Chris is just like the boys he hangs out with, who she labels a pack of hyenas. Then Karina's grandfather starts tutoring Chris, and she discovers he's actually a nice, funny kid. But one afternoon something unimaginable happens--the three of them are assaulted by a stranger who targets Indian-American Karina and her grandfather because of how they look. Her grandfather is gravely injured and Karina and Chris vow not to let hate win. When Karina posts a few photos related to the attack on social media, they quickly attract attention, and before long her #CountMeIn post--"What does an American look like? #immigrants#WeBelong#IamAmerican#HateHasNoHomeHere "--goes viral and a diverse population begin to add their own photos. Then, when Papa is finally on the road to recovery, Karina uses her newfound social media reach to help celebrate both his homecoming and a community coming together.