The Latinx KidLit Book Festival’s 2022 Schedule

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The Latinx KidLit Book Festival kicks off its 2022 event this Thursday (see below). The festival then has events–all available to be streamed online–throughout National Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month.

From their website:

The Latinx KidLit Book Festival will be streamed live on the festival’s YouTube channel, or YouTube links can also be found on each individual event below. All posted times are in EDT!

Sessions can be safely streamed into the classroom and shared with students using an educator’s account. Classrooms can engage with festival authors and illustrators using the live-chat option! All video content will be recorded and available after the festival. Sign up for our newsletter to receive links to all the panels directly to your inbox!

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These panels are free! What a great opportunity to connect students with Latinx authors and their work! We are supporting the festival and will remind people of the schedule, but we encourage you to go to their website at www.latinxkidlitbookfestival.com for all the information you need! Below are the scheduled events:

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

FOR WRITERS: MULTICULTURAL PUBLISHING BOOTCAMP, HOW TO ENRICH STORIES WITH MULTICULTURAL ELEMENTS

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

FOR EDUCATORS: REDEFINING THE WRITING WORKSHOP

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

FOR WRITERS: DEBUT AUTHORS, EXPECTATIONS VS. REALITY

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

FOR EDUCATORS: DESIGNING A UNIT ON LANGUAGE, IDENTITY AND COMMUNITY — AN INTENSIVE WORKSHOP

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13

9:45 AM – 10:00 AM

MORNING ANNOUCEMENTS: GIVEAWAYS AND OUR NEW SCHOOL VISITS FUND!

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10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

WE ARE ALL CUENTISTAS: THE POWER OF STORYTELLING

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11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

BEYOND THE SORTING HAT: CELEBRATING LATINX FANTASY

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11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

WE’LL BE BRIEF: WRITING SHORT STORIES

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12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

ARCOÍRIS: QUEER LATINX STORYTELLING

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12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

ILLUSTRATOR DRAW OFF: CHARACTERS IN ACTION!

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1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

HIJAS MÁS CHINGONAS: STORIES OF YOUNG WOMEN DOING POWERFUL THINGS

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1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

CRAFT WORKSHOP: BASED ON A TRUE STORY

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1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

STORYTIME FOR ALL AGES

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2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

HIGH SCHOOL, BOY BANDS, AND INSTAGRAM: WRITING CONTEMPORARY STORIES

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2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

EN ESPAÑOL ILLUSTRATOR DRAW OFF: LET’S EAT: PUPUSAS, TACOS AND FLAN FOR ALL!

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2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

A MIDDLE-EARTH OF OUR OWN MAKING: LATIN AMERICAN INSPIRATION IN FANTASY

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3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

MEG MEDINA PLAYS IT COOL

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14

9:40 AM – 10:00 AM

MORNING ANNOUCEMENTS WITH SPECIAL GUEST MARIA HINOJOSA

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10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

PURA AMOR: THE TRANSFORMATIVE POWER OF WORDS AND ILLUSTRATIONS

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11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

ARTES GRÁFICAS: CREATING LATINX HEROES IN GRAPHIC NOVELS AND COMIC BOOKS

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11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

CRAFT WORKSHOP: DRAWING INSPIRATION FROM YOUR FAVORITES!

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12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

ILLUSTRATOR DRAW OFF EN ESPAÑOL: FANTASMAS, CHUPACABRAS Y LA LLORONA!

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12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

A LETTER TO MY YOUNGER SELF: WRITING OUR LIVES INTO THE STORIES WE TELL

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12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

NUESTRO MUNDO: KIDS NAVIGATING THE CONTEMPORARY WORLD

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1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

ILLUSTRATOR DRAW OFF: THE LUNGS OF OUR PLANET, THE AMAZON RAINFOREST

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1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

STORYTELLING IN STYLE: WRITING NOVELS-IN-VERSE

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1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

RESISTENCIA VIVA: WRITING SOCIAL JUSTICE KIDLIT

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2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

CELEBRATING THE RICHNESS OF LATINX STORIES: A KOKILA SHOWCASE

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3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

SOY YO: IDENTITY, ANCESTRY AND CULTURAL HERITAGE

Latinxs In Kid Lit August 2022 Newsletter

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In our August 2022 newsletter, we have an article from Dr. Emily Midkiff titled: Send Latinx Kids to the Stars! A Call for More Latin@Futurism in Children’s Lit. Here’s an excerpt, plus the cover of Dr. Midkiff’s book, Equipping Space Cadets:

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When it comes to science fiction for young children, who is represented becomes all the more significant. Children are always looking for Rudine Simms Bishop’s “mirrors” and “windows,” and young readers are likely to interpret representation in the genre as a message about who is invited to read the genre and who is invited to imagine the future. Plus, children internalize what kinds of people are visible in STEM careers as indicators of whether those careers are viable options for them.

