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The Gold Egg

Written by: Ule B. Wise

Illustrated by: Jaimee Lee

For ages: 3-8 years old 

Language: English

Topics Covered: Friendship, Hard Work, Persistence, Rhyming, Social-Emotional Growth, Independent Thought.

Summary: The book opens with some children playing under a tree until it becomes too hot to play, and then they hang out drinking lemonade.  An old man comes over to chat with them and tells the kids a story of the Kloonee bird who lays golden eggs at the top of the tree.  Most of the kids don’t believe him, except one blond boy named Devan.  He decides to climb the tree up to the nest even though his friends tell him that he’s foolish.  He climbs until a branch breaks, and he falls to the ground.  Determined, he gets back up and begins to climb again.  Taking a break on a stronger branch, Devan debates whether or not he should climb the rest of the way.  We won’t spoil the rest 🙂

This storyline is part of a larger metaphor for chasing dreams through hard work and determination.  The reward for completing a challenge is like a golden egg-not everyone will have one because not everyone is willing to do what it takes.  Being able to persevere through hardship is a skill that must be cultivated, and one children should definitely learn as early as possible.  This can take many forms-working on an art project, perfect the perfect layup, or climbing a tree to find out for yourself if there really is a golden egg at the top of it.  This is a very cute story with lyrical rhymes.  The illustrations are colorful and the print is large as well.  This is helpful for a read aloud!  At the end of the book is a note from the author, giving some background context for the story and the reason for the clever pen name.  This book was provided by the author but all opinions are our own!

About the Author & the Illustrator:

44811220_2396038537089865_1067756095583289344_nDan Wyson (aka Ule B Wise) has spent many years as a certified financial planner helping adults reach their personal goals, but on the side, he has been working to assure the success of a younger crowd. And after 25 years of on-and-off work on his long-planned children’s book, he was finally able to publish “The Gold Egg,” and he told St. George News the response has been amazing.

Wyson said as an independent publisher, he knew it would be a huge hurdle to climb getting his dream to press without a large, national network behind him. And despite the book doing very well in every market it’s been placed since, he said it’s still a battle to meet his personal expectations.

Jaimee Lee is a woman of mystery who lives her life off of the internet 🙂 we’re so excited to see her forthcoming work!

 

 

 

Tutus Aren’t My Style

Written by: Linda Skeers

Illustrated by: Anne Wilsdorf

For ages: 4-7 years

Language: English

Topics Covered: Tomboys, Exploration, Open-Mindedness, Family, Love, Acceptance.

Summary: This book is super cute!  The main character Emma loves playing in the mud, lizards, and climbing trees.  One day, she gets a package from her uncle!  Inside is a tutu and complete ballerina outfit.  Confused, she asks those around her how to be a ballerina.  Some say she must jump a twirl, be delicate and float, and make music.  Instead, all Emma can do is make burping noises and fall over.  Emma decides that maybe she can make her own music and dance moves, instead of take advice from others.  What happens is a routine totally unique to Emma and her life.  She shows this routine to her uncle who surprises her with a visit, and he is very impressed.  He says he never pictured her as a ballerina, which is why he sent her a safari outfit!  The two of them investigate the package he sent, and it turns out the company sent Emma the wrong costume!

This is a sweet story, and a quick read.  Emma is open-minded about trying something she never really considered was for her, and it’s clear her uncle knows her well and supports what she loves.  This is a great book for that lovable tomboy in your life, or to help children be open to a variety of activities.

Reflection Questions:

  • Emma’s uncle seems to know her pretty well. Who knows you the best in your family?
  • Have you ever tried ballet?
  • What did you think about it?
  • Do you think a specific type of person does ballet? Why or why not?

