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Honorary Author Sponsors for MCBD 2018
Aram Kim was born in Cincinnati, raised in South Korea, and currently lives in New York City. A graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York, Aram is the author and illustrator of Cat on the Bus, called a “beautifully designed visual work” by School Library Journal and included in the ILA Children’s Choices 2017. Aram Kim’s new picture book, No Kimchi For Me!, about family, food, and a six-year-old “coming of age” has universal themes, and at the same time celebrates Korean culture. A Junior Library Guild selection.
Yoomi is determined to eat kimchi. She tries to disguise it by eating it on a cookie, on pizza, and in ice cream. But that doesn’t work. Then Grandma shows Yoomi how to make kimchi pancakes. This story about family, food, and a six-year-old “coming of age” has universal themes, and at the same time celebrates Korean culture. A kimchi pancake recipe and other back matter are included. A Junior Library Guild Selection.
**Aram was the talent behind MCBD’s 2018 Read Your World Poster! Click the image to download your copy!
Juana was born in Bogotá, Colombia, where she grew up; getting in a lot of trouble for drawing cartoons of her teachers. Eventually, all that drawing (and trouble) paid off.
Juana studied at the Rhode Island School of Design – RISD (where she has also taught). And she has done illustration & animation work for clients in the U.S., Latin America and Europe.
She now lives in Washington, D.C., where she teaches at George Washington University. Juana is also a new author and her book. Juana & Lucas was published by Candlewick Books and is available now on Amazon.
**Juana is also the talent behind our 2018 Classroom Empathy Kit!
Tong tong! The legendary Nian monster has returned at Chinese New Year. With horns, scales, and wide, wicked jaws, Nian is intent on devouring Shanghai, starting with Xingling! The old tricks to keep him away don’t work on Nian anymore, but Xingling is clever. Will her quick thinking be enough to save the city from the Nian Monster?
“Wang’s story thrills but doesn’t threaten: Chau’s wonderfully vivid watercolors give the monster doe eyes and a round body that make him seem like a cranky, overgrown teddy bear, and Wang shares cultural information about the Chinese New Year with the lightest of touches.” ~ Publishers Weekly, starred review
Andrea also has wonderful resources to go along with this amazing diverse picture book including a Teacher’s Guide: This comprehensive teacher’s guide, created by Anna Chan Rekate, contains additional information about Chinese New Year, discussion questions, and curriculum-related activities. Download here.
A Story Time Event Kit: Download the Event Kit created by Curious City here. This kit gives you all the materials to create a Nian Monster Mask so that one person can play the hungry Nian Monster with a wide-open mouth, while the other person reads the book. The kit also turns your audience into clever Xinglings, each equipped with a paper bag of “food” to “feed” the Nian Monster. In the end, the paper bag serves as a noisemaker to send Nian Monster away for good. A handy video shows how to assemble the mask. The Nian Monster Origami Bookmark craft is included in this kit, too.
And an Origami Bookmark Craft: The Nian monster will chomp down on your page and hold your place for you! Just print out the PDF instructions here and click here to watch the instructional video. It’s super easy!
Official Publication Date: December 2016 from Albert Whitman & Company
Andrea is the author of THE NIAN MONSTER (Albert Whitman & Co., Dec. 2016) and seven nonfiction books for the library and educational market.
Josh Funk writes silly stories and somehow tricks people into publishing them as books – such as the Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast series (including The Case of the Stinky Stench and the upcoming Mission: Defrostable), It’s Not Jack and the Beanstalk, Dear Dragon, Pirasaurs!, and the forthcoming Albie Newton, How to Code a Sandcastle (in conjunction with Girls Who Code), Lost in the Library: A Story of Patience and Fortitude (in conjunction with the New York Public Library), It’s Not Hansel and Gretel, and more coming soon!
His book, Dear Dragon has won numerous awards including 2017 Bank Street Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2017 International Literacy Association Teacher’s Choice Reading List, 2017/2018 Maine Chickadee Award Nominee and the 2018/19 Missouri Association of Librarians Show Me Award Nominee.
Bollywood Groove is a Bollywood Dance, Fitness & Education company with 30+ classes/week for both kids and adults in Chicagoland and online subscriptions for audience worldwide.
bG has been featured on NBC, ABC, FOX, Elle Magazine, Nielsen Media, WCIU, WGN, Sun Times and more. We made the world’s First Bollywood dance iPad/iPhone App “Learn Bollywood Dance” and fitness app “Bollywood Fitness” (both available for FREE) that has 75,000 users worldwide.
bG publishes children’s books that teach Indian culture via engaging picture books with even three Amazon best-sellers with one of them reaching the rank of 387 among Amazon’s 8 million books.
BollyGroove’s vibrant books include, Let’s Celebrate Holi! (Maya & Neel’s India Adventure Series), Let’s Celebrate Ramadan & Eid! (Muslim Festival of Fasting & Sweets), Let’s Celebrate Navratri! (Nine Nights of Dancing & Fun) Let’s Celebrate 5 Days of Diwali! (Maya & Neel’s India Adventure Series), Let’s Visit Mumbai! (Maya & Neel’s India Adventure Series) and more!
Carmen T. Bernier-Grand is an OregoRican, meaning she has lived in Oregon longer than in her native Puerto Rico. The “T” in her name stands for “Tall.” Her tropical-painted house is the brightest and happiest in the neighborhood. She speaks in Spanish to the neighbor’s chickens and has a bilingual dog. She has been an author since first grade. Today she has eleven published books for children and young adults. Her stories and poems have also been published in anthologies.
Her books have garnered many awards including Picasso: I, the King Yo el rey (Amazon Children’s Publishing, 2012) Illustrated by David Diaz. Ages 10-12 , Horn Book selection for the arts
Our Lady of Guadalupe (Marshall Cavendish, 2012) Illustrated by Tonya Engle. Ages 8-12, Las Comadres Selection, Alicia Alonso: Prima Ballerina (Marshall Cavendish, 2011) Illustrated by Raúl Colón. Ages 8-12, Publisher’s Weekly, starred review, Booklist, starred review and A Notable Book for a Global Society
Debbi Michiko Florence is the author of the chapter book series Jasmine Toguchi, about a spunky 8-year-old Japanese American girl. The first two books are Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen and Jasmine Toguchi, Super Sleuth (FSG/July 11, 2017).
Book 3, Jasmine Toguchi, Drummer Girl will publish on April 3, 2018 and book 4, Jasmine Toguchi, Flamingo Keeper will publish on July 3, 2018. A third generation Japanese-American and a native Californian, Debbi now lives in Connecticut with her husband, a puppy named Kiku, a bunny named Aki, and two ducks named Darcy and Lizzy. She loves to travel with her husband and daughter.
Sherri Maret is formerly a veteran teacher/librarian media specialist. She now pursues a full-time career as an author of children’s books. Her passion is to energize students to write their own stories no matter what their age is.
Both Sherri Maret and Merisha Sequoia Clark (illustrator) celebrate their Choctaw heritage with the release of their new book, The Cloud Artist: A Choctaw Tale.
Summary: Born with the gift of painting with the clouds, Leona, a little Choctaw girl, uses the sky as her canvas to the delight of her people. When a traveling man learns of her gift and invites her to join the carnival, the cloud artist must make a decision about what kind of artist she wants to be.
This is a Native American tale (specifically Choctaw). It is also bilingual (English and Choctaw) and the translation was provided by Dora Wickson of the Choctaw Nation. Sherri also offers some wonderful worksheets to go along with The Cloud Artist: A Choctaw Tale.
Author Andrea Scott
Smile Big Dream Bigger started off as a bilingual book to encourage people to smile big with their hearts and to dream big. It has formed into a tutoring service for all age groups that helps people to learn different languages and excel in school, and it encourages them to make their dreams a reality.
I believe that everyone has a divine purpose in this world, and my purpose is to create influential writings that will guide, inspire, and help individuals to know more about their own history, and learn about different cultures so that he/she is then able to find their own path in life. I am no expert, but I have experienced some of life’s most challenges obstacles, and I am still standing. I am still standing to deliver a message that will help someone else; someone who may be going through the same thing. This blog will take you on my journey as an educator and an author.~Andrea Scott
Smile Big Dream Bigger was a finalist for the Phyllis Wheatley Award, and the book was nominated as Children’s Book of the Year by the Hungry Minds Book Award.
Hi, I’m Elsa Takaoka!
I write books for children. I have always been fascinated by books. I read them, review them, collect them and now create them! If given the chance I also chit-chat incessantly about picture book trends, illustration-styles and what “works” in the world of children’s literature. Emi Makes a Friend is a new book Bilingual Book for Toddlers. This book offers Japanese/English an intro in Japanese (written in both Hiragana and Romaji for intro level- parents can read it with zero Japanese knowledge). And I also have a wonderful diverse picture book, Yumi’s Extraordinary Collection; a Diverse Picture book about a Japanese/American family for the age 5-9 crowd.
Globe Smart Kids, Inc. is a 501©3 non-profit organization with the mission to ‘make the foreign feel familiar to children worldwide’. We translate intergroup contact science into practical, scalable solutions designed to move children beyond prejudice and toward mutual liking and friendship outside their familiar bubbles. All Globe Smart Kids programs help children grow up feeling safe, happy and excited about interacting with diverse people and in diverse contexts. Our One Globe Kids program is an award-winning virtual library of global friends for children 4 – 10 years old, interactive stories and activities designed to encourage cross-group friendship and global citizenship.
Children can currently ‘visit’ friends in Haiti, Indonesia, The Netherlands, Burundi, New York City and Israel. They can practice speaking new languages and draw comparisons between their lives. New additions from Israel, Palestine and Norway are in production and friends from the UK, Greenland, Kyrgyzstan and Mongolia will join next. One Globe Kids stories are narrated by real children and currently available in English, French and Dutch.
Some of One Globe Kids awards include – Scholastic – One of 6 best Social Studies apps & 50 awesome apps for teachers, USA, – Academics’ Choice Award for Smart Media, USA
– Digital Ehon Educational Materials Award, Japan, – Early Learning Excellence Awards finalist, UK, – 5 star rating from the Education App Store (UK)
Alva Sachs writes stories to empower, engage, and excite children to read for the love of reading. Stories that encourage children to explore their relationship with family, friends, and the world around them create a wider understanding of themselves and others. Her books along with the illustrations by Patricia Krebs inspire and complement the themes of being a child as they grow into their own self-awareness.
Her many books include Circus Fever, On Your Mark, Get Set, Go! I’m 5 and Dear Master Dragon and her new book, Dancing Dreidels, will be out soon. Her books have won numberous awards including Reader’s Favorite 5 Star, Indie Excellence Finalist, Creative Child Magazine, International Book Award Finalist, Kids Kart, Creative Child Book of the Year, Best Books USA and the
Eric Hoffer Indie Publishing Award.
Alva is also President of Reading Is Fundamental of Southern California, and she wrote an amazing article for us in 2017 called Take The Fork in the Road.
We Are One is a story of a little boy thinks he is very different from his friends, but through an exciting, emotional journey, he discovers the beautiful secret of oneness.
The book ‘We are one’ with insightful storytelling and beautiful illustrations engages the children explaining them differences and revealing what unites them despite differences. In the process, children identify some similarities and learn to accept the differences. The book promotes the integration of different cultures by sharing and caring. The book helps instill pride in the children for their own food, language, culture and uniqueness
We Are One is a beautiful picture book of diversity and inclusion promoting integration of different cultures with an interesting story telling and beautiful illustrations.
“This book has a great message as it brings us back to the basic truth about unity of mankind despite cultural and physical differences. It is an excellent book for children with beautiful illustrations helping them to learn about different cultures, accept differences, and realize unity.”
-Sara Velten, Vice President of Philanthropy, Latino Community Foundation
Medeia Cohan is an experienced writer, but Hats of Faith is her first children’s publication. This book is a passion project for her, with a mission to educate children about interfaith diversity and tolerance early in life. Medeia believes that early familiarity with faith-based customs will lead to kinder more understanding future generations and is developing free lesson plans, teaching tools and school workshops
Hats of Faith is a beautifully illustrated introduction to the shared custom of head covering across many faiths for young children and their parents. It’s a mainstream, interfaith, board book offering stunning imagery, accurate terminology, phonetic pronunciations and factual information. The book encourages an early and open dialogue between children and parents and prepares young people for our diverse modern world.
