All posts tagged: reading with children

THE LOVELY & TALENTED ESTELI MEZA on natural disasters, homelessness, rebuilding; how children need to process feelings & be supported by loving, caring friends/adults + her artisic process

By Leslie Lindsay  Kind words, good cheer, and yet…Conejo is sad, restless, and just wants to find ‘home’ in this illustrated children’s picture book. ~WRITERS INTERVIEWING WRITERS|ALWAYS WITH A BOOK~ CHILDREN’S LITERATURE  Kind words, good cheer, and yet…Conejo is sad, restless, and just wants to find ‘home’ in this illustrated children’s picture book. Children’s author-illustrators are my heart. I think it’s because as a child reader, this is what shaped me, made me want to write. Here, in FINDING HOME (forthcoming from Scholastic, Jan 5 2021), Esteli Meza poetically and lyrically tells the story of Conejo, a little rabbit whose home blows away in fall storms. Off he goes seeking a new home. At each turn, he is met with a group of kind, caring friends–all forest animals–who offer insight and distraction…maybe they have a picnic or reminisce, play music, have a cup of tea. All of this is lovely and wonderful, but Conejo is not satisfied. Still, no home. Eventually, the story ends with Conejo in a new home, one which he has filled with recent memories of kindness and …

Mother-daughter duo brings STEM to life in darling new picture book about an inventive little girl who wishes to fly in FLY FLY AGAIN

By Leslie Lindsay  A clever and uplifting story of a girl named Jenny who dreams of flying…plus, the illustrations!  Books on Monday: Children’s Literature Series| Always with a Book When I was younger, my dad would read to me, his arm draped around my tiny shoulders, blonde ponytails. And this time was special. It was when I learned I could do anything, be anything. It was then I first thought, “Hey–I want to be an author, too!” I fell into the rhythm of books and imagination at an early age. And like little Jenny in FLY, FLY AGAIN (January 7th Greenleaf Book Press), I was given the message, that if I work hard, I just might get to where I want to go. From mother-daughter duo, Katie Jaffe and Jennifer Lawson comes a darling and delightful read about the concepts of flight–lift, gravity, thrust, and drag. Plus, pitch, roll, and yaw. Little Jenny is clever and creative, and she wants to fly. Along with her neighbor friend, Jude, and a menagerie of pets, Kitty and …