Cloud Runner – Video

I attended a screening of local films, called "The Best of Bernal," a few nights ago. A documentary directed by San Francisco's public defender, Jeff Adachi, highlighted racial bias in law enforcement. He hopes to show it widely to raise awareness of just how insidious and damaging racial profiling is. Another film juxtaposed U.S. government … Continue reading Cloud Runner – Video

Whoops! – Perfect Picture Book Friday

It was the cover that called to me from the bookshelf: Who wouldn't be drawn in by those eyes. Everyone on this cover looks GUILTY!!! But what is their crime? Well, it turns out that these three are not the perps. They're the victims!!! They have lost their voices. The cat can't meow, the dog … Continue reading Whoops! – Perfect Picture Book Friday

After the Fall – Perfect Picture Book Friday

STOP THE PRESSES!!! Announcing the first picture book to win both the Caldecott and the Newbery!!!!  Well, if the judging were up to me, that is. Seriously, folks. This book gobsmacked me. Dan Santat has created a touching, funny book about overcoming your fears, and in the process transforming your life. "My name is Humpty … Continue reading After the Fall – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Are You a Writer? – NaNoWriMo

Grant Faulkner, Founder and Executive Director of National Novel Writing Month, recently spoke at a fundraiser for one of my writing groups, the Write On Mamas. Correct that. He didn't "speak" so much as inspire us to challenge our personal narratives. Faulkner drew a series of concentric circles and described the center as someone who … Continue reading Are You a Writer? – NaNoWriMo

The Bad Seed – Perfect Picture Book Friday

I stumbled into one of my favorite independent bookstores in San Francisco the other night. Yes, it was Green Apple Books on Clement. It has a fabulous children's section, filled with new and used books. Lo and behold, what did I find? Not just A bad seed, I found: Not to be confused with all … Continue reading The Bad Seed – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Serendipity Strikes (AKR Moment)

Have you ever had an Amy Krouse Rosenthal (AKR) moment? Yesterday, I casually bought Terry Tempest Williams' book, "When Women Were Birds: Fifty-Four Variations on Voice." I read the title and decided to buy it. I didn't look inside. It just seemed like something I needed to read. When I opened it this morning, I … Continue reading Serendipity Strikes (AKR Moment)

Introducing Teddy – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Let me introduce you to someone who's soft, brown and fuzzy. You know, a teddy. As in teddy bear. There's also a boy. His name is Errol.   "Errol and Thomas the teddy play together every day. They ride their bike in the backyard. They plant vegetables in the garden. They have sandwiches for lunch … Continue reading Introducing Teddy – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Countdown

I've just spent some time reliving the first ten years of my childhood with the help of Deborah Wiles and the first two books of her stellar (and I mean STELLAR) 1960s trilogy. Although they feature middle grade age protagonists, I'd also say that these books would be instructive and interesting for high school and … Continue reading Countdown

The Road That Trucks Built – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Call me sentimental, but when Susanna Leonard Hill's "The Road That Truck Built" arrived in the mail, I sat down with my now-13-yr-old son and read it immediately. THIS book would have been his go-to for every bedtime, snack time, every-waking-moment-time until it fell apart. And then we would have bought another. Not only is … Continue reading The Road That Trucks Built – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Reading Gender Into It – Children’s Books and Beyond

There's an ongoing discussion in the kid lit world about why boys don't want to read "girl books," meaning books that star female protagonists or feature fairies or princesses on the cover or in the title. Is this "preference" intrinsic, or are they steered away from such interests, starting at a very young age? Shannon … Continue reading Reading Gender Into It – Children’s Books and Beyond