Sylvia Liu is a children’s author and illustrator. Her debut picture book, A Morning with Grandpa, illustrated by Christina Forshay (Lee & Low Books 2016), won the 2013 Lee & Low New Voices Award. As a Chinese-American who grew up in Caracas, Venezuela and a former environmental attorney, Sylvia is inspired by a variety of experiences, people, and cultures. Some of her favorite things are cephalopods, aliens, oceans, old maps, and quirky, misunderstood creatures. She runs the kid lit resource website, Kidlit411.com, and her website is enjoyingplanetearth.com. Sylvia has also been honored as a 2013 Lee & Low New Voices Award and aHampton Roads Writers Conference, 1st place, Nonfiction Contest, Sept. 2017 winner.
In her book, A Morning with Grandpa, Mei Mei s grandpa is practicing tai chi in the garden, and Mei Mei is eager to join in. As Gong Gong tries to teach her the slow, graceful movements, Mei Mei enthusiastically does them with her own flair. Then Mei Mei takes a turn, trying to teach Gong Gong the yoga she learned in school. Will Gong Gong be able to master the stretchy, bendy poses? Winner of the LEE & LOW New Voices Award, this title celebrates, with lively spirit and humor, the special bond between grandparent and grandchild and the joy of learning new things together. Readers of all ages will want to try out some tai chi and yoga too!
Powered by Fathers Incorporated and Furthering Fathering, Real Dads Read (RDR) is aimed at children ages 0-18 and their fathers/male caregivers with the goals of:
1) encouraging children to develop a love of reading,
2) improving children’s literacy skills and educational outcomes, and
3) strengthening bonds between fathers/caregivers and their children.
Real Dads Read is a two-generation approach to engaging and improving outcomes for both men and the children for which they are responsible.
Founder Kenneth Braswell’s new book, Daddy’s Family Tree, is a journey down the process of filling the emptiness in your life created by an absent parent. The story attempts to help children understand the importance of family. It creates a teaching moment for children who will have a lot of questions. The book allows for a loving and personal conversation about a topic that far too often, parents avoid.
Jennifer Joseph | Alphabet Oddities (Children’s poetry with science & kimchi!)
The public library was my favorite place in the world for most of my youth. When I got grounded it was from reading because my mom knew I cared more about that than anything else. As much as I read, I couldn’t find characters like me in any books. It was difficult enough to find an Asian character, and if I did, both of their parents were Asian.
Alphabet Oddities is a different kind of kid’s book. It’s poetry about a biracial girl who loves science, dreams of time traveling, and makes up funny stories about creatures like:
Vocabulary vampires, who chomp on Marika’s favorite words and ruin her sentences
A yeti who dreams of being famous even though no one believes he exists
This book is recommended as both a read aloud and for kids old enough to read on their own.
Each letter of the alphabet has a poem, with 24 beautiful illustrations created by Forrest Burdett.
Sandra L. Richards is the debut picture book author of Rice & Rocks. With Rice & Rocks, Sandra brings a unique contribution to the world of children’s books. An American-born daughter of Jamaican immigrant parents, she hopes the book will serve as an educational resource for families seeking to teach their children the value of their heritage and the importance of cultural diversity. Learn more about Sandra at www.sandralrichards.com.
Rice & Rocks centers on the adventures of Giovanni, a young Jamaican-American boy seeking to understand the importance of his family’s heritage. The charming and curious main character is based off of Richards’ lost nephew of the same name, who passed away from meningitis at 8-years-old. After his death in 2007, Richards began writing as a way to preserve her memories of Giovanni.
The book’s title refers to the Jamaican staple rice and peas, a dish Richard’s nephew avoided eating because he thought the peas looked like rocks. The reference serves as the central theme of Rice & Rocks, which follows Giovanni and his magic parrot on a journey around the world to find other places where rice and beans are enjoyed. Young readers travel with Giovanni from Japan to Puerto Rico to New Orleans, returning home just in time for dinner to be served.
Richards, an American born daughter of Jamaican immigrant parents, hopes the book will serve as an educational resource for families seeking to teach their children the value of their heritage and the importance of cultural diversity. Rice & Rocks is available for purchase at major bookstores and online. The book is the first in a series following Giovanni and his magic parrot as they embark global adventures and learn about the importance of culture and diversity.
Signed Copies: http://sandralrichards.com/rice-rocks-order/
PJ wrote poetry in high school, but she discovered writing children’s books and short stories later in life. Her writing inspirations are travel, hiking, photography and environmental consciousness, but she links these interests too much larger social issues. PJ is passionate about literacy, providing child safety tips, and teaching children about environmental concerns through her writing. P.J.’s books include The Mystic Princesses and the Whirlpool and The Mystic Princesses and the Magic Show; both have been honored by indieBRAG LLC has honored both with its Medallion for excellence in indie books and both have earned a Readers Favorite – Five Stars nod.
Janet is a full-time educator and part-time bilingual children’s books author, advocator, and promoter. Her books are about Hispanic legends that teach a strong message of family values, traditions, and culture. Janet currently has two books available in English and Spanish and busy working on a third book.
Her books The Legend of the Colombian Mermaid, The Legend of Roberto Cofresi – Puerto Rican Hero and La Leyenda de Roberto Cofresi – Un héreo de Puerto Rico have won numerous awards including:
2015 Mariposa International Latino Book Awards
2015, 2016 & 2017 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards
2016 & 2017 International Latino Book Awards
Karen is a journalist who spent many years as a news broadcaster in Washington, D.C., reviewing children’s books before writing them. She reviewed children’s books and interviewed authors for the New York Times, the Baltimore Sun, Children’s Literature, Washington Parent and others. She has written for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Voice of America, International Educator magazine and more. She has led Skype sessions between American and Egyptian children and presented workshops for teachers and librarians on using picture books to build global awareness. Karen is a former president of the Children’s Book Guild of Washington, D.C.
