I'm so excited that Lindsay, Keila, and I will be making another poetry anthology with Karen Boss of Charlesbridge! This time will will be spotlighting young climate activists from around the world, and including science-based tips on how young readers can make a difference for the planet. Look for NO WORLD TOO BIG Spring 2023!
Sign up now for a free 15-minute author visit on World Read Aloud Day! Click the link button to pick a time slot on Signup Genius. I'll visit your classroom or library virtually and read from Love, Mama or No Voice Too Small, and answer student questions!
Kick off September with our NO VOICE TOO SMALL blog tour! So grateful to have the chance to chat with these bloggers about our inspiration and process for creating this anthology! There may be more added over time as well!
9/1 Lindsay H. Metcalf is SCBWI KS/MO Featured PAL author
9/3 Critter Lit
9/4 KidLit 411 - author spotlight of Lindsay H Metcalf (With book giveaway!)
9/16 This Writing Life – interview with Melissa Stoller
9/18 Perfect Picture Book Friday with Suzanna Leonard Hill
9/19 Picture Books Help Kids Soar - Interview with Vivian Kirkfield
9/20 Will Write For Cookies (with Book Giveaway!)
9/21 The Bull Horn - interview with Supriya Kelkar
9/22 Reading for Research Month - Mentor Text Talk with Kirsti Call
9/24 Simply Seven - interview with Jena Benton (with process images of the cover illustration!)
9/28 Pragmatic Mom - book review by Mia Wenjen
10/6 KidLit Oasis - Interview with Rosie Pova
10/20 Picture Book Builders
Pease join us Tuesday, September 22 at 6:30pm ET for our virtual launch party! Poetry readings & music by DJ Annie Red! Preorder NO VOICE TOO SMALL from An Unlikely Story & get a bookplate signed by all three editors! Click here to register for the event: https://buff.ly/3bongCl
I have two videos to share with you about drawing portraits! Both of these tie in with the portraits I drew of the young activists in NO VOICE TOO SMALL.
Watch my mini art class on visual storytelling in portraits, recommended for grades 3-8, This video is seven minutes long, and delves into a little bit of portraits in art history before introducing the #MeetTheArtist meme. I then walk you through how to create your own using my template or on a blank sheet of paper.
This second video is recommended for grades K-2, and is only three minutes long. Younger kids can watch me draw my own #MeetTheArtist cartoon self portrait, and then make their own!
Download the printable #MeetTheArtist drawing prompt page!
To meet the needs of teachers and students in 2020's constantly-changing school landscape, Lindsay H. Metcalf, Keila V. Dawson and I have created a flexible school author visit package for NO VOICE TOO SMALL. We have built this on-demand (asynchronous) library of videos, suitable for classroom or at-home use.
Many of the poets who contributed to NO VOICE TOO SMALL have created mini writing workshop videos, some have also recorded themselves reading their poem. I have learned so much from watching these master craftspeople talk about their creative process, and I hope you and your students will as well.
Because schools and families are in unique situations in 2020, we have developed multiple ways for you to access and use these free, on-demand materials in your classroom, for distance learning, or homeschool classrooms at home.
On Demand Distance Learning Resources
Flipgrid Book Club
Check out our NO VOICE TOO SMALL Flipgrid Book Club, where readers can watch and respond to poetry reading and writing workshop videos with their own recordings and writings! For privacy, teachers can copy this module into their own classroom Flipgrid sites.
Click here to download the standards-aligned (K-4) Educational Activity Guide.
Links for Use in Google Classroom
If you prefer to embed links into your own Google Classroom documents, we have gathered the links to all of the Writing Workshops and Poetry Reading videos that are currently live on You Tube into one google doc. Click here for NO VOICE TOO SMALL Distance Learning Links.
Please join Lindsay H. Metcalf, Keila V. Dawson, DJ Annie Red, and myself for a virtual launch party for NO VOICE TOO SMALL, hosted by An Unlikely Story! We will have poetry, fun, and a dance celebration! Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020 at 6:30 PM - click here for more info and to register for the event!
Shelf Awareness featured NO VOICE TOO SMALL as its book trailer of the day today.
Watch the trailer here:
Some kids absolutely love the freedom of playing with line, shape, and color without trying to make their art look like something realistic. Others may have a hard time letting go of the concrete, or of ways of drawing familiar shapes like hearts or stars that they have been taught.
This free, downloadable class introduces kids to some famous abstract artists, and to some of the basic elements of design: line, shape, and color. It includes a game and a simple, name-based painting project that makes abstract art and color theory accessible to elementary age kids (or preschoolers with a bit of help from an adult)
CLICK THE IMAGE BELOW TO DOWNLOAD THE PDF: