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Across the globe, we're facing a tough time right now. Please remember that hope and love always shine through. The children's book community has come together to share readalouds, fun printables and lessons. Here are some links - Discussion & Activity Guides & Printables on my site, Readalouds and Lesson Plans from The Brown Bookshelf, Library of resources compiled by award-winning author Kate Messner, SCBWI's Digital Directory for Remote Learning Resources. Wishing your family peace, good health & safety.

What's new in my world?

Tiara's Hat Parade, illustrated by Nicole Tadgell, published by Albert Whitman, debuted on April 1. Yay! Thanks so much for celebrating with us. We loved the online hat parade and heartwarming stories. Find out more about the book, buy a copy and get fun printable activities here. Special thank you to Jeni Hansen, her mom and her grandma, 100-year-old milliner, Mrs. Vanilla Beane, for being part in our Zoom interview. Visit Mrs. Beane's trailblazing millinery shop here.

Dream Builder: The Story of Architect Philip Freelon is here! Check out Laura Freeman's amazing cover. Honored to share the story of this brilliant man with a new generation of dreamers and builders. Thank you to the Junior Library Guild for choosing it for their collection and to Chanel Hill of The Philadelphia Tribune for this wonderful article.

Sing a Song: How Lift Every Voice Inspired Generations, illustrated by acclaimed artist Keith Mallett, imagines five generations in one family singing the Black National Anthem and drawing strength and hope from it. Inspired by the history of Lift Every Voice & Sing, Keith brought each scene to life in moving and memorable ways. Here's a video of people sharing what the song means to them. March is Music in Our Schools month. Here are links to a Sing a Song educator guide and activity guide. Please join in celebrating this important history.

Going Down Home with Daddy is a Caldecott Honor-winning book! Congratulations to illustrator Daniel Minter whose art fills me up each time I look at it. Touched by the accolades and wonderful reviews our book has received. Thank you.

Wishing you laughter, peace and lots of love. Thanks so much for supporting my work and celebrating children's literature.

Happy Reading,


P.S. Want to know how to pronounce my full name and what it means to me? Listen to this clip made by TeachingBooks.net.


Join Ty on his imaginative adventures in Ty's Travels: All Aboard!, a My First I Can Read series by acclaimed author and illustrator team Kelly Starling Lyons and Nina Mata.

"Both an excellent book for guided reading and a winning read-aloud." --Kirkus, Starred Review

Ty wishes his family would play with him, but everyone is too busy before dinner-time. Luckily, Ty knows just what to do… Time for fun. Celebrate the power of imagination in All Aboard!

With simple, rhythmic text and joyful, bright art, this Guided Reading Level I and My First series is perfect for shared reading with a child.

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