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!