About the Author & the Illustrator:

Skeers_Linda-002_d200Linda Skeers is the author of this book!  Here is her author statement from her website:

I realized the power of the written word before I learned to read. Words were all around me – in books, on signs, TV and cereal boxes. I had high hopes on my first day of kindergarten – finally I would learn to read! We colored. We napped on rugs. Ate graham crackers. Finger painted. Then it was time to go home. We had NOT learned to read and I made my displeasure known – loudly! It earned me a Time Out behind the painting easel.
 Thank goodness for Mrs. O’Connor in first grade. I remember the sheer joy of reading the sentence, “Run, Dick, run.”
 I wrote my first book when I was about 9.
 As a child, I went to the library every Saturday morning. One week I’d check out a stack of books about pioneers, the next week it might be UFOs or ghost stories. Or football. Or mysteries. Or snakes. Or poetry. I still read every night and always have a huge pile of books next to my bed. And in the living room. And the sunroom…
When I wasn’t reading, I was outside exploring the woods, building forts, riding my bike, catching frogs, or playing kickball with the neighbor kids.
 I didn’t think of writing as a career when I was younger. I was encouraged to do something practical like be a nurse or teacher. I always liked helping people so I became a nurse and worked in a hospital and a doctor’s office. But I never forgot how much I loved reading and writing.
Too bad there’s no cure for a bad perm!
After I grew up and got married, my husband and I went camping almost every weekend. Here we are at Backbone State Park – our favorite place!
anne wilsdorfAuthor and illustrator Anne Wilsdorf was born to Alsatian parents in Saint-Paul de Luanda, Angola, in 1954. After a childhood and adolescence spent living in many countries (Angola, Congo, Argentina, Morocco, France, and Belgium), she settled in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1976. There, she began publishing her drawings in newspapers and children¹s publications, followed by her first books. She has continued this path ever since, working with publishers in Switzerland, France, Germany and the United States. Her books, numbering more than twenty, have been translated into numerous languages, most recently into Korean.

Anne Wilsdorf was the Swiss candidate for the prestigious Andersen prize in 2000. Complementing her work as an illustrator.  Anne Wilsdorf has illustrated over 20 books for children, including the Ezra Jack Keats honor book, Sophie’s Squash. Anne currently teaches illustration at l’Ecole Romande des Arts de la Communication in Lousanne.

Lily Brown’s Paintings

Written by: Angela Johnson 

Illustrated by: E.B. Lewis

For ages: 3 years and up

Language: English

Topics Covered: POC-Centric Narratives, Art, Artist, Self-Expression, Independent Thought.

Summary: This sweet and whimsical book is all about Lily Brown and how she paints.  When painting, Lily is captivated and sent into another universe where her imagination makes her soar through the solar system, see tea-drinking trees, and faces on fruit.  When Lily paints, she lives in a magical land and can listen to the beach breezes and paint the wind or imagine a world where people walk upside down.  She ends the day thinking about her family, and how happy she is when they are around.

This is truly such a sweet book.  The illustrations are Lily’s paintings on some pages, and paintings of Lily on others.  Something that is also worthy of noting about the book is that the family of color is shown only happy and loving each other.  Sometimes, critiques arise of books that characters of color must reconcile with past human rights abuses or enslavement within the story arc.  While this is crucial and important in books, it is also important for there to be characters simply enjoying their lives and supporting each other.

Reflection Questions:

  • What does your imagination show you?
  • What is special about your family?
  • How do you make art?

Continuing the Conversation:

  • Explore different mediums of art, and decide on your favorite!  Is it painting like Lily, maybe drawing, or sculpting with clay?
  • Who is an artist that does the style of art that is your favorite?  We love Wangechi Mutu, Marlena Myles, Kehinde Wiley, Kenojuak Ashevak, and we found this list incredible also! Let’s be real here, folks, we could list tons and tons more fantastic artists!  If you have love for an artist and we missed them (which is likely) leave a comment below with their name and your favorite work by them!
  • We found this article to be a great resource for exploring First Nations artists and community involvement!
  • Write your own story about your family, and the things you do together.  What is a special memory you keep about them, like how Lily’s little brother holds her hand until he falls asleep?

About the Author & the Illustrator:

angela-johnson-1263944Angela Johnson is an award winning American children’s book and poetry author with over 40 books to her credit. She began her writing career in 1989 with the publication of a picture book called “Tell Me a Story, Mama” which won the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award in 1991. She has won three Coretta Scott King Awards, one each for her novels The First Part Last (2004),” “Heaven (1999),” and “Toning the Sweep” (1994).”The First Part Last” was also the recipient of the Michael L Printz Award.“When I Am Old With You” was an Honor Book in 1990 and named an American Library Association Notable Book. “The Other Side, The Shorter Poems” was also selected as a Coretta Scott King Honor book in 1998. In recognition of her outstanding talent, Angela was named a 2003 MacArthur Fellow. Born in Tuskegee, Alabama in 1961, she grew up in Alabama and Ohio. She lives in Kent, Ohio.

