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Today on The Lerner Podcast, we talk with Nina Crews, illustrator of A Girl Like Me. Nina is a critically acclaimed children's book author and illustrator. She uses photographs and photocollages to create energetic stories about young children. In this book, she uses her signature style to illustrate Angela Brown's empowering poem, "A Girl Like Me". “Once I dreamed I swam / the ocean / and saw everything deep, cool / and was part of the waves. / I swam on by the people / onshore / hollering, / ‘A girl like you needs to / stay out of the water / and be dry / like everyone else.’”Empower young readers to embrace their individuality, reject societal limitations, and follow their dreams. This inspiring picture book celebrates girls of color.Nina discusses how the book came to be, her hopes for young readers to continue making the world a better place, and artists whose children's books she loves. Show notesNina's Recommended ArtistsCharles R. Smith Jr.’s My People: https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/My-People/Langston-Hughes/9781416935407April Pulley Sayre: http://www.aprilsayre.com/Walter Wick: http://www.walterwick.com/Outtakes and an in-progress sketch can be viewed on the Lerner Blog. Read a transcript of the interview here. Visit Nina Crews' website. Music credits:"Farm" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Are you pigeonholing your picture books, limiting them to just primary grades? Gain insights from librarians and literacy luminaries Betsy Bird, Cicely Lewis, and Susannah Richards as they discuss the benefits of and strategies for using picture books with older students—including middle grade and high schoolers. Listen to our webinar, moderated by Carol Hinz, Associate Publisher, Millbrook Press & Carolrhoda Picture Books.You can find the resources referenced in the webinar at our website. 
Get the behind-the-scenes story of Notes from a Sickbed, a collection of memoir comics from artist Tessa Brunton.  In 2009, Tessa Brunton experienced the first symptoms of myalgic encephalomyelitis (also known as chronic fatigue syndrome). She spent much of the next eight years unwell, in a medical holding pattern, housebound and often alone. In 2017, she found a strategy that helped reduce her symptoms, and soon began creating the first installments of a graphic memoir. Notes from a Sickbed collects previously released and brand-new, unseen comics that recall her experiences with honesty, a pointed wit, and a lively visual imagination.Learn more about Notes from a Sickbed at lernerbooks.com. Find Tessa online at:Tessa's websiteFacebookInstagramTwitterMusic credits: "Farm" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License  http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/  
Celebrate the pub date of Yuck, You Suck! Poems about Animals That Sip, Slurp, Suck by Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple with some spectacular samplings of the poems from the book.Warning: this book sucks! It bites, slurps, and sticks too.Dare to open these pages and you’ll find ticks, mosquitos, stingrays, elephants, jellyfish, and the particularly sucky lamprey. Sixteen slurpy poems from Jane Yolen and Heidi E.Y. Stemple introduce a suction-filled selection of animals, and spectacularly sticky illustrations from Eugenia Nobati spotlight these stupendous suckers.Ready to find out more? Prepare to get sucked in and read on . . .Learn more about Yuck, You Suck! at lernerbooks.com. Find the authors online at:Jane's websiteJane's FacebookJane's TwitterHeidi's websiteHeidi's FacebookHeidi's InstagramHeidi's TwitterMusic credits: "Farm" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License  http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ 
Listen to Tameka Fryer Brown discuss her first nonfiction picture book, written in narrative free verse, about the amazing Shirley Chisolm. Shirley Chisholm was a natural-born fighter. She didn’t like to be bossed and she wanted things to be fair.Brooklyn-born Shirley Chisholm was smart and ambitious. She poured her energy into whatever she did—from teaching young children to becoming Brooklyn’s first Black assemblywoman. Not afraid to blaze a trail, she became the first Black woman elected to Congress and the first woman to seriously run for US president. With a vision of liberty and justice for all, she worked for equal rights, for the environment, for children, and for health care. Even now, her legacy lives on and inspires others to continue her work . . . which is not done yet.Stirring free verse by Tameka Fryer Brown and evocative illustrations by Nina Crews provide an inspirational look at changemaker Shirley Chisholm.Learn more about Not Done Yet at LernerBooks.com. Find Tameka Fryer Brown online at:Tameka's websiteInstagramTwitterFacebookMusic credits: "Farm" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License  http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ 