Hands Around the Library – hard back, English and Arabic, Malala – paperback, hard back, eBook
Hands Around the Library: Protecting Egypt’s Treasured Books
Dial Books for Young Readers, 2012 3rd – 5th grades
Malala Yousafzai: Warrior with Words
StarWalkKids Media, 2014 3rd – 5th grades (has been presented to younger children)
2013 Arab American Book Award
2013 Notable Social Studies Trade Books
2013 Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Books
2013 Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) Choices
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Juniper Sawfeather is choosing which college to attend after graduation from West Olympia High School next year. She wants to go to San Diego to be far away from her environmental activist parents. They expect her to think the way they do, but having to be constantly fighting causes makes it difficult to be an average 17-year-old high school student. Why do her parents have to be so “out there?”Everything changes when she and her father rush to the beach after a reported oil spill. As they document the damage, June discovers three humans washed up on the beach, struggling to breathe through the oil coating their skin. At first she thinks they must be surfers, but as she gets closer, she realizes these aren’t human at all.They’re mermaids!
D.G. Driver is the Young Adult and Middle Grade author of Cry of the Sea, Whisper of the Woods, and Passing Notes, published with Fire and Ice Young Adult Books.
Cry of the Sea has won 2nd place in the 2016 Purple Dragonfly Children’s Book Awards (green/environmental category), Cry of the Sea has won 2nd place in the 2015 Green Book Festival for environmental themed books.
She is PAL member of SCBWI and lives near Nashville, Tennessee. She also has several award-winning, critically acclaimed nonfiction titles, such as The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire published with Morgan Reynolds Publishers under the name Donna Getzinger. Learn more about this book and other works from D.G. Driver HERE.
Kathleen Burkinshaw is a Japanese American author residing in Charlotte, NC. She’s a wife, mom to a daughter in college, and owns a dog who is a kitchen ninja. Kathleen enjoyed a 10+ year career in HealthCare Management unfortunately cut short by the onset of Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD). Writing gives her an outlet for her daily struggle with chronic pain. She has presented her mother’s experience in Hiroshima to middle and high schools for the past 8 years. She has carried her mother’s story in her heart and feels privileged to now share it with the world. Writing historical fiction also satisfies her obsessive love of researching anything and everything.
The Last Cherry Blossom, is a SCBWI Crystal Kite Award Finalist (southeast region), 2016 Scholastic WNDB Reading Club selection, and recently nominated for the NC Sir Walter Raleigh Fiction Award.
Gayle is a co-founder of GIFT Family Services which provides adoptive families with coaching before, during and after adoption. She’s the author of the award-winning book, ABC, Adoption & Me: A Multicultural Picture Book. Gayle has presented break-out sessions at both NACAC’s annual conference as well as the Adoption Summit Experience. She writes the blog, Writing to Connect which reviews children’s books and then adds an adoption-attuned insight.
Named a Favorite Read of 2013 by Adoptive Families, (the award-winning national adoption magazine.) Named a Notable Picture Book for 2013 by Shelf Unbound in their Dec/Jan 2014 issue; Honorable Mention – Gittle List of 2014; Finalist; IPNE 2014 Book Awards (Independent Publishers of New England), Honorable Mention 2014 Purple Dragonfly Book Award; “Children’s Fiction Illustrated” Finalist in the 2016 IAN Book of the Year Awards. Honorable Mention Independent Author’s Network Awards
Daphnie Glenn, Author of Brown Boy, is helping to start the much-needed conversation about the youth’s journey growing up with brown skin in America. At a time when racial issues are most prevalent on television screens and newspapers, Brown Boy is a children’s book created to instill worth in brown children; that no matter if their presence is seen as a threat, he or she is deeply valued in spite of.
8 year-old Malik Wilson, main character in the story, is growing up in the current state and racial climate of America.
His mother prepares him for school with not only a good breakfast, but a healthy conversation about what he might encounter outside of their home.
She shares valuable nuggets of wisdom with him that could save his life as a young brown boy. Her advice includes:
• Respecting others
• Removing your hood in public places
• Remembering rules of the country, school, and home
• Recognizing one’s brown skin as valuable
Daphnie Glenn was charged to create this book after the unfortunate deaths of brown boys, Trayvon Martin and Tamir Rice. Brown Boy is a non-fictional story based on these experiences. Read more at www.BrownBoyBook.com or connect with her on Facebook, Instagram .
How will you #StarttheConversation?
Sarah Jamila Stevenson is a writer, artist, editor and graphic designer in Northern California. She is the author of three YA novels: THE LATTE REBELLION (Flux, 2011), UNDERNEATH (Flux, 2013) and THE TRUTH AGAINST THE WORLD (Flux, 2014). Her first novel for young adults, THE LATTE REBELLION, was a Scholastic Book Club pick as well as an IPPY Bronze Medalist in Multicultural Children’s Fiction. Her work has been featured on Capital Public Radio’s Insight and NPR’s Tell Me More with Michel Martin. She is also an active blogger: since 2005 she has been posting children’s literature reviews and information at Finding Wonderland (writingya.blogspot.com), a blog she shares with fellow young adult author Tanita S. Davis, and she is a regular participant in the Cybils Awards.
Sarah’s books have also won many awards including the IPPY Bronze Medal – Children’s Multicultural Fiction, Florida Teens Read List 2013 – 2014, Scholastic Book Club Selection, Third Prize, 2005 Smartwriters Write It Now short story contest for YA fiction and the Haworth Prize in Young Adult Fiction, Mills College, 2004.
Kimberly is an educator and an author who has taught college students for over 25 years. She has a BA in Psychology and Music from the University of Redlands and has co-authored several textbooks. Kimberly has also been writing children’s books for a while and LaDonna Plays Hoops is her first published work. I also co-author textbooks. I have a BA in Psychology and Music from the University of Redlands.
LaDonna Plays Hoops is published by MacLaren-Cochrane Publishing and is available on Amazon and Barnes-n-Noble. LaDonna Plays Hoops is an inspirational and contemporary story of a young, African-American girl who goes to visit her grandma for a family reunion. While there, she tries to become the family hoops star. She wonders if she has the skill and the will. The story presents subtle, everyday events that teach life lessons.
For her day job, Kimberly is a professor of Child Development at Sacramento State in California and a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the American Educational Research Association, and the American Psychological Association. She is also a proud member of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).