51201cc92eca7.imageE.B. Lewis is the illustrator of a numerous books for children including Talkin’ About Bessie (a 2003 Coretta Scott King Award winner), The Bat Boy and His Violin (a Coretta Scott King Honor book), Down the Road (a Notable Book for Children by the American Library Association), and The Other Side (a Notable Book for Language Arts). The Coretta Scott King Award is the premier award honoring African-American authors and illustrators of outstanding books for children and young adults.

Inspired by two artist uncles, as early as the third grade, Lewis displayed artistic promise. Beginning in the sixth grade, he attended the Saturday Morning Art League and studied with Clarence Wood. Lewis attended the Temple University Tyler School of Art, where, he discovered his medium of preference was watercolor.

During his four years at Temple, Lewis majored in Graphic Design, Illustration and Art Education. After graduating, he taught art in public schools for twelve years. Presently, E.B. teaches at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He is also a member of The Society of Illustrators in New York City, and an artist member of Salamagundi Art Club of New York.

I Will Be Fierce!

Written by: Bea Birdsong 

Illustrated by: Nidhi Chanani

For ages:4-8 years

Language: English

Topics Covered: Social-Emotional Development, POC-Centric Narratives, Self-Esteem, Friendship.

Summary: This book is the definition of adorable.  The plot is driven forward by phrases often found in adventure stories, but the illustrations shows a typical school day for the main character.  The main character is an unnamed girl, wearing her “armor” (a rainbow sweater) and conquering the challenges she faces bravely and kindly.  She takes on the many headed serpent (the school bus), tricks the Guardian of Wisdom (the school librarian with green hair!) and dances in the rain.  The girl declares herself the hero of her story, a person who will stand up for her beliefs and search for the light in the darkness.  The illustrations are incredible and diverse, featuring many background characters of color, differing gender expressions and religions, though no characters with mobility aids are found.  Overwhelmingly positive and tender, the day ends for our character with her sleeping on the couch, head in the lap of an elderly woman which we see in the beginning pages.  This atypical family structure is refreshing and normalizing without the audience being beaten over the head with the message.  There is no dialogue in between characters, just the declarations of the main character’s inner monologue in which the impacts of are (positively) shown by the illustrations.  This book is great for multiple topics, and we love the adventure story language being applied to the typical school day, making it magical and special in it’s own way.  Such a great book for everyone to enjoy!

Reflection Questions:

  • What special clothing item is your armor?
  • How do you think the main character decided that she would be the hero of her story?
  • How can you search for the light in the darkness in your life everyday?

Continuing the Conversation:

  • This book has a lot of language often found in fairy tale adventure stories.  What other stories does it remind you of?  What are the similarities and how could they be reinterpreted to other situations, like the sweater being armor and the Mountain of Knowledge being a stack of books?
  • Draw your own fairy tale setting.  What would your armor look like?  What beasts would you face and how could they be defeated, like using the bubbles to distract the dogs?  Everyone is a superhero in their own life, and can be fierce!

About the Author & the Illustrator:

beaBea Birdsong is a former teacher whose time in the classroom left a lasting impression of the awesome power of books to educate, entertain, and empower. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and Sisters in Crime. Bea lives in North Carolina with her husband, son, and rescue dog named Bilbo. She spends her free time reading, traveling, and searching for hidden doors to other worlds.

Bea’s debut picture book, I Will Be Fierce, illustrated by Nidhi Chanani, was released on April 23, 2019 from Roaring Brook Press. She is represented by Melissa Edwards of Stonesong Literary Agency.

NidhiNidhi Chanani is a freelance illustrator, cartoonist and writer. After completing her undergrad literature degree at the University of California at Santa Cruz, Nidhi pursued a career in non-profits. The desire to draw kept pulling her away and in 2008 she enrolled in art school (only to drop out a year later). In 2009 she began completing one illustration every day of the week. She called this Every Day Love and developed her narrative style and voice with three years of daily practice. Thus began her art career and business.

Nidhi was born in Calcutta and raised in suburban southern California. She creates because it makes her happy – with the hope that it can make others happy, too. In April of 2012 she was honored by the Obama Administration as a Champion of Change.