Learn about the unexpected inventor of the aquarium, who studied and experimented on animals in the early 19th century. Jeanne Villepreux-Power was never expected to be a scientist. Born in 1794 in a French village more than 100 miles from the ocean, she pursued an improbable path that brought her to the island of Sicily. There, she took up natural history and solved the two-thousand-year-old mystery of how of the argonaut octopus gets its shell.In an era when most research focused on dead specimens, Jeanne was determined to experiment on living animals. And to keep sea creatures alive for her studies, she had to invent a contraption to hold them—the aquarium. Her remarkable life story is told by author, marine biologist, and octopus enthusiast Danna Staaf.Learn more about The Lady and the Octopus at LernerBooks.com. Find Danna online at:Danna's websiteYouTubeFacebookInstagramTwitterMusic credits: "Farm" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License  http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/  
Author Sandra Nickel shares the story of Big Bear and Little Fish – the most precious picture book this year. At the carnival, Bear wants a teddy bear. And not just any teddy bear—she wants the biggest one of all.But instead she gets a fish. A very small fish. Bear is so very big and Fish is so very small that Bear worries they have nothing in common. Can they possibly be friends?Gentle, accessible prose by Sandra Nickel is paired with richly textured illustrations by Il Sung Na in this sweet story of unexpected friendship.Learn more about Big Bear and Little Fish at LernerBooks.com. Find Sandra online at:Sandra's websiteTwitterFacebookInstagramMusic credits: "Farm" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License  http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ 
Debut author Emma K. Ohland shares the story of Funeral Girl, what inspired the book, and what she hopes readers take away from it.  Sixteen-year-old Georgia Richter feels conflicted about the funeral home her parents run—especially because she has the ability to summon ghosts.With one touch of any body that passes through Richter Funeral Home, she can awaken the spirit of the departed. With one more touch, she makes the spirit disappear, to a fate that remains mysterious to Georgia. To cope with her deep anxiety about death, she does her best to fulfill the final wishes of the deceased whose ghosts she briefly revives.Then her classmate Milo’s body arrives at Richter—and his spirit wants help with unfinished business, forcing Georgia to reckon with her relationship to grief and mortality.Learn more about Funeral Girl at Lernerbooks.com. Find Emma online at:Emma's websiteTikTokGoodreadsTwitterInstagramMusic credits: "Farm" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License  http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ 
Meet author Kerry O’Malley Cerra as she describes Hear Me, and shares her own story of progressive hearing loss. One year after being diagnosed with hearing loss, Rayne’s hearing keeps getting worse, even with aids. It’s a struggle to maintain friendships and keep up in school, surfing is now a wipeout, and she can’t understand her favorite singer’s lyrics. But worst of all, Rayne’s parents are pushing for her to get cochlear implants, a surgery Rayne’s not convinced is worth the risks and challenges.Rayne begs her parents to consider other options, but they’re not budging. With the surgery looming, Rayne sets off on a bus journey that forces her to face her own assumptions about what her hearing loss means and what kind of life she could have. With the help of some new friends, Rayne realizes that even though her ears may be broken, she is not.Learn more about Hear Me at Lernerbooks.com. Find Kerry online:Kerry's WebsiteFacebookTwitterInstagramMusic credits: "Farm" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License  http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ 
Join author Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrator (and son!) Jeffrey Boston Weatherford as they discuss their new picture book Call Me Miss Hamilton, the book's protagonist Mary Hamilton, and the lasting impact of her activism. Call Me Miss HamiltonDiscover the true story of the woman Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. nicknamed “Red” because of her fiery spirit!Mary Hamilton grew up knowing right from wrong. She was proud to be Black, and when the chance came along to join the Civil Rights Movement and become a Freedom Rider, she was eager to fight for what she believed in. Mary was arrested again and again—and she did not back down when faced with insults or disrespect. In an Alabama court, a white prosecutor called her by her first name, but she refused to answer unless he called her “Miss Hamilton.” The judge charged her with contempt of court, but that wasn’t the end of it. Miss Mary Hamilton fought the contempt charge all the way to the Supreme Court.Powerful free verse from Carole Boston Weatherford and striking scratchboard illustrations by Jeffery Boston Weatherford, accompanied by archival photographs, honor this unsung heroine who took a stand for respect—and won.Learn more about Carole's books with Lerner, including the Caldcott-Honoree Unspeakable and find out how you can invite her to speak to your students at LernerBooks.com. Music credits: "Farm" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License  http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ 
