Ep. 69: Raùl the Third, Mass. Book Award Winner for Vamos!

Today on A Bookish Home my guest is Raúl The Third, this year’s Massachusetts Book Award winner in the children’s picture book and early reader category for Vamos! Let’s Go to the Market. I had the honor of serving as a juror in this category and was so happy to get to discuss this wonderful picture book with Raúl!

Raúl is an illustrator, author, and artist living in Boston. His work centers around the contemporary Mexican-American experience and his memories of growing up in El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. He is currently working on the expanded world of his Vamos! series, and illustrating the fourth volume of the Lowriders series, written by Cathy Camper.

About the Book:

“Richard Scarry’s Busytown gets a Mexican-American makeover in the marketplace of a buzzing border town from Pura Belpré Medal-winning illustrator Raúl the Third.

Bilingual in a new way, this paper over board book teaches readers simple words in Spanish as they experience the bustling life of a border town. Follow Little Lobo and his dog Bernabe as they deliver supplies to a variety of vendors, selling everything from sweets to sombreros, portraits to piñatas, carved masks to comic books!”

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To learn more about Raúl The Third visit https://www.raulthethird.com.

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Laura Szaro Kopinski

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Ep. 66: Amy Elizabeth Bishop, Literary Agent at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret

Are you curious about the role of the agent in the publishing process? Tune into this week’s episode with Amy Elizabeth Bishop, Literary Agent with Dystel, Goderich & Bourret.

On this episode you’ll also hear from Amy about one of her projects that was recently chosen for Reese’s Book Club and Book of the Month!

Amy joined Dystel, Goderich & Bourret in 2015, after completing an internship with them in 2014. Before diving into the world of publishing, she graduated from SUNY Geneseo with a degree in Creative Writing.

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To learn more about Amy Elizabeth Bishop and follow her on social media visit https://www.dystel.com/amy-bishop.

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Laura Szaro Kopinski

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Ep. 65: Kelly Yang, Author of Three Keys

Today we have a special episode with one of my favorite kid lit authors, Kelly Yang. Librarians, parents, and teachers, her books are must purchases for your bookshelves!

Kelly Yang is the NYTimes Bestselling author of the middle grade novel Front Desk and its new sequel Three Keys, as well as a young adult novel, Parachutes. Front Desk won the 2019 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature and was chosen a Best Book of the year by multiple Organizations including NPR, the Washington Post and the NY Public Library.

Kelly’s family immigrated to the United States from China and she grew up in California in circumstances very similar to those of Mia Tang in the the Front Desk books.. She went to college at thirteen, eventually graduating from UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School. She is the founder of The Kelly Yang Project, a leading writing and debating program for children in Asia and the United States. Kelly has three children and splits her time between Hong Kong and San Francisco, California.

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To learn more about Kelly Yang and follow her on social media visit https://kellyyang.com.

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Laura Szaro Kopinski

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Ep. 64: Author Michelle Hoover Shares the 2020 Massachusetts Book Award Winners

Today we have a special episode all about the Massachusetts Book Awards! The winners and honorees were just announced yesterday.

My guest is author Michelle Hoover, the 2020 Coordinator for the Massachusetts Book Awards, who I served with as a lead juror in the children’s picture book and early reader category. Michelle will give some behind the scenes and help us add to our “to be read lists” as she shares the winners and honorees.

Michelle is a 2014 NEA Fellow and has been a Writer-in-Residence at Bucknell University, a MacDowell Fellow, and a winner of the PEN/New England Discovery Award. Her debut, The Quickening, was a 2010 Massachusetts Book Award “Must Read.” Her latest novel, Bottomland, was the 2017 All Iowa Reads selection. Michelle teaches at GrubStreet, where she leads the Novel Incubator program.  She is a native of Iowa and lives in Boston. 

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To learn more about Michelle Hoover and follow her on social media visit http://www.michelle-hoover.com

Browse Books Mentioned On This Episode:

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Is there an author you’d love to hear interviewed on the podcast? I’d love to hear! Let me know in the comments or wherever you hang out on social media, I’m @abookishhome.

Happy Reading and Listening,

Laura Szaro Kopinski

ABookishHome.com

*A Bookish Home is now an affiliate of Bookshop.org. At no extra cost to you, we receive a small commission if you purchase something through the Bookshop.org links provided.

Bookshop.org is an online bookstore with a mission to financially support local, independent bookstores. Thanks for supporting A Bookish Home and your local indies!

10 Virtual Author Events Coming Soon

Do you love hearing authors discuss their books and writing lives? One upside of this challenging time is all of the virtual author events now available.

You don’t have to live within driving distance of a particular bookstore or library to see some of your favorite authors discuss all things reading and writing. All you have to do is cozy up on your couch and turn on a device!

Not sure where to start? Here are 10 virtual events to add to your calendar. 

1. Tuesday July 14th at 7pm

J Courtney Sullivan Presents Friends and Strangers in Conversation With Robin Young

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“J. Courtney Sullivan’s latest novel, Friends and Strangers, follows Elisabeth, an accomplished journalist and new mother struggling to adjust to small town life, and Sam, a college senior worrying about what her future might hold. Sullivan explores themes of power dynamics and motherhood through flawed but relatable characters, and their complicated relationships. Sullivan has won multiple prestigious awards for her fiction, including Time Magazine’s Best Book of the Year in 2011 for her novel, Maine. Join us to learn more about her most recent book!

2. Wednesday July 15th – 6:30pm, Belmont Books

VIRTUAL: Christina Soontornvat and Erin Entrada Kelly in support of Read It Forward

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Join usfor an amazing dual event with two fantastic middle grade authors: Christina Soontornvat and Newbery award-winning author Erin Entrada Kelly!”

3. Thursday July 16th- 7pm- Bay Area Book Festival

Virtual: Braving Deep Waters: Female Fearlessness and Friendship with Sue Monk Kidd and Lisa See

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Dive into an exploration of female power and brilliance like you’ve never seen before with bestselling authors Sue Monk Kidd (The Secret Life of Bees, The Invention of Wings) and Lisa See (The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane) moderated by Aimee Phan (The Reeducation of Cherry Truong).”

 

Virtual: National Book Award winner and New York Times bestselling author Ibram X. Kendi discusses “How to Be an Antiracist.”

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“2019 Guggenheim Fellow and New York Times bestselling author Ibram X. Kendi will discuss his renowned book “How to Be an Antiracist” on Monday, July 20 at 7:00 p.m. with Dr. Charlene M. Dukes, president of Prince George’s Community College. Dr. Dukes is the first African-American woman to serve as president of the College and has 30 years of progressive leadership experience and administrative responsibility in higher education.”

5. Thursday July 23rd at 4pm – A Mighty Blaze

Virtual: Amy Poeppel in Conversation With Fiona Davis

 

 
“Please join Amy Poeppel, author of Musical Chairs and Fiona Davis, author of The Lions of Fifth Avenue, on the A MIghty Blaze Facebook page. Event link to come!”

 

Ep. 54: Children’s Book Author- Illustrator, Matt Tavares

This week I’m delighted to welcome award winning children’s book author-illustrator, Matt Tavares to the podcast. His picture books include Crossing Niagara, Henry Aaron’s Dream, Red and Lulu, Dasher and many more. His latest book is called Ben of All Trades: The Most Inventive Boyhood of Benjamin Franklin, written by Michael J. Rosen.

 

**Note: this episode was recorded ahead of time, before the COVID-19 situation changed dramatically.**

You can also listen on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.

To find out more about Matt Tavares you can visit https://www.matttavares.com

Books Mentioned On This Episode:

Ben of All Trades

Lady Liberty

Dasher

Red and Lulu

Zachary’s Ball

New Kid

Save the Cat

The Secrets of Story Matt Bird

Making Comics Scott Cloud

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Stay safe and happy reading,

Laura Szaro Kopinski

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Ep. 53: Bobbie Pyron, Author of Stay

This week my guest is Bobbie Pyron, who’s new middle grade book Stay was called “Timely, important, and truly beautiful” by Newbery Award winner Katherine Applegate. 

Bobbie has worked in libraries and bookstores in North Carolina, Tennessee, and Utah and has been active in local animal rescue work for many years. She’s also the author of A Pup Called Trouble, A Dog’s Way Home, and Lucky Strike, among others. Bobbie lives in Ashville, NC, with her husband, Todd, and their dog, Sherlock.

**Note: this episode was recorded last month, before the COVID-19 situation changed dramatically. I know it can be jarring to hear a conversation from “Before”. But now more than ever, this is a book and a topic worthy of attention.**

You can also listen on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.