Her debut graphic novel, Pashmina, was released by First Second Books in fall 2017. It received starred reviews in the School Library JournalPublisher’s Weekly, and was reviewed in the New York Times. In March of 2019, the film adaptation of Pashmina with Netflix was announced. Gurinder Chadha is set to direct.

In 2018, Jasmine’s New Pet, which she wrote, drew and colored released through Dark Horse Comics. Her first bilingual board book, Shubh Raatri Dost/Good Night Friend released in 2019 through Bharat Babies. Her debut picture book, written by Bea Birdsong, I will be fierce, released in April 2019.

She is currently working on her second original graphic novel, Jukebox, with her husband Nick Giordano which is slated for 2021 release. She is an instructor in the Master of Fine Arts, Comics program at the California College of Arts.

Her media appearances include CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 and BBC Radio. Her work has been featured on the Huffington Post, the Women’s March, My Modern Met, Bored Panda and India Times. Nidhi has worked with Disney, ABC, Airbnb, Sony, Microsoft, State Farm Insurance and a variety of other clients. Her non-fiction comics have appeared in the Nib. Everyday Love Art products are sold in retail shops across the country, including the San Francisco International Airport, Books Inc., and Therapy stores.

Nidhi draws and dreams every day with her husband, daughter and their attention starved cat in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Introducing Mrs Koby’s Book Club

Happy Saturday everyone!  At least here in New England, it’s beginning to feel like spring.  This week, we are thrilled to introduce Abbey, the driving force behind Mrs. Koby’s Book Club!  Corrie is a little extra excited, because for a time she also lived in Kansas just like Abbey.  Without further ado, we hope you enjoy getting to know Abbey as much as we did!

The Tiny Activist: Introduce yourself!

Abbey Kobylinski: My name is Abbey Kobylinski (she/her). I’m a fifth grade teacher in Screen Shot 2019-03-16 at 10.55.23 AMthe Kansas City area. Though I left to do my undergrad, I’m a life long and dedicated Kansas Citian. I originally studied theatre and french at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa and got my masters and teaching certification at Rockhurst University. I met my husband on a blind date that my mom set us up on. He is also a teacher (high school anatomy and health science) and so we have very similar interests and schedules. When I’m not teaching, I spend time rock climbing, teaching myself home renovation, running, cooking, taking barre classes, traveling, reading, and drinking coffee. I have over 30 house plants. 

TTA: What are you passionate about?

AK: I am passionate about creating a strong reading identity within my classroom. We are a team and a team of readers. I constantly remind them that we need to #stealtimetoread. Reading doesn’t have to be a big elaborate affair- but it needs to be what we steal time for. We don’t waste time- we read in our extra minutes and or our transitions and I even have a third of my class taking books to lunch or the playground. My students are so motivated for reading time they made a snow day bet with me to get more read aloud time. I don’t normally make bets with 10 year olds, but when all the “ask” is is for more read aloud time (50 consecutive minutes) its hard to say no. 

Screen Shot 2019-03-16 at 10.49.42 AMTTA: Tell us about a project you’re currently working on!

AK: My current passion project is my instagram account @MrsKobysBookClub. I started it in late November of last year because I saw the power of literature to make the world a bigger, safer, kinder place for my students and I wanted to share that beyond my own classroom. I have a very supportive group text with friends from college and after I shared a few stories about my students and our joy in books, they requested a reading list so they could read along with my kiddos. That conversation was the spark that turned into Mrs. Koby’s Book Club. 

The qualities I look for in the books I share are diverse, inclusive, and inspiring. High quality literature builds empathy and teaches tolerance. Seeing yourself in a book is validating, in so many ways, and truly bridges literacy gaps. It is so discouraging to look through a library and see no stories that reflect your own. But on the other side, reading books that do not reflect your background helps students see a bigger picture and build empathy, tolerance, and understanding. 

TTA: How can people support you on your journey?

AK: Part of what motivates @MrsKobysBookClub is making connections to get more books for my classroom. I work in a title one school, so access to newer titles is infrequent or out of pocket. I would love to grow my following so I can work with more publishers and get better access for my classroom. So please, follow @MrsKobysBookClub on instagram, Facebook , and Twitter. I have amazon wish list of books for our classroom library. They are titles I would love to read and share both on instagram and in with my own students. I also have a small teachers pay teachers account and a small zazzle account of custom teacher stamps.

