Friday, January 31, 2020

January #cbadspotlight - Spotlight on A Big Bed for Little Snow with Author/Illustrator Grace Lin

Today I'm shining the spotlight on 
Grace Lin,
author-illustrator of #cbadspotlight pick 
and also The Ugly Vegetables, Dim Sum for Everyone!, Bringing in the New Year,
& Caldecott Honor book A Big Mooncake for Little Star

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A companion to the Caldecott Honor book A Big Mooncake for Little Star!

A heartwarming and tender picture book introducing readers to their first snow, from award-winning, bestselling author-illustrator Grace Lin.

When it was quiet, Little Snow grinned and then jumped, jumped, jumped! 
Little Snow loves the new big, soft bed Mommy made him for the long, cold winter nights. But Mommy says this bed is for sleeping, not jumping! What happens when he can't resist jump, jump, jumping on his new fluffy, bouncy bed?
Bestselling and award-winning author Grace Lin artfully introduces young readers to their first snow through striking illustrations and heartwarming moments. 

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

Thursday, January 23, 2020

January #cbadspotlight - Spotlight on I Will Be Fierce! with Author Bea Birdsong

Today I'm shining the spotlight on 
Bea Birdsong,
author of
a January #cbadspotlight pick to set the tone for a new year.
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It’s a brand-new day, and a young girl decides to take on the world like a brave explorer heading off on an epic fairytale quest. From home to school and back again, our hero conquers the Mountain of Knowledge (the library), forges new bridges (friendships), and leads the victorious charge home on her steed (the school bus).

This story is a powerful declaration about courage, confidence, kindness, and finding the extraordinary in everyday moments.

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

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

January #cbadspotlight - Spotlight on When Aidan Became a Brother with Author Kyle Lukoff

Today I'm shining the spotlight on 
Kyle Lukoff,
author of #cbadspotlight pick 
When Aidan was born, everyone thought he was a girl. His parents gave him a pretty name, his room looked like a girl's room, and he wore clothes that other girls liked wearing. After he realized he was a trans boy, Aidan and his parents fixed the parts of life that didn't fit anymore, and he settled happily into his new life. Then Mom and Dad announce that they're going to have another baby, and Aidan wants to do everything he can to make things right for his new sibling from the beginning--from choosing the perfect name to creating a beautiful room to picking out the cutest onesie. But what does "making things right" actually mean? And what happens if he messes up? With a little help, Aidan comes to understand that mistakes can be fixed with honesty and communication, and that he already knows the most important thing about being a big brother: how to love with his whole self.

When Aidan Became a Brother is a heartwarming book that will resonate with transgender children, reassure any child concerned about becoming an older sibling, and celebrate the many transitions a family can experience.

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

Monday, January 13, 2020

#classroombookaday Recommendations: Perseverance

Each month of this school year I am getting a chance to share a themed list of 20 recommended picture book titles for #classroombookaday read alouds in partnership with Follett Classroom. Each booklist is accompanied by a blog post explaining more in depth my thoughts in creating the list and why I chose those specific titles.

One of the great parts of this partnership is that my recommendation lists are also being saved in Titlewave which allows them to be easily found and shared with librarians for purchasing for school libraries!

My January 2020 list is picture books good for discussing perseverance as we head into a new year. Be sure to check out my complete blog post & booklist, and find my others at