Posts Categorized: Book Reviews and Author Interviews

  • Lines from the World – A Picture Book from Iran

    Allow this Persian cat to draw you to the work of Iranian children’s book author, Farhad Hassanzadeh and illustrator Ghazaleh Bigdelou. Iran, like the U.S., is fighting for its people suffering in the corona virus pandemic. In our global fight, I’m acknowledging and celebrating the art of picture books from book creators around the world….

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  • Lines from the World – A Picture Book from Italy

    In respect for out connected world, in hard times and in beauty, I want to honor books for children in other countries of the world where children are also studying and reading at home like U.S. kids. It’s also International Children’s Book Day on April 2. But I’ll continue the whole month. We’ll take a…

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  • Ways to Find a Home: stories of migration

    Ways to Find Home: stories of migration features books for children about migration of some kind. As author Rosanne Parry writes in A Wolf Called Wander, “Migration is the heartbeat of the world.”

  • Stories of the mystery of immigrant lives

    With our country’s continuing need for stories on families who are arriving in the U.S. for refuge,  Book Riot reviewer, Kelly Jensen, offers this new reading list, YA Books about Immigration.   Included here are many new voices to YA literature.  Since I’ve been working so much in U.S. classrooms with students and teachers who are…

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  • Juan Takes His Turn – JabberWalking with Juan Felipe Herrera

    He calls a poem a burble. A writing pad is a paperbag, or a newspaper, periodico, or whatever you want it to be. All that matters is that you hurry, hurry, hurry. And write down whatever you see in the world. What you hear, what you taste, What you love.