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AK: Wow y’all, you’re going to make me pick? Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi was stunningly good- powerful and magical with strong characters and a story that didn’t quit. I am so excited for the series and get wistful thinking about that fantastic book. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is my most recommended book from last year. I got every member of my family I could to read it after me- our copy got passed around the city and I loved getting out of the blue texts from my grandma about it. It is so powerful and so hard to read and that’s the point. (I just started her second novel this week, On the Come Up, and I am already obsessed- her voice as an author is so strong). 

TTA: What are you looking forward to in the coming year?

AK: Bookwise- Besides the sequel to Blood and Bone, RJ Palacio is coming out with a graphic novel in the Wonder universe in September. As far as I understand, it revolves around the story of Julian’s grandmother in World War II France. Just like my students, I like to see myself reflected in characters I read, so I look forward to this unique Jewish voice.

Projectwise- I am excited to see where @MrsKobysBookClub grows. My goal was 1000 followers by the end of the year and I’m already halfway there (which makes my heart explode). I have found so much joy connecting with other teachers, publishers, and social justice advocates and it has really reenergized my classroom practice. I also have dreams of starting a youtube channel and doing read alouds. I have a background in theatre and reading to my students is something that brings me daily joy. 

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Back of the Bus

Written by: Aaron Reynolds

Illustrated by: Floyd Cooper

For ages: 5 years and up

Language: English

Topics Covered: Civil Rights, POC-Centric Narratives, Activism, Historical Events, Historical Fiction, Rosa Parks.  

Summary: This book takes place on December 1st, 1955.  This is also the historic day when Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a public bus to a white person.  The narrator is a young boy, sitting with his mother in the back of the bus.  The narrator spies a woman he knows, Mrs. Parks, at the front of the bus.  When the bus fills up, a voice demands that some folks move to the back.  Some people move, but one doesn’t.  The narrator can’t hear exactly what’s happening, but his mother tells him to be quiet and they both strain to listen.  He recognizes that his mother is using a serious voice, and he waits and waits while the bus that should be moving along the route continues to be stopped.  He realizes that Mrs. Parks is in the front of the bus with fierce eyes he compares to a lightning storm.  A police officer gets on the bus, and begins to question why Mrs. Parks won’t give up her seat.  She’s arrested, and escorted off the bus.  The book ends with the narrator noticing his mother has a lightning storm in her eyes now, and notices that he feels a little stronger than yesterday.

This book is a great introduction to both the Civil Rights movement and activism.  Written from the boy’s perspective helps young readers empathize and become engaged with the story.  The plot line easily opens up discussions for fairness, racism, activism, and historical figures.  While Rosa Parks certainly wasn’t the first woman to partake in this specific form of activism and rebellion on public transportation (one was, among many others, Claudette Colvin!) she is certainly the most well-known.  While Rosa was far from the kindly old lady who was just fed-up, she is a figurehead in history and a worthy role-model for any child!

It is crucial to recognize that the story most individuals are taught in schools about Rosa Parks has been watered down and made palatable.  She was a well-established activist by the time these boycotts came around, and had indeed been happening on public buses since the 1940’s.  We believe that it is important to have a highly accessible entry point for children learning about activism, but it must not stop there!

Reflection Questions:

  • What do you think about the fact some people couldn’t sit specific places on the bus?
  • Have you ever heard of Rosa Parks before?
  • What can you do if you see someone being treated unfairly?

Continuing the Conversation:

  • Learn more about important historical figures like Claudette Colvin and Bayard Rustin.  What activism did they become involved with, and why are they lesser known than Rosa?
  • The struggle for equality is not over yet.  Who can you write letters or give a phone call to, for this cause?

About the Author & the Illustrator:

Aaron Reynolds_0Aaron Reynolds is the author of numerous great books for kids, including “Chicks and Salsa”, “Tale of the Poisonous Yuck Bugs, The Nineteenth of Maquerk, “and “Breaking Out of the Bungle Bird. “He lives near Chicago, where his wife, two kids, and four cats keep life spicy.

 

 

Floyd-CooperFloyd Cooper received a Coretta Scott King Award for his illustrations in The Blacker the Berry and a Coretta Scott King Honor for Brown Honey in Broomwheat Tea and I Have Heard of a Land. Born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Mr. Cooper received a degree in fine arts from the University of Oklahoma and, after graduating, worked as an artist for a major greeting card company. In 1984, he came to New York City to pursue a career as an illustrator of books, and he now lives in Easton, Pennsylvania, with his wife and children.

