• Thank you, Teachers and Librarians This December

    Dear Teachers and Librarians,

    Thank you!

    Mostly I want to say that your kindnesses to an itinerant writer as I’ve visited your schools and libraries over the years have meant the world to me. Included here are some small offerings for you. (If I come to your class or storytime, I truly might bring along a tres leches cake like Whoosh does in OD Bonny’s and my picture book, A Feast for Joseph.) First, here’s a reading list for you:

    Feasts! A Reading List of Picture Books about Food and Cross-cultural Friendship

    Intro: I think I belong to the Jane Jacobs school of living. That’s about living all mixed up with grownups and children and grandparents and doing different kinds of jobs among the smells of wildly different spices and maybe the scent of mandizas. Those are the donuts you might smell frying at a street vendor’s stand in Nairobi but you can smell them in the U.S., too. So sweet it stops you in your tracks. Here is a small list of picture books from the “bringing people together” school of thought. And food opens the door to people gathering.

    A Few More Resources to Pass On

    World Read Aloud Day – Read more about it and sign up with me to do a free, short visit to your class or library. I have only a few slots left.

    Rabbit in the Moon Reading Lists

    Rabbit in the Moon Reading Lists and Reviews includes books about newcomers to North America and stories set in the countries from which newcomers have arrived.

    Check out more resources at https://www.terryfarish.com/for-teachers/

    To my friends in high schools, picture books can be read like short stories or poems and can be fun ways to explore the elements of those forms.

    Happy solstice, happy holidays, to you all and your beloveds,


    A child from Pittsfield, NH retells the story of The Cat Who Liked Potato Soup.

  • I offer free, short Zoom author visits with your class, just like World Read Aloud Day visits.

    World Read Aloud Day was lovely, but past. But I can do virtual visits to your class on other days similar to my World Read Aloud Day visits. Short visits are FREE. You’ll find contact info in the footer.

    LitWorld founded World Read Aloud Day to “celebrate the power of reading aloud, to create community, to amplify new stories, and to advocate for literacy as a foundational human right.” You can link to many WRAD resources here. Some sources will be updated in the new year.

    Here’s the FORMAT.  WRAD visits are simple, short, and sweet. They follow the below forma

    ·  1-2 minutes: I’ll introduce myself and talk a little about my books.

    ·  3-5 minutes: I’ll read and show illustrations from one of my books  More info about my books can be found here.

    ·  5-10  minutes: I’ll answer questions from students about reading/writing or topics related to my books.

    ·  1-2 minutes: I’ll share a book I love (but didn’t write) as a recommendation that students and teachers might love, too.

    I offer free, SHORT Zoom author visits with your class. To enquire, please Click HERE

    Please include

    • Your name and what grade(s) you work with
    • Your city and time zone (this is important for scheduling!)
    • Possible times to connect on February 2nd. Please note authors’ availability and time zones. Adjust accordingly if yours is different!
    • Your preferred platform (Zoom, Skype, Google Meet, etc.)
    • A phone number where you can be reached on that day in case of technical issues

    For even more information please visit Kate Messenner on World Read Aloud Day with a list participating authors.

    I look forward to meeting you and your students! Thanks for welcoming me into your classroom! Sign Up by contacting me HERE.

  • A FEAST FOR JOSEPH Wins Praise from the New York Times, Kirkus; and More Praise

    The New York Times recommends A FEAST FOR JOSEPH as a great picture book about food and fellowship. Our book is in good company with other books that celebrate eating together with people and building friendships. Here’s the NY Time’s ‘Picture This’ story, Eight Picture Books about Food and Fellowship.

    A Kirkus Starred Review “A resettled refugee kid loves his people’s ways of life and strives to feel at home in his new country.

    Kirkus writes “[Joseph’s] cheerful neighbor, an Afro-Latinx girl with ribbons in her curly hair, is excited about the food Joseph brings to school: kwon and dek ngor, traditional to his Acholi people of South Sudan and northern Uganda…A wonderful book that humanizes refugees through a focus on joy in everyday life, even in asylum.”

    Canadian Review of Materials offers a Highly Recommended rating. They write:

    “There’s an undeniable “rhythm, a beat of people eating together”, as the dinner table hums with activity and is laden with Ugandan delicacies, including kwon (a thick dough made from millet), chapati (East African flatbread), dek ngor (traditional Acholi stew made with lentils or peas), and Sukuma wiki (a Swahili name for collard greens).”

    The Toronto Globe and Mail recommends A Feast for Joseph to “find new ways for young people to explore the world” in the Globe and Mail Kids’ Book Gift Guide.

    Molly McGrath, The Telling Room wrote:

    “I loved the book! Reminds me very much of Fufu and Fresh Strawberries! A gorgeous book with a wonderful message! Patience, imagination, curiosity, and kindness are spun together in this new story written by Terry Farish and OD Bonny. Joseph lives in a new apartment far from family, but a new friend, Whoosh, helps him feel at home in their neighborhood as they share a meal together. Illustrations by Ken Daley are lush and vibrant, a celebration of colors and cultures. A treasure!” 

    The Butler’s Pantry Books on Cooking celebrates A FEAST FOR JOSEPH and more books about food.

  • Rabbit in the Moon, Newcomer Lit

    The story of The Rabbit in the Moon is in many cultures. I’ve used the title for my blog about stories of the many cultures of newcomers to North America from across the world. This image is part of the Esplanade’s “Tales of Shadows on the Moon” production in Singapore.

    In the Rabbit in the Moon category, you’ll find reading lists and reviews of amazing books. In other categories, you’ll find writing prompts, descriptions of community literacy projects, and more resources. Please click on the categories.

    • Rabbit in the Moon
      Children’s books from around the world, especially books about the cultures of newcomers to the North America.
    • Literacy Projects
      Bhutanese Folktale Project, New Voices, More Literacy Project Models
    • Articles
    • News!
      My books, workshops, current projects, videos
    • For Writers! Writing prompts, Writers on Writing, Workshops