Second Story Press is a publisher of feminist-inspired books for young readers and adults. They are dedicated to publishing stories that feature strong female characters and explore themes of social justice, human rights, diversity, abilities, and children’s empowerment.
Second Story Press was co-founded in 1988 by Margie Wolfe and three other women dedicated to publishing feminist-inspired books for adults and young readers. For over 25 years this company has been publishing great books that matter; books that have been translated into over 50 languages, won many awards, and have been adapted for film and stage. [Read more…]
Candlewick Press is one of the fastest-growing children’s book publishers in the United States. Established in 1991, they are a progressive and creative company, with a steadfast commitment to the best, which is due in part to their rare independence–being 100 percent employee-owned gives them the freedom to publish only the books they believe in.
This vibrant company has a strong reputation for excellence in creating beautiful, high-quality children’s books is accomplished through a staff of dedicated, focused, and energetic individuals who enjoy an innovative, team-oriented work environment.
In 1992, Candlewick Press opened its doors as an independent children’s publisher, and they remain an independent publisher today. What does that mean? They are 100 percent owned and operated by their employees; a team of 85 staff members in Somerville and more than 155 authors and illustrators.
Candlewick Press arrived on the scene with some of the highest-quality picture books anywhere. And in the years since then, their offerings have grown to encompass all ages, from board books to e-books, high-end novelty to cutting-edge fiction. What hasn’t changed is their goal of excellence, their model of independence, and their commitment to the authors and illustrators who create their books and the readers who love them.
Two decades and more than 2,000 awards and accolades later, they are as committed as ever to independent thinking and primed for a future that looks brighter than ever.
Their vast line-up of diverse books for all ages include notable titles like Baby Goes to Market, Martin Luther King : The Peaceful Warrior, 42 is Not Just a Number: The Odyssey of Jackie Robinson, American Hero, Pattan’s Pumpkin: An Indian Flood Story and Escalera a La Luna by Maya Soetoro-Ng and Yuyi Morales
Author: Atinuke Illustrator: Angela Brooksbank
When Baby and Mama go to the market, Baby is so adorable that the banana seller gives him six bananas. Baby eats one and puts five in the basket, but Mama doesn’t notice. As Mama and Baby wend their way through the stalls, cheeky Baby collects five oranges, four biscuits, three ears of sweet corn, two pieces of coconut . . . until Mama notices that her basket is getting very heavy! Poor Baby, she thinks, he must be very hungry by now! Rhythmic language, visual humor, and a bounty of delectable food make this a tale that is sure to whet little appetites for story time.
Author: Ed Clayton Illustrator: Donald Bermudez
Martin Luther King Jr. devoted his life to helping people, first as a Baptist minister and scholar and later as the foremost leader in the African-American civil rights movement. An organizer of the Montgomery bus boycott and cofounder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Dr. King won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for combating racial inequality through nonviolent resistance. As a result of his actions, the United States Congress passed the historic Civil Rights Act of 1964. This book’s powerful story and important message, originally published in 1964, remain as relevant today as they were more than fifty years ago. With a new foreword by the author’s widow, Xernona Clayton, the text has been reviewed and updated for a new generation and features striking new illustrations by Donald Bermudez.
Author: Doreen Rappaport
Baseball, basketball, football — no matter the game, Jackie Robinson excelled. His talents would have easily landed another man a career in pro sports, but such opportunities were closed to athletes like Jackie for one reason: his skin was the wrong color. Settling for playing baseball in the Negro Leagues, Jackie chafed at the inability to prove himself where it mattered most: the major leagues. Then in 1946, Branch Rickey, manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, recruited Jackie Robinson. Jackie faced cruel and sometimes violent hatred and discrimination, but he proved himself again and again, exhibiting courage, determination, restraint, and a phenomenal ability to play the game. In this compelling biography, award-winning author Doreen Rappaport chronicles the extraordinary life of Jackie Robinson and how his achievements won over — and changed — a segregated nation.
Author: Chitra Soundar Illustrator: Frané Lessac
When Pattan finds a yellow-flower vine wilting in his valley, he replants and cares for it, watching as a pumpkin appears and grows taller than the goats, taller than the elephants, as tall as the very mountains. When a terrible storm rages across the valley, Pattan wonders if perhaps his pumpkin can save the seeds and grains and saplings, the goats and birds and bison, and protect them all as the storm clouds burst and the waters rise. Frané Lessac’s brilliantly hued artwork is a feast for the eyes, while Chitra Soundar’s thoughtful retelling is a fascinating example of the kinds of stories told the world over — and the differences that make each version unique.
Authors: Maya Soetoro-Ng and Yuyi Morales Illustator: Yuyi Morales
En una noche adornada de estrellas, Suhaila ve realizado el sueño de conocer a su abuela cuando una escalera dorada aparece en su ventana y Abuela Annie, tendiéndole sus brazos, invita a Suhaila a una maravillosa aventura.
De la mano de Maya Soetoro-Ng, hermana del Presidente Obama, nos llega una lírica historia inspirada en la vida y en el espíritu de su madre, Ann Dunham. Esta mágica aventura, de fantasía y folclore, evoca sucesos que han afectado a personas a través del mundo, y reafirma nuestra humanidad común. El asombroso arte de Yuyi Morales ilumina el camino, recordándonos que nuestros seres queridos están siempre junto a nosotros, y que a veces solo es necesario mirar a la Luna para comprobarlo.
Little Suhaila wishes she could have known her grandma, who would wrap her arms around the whole world if she could, Mama says. And one night, Suhaila gets her wish when a golden ladder appears at her window and Grandma Annie invites the girl to come along with her on a magical journey. Renowned translator Teresa Mlawer has translated this dreamlike tale into Spanish, reminding us that loved ones lost are always with us, and that sometimes we need only look at the moon to remember.
Carole P Roman is a long-time supporter and Bronze Level Sponsor for MCBD2018. Carole has published over 50 books and she has multiple series that are all amazing. Her If You Were Me and Lived in…” combines her teaching past with her love of exploration and interest in the world around us and is a perennial favorite with readers and educators.
Carole fondly remembers the day she and her grandson were spending time together on a family trip to Las Vegas. As a curious four-year old, Carole’s grandson spotted a replica of the Eiffel Tower and asked what it was. After explaining what the iconic Paris, France landmark was, she realized that kids needed a colorful and easy way to learn about the world around them. In that moment the idea for what is now a 50+ book collection was born.
“I wanted a way to explain cultures, provide gentle lessons, show examples of dreaming big to young readers to they don’t feel limited in what they can achieve,” Carole noted. “I also wanted to provide books that acted as introductions to cultures, religions, ethnic foods, historic times and even period dress. It was an exciting new journey that was vastly different than current role, but one I was thrilled to embark on nonetheless.”
As a very success business owner, Carole soon found herself “reinventing” her career path in her sixties and taking on the new role of children’s book author. Since that first inspiration moment with her grandson, Carole has self-published five different series-totaling 50+ books.
If You Were Me and Lived in… is an award-winning collection of twenty-two books that share national identities and cultural experiences with the middle reader crowd. This series has been given multiple awards and is extremely popular in the homeschool community. It’s spin-off of the same name, addresses historical time periods and is fast being recognized as a great introduction to history by homeschooling moms.
“My latest book in this series is ‘If You Were Me and Lived in..Mars,’ Carole revealed. “This books lets readers go on a journey through a child’s eyes and experience what it would be like to explore colonization on the planet Mars in the year 2054.”
Her nursery series is for ages 1-10, has four delightful books for young children and stresses values and gentle lessons. This series includes books like Can a Princess be a Firefighter and the popular Captain No Beard series. The Captain No Beard series -An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life and Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis have both received the Kirkus Star of Exceptional Merit.
Lastly, Oh Susannah: It’s in the Bag is Carole’s first early reader’s chapter book that is designed to help kids cope with issues like self-sufficiency, procrastination and the importance of facing problems head-on instead of hiding from them.
In total, Carole’s books have garnered many awards including a Kirkus Reviews Best of 2015, a NABE Pinnacle Award, IAN Award, Moonbeam Award 2014, National Indie Excellence Award Finalist, Shelf Media Outstanding Series Award, ForeWord Review Five Star and Finalist in the Book of the Year and Reader’s Views Children’s Book of the Year 2013. To see a full list of her many awards, go here.
If we were to look at Author Carole P. Roman “by the numbers,” we would see an impressive list including 50+ Children’s Books, 100+ Book Awards, 3000+ Online Reviews, 15000+ Likers and Followers on Social media. “I am so honored and blessed to be able to provide multicultural, educational and historic books for readers of all ages to enjoy.”
When not enjoying life with her family on Long Island, Carole can a be found working on her collaborative online publication Indie Authors Monthly. She also hosts two radio shows. One is based on her books, Let’s Say Hello to Our Neighbor, and the other is Navigating Indieworld; a show to help indie author market. The show is inspired by her book of the same name, Navigating Indieworld: A Beginner’s Guide to Self-Publishing and Marketing Your Book.