Who Says Women Can’t Be Computer Programmers? The Story of Ada Lovelace

Written by: Tanya Lee Stone

Illustrated by: Marjorie Priceman

For ages: 6-9 years

Language: English

Topics Covered: Women in STEM, Historical Figures, Women in Science, Feminism, Bravery, Courage, Individuality.

Summary: Ada was a young girl who lived in the English countryside.  She had a wild imagination and a mother who thought a wild imagination was dangerous.  Ada’s father was the famous poet, Lord Byron.  Ada’s mother was fed up with Lord Byron’s wild behavior, and moved home to her parents house when Ada was 5 weeks old.  Ada never saw her father again, because he fled England owning large sums of money.  Ada’s mother wanted Ada to have a brain like a mathematician, not a wild imagination.  She had tutors that taught her every subject, and she loved music in addition to math, drawing, and singing.  When Ada was 12, she became obsessed with inventing a flying horse with bird wings, and asked her mother for bird-drawing books.  Ada’s mother made her study math for longer hours everyday instead;  she also wanted Ada to get married to a suitable man.  Ada was presented to the king and queen when she was 18, but was not interested in solely becoming a housewife.  Ada became fascinated with the scientists Charles Babbage, and his inventions.  She began to visit with him, and became enchanted with his number calculation machines he was building.  Ada realized that math and imagination could work together, unlike what he mother tried so desperately to teach her.  Ada and Charles became good friends, and often wrote letters and visited each other, walking about math and philosophy together.  Charles was busy trying to build a calculation device that could solve any problem, called the Analytical Engine.  He was trying to base it off a loom that used punchcards to design what the woven design would be.  He didn’t know how the loom worked, but Ada did.  Ada was also able to help translate scientific papers written in French, and Charles encouraged Ada to write her own papers.  She was thrilled at the idea, women in her time did not become scientists and write papers!  Although she was often ill, she worked very hard and wrote many letters to Charles.  When she finished the paper, it turned out to be very long and a huge success!  Ada had a brain that could imagine mathematical processing that had not been discovered yet.  Charles was never able to build his machine, but if he did the entire world of computer programming history could be different from what it is today.  A huge contribution would have been Ada’s work, with her wild imagination!

In the back, there is also more historical information about Ada’s life.  An important scientific contributor that is relatively unknown by most, this is a great book!

Reflection Questions:

  • How do you think Ada felt when her mother tried to stifle her imagination?
  • How do you think she felt when Charles encouraged her to pursue her passions?
  • What do you think Ada would think about computers today?

Continuing the Conversation:

  • Learn more about basic computer coding.  There are tons of websites that teach coding skills to kids, and introductory courses with robots.  Ada would be proud!
  • Lots of other famous names are mentioned in the story.  Pick one out and learn more about them!  Charles Darwin, Lord Byron, who are you interested in learning about?

About the Author & the Illustrator:

916WD-xjo1L._UX250_Tanya Lee Stone is best known for telling little-known or unknown stories of women and people of color. She writes MG/YA narrative nonfiction such as Girl Rising, Almost Astronauts and Courage Has No Color, and nonfiction picture books such as Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors? and The House that Jane Built. Her work has been recognized by the NAACP Image Award, Robert F. Sibert Medal, Golden Kite Award, Bank Street Flora Straus Steiglitz Award, Jane Addams Honor, YALSA Nonfiction Finalist, Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, NPR Best Books, and NCTE Orbis Pictus Honors. She is also the author of the YA verse novel, A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl, which was a Top Ten Banned Book. Stone studied English at Oberlin College, later earned a Masters Degree, and was an editor of children’s nonfiction for many years before becoming a writer. She teaches writing at Champlain College. Forthcoming books include A Story of War, A Story of Peace, Who Says Women Can’t Be Computer Programmers? and Pass Go and Collect $200: The Real Story of How Monopoly Was Invented.

marjorie-priceman-1536996Marjorie Priceman, illustrator of many acclaimed picture books, has won Caldecott Honors for her illustrations in Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin! by Lloyd Moss and Hot Air: The (Mostly) True Story of the Frist Hot-Air Balloon Ride, which she also wrote. She lives in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.