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:
In honor of World Poetry Day - check out the cover of NO VOICE TO SMALL: FOURTEEN YOUNG AMERICANS MAKING HISTORY on Here Wee Read!
Written by Christine McDonnell, and illustrated by myself, WHEN THE BABIES CAME TO STAY is coming March 24 from Viking. Here are some advance reviews of the book:
"Charming pastel illustrations, which are digitally painted, vary from vignettes to single pages and spreads, revealing the cozy living arrangements. Life above the library, sleeping in cribs made from lobster traps, and learning about all the wonders of the island combine to create an idyllic childhood. VERDICT This delightful tale is the embodiment of the African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.”
–Maryann H. Owen, Oak Creek Public Library WI School Library Journal
"This is a lovely story about family and about a community that welcomes in four little babies in need of a home. The soft illustrations are a perfect match for the gentle text -this will be a wonderful story to snuggle up with and share with little ones."
- Sandy Scott at Galaxy Bookshop
“An absolutely charming and timely story about the power of community, accepting those who need help, building the family you need, and welcoming new people into our lives regardless of where they came from or how they got there. Combined with beautiful illustrations, WHEN THE BABIES CAME TO STAY will make a powerful addition to any storytime this spring.”
- Beth Seufer Buss from Bookmarks
22nd Annual Open Studios 2019
215 Shady Lea Road
North Kingstown, RI 02852
Saturday, December 7th, 2019 11am - 5pm*
Sunday, December 8th, 2019 11am - 5pm
*I will be there signing copies of LOVE, MAMA and selling prints alongside my daughter on Saturday, December 7, 11-5
Saturday, December 14th, 2019
Sunday, December 15h, 2019
The historic Shady Lea Mill, situated on the scenic Mattatuxet River in North Kingstown, houses over 40 artists and artisans working in various media. On Saturday and Sunday December 7 and 8 from 11 to 5pm, The Shady Lea Mill will host its 22nd annual Open Studios for each artisan to showcase his/her skills. Just in time for holiday shopping, some of Rhode Island’s many talented residents open their doors to the public and offer a wide array of hand made local gifts. Featured will be one of a kind pottery, sculpture, weaving, fine arts, mixed media, glass blowing and fusing, beautiful work in metals and jewelry design.
I had the privilege of chatting with Corrina Allen on All the Wonders This Week about new releases in picture books and graphic novels, what we've been reading, and thoughts on books that make us hungry and soft censorship in schools.
Bibliography for The State of the Bookshelf for LGBTQ-Positive Picture Books - KidLitCon 2019
Moderator: Jeanette Bradley