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Miranda Paul is an award-winning children’s author whose books Water is Water and One Plastic Bag were both named Junior Library Guild selections. Whose Hands Are These?, her newest title (release date: Feb. 1, 2016) is a book and guessing game in one. Miranda is a frequent speaker at schools and libraries, and presented in 2015 at the Library of Congress Young Readers Center in Washington, D.C. She is the original founder of Rate Your Story.org, a site for aspiring writers. Her latest book, 10 Little Ninjas – illus. Nate Wragg is currently #1 in Children’s Counting Books!
Learn more about Miranda or invite her to Skype-visit with your students at www.mirandapaul.com.
Miranda Paul is a picture book author of engaging, entertaining, and inspiring books for pre-K and elementary readers. Her books include:
WHOSE HANDS ARE THESE? By Miranda Paul, illus. Luciana Navarro Powell – launch date February 1, 2016
WATER IS WATER, by Miranda Paul, illus. Jason Chin – the chosen book for the 2016 Silicon Valley Reads festival in San Jose, Feb 23-28, 2016
ONE PLASTIC BAG by Miranda Paul, illus. Elizabeth Zunon – an Earth Day book’
Shelly Boyum Breen and Shelly Bean the Sports Queen
Level Field Press, LLC is the publisher of Shelly Bean the Sports Queen, a children’s book series (ages 3-8) about a tough, loveable little girl who loves to learn new sports. Shelly Bean isn’t a typical queen – she’s a SPORTS queen and after struggling and working hard to learn her new sport with the support of friends and family, she rewards herself with a new charm for her crown.
Author Shelly Boyum-Breen created this book series to provide children with an athletic, female lead character (less than 1% of children’s books annually have such a character). The characters do not fit typical gender roles and offer diversity racially and ability-wise. We hope Shelly Bean inspires YOU to try new sports!
Author Quentin Holmes
Since 2009, the Real Street Kidz Multicultural Book Series has brought a much-needed voice and powerful cultural influence on the preteen book genre (ages 7-12). The lifelong lessons of hard work leading to success that Quentin learned during his upbringing are beautifully illustrated through his characters. The theme of teamwork echoes at the very heart of the entire series, calling on preteen readers to embrace these indispensable lessons. Likewise, the main characters in Johnny Skip2 and Sporty Lou bring vital multicultural characters to life, but this time for his younger readers (ages 3-6). Both picture books; like their Real Street Kidz predecessor, diligently seek to inspire, embolden, and entertain a brand-new generation of children.
The Sporty Lou picture book is for kids 3-to-6-years old and adults who LOVE sports! Sporty Lou is a spunky determined kid with a big heart and bigger imagination. At the feet of his ‘mighty dad’, Sporty Lou is taught the basics of soccer. He struggles and falters but his little body holds a giant heart that won’t back down from a challenge! Cheer along as Sporty Lou’s imagination turns his backyard into a stadium full of roaring fans. Will he ultimately give in or take his first steps towards becoming a true sports legend?
About Johnny Skip2: In Australia
Johnny Skip2 is a world traveler; a collector of small things, and an adventurer all wrapped up into one little kid. But he needs your help. Come travel with Johnny and his little dog Grounder as they journey to the wonderful land of Australia in search of native muntrie berries. Adding to the adventure is a mother kangaroo that has lost her ‘joey’ and this leads Johnny on a quest to find over. The Johnny Skip 2 adventure offer new sights and colorful Aussie phrases from ‘The Land Down Under.’ Johnny Skip2 is a great interactive read-a-long that kids will love reading over and over.
Brandon Makes Jiǎo Zi (餃子) is about a little Chinese-American boy named Brandon who gets a surprise visit from his grandma from China, Pó Po (婆婆). While Brandon and Pó Po (婆婆) are making Chinese dumplings, called jiǎo zi (餃子), Brandon makes a mess and he and Pó Po (婆婆) have a good laugh! They chat and bond over the experience. Then Brandon eats and eats and eats and makes a surprise at the end that delights the whole family! This story includes some conversational Mandarin Chinese (including Pinyin – pronunciation) and is written the way a real Chinese grandmother and her Chinese-American grandson would speak with each other. It is a fun read for families with children who are learning, or are interested in, Mandarin or Chinese culture.
Eugenia Chu is an attorney, turned stay-at-home mom, turned writer. She is a first generation Chinese-American citizen who lives in Miami with her husband and son, Brandon. Brandon is the inspiration for her stories because when he was very little Eugenia couldn’t find children’s storybooks to read to him that touched upon Chinese culture and included some Chinese (Mandarin) words to teach and/or reinforce his Chinese vocabulary. Her solution? She tarted writing her own. Read more of Eugenia’s story on her website or connect with her on Goodreads.
BEFORE SHE WAS HARRIET by Lesa Cline-Ransome, illustrated by James E. Ransome
Description: A lush and lyrical biography of Harriet Tubman, written in verse and illustrated by an award-winning artist.
We know her today as Harriet Tubman, but in her lifetime she was called by many names. As General Tubman she was a Union spy. As Moses she led hundreds to freedom on the Underground Railroad. As Minty she was a slave whose spirit could not be broken. An evocative poem and opulent watercolors come together to honor a woman of humble origins whose courage and compassion make her larger than life. A Junior Library Guild Selection.
Do I Have To Make My Curly Hair Straight is a story about an African-American girl and some of her school friends that try to encourage her to straighten her natural hair. The story shows most of the various straightening methods and some of the associated issues. A fairy with natural hair shares pros/cons of straightening their hair, talks about damage and encourages them to care for their hair and minimize damage. The fairy celebrates natural hair and suggests that if they do choose to straighten it, they can learn to be cautious, gentle and in order to damage it less alternate styles by learning how to include natural styles.
“As an African-American mother of an African-American daughter, I know how important it is for all children to see stories of theirs while seeing themselves in books. It is very important for people of all ages to feel empowered, recognized and heard. For me, the books and dolls I create are about empowerment and expression.
Author Faith L. Justice
Most noble-born girls of Tokoyo’s age learn to sing, paint, and write poetry. Not Tokoyo. She’s an adventurous girl.
The daughter of a samurai in fourteenth century Japan, Tokoyo’s father trains her in the martial arts. When he is away, she escapes to the sea where she trains with the Ama—a society of women and girls who dive in the deep waters for food and treasure. But disaster strikes her family. Can Tokoyo save her father using the lessons she learned and the skills she mastered to overcome corrupt government officials, her own doubts, and a nasty sea demon?
FAITH L. JUSTICE got her degrees in Education from the Ohio State University. Kiddie Lit was her favorite course because she got to re-read all her favorite childhood stories. Tokoyo is her first children’s book, but she has published many award-winning adult titles including Best Historical Novel for Twilight Empress: A Novel of Imperial Rome, Maryland’s Writer’s Association Novel Contest, Finalist in the Global Ebook Awards for Selene of Alexandria, Two Honorable Mentions for speculative fiction short stories in the Writers of the Future Contest and one Honorable Mention for a speculative fiction short story in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror: The Nineteenth Collection
For fun, she likes to dig in the dirt—her garden and various archaeological sites. Sample her work, check out her blog or ask Faith a question at her website: www.faithljustice.com.
Anne Broyles is the author of Shy Mama’s Halloween, Priscilla and the Hollyhocks, Leaving Home*Finding Home, Arturo and the Navidad Birds and other upcoming picture books, middle grade and young adult novels. Her books have won numerous awards and she is available for school visits, writing workshops, and author residencies.
Priscilla and the Hollyhocks: Priscilla is only four years old when her mother is sold to another master. All Priscilla has to remember her mother by are the hollyhocks she planted by the cow pond. At age ten, Priscilla is sold to a Cherokee family and continues her life as a slave. She keeps hope for a better life alive by planting hollyhocks wherever she goes. At last, her forced march along the Trail of Tears brings a chance encounter that leads to her freedom.
Arturo and the Navidad Birds: It’s time for Arturo and his Central American grandmother, Abue Rosa, to decorate their Christmas tree. Abue Rosa shares with him the family history of each ornament as it is hung. But what happens when Arturo plays with—and breaks—a glass bird? Young readers will find out in this touching, bilingual picture book. Arturo is an International Latina Book Award Winner: Second Place for Bilingual Children’s Fiction Picture Book.
Christine is an-Award winning author of children’s literature: fiction and nonfiction for all ages. She lives in Kansas City with her husband, a tank of fish, and a cat for who considers her his personal servant. She has written more than 80 books for children several of which have won critical acclaim including her biography of Rosa Parks, and her photo essay: Sacred Mountain: Everest.
A science nerd, she holds dual degrees in Civil Engineering and Art & Design from MIT. So of course her first love is science fiction, fantasy and hiding STEM content in her work (shh!). Her speculative MG/YA series The Lost Tribes, was published by Move Books in March 2015. In it, five seemingly ordinary kids discover their families may play a part in preventing the destruction of Earth and the known universe. The sequel: Safe Harbor released in March 2017. A companion teacher’s guide with vocabulary and STEM-based activities is currently in development.
Tessie is bright and eager to share all the stories about her life. She talks to her parents, her little brother, the bus driver, her teacher, and her classmates. But when she gets chatty, she’s loud . . . and talks with her mouth full of food . . . and doesn’t give anyone else a chance to say what’s on their minds. After her little brother complains and her classmates ignore her, Tessie knows it’s time to tame her talkative tongue. With help from her school counselor, Tessie learns to talk less and listen more.
Melissa Martin, Ph.D., is a clinical child therapist with experience as a play therapist, adjunct professor, workshop leader and trainer, and behavioral health consultant. Her specializations include mental health trauma treatment, EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), and expressive therapies. A self-syndicated newspaper columnist, she writes on children’s mental health issues and parenting. Melissa’s delightful new book, Tessie Tames her Tongue is available through Free Spirit Press or on Amazon.
Author Susan Schaefer Bernardo and illustrator Courtenay Fletcher met in a local Mommy and Me class 12 years ago when their kids were tots. They indie published their first book Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs together in 2012 to reassure children coping with loss and separation — now they are a dynamic duo committed to creating books to heal and inspire children of all ages!
Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs is a timeless picture book with a powerful message: love is forever. It’s a wonderful bedtime book for any child, but especially helpful for children grieving a loss or coping with separation anxiety for any reason (divorce, deployment, foster care, etc). Soothing, lyrical text and heartwarming illustrations portray a diverse spectrum of children, engaged in joyful activities in nature.
The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm In 2014, they collaborated with LeVar Burton (Roots, Reading Rainbow, Star Trek) on a picture book to help children cope with trauma and turbulent emotions. The Rhino book is a valuable resource for families, therapists and Child Life specialists, and has been read aloud by Michelle Obama. It was also sent via rocket to the International Space Station for an innovative STEAM program called Storytime from Space.
The Big Adventures of Tiny House Their latest picture book tells the story of Tiny, an old farmhouse that is recycled into a tiny house on wheels and sets off across America. It’s a celebration of the meaning of home – and following your heart to a life that is big and amazing…no matter what size or shape you are.
Upcoming releases include Bernardo’s first novel Inspired (February 2018), a book intended to empower and encourage tween and teen girls, and a picture book biography of Theophile Steinlen entitled The Artist Who Loved Cats (Spring 2018). Find healing art activities and more information at www.sunkissesmoonhugs.com.
From Founders Reena & Mital: As parents, we continue to look for fun and engaging ways to teach our children about the importance of the South Asian culture. Living in a Western world, it is challenging to incorporate our South Asian heritage in a way that is meaningful to children, and we hope to fill that gap. At Desi Babies, we strive to teach children to celebrate and value diversity and be proud of their family and traditions.
Reena was born in London, England and moved to the United States in 1991. She currently lives in New Jersey with her husband, Amish, daughter, Isha, and Puggle, Taj.Mital was born in India, raised in St. Louis, and is now settled in Maryland with her husband and son.
With Desi Babies, Reena & Mital can now share their love for India and knowledge on Hinduism for little ones to enjoy and explore.
