Powerful book. This must have been so hard for @studiojjk to write. Share it with the YA readers in your life. #yalit
Some highlights from today’s RI Festival of Children’s Books:
I got to meet @yuyimorales which makes me so happy. She’s as lovely her work. @shoodbooks21
gave a fantastic presentation (seriously... hire her for school visits) and I bought multiple copies of her book Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World.
I watched these cute kids lean in as close as possible to watch David Wiesner sign their books. #kidlit #kidlitart
#RochesterLife: Cervelli Farm. Fall has arrived. (Photos taken the other day...it’s raining today). #shoplocal #nofarmsnofood
A couple of my purchases @bearpondbooks this weekend. This is the second copy I’ve bought of Dreamers by @yuyimorales (I posted about how I came to give that copy to a stranger about a month ago). I was home for about 10 minutes before my daughter read We Are Grateful by @tracisorell @charlesbridgepublishing That book is a gift for my niece. (Shhh... don’t tell Z my sisters. I’ll mail it tomorrow. 😉).
Last weekend, I facilitated an event for Educators @bearpondbooks. I started by sharing behind the scenes tidbits about Alvin and my research process as I read the book. Then I moved on to share other books that could be paired with my book during classroom instruction. (Swipe left to see a photo of the books). Some suggested activities: students could compare the text features of the books, note differences in voice, or examine the back matter to learn about the author’s research process. Or, in the case of The Brilliant Deep by @katemessner, they could compare the shallow coral reefs in that book to the deep water corals that were discovered off the Carolinas last month using Alvin.
We were in Vermont for the long weekend because I had an event @bearpondbooks (pics to come). We came home to find this gorgeous bag of home grown shiitake mushrooms left on our front step by my cousin. I see something delicious in our future... soup, risotto... I’m not sure yet, but it’s gonna be good! #thankful
Pepper Tango by Kim Barry on display @hatchstreetstudios in New Bedford, MA.
I love the thick paint, rich colors, and bold brush strokes.
When we were in Alaska, I was thrilled to do a school visit at Sidney C. Huntington Elementary School in Galena. Galena (population about 500) is “off the road system,” so the only way to get there easily is by plane or by driving on the Yukon River when it river freezes over in the winter. Since my visit last month, I have happily exchanged emails with the teacher of this class. These students have been making connections between Flying Deep and other books they read, so they’ve been emailing me their questions. In return, I’ve also recommended other books I think they’ll enjoy. I love being able to interact with kids from a distance like this. (Note: I maintain Pinterest boards aimed at teachers and homeschoolers. My Flying Deep board includes all of the books I’ve been recommending to this class. https://www.pinterest.com/mcusolito/flying-deep/ ) #STEM #STEAM #FlyingDeep #kidlit
Last week was rough. Luckily, I found the perfect way to recharge. My family spent the night at our dear friends’ house on Friday night. We made pizza together then watched a terrible movie and commented throughout- our own version of MST3000. Yesterday, the 8 of us went for a 23 1/2 mile bike ride along the rail trail from Dennis to Chatham and back. (Yeah, that’s right... 23 and a HALF. I’m claiming that half. 😂). I’m sore today, but it was worth it.