Carole P. Roman’s Bio:
Carole P. Roman is the award-winning author of the Captain No Beard series. Both Captain No Beard-An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life and Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis have received the Kirkus Star of Exceptional Merit. The first book in the series was named to Kirkus Reviews Best 2012. Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis has been named to Kirkus Reviews Best of 2015. Each book in the series has won numerous awards including the NABE Pinnacle Award, IAN Award, Moonbeam Award 2014, National Indie Excellence Award Finalist, Shelf Media Outstanding Series Award, ForeWord Review Five Star and Finalist in the Book of the Year, and Reader’s Views Children’s Book of the Year 2013. Roman is also the author of the award-winning non-fiction culture series If You Were Me and Lived in… that explores customs and cultures around the world. She has co-authored a self-help book, Navigating Indieworld A Beginners Guide to Self-Publishing and Marketing. She lives on Long Island with her husband and near her children and grandchildren.
The following are some of her social media links so you can get to know her better.
- Carole P. Roman’s Website: http://www.caroleproman.com/
- Carole P. Roman’s Blog: http://caroleproman.blogspot.com/
- Carole P. Roman’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/caroleproman
- Carole P. Roman’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CarolePRomanAwardWinningAuthorAndBooks/?ref=bookmarks
- FORBES: Navigating Self-Publishing Or What Two Successful Business Women Call Indieworld https://www.forbes.com/sites/robinseatonjefferson/2017/02/24/navigating-self-publishing-or-what-two-successful-business-women-call-indieworld/#63cb8617107c
Proficiency in a second language has many advantages: access to millions more people around the world; career opportunities; cognitive benefits; appreciation and enjoyment of cultural diversity; greater mastery of English.
For your middle/teen-age child, language learning can help to develop those much needed social skills: openness to others, tolerance of differences, expression of opinions, and compassion.
It takes many years to become competent in another language: With all the distractions that middle and high school students have in their lives, how can you keep your child motivated to continue studying until he or she attains a level of proficiency to have a useful skill?
The best experience is total immersion in the other language and culture; a trip to a country where the language is spoken. Your child will have to speak the language! Also, he or she can help the family by interpreting. A trip to a country where the language is spoken is a great motivator. Summer camps where teens speak the language during their stay are a good alternative. The following are some easy ways to Encourage Middle-Schoolers to Love Foreign Languages.
Easy Ways to Encourage Middle-Schoolers to Love Foreign Languages | Low-Cost Ideas
Finding someone who speaks the language who is willing to have conversations with your child is a great motivation. You may have a friend, relative or neighbor who is a native speaker of that language. That person could be you! Having a native speaker who is the same age as your child is even more effective.
HINT: If this is impossible, find a pen pal in the country of that language. Your child can connect with the penpal in so many ways: via Skype, Twitter, Instagram.
Easy Ways to Encourage Middle-Schoolers to Love Foreign Languages | Take Advantage of Your Child Interests
Teens will make an extra effort if they are truly motivated. If your child has a special interest (sports, fashion, science, etc.), try to find a magazine or an app in the language that has an article about that subject. If you are visiting the country, arrange a visit with an event or person connected to that subject.
Social media and apps
Find bilingual sources for your child’s favorite movies, shows, comics and games. Youtube has entertaining shows written for high school language students.
There are sites and apps, such as Omegle, for talking to people with common interests, but these should be monitored by an adult. The Duolingo app is highly recommended, and it’s free. I think I’ll try it for Japanese. There are online forums featuring the country or language. Google translator can help your child expand his/her language skills.
Find a restaurant where waiters speak the language. Your child can order for the family. Even without the language experience, food is a great motivator! Every culture has some recipes that will tempt your children. You can buy or prepare the meals together. Encourage your children to use the language while you’re preparing and enjoying the food.
Since languages are about life, they can complement almost all career choices: hospitality; law; health; sports; music, art. Scientists increasingly collaborate with counterparts in other countries. There are many job opportunities for bilinguals. Lead with Languages.com lists job opportunities for people who have language skills.
Certificate of Biliteracy
This certificate is awarded at high school graduation. The seal appears on the diploma. 26 states currently award the seal, and more are considering adopting it. The seal is awarded for students who can pass a proficiency exam in English and another language. This seal will be valuable for college and job applications.
About the Author
Judy has taught languages on Long Island and is an active member of the Public Advocacy Committee of the New York State Association of Foreign Langu
age Teachers. She lives on Long Island with her husband. Has two daughters and a granddaughter. Her missions is have let every child to have the opportunity to learn a world language at an early age; and she wants parents, everyone to have fun with a language and appreciate the beauty of the cultures of our world. Judy is the author of ¡HOLA! Let’s Learn Spanish and her newest book, Bonjour! Let’s Learn French will be published in October
“Language study promotes tolerance for diversity.”
¡HOLA! Let’s Learn Spanish
NABE Pinnacle Book Achievement Award Winner Winter 2017
Honorable Mention Educational Purple Dragonfly Book Award 2017
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