Dani Dixon is a comic book creator and author. “13”, her first series, is a YA scifi comic book about a society where every kid gets a superpower, but only for one year. “13: Volume One” will be back in print on December 13, 2017. Dani also created the series “Jupiter Elementary”, about first graders starting at a new school on one of Jupiter’s moons. The activity book “Jupiter Elementary: Space and Shapes” was released in October 2017. The first chapter book for Jupiter Elementary will be released in Spring of 2018. Dani’s latest multicultural effort, “Five Nations”, is a MG medieval fantasy about five princesses from different countries who are the Ambassadors of Peace. The 90-page coloring book “Five Nations: Flora, Fabric and Fauna” exploring the Five Nations world, is out December 5, 2017. The first novel in the series, “Five Nations: Peace Day” will debut in January 2018.
What age is each of Dan’s books appropriate for? Five Nations: Peace Day is fantasy/historical fiction for ages 9 and up. Five Nations: Flora, Fabric & Fauna is a coloring book ages 9 and up that is a look at the world of the “Five Nations” through its princesses, animals and plant life. 13: Volume One is a science fiction/comic book for ages 12 and up that tells the story of Thane, Michelle, Simon and other teens are part of a society where every kid gets a superpower, but for only one year. Jupiter Elementary: Space and Shapes is a science/activity book/science fiction for ages 6 and up that tells the story of Tobias and his friends are the first students at a new school on one of Jupiter’s moons. This fun activity book is filled with mazes, sudoku, word search, coloring.
Tasheba Berry-McLaren is the author of Space Station Elementary, owner of Next 2 Mom Learning Center, President of Broward County Family Child Care Association and a Keynote Speaker and Trainer to local and national organizations such as the Early Learning Coalition of Broward County, Family Central, and Florida Family Child Care Home Association. She is an avid chess player, who models her life and her businesses after the game of chess. She was inspired to write Space Station Elementary by her kids and students. It was her mission to instill the idea that there is always a “next level” that you can reach.
The Space 2 Launch Book Club is a monthly meet up for young writers and readers ages 4-16.
“We are a book loving group for children ages 4-16. We gather together to eat great food, read new books, write a little bit more of our story, and allow our imaginations to lead us into big dreams the greatest authors are made of EVERY SINGLE MONTH!”
Space 2 Launch is launching it first Young Authors Workshop in February 2018 for young writers that’s interested in writing and publishing their own book or joining in writing a Space 2 Launch chapter book. Space2Launch’s diverse book, Space Station Elementary, is available for kids ages 7-10.
A Tall Tale About a Dachshund and a Pelican: How a Friendship Came to Be (2016) was published first as a coloring book and then as a full color picture book. This was followed by the bilingual translations of both Tall Tales into German and Spanish in tête bêche (flip over book form). A French translation of A Tall Tale About a Dachshund and Pelican is due out Winter 2017/18. My third book, A Tall Tale About Dachshunds in Costumes: How MORE Dogs Came to Be is slated for a Fall 2018 publication. A fourth Tall Tale and a Memoir are in process.
Kizzie is active with a literacy program, Sala de Lectura in Cabo san Lucas, Mexico. The owners of the Cabo Circus School, Sara Flores and Jeremy Le Guen created How Dachshunds Came to Be into an acrobatic play in 2015. For the Feria Sudcaliforniana del Libro y la Lectura (Cabo san Lucas Book Fair) Fel Ca ’17 at the Cabo Pavilion, Sara and Jeremy arranged a comical version of How Dachshunds for the opening of the Book Fair. The second day, Annabel Nixana, an author and wife of the Director of the Literacy Program, Professor Winston presented a dramatic reading of A Tall Tale About a Dachshund and a Pelican. She sewed a tunic; half represented the dog and half the pelican. Professor Winston and Lizzie also presented a dialog together about the back story of the books and on writing.
AWARDS for How Dachshunds Came to Be: A Tall Tale About a Short Long Dog
☆ Reader’s Favorite Gold Medal First Place Winner Fiction/Tall Tale
☆ National Indie Excellence First Place Winner Children’s Design
☆ Beach Reads Book Fest First Place Children’s Books Winner
☆ New York Book Fest 1st Runner Up Children’s Books
☆ San Francisco Book Fest Honorable Mention Children’s Books
Judy Dodge Cummings is a writer and former history teacher who lives in south central Wisconsin. She taught history for 26 years and has Bachelor of Arts degrees in broadfield social studies and psychology and a MFA in creative writing for children and teens. She has published 15 nonfiction books and five more will be released soon.
In The Underground Railroad: Navigate the Journey from Slavery to Freedom, readers ages 9 to 12 examine how slavery developed in the United States and what motivated abolitionists to work for its destruction. The Underground Railroad was a network of secret routes and safe houses operated by conductors and station masters, both black and white. Readers follow true stories of enslaved people who braved patrols, wilderness, hunger, and their own fear in a quest for freedom.
In The Underground Railroad, readers dissect primary sources, including slave narratives and runaway ads. Hands-on projects bring history to life. These projects include composing a song with a hidden message, navigating by reading the nighttime sky, and many more. Amidst the countless tragedies that slavery brought to African-Americans lie tales of hope, resistance, sacrifice, and victory—truly an American story.
Natasha Yim is a children’s author, and freelance writer. She has published five picture books: Otto’s Rainy Day (Charlebridge Publishing 2000); Cixi, The Dragon Empress (Goosebottom Books, 2011); Sacajawea of the Shoshone (Goosebottom Books, 2012); Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas (Charlesbridge Publishing, 2014); and The Rock Maiden (Wisdom Tales Press, 2017). She has written for the children’s magazines, “Highlights for Children”, “Faces”, “Appleseeds”, and “Muse”, and is a regular contributor to Mendocino Arts Magazine. Natasha is currently working on a multicultural middle grade and a multicultural historical young adult novel.
2000 Kids’ Pick of the Lists (Otto’s Rainy Day), Junior Library Guild selection, Scholastic Book Club selection, Amelia Bloomer reading list nominee, Illinois Monarch Awards nominee.
Jane Whittingham is a Canadian children’s book author whose debut picture book, Wild One, was published by Canadian publisher Pajama Press in 2017, and will be released in the United States in early 2018. Wild One is the rhythmic, rhyming celebration of an active, imaginative little girl who loves to get wild!
Can you stretch like a cat or hang like a bat? This little one can do those things and so much more as she bounds energetically through her day. Author Jane Whittingham‘s sprightly couplets take her from the park to the pool, to dinner and bed, while Noel Tuazon cleverly illustrates the animal companions of a child’s imagination.
Published in a sturdy format with a padded cover, rounded corners, and extra-heavy paper, this picture book is perfect for sharing with wiggly, little wild ones of your own. And as the last pages are turned, the story’s final, sweet “goodnight” will leave the liveliest listeners ready to snuggle like a bear at bedtime.
Awards and Honours:
2017 Toronto Public Library First and Best selection
Mixed Family Life and MFL Publishing are focused on sharing information about biracial hair care, multiracial family life, and interracial relationships. MFL Publishing came a year after Nicholette started MixedFamilyLife.com to bring stories to children showing them diverse characters and multiracial family situations via colorful children’s books. “Ibari’s Curls” is the first book, of many more to come, that Nicholette has published via MFL Publishing. Ibari shares and teaches self-love, acceptance of differences, body-autonomy, and basic curly hair care to other kids. Even though the main character has curly hair, it is perfect for any kid. CEO Nicholette Thomas’ first book is Ibari’s Curls.
Maria Gianferrari is a picture book reading/writing, tea-drinking, dog-loving, birdwatching resident of Virginia and author of the Penny & Jelly books, Coyote Moon (an ALA Notable Book and Junior Library Guild Selection), Officer Katz and Houndini and most recently, Hello Goodbye Dog (a sweet story about a determined therapy dog)
For Zara’s dog, Moose, nothing is more important than being with her favorite girl. So when Zara has to go to school, WHOOSH, Moose escapes and rushes to her side.
Unfortunately, dogs aren’t allowed at school and Moose has to go back home. But Moose can’t be held back for long. Through a series of escalating escapes, this loyal dog always finds her way back to Zara, and with a little bit of training and one great idea, the two friends find a way to be together all day long.
Her newest titles are Terrific Tongues (Boyds Mills Press), Hawk Rising (a JLG selection from Roaring Brook Press) and Operation Rescue Dog (Little Bee) all forthcoming in 2018.
Want your very own Hello Goodbye Dog poster starring Zara & Moose. Download it here:
Want to help Zara & Moose say Hello? Here is a reunion activity designed by the fabulous Kirsten Cappy of Curious City, available black & white for coloring, or pre-colored and in two different sizes.
Esther Iverem is a multi-disciplinary author, artist, producer and curator. She has received numerous honors for her diverse body of work, which includes the news show “On the Ground: Voices of Resistance from the Nation’s Capital” on Pacifica Radio and online at http://www.onthegroundshow.org. Before working as an independent writer and artist, she was a staff writer for The Washington Post, New York Newsday and The New York Times. Her previous books include a book on film, We Gotta Have It: Twenty Years of Seeing Black at the Movies, 1986-2006 (Hatchette Book Group) and two books of poems, Living in Babylon and The Time: Portrait of a Journey Home (Africa World Press).
Seeing Black is a company and trademark that Esther created to produce multi-media content about the African-American and African diaspora experiences. Her pioneering, award-winning website, SeeingBlack.com, is now linked to the site for her radio show, www.onthegroundshow.org. Olokun of the Galaxy is her fourth book.
Esther developed this beautiful book, to accompany a series of award-winning art figures she creates from reclaimed pants that she has exhibited across the United States since 2012. Honoring indigenous water protectors and the Movement for Black Lives, some of these “pants dolls” wear medallions that read “Water is Life” and “Mni Wicomi or carry small photos of African-Americans killed by state violence, such as Eric Garner or Sandra Bland. Iverem has also added washable play dolls to her figure series. Both series are available at her shop on Etsy.
After experiencing two miscarriages, MCBD 2018 Author Sponsor Carlotta Penn started singing the words of a song she wrote a decade before when she learned she was pregnant for a third time. The song was called Rainbows, and detailed the magic and beauty of falling in love. When her daughter, Jember Dove, was born in 2016, Penn knew the song could be transformed into a children’s book dedicated to babies born after miscarriages.
Dream A Rainbow is Penn’s first children’s book aimed to inspire children to dream big and discover the world around them. The story features a young girl named Hana, who dreams of where a rainbow might take her on a stormy morning. The vibrantly-colored illustrations feature friends and animals that Hana meets on her adventure in Ethiopia.
The Sister Girl Collection is an empowerment book series that encourages young children to be courageous, creative, and live productive lives.
Author Nicole Natasha Fenner is a visionary and game changer. She has been given a strong calling, and uses her purpose to touch lives on a daily basis. Writing is her avenue to help young girls on their journey. She is equipping readers with hope, a voice, and inspiration with each page turn. The Mount Vernon, New York native is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University. Upon her completion of child psychology and developmental courses she realized even more how important the early years of life are to children. Writing her first book was a labor of love, and connected her to her own childhood and time spent with her father.
The focus of the Sister Girl Collection is to motivate young girls to be enthusiastic about life, make good decisions, and learn that they are valuable. It gives young ladies a chance to talk about issues and life lessons that children face through colorful and exciting narrations. Every book encompasses Sister Girl learning a new lesson, skill, or exploring the world. Nicole Fenner currently resides in Halifax, NC, with plans to find other ways to reach the community and world through inspiration and advocacy.
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Gregory E. Ransom is a daily survivor within the wilds of his middle school history classroom. Using myths and legends from around the globe, Gregory dives beyond the rote memorization of dates and strives to capture the imagination of his students through story telling. Born in Washington, D.C. and reared in the nearby historical city of Alexandria, VA, Gregory has been a student of the past and diverse culture most of his life.
Meet Obstaclēs, a giant born without the most basic quality of his kind…size. Taking lonely nature walks and delaying bully beat downs gets old. His friendship with Griff, a fugitive from the Land of Men, isn’t enough to make things right…even if Griff’s hideout does double as an underground library.
Obstaclēs will have to hack through the Forest of Future Regret, span the Lake of Lost Souls, tangle with the lizard king, mix it up with Wasp Warriors, escape the Wendigo’s claws, and put the clamps on Changelings. Will Obstaclēs overcome? Or will the littlest giant let his deferred dream explode and embrace a fresh start?