Listen in as author Lee Wind discusses his YA nonfiction title No Way, They Were Gay?, discusses research and primary sources, and talks about what he's working on next, live from the ALA exhibit floor in Washington DC. No Way, They Were Gay? “History” sounds really official. Like it’s all fact. Like it’s definitely what happened. But that’s not necessarily true. History was crafted by the people who recorded it. And sometimes, those historians were biased against, didn’t see, or couldn’t even imagine anyone different from themselves.  That means that history has often left out the stories of LGBTQIA+ people: men who loved men, women who loved women, people who loved without regard to gender, and people who lived outside gender boundaries. Historians have even censored the lives and loves of some of the world’s most famous people, from William Shakespeare and Pharaoh Hatshepsut to Cary Grant and Eleanor Roosevelt.  Join author Lee Wind for this fascinating journey through primary sources—poetry, memoir, news clippings, and images of ancient artwork—to explore the hidden (and often surprising) Queer lives and loves of two dozen historical figures. Learn more about Lee and how to book him for school visits at LernerBooks.com. Music credits: "Farm" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License  http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ 
Join Sue Fliess live from ALA as she discusses her picture books Rumble and Roar and Flash and Gleam. Rumble and Roar Babble / Swoosh / Roar and WHOOSH!The roar of a waterfall, the chirp of insects, the thump of a heartbeat—sound is all around us! Rhyming text and atmospheric illustrations present four children in different parts of the world who encounter all sorts of sounds. Flash and GleamThe soft glow of a candle, the blink of a firefly, a burst of fireworks—light is everywhere in our world! Rhyming text and luminous illustrations follow four children as they experience many different forms of light.“[M]ultiple STEAM applications, from poetry and creative writing to introductions to energy and light to how the sun affects human life, and doubles as a great read-aloud or a starry bedtime story.”—starred, BooklistLearn more about Sue or book her for school visits at LernerBooks.com. Music credits: "Farm" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License  http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ 
Listen in as Patricia Newman is interviewed in the Live from the 25 podcast booth at ALA. She discusses her excellent environmental justice panel and how her books support her goals of increasing environmental awareness and action in the next generation. Books discussed include:Plastic AhoyFollow a team of researchers as they explore the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, where millions of pieces of plastic have collected. You'll learn about how scientists studied the Garbage Patch—and what alarming discoveries they made.A River's GiftsThere's more to a river than meets the eye. The story of the Elwha River in Washington State is one of both environmental harm and restoration involving advocacy, persistence, cooperation, and hope.Sea Otter Heroes Marine biologist Brent Hughes discovered a surprising connection between seagrass and sea otters at an estuary in California. Learn about the delicate balance of ecosystems and follow science in action as Brent conducts the research that led to his discovery.Learn more about Patricia and her books, and find out how to book her for in-person or virtual school visits at LernerBooks.com. Music credits: "Farm" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License  http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ 