To find out more about Bobbie Pyron you can visit https://www.bobbiepyron.com

Books Mentioned On This Episode:

Stay

My Dog Always Eats First: Homeless People And Their Animals 

Invisible Nation: Homeless Families In America

Don’t Overthink It

Casey the Utterly Impossible Horse

Season of Ponies

Pippi Longstocking

Olive Again

Look Both Ways

Long Way Down

The Dutch House

This Is Happiness

 

Additional Information from Bobbie:

“The organization I volunteered with in Salt Lake City is no longer, but there’s a new one that’s doing the same thing: Street Dawg Crew of Utah. The national organization I mentioned is Pets of the Homeless 

STAY was supposed to have an Author’s Note at the end:

·      The most recent (2017) national estimate of people experiencing homelessness in America is 553,742

·      Approximately 34% live in place not meant for human habitation such as parks, abandoned buildings, cars, under bridges.

·      35% of people experiencing homelessness are families with children.

·      2.5 million children will experience homelessness this year in America.

·      About 10-15% of people experiencing homelessness have a pet.

·      Less than 1% of shelters allow pets.
Here are some other organizations that help folks experiencing homelessness:

·      PETS OF THE HOMELESS   petsofthehomeless.org

·      THE STREET DOG COALITION    thestreetdogcoalition.org

·      NATIONAL ALLIANCE TO END HOMELESSNESS    endhomelessness.org

·      THE COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS

 

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Stay safe and happy reading,

Laura Szaro Kopinski

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Ten Books For Parents At Home With Little Ones

Life at home with littles is a challenge for everyone right now.

Let’s be honest. Sometimes this season of survival means watching Frozen 2 for the tenth time. But I am trying to put at least one “homeschool-ish” activity on my to-do list every day that will bring some joy, creativity, or nature into our lives.

When in doubt, go to the books!

Right now, I don’t have the mental energy (or time) to come up with many interesting activities on my own. This is not a time for me to scroll Pinterest for ideas. I want a few concrete choices, contained in a handful of titles.

So far that’s meant things like baking muffins together from The Complete Baking Books for Young Chefs or breaking out the glue and tissue paper for a sun catcher craft from The Artful Parent. 

And to get in a positive headspace and find some tips, I’m reading and listening to some parenting and homeschooling books as well.

All of these titles are inspiring me to reach for joy and moments of connection with my kids during this season.

Bookish Bonus: I’ve been able to order some of these books from local bookstores as a way to support them. Each of these titles has a link to Indiebound, where you can choose to order them from your local indie bookstore.*

1. Brave Learner

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This book from Julie Bogart has been my bedtime read for the past couple of weeks. It’s all about her adventures homeschooling her kids and is inspiring me to embrace this lifestyle for now. My favorite practical idea from this book so far is having my preschooler practice math skills by counting down from 10, then jumping off the couch, yelling “blast off!” A true crowd pleaser.

 

2. The Book of Gardening Projects for Kids: 101 Ways to Get Kids Outside, Dirty, and Having Fun

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I feel very lucky to have a backyard right now and we’re trying to take advantage. Planting a garden is my idea of science fun, so we’ve been starting flower and vegetable seeds together lately. This book has plenty of inspiration to help keep kids busy and learning outdoors.

 

3. The Read Aloud Family

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This is another book by a homeschooling parent that I read a couple of years ago. It reminds me that we’re doing plenty to help our kids learn already (like reading aloud picture books or watching virtual storytimes).

 

4. The Complete Baking Book For Young Chefs

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Baking is one of my favorite hobbies and this is a fun book to get kids involved. (Bonus: you’re using new vocabulary and math skills).

 

5. The Artful Parent: Simple Ways to Fill Your Family’s Life With Art & Creativity

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There are so many fun and simple arts and crafts projects in here to do together, but more than that, author Jean Van’t Hul presents an approach for raising creative kids. Stay tuned for an upcoming A Bookish Home podcast episode with Jean!

 

6. How To Be A Happier Parent

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This book has been on my TBR list for a long time, since I’m a big fan of author KJ Dell’Antonia’s podcast, #AmWriting. If there was ever a time to get a handle on the aspects of parenting that suck the life out of us, it’s now (think chores, sibling squabbles, and homework). I’ve been listening to the audiobook from the library and it’s nice company while doing the dishes or putting away laundry that makes me feel extra productive

7. You Are A Lion: And Other Fun Yoga Poses

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This fun picture book doubles as a read loud and a yoga workout for your kids (and you!) Each pose is illustrated as a different animal to help little yogis. We were able to get this as an ebook from the public library and we’ll open it on my computer, but mirror it on the tv so it’s easier to see. (And so no little hands play with the keyboard!)

 

8. There’s No Such Thing As Bad Weather: A Scandinavian Mom’s Secrets for Raising Healthy, Resilient, and Confident Kids

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I really enjoyed past A Bookish Home podcast guest Linda McGurk’s reflections on outdoor play and child development in this book and have been drawing on it when thinking about the simple experiences that help our kids learn and grow.

9. Simple STEAM: 50+ Activities for Ages 3 to 6

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This book is full of engaging STEAM activities. We did the watercolor butterfly activity and it kept my daughter busy and happy for a good half an hour. We’ll take it!

10. Play The Forest School Way

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If you’re ever stuck for ideas of fun things to do in your backyard, this book has interesting games and crafts. There’s No Such Thing As Bad Weather mentions the popularity of Forest Schools, so I’m excited to delve into this one more. So far we’ve made some hats with nature treasures using one of the activities as inspiration.

 

What books are you reading at home right now? Let us know us know on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram @ABookishHome.

Happy Reading and Listening!

Laura Szaro Kopinski

ABookishHome.com

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Ep. 52: Cheryl Klein, Editorial Director at Lee & Low Books

This week, I’m delighted to welcome Cheryl Klein to the podcast to discuss all things books and reading.

Cheryl Klein is the editorial director at Lee & Low Books. She is also the author of two adult books, The Magic Words: Writing Great Books for Children and Young Adults and Second Sight: An Editor’s Talks on Writing, Revising, and Publishing Books for Children and Young Adults, and three picture books, Wings, Thunder Trucks, and A Year of Everyday Wonders. Prior to her work at Lee & Low, Cheryl spent sixteen years at Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic, where she published a wide array of acclaimed titles and served as the continuity editor for the last two books of the Harry Potter series. She lives in Brooklyn, New York

**Note: this episode was recorded several weeks ago. The world seems to be a very different place now and I know it can be jarring not to hear mention of the current COVID-19 pandemic. But hopefully this offers some much needed distraction.**

 

You can also listen on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.

To find out more about Cheryl Klein you can visit CherylKlein.com.

And browse Lee and Low titles at www.leeandlow.com.

Books Mentioned On This Episode:

The Magic Words: Writing Great Books for Children and Young Adults

Second Sight: An Editor’s Talks on Writing, Revising, and Publishing Books for Children and Young Adults

Wings

A Year of Everyday Wonders

Thunder Trucks

Harry Potter

The Magnolia Sword: A Ballad of Mulan

She Was the First!: The Trailblazing Life of Shirley Chisholm 

Midsummer’s Mayhem

Seven Golden Rings

Julieta and the Diamond Enigma

Doggies

Will Giraffe Laugh? and series

The List of Things That Will Not Change

Ninth House

Crooked Kingdom

 

If you’re enjoying the podcast, please take a moment to subscribe. If you could also take a moment to rate and review A Bookish Home on iTunes to help people find the show, I’d be so grateful.

 

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Happy Reading and Listening!

Laura Szaro Kopinski

ABookishHome.com

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Five Places To Watch Online Story Times With Your Kids

1. Scholastic

Scholastic is offering a host of remote learning resources for kids of all ages. One of my favorites is Bookflix, in the Pre-K/K and Grades1/2 Sections.

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These are high quality book pairings to read with your kids. Each picture book video is paired with a nonfiction ebook that can be read aloud.

Try this pair for a wonderful spring story time with your little ones:

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2. StorylineOnline

Storyline has a treasure trove of read alouds from actors, like this lovely video of Rose Byrne reading Peter Rabbit.

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    3. Read Draw Create Community from Susan Tan 

The wonderful children’s book author Susan Tan has put together a collection of videos from authors and illustrators reading aloud from their work.

Two of my favorites are past A Bookish Home podcast guests Susan Tan reading from Cilla Lee-Jenkins and Grace Lin sharing some of The Year of The Dog!

 

4. Read, Wonder, and Learn!

Resources From Kate Messner:

Kidlit author extraordinnaire Kate Messner has compiled a host of videos and resources from Jason Reynolds, Aisha Said, and other stars of the children’s book community.

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5. Your Local Library

Have you been following your local public library on social media or their website? Many children’s librarians have been sharing remote story times, which are particularly comforting to kids because they are familiar faces. Check to see if your local library is offering any story times or online programs for kids.

If your library does not have any online story times, check out the Billerica Public Library’s remote story times!

I’m so happy to have recently joined the Billerica Public Library team as a part-time reference and marketing librarian! Their children’s librarians have been posting wonderful story times for kids that you can watch here.