I’m a little late to the game in discovering that today is Multicultural Children’s Book Day, so I don’t have an exciting blog post prepared. And even though kids and classrooms should be reading multicultural children’s books every day, I thought it was an occasion worth celebrating and that the Multicultural Children’s Book Day website, with book lists, giveaways, and kits for teachers and parents, was a resource worth sharing.
Thanks to Patricia Tilton for sharing this and reviewing a great multicultural children’s book today on her blog, Children’s Books Heal!
I’m just going to blurt it out.
I SIGNED MY FIRST PICTURE BOOK CONTRACT!
I have spent the last four summers leading creative writing camps amid the contagious inspiration of the Thomas Wolfe Memorial, watching kids bubble with questions about the exotic 1900s kitchen appliances, their faces pale standing beside the bed where Tom’s brother died, and then their pencils race with creative fuel.
Writing about this author, I’ve got some big shoes to fill!
Now, I am so grateful that I get to work with Taylor Trade Publishing to spread the story of Thomas Wolfe’s growing up in Asheville – a story that will also hopefully get kids bubbling with questions, their faces paling, and their pencils racing.
Not only that, but they have asked me to illustrate the book as well, a totally new endeavor for me that has me both thrilled and occasionally in fights with my watercolor paints.
And we’ll just say that those watercolor fights are the source of this wet spot on my pants, and not the fact that I am so excited I can’t contain myself…
My new blog has been launched! Little-rarians gives kids a platform to speak about books – to tell children’s book writers what they like and what they want more of. Check it out to get a glimpse into the minds of true children’s book experts!
There is also a place on the site where you can interview your own “little-rarians” and I will post it on the site. Enjoy!