Author and actor Doua Moua introduces young readers to his new picture book, TODAY IS DIFFERENT. Mai, a young Hmong girl, and Kiara, a young Black girl, are best friends. They do everything together—riding the bus, eating lunch, playing at recess. But one day Kiara misses school and Mai goes looking for answers. When she learns that her best friend is protesting an act of police violence against the Black community, Mai decides to join the protest too. Her parents at first want to protect her by keeping her at home, but she shows them that standing together makes all of us stronger.Learn more and start reading on the Lerner website or visit Doua's website or check out Kim Holt's illustrator website.  Download a transcript of this episode here. Music credits "Farm" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Author Meeg Pincus introduces readers to their new picture book, MAKE WAY FOR ANIMALS! Around the world, city highways and country roads have cut through natural spaces. Wild animals are blocked from the resources they need to survive, or must make dangerous crossings across busy roads to get to them. Fortunately, solving this problem has inspired some creative solutions! Take a tour of wildlife crossings across the globe, from grassy badger bridges to underpasses for elephants. Discover how these inventive pathways have saved both animal and human lives and helped preserve ecosystems.Learn more and start reading on the Lerner website or visit Meeg's author website. Download a transcript of this episode here. Music credits "Farm" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Author Laura Purdie Salas introduces readers to her new picture book WE BELONG! Explore and celebrate who you are and who others are too! Rhyming verse by Laura Purdie Salas invites others to notice the diversity of our world and affirm that we all belong, just as we are. Bright illustrations by Carlos Vélez Aquilera feature a diverse group of children, playing and learning in an urban setting.Learn more and see inside the book on the Lerner website or visit Laura Purdie Salas on her website! Download a transcript of this episode here. Music credits "Farm" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Author Sue Fliess introduces readers to her new picture book, RUMBLE AND ROAR. The roar of a waterfall, the chirp of insects, the thump of a heartbeat—sound is all around us! Rhyming text and atmospheric illustrations present four children in different parts of the world who encounter all sorts of sounds.Learn more and see a preview on the Lerner website or visit Sue at her author website. Download a transcript of this episode here. Music credits "Farm" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Author and photographer introduces readers to his new environmental nonfiction, WASHED ASHORE. Every day, we use plastic products. And where does these items go when we are done with them? Too many end up in the ocean. Enter artist Angela Haseltine Pozzi, the founder of Washed Ashore. With the help of volunteers, she collects ocean trash and uses it to construct sculptures of ocean wildlife. The sculptures go on display to educate people about the effects of trash in our oceans. Author and photographer Kelly Crull highlights this phenomenal work, featuring fourteen sculptures. Each sculpture is accompanied by information about the animal as well as tips for how to reduce your plastic use.Learn more and see an excerpt on the Lerner website.  Visit Kelly's author website or learn more about the Washed Ashore organization, including finding teach materials at http://www.washedashore.org. Download a transcript of this episode here. Music credits "Farm" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Author Ryan Dalton introduces readers to his new middle grade novel, THIS LAST ADVENTURE. When Archie's beloved grandpa is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, Archie tries to slow the progression of his grandpa's memory loss through shared role-playing fantasies. But he has to face the reality of what he's losing.This imaginative and heartfelt story sensitively portrays the common experience of slowly losing a loved one to Alzheimer's as Archie faces the unknown, and redefines what it means to be a hero. Learn more and start reading on the Lerner website or visit Ryan Dalton on his website! Download a transcript of this episode here.  Music credits"Farm" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Author Carole Boston Weatherford introduces readers to the new picture book, CALL ME MISS HAMILTON. Discover the true story of the woman Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. nicknamed "Red" because of her fiery spirit! Civil Rights activist Miss Mary Hamilton was found to be in contempt of court after she demanded that an Alabama judge address her with the same honorifics used to address white people. Her case ultimately went to the Supreme Court of the United States, which ruled in her favor in 1964 and brought about a permanent change in courtrooms nationwide. This is a fascinating story from acclaimed author Carole Boston Weatherford about a Black woman who took a stand for respect—and won.Learn more and read an excerpt,  on the Lerner website or at Carole's website. Download a transcript of this episode here.  Music credits"Farm" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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