Yet there aren’t many science fiction books for the youngest readers to begin with, and even fewer of them have Latinx characters.

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In the newsletter, we also have a list of August 2022 Latinx releases, and a Q&A with Julian R. Vaca, debut author of The Memory Index

Julian R. Vaca is a first generation Mexican American, and he’s been a creative writer for over a decade. He’s a staff writer on PBS’s “Reconnecting Roots,” a nationally broadcast show that drew in millions of viewers over its first two seasons. The Memory Index is his debut young adult novel. Connect with him at JulianRayVaca.com

Click here to access it: https://mailchi.mp/edb35e9da3a9/latinxsinkidlit0722-7252385

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The 24th International Latino Book Awards Winners!

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From the organization’s press release:

The 24th International Latino Book Awards Ceremony showcased the flourishing talent of the fastest-growing group in the U.S., with four ceremonies held on August 19th and 20th at Los Angeles City College. These Awards are by far the largest Latino cultural distinction in the country, honoring 249 winners in 105 categories this year. The grand total of authors and publishers honored over the last two decades now stands at 3,719, proof that books by and about Latinos are in high demand in both English and Spanish. Gold, Silver, and Bronze-place winners in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, children’s books, translation, and many more were announced over the two-day event.

Here are the winners–gold, silver, and bronze medals–in the children’s books categories. Click on the book covers for more information:

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The Alma Flor Ada Best Latino Focused Children’s Picture Book Award – English

GOLD MEDAL Child of the Flower-Song People: Luz Jiménez, Daughter of the Nahua, Gloria Amescua, Illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh

SILVER MEDAL Tía Fortuna’s New Home, Ruth Behar, Illustrated by Devon Holzwarth

BRONZE MEDAL Bisa’s Carnaval, Joana Pastro, Illustrated by Carolina Coroa

The Alma Flor Ada Best Latino Focused Children’s Picture Book Award – Spanish

GOLD MEDAL ¡Corre, pequeño Chaski! Una aventura en el camino Inka, Mariana Llanos, Illustrated by Mariana Ruiz Johnson

SILVER MEDAL Pura’s Cuentos: How Pura Belpré Libraries Reshaped Libraries with Her Stories, Annete Bay Pimentel, Illustrated by Magaly Morales

Best Children’s Fiction Picture Book – Bilingual

GOLD MEDAL Let’s Be Friends / Seamos Amigos, René Colato Laínez; Illustrated by Nomar Perez

SILVER MEDAL Isabel and Her Colores Go to School, Alexandra Alessandri, Illustrated by Courtney Dawson

Best Children’s Fiction Picture Book – English

GOLD MEDAL Abuelita and Me, Leonarda Carranza, illustrated by Rafael Mayani

SILVER MEDAL Tía Fortuna’s New Home, Ruth Behar, Illustrated by Devon Holzwarth

BRONZE MEDAL May Your Life Be Deliciosa, Michael Genhart, Illustrated by Loris Lora

Mejor libro ilustrado de ficción para niños

GOLD MEDAL Pitu le Baila al Mar, Gama Valle; Illustrated by Yamel Figueroa

SILVER MEDAL La Jirafa que no Cabía en su Cuento, Haydée Zayas Ramos

BRONZE MEDAL El monstruo más feo del mundo, Luis Amavisca, Illustrated by Erica Salcedo

Best Children’s Nonfiction Picture Book – English

GOLD MEDAL One Whole Me, Dia Mixon, Illustrated by Natalia Jiménez Osorio

SILVER MEDAL In the Spirit of a Dream: 13 Stories of American Immigrants of Color, Aida Salazar, Illustrated by Alina Chau

BRONZE MEDAL Alphabet & Affirmations with The Black Unicorn, Sandra Elaine Scott

Best Children’s Nonfiction Picture Book – Spanish or Bilingual

GOLD MEDAL Pura’s Cuentos: How Pura Belpré Libraries Reshaped Libraries with Her Stories, Annete Bay Pimentel, Illustrated by Magaly Morales

Best Educational Children’s Picture Book – Bilingual

GOLD MEDAL Pura’s Cuentos: How Pura Belpré Libraries Reshaped Libraries with Her Stories, Annete Bay Pimentel, Illustrated by Magaly Morales

SILVER MEDAL Popol Vuh Stories for Children, Denis O’Leary

BRONZE MEDAL Lala and the Pond by the Rock / Lala y el Charco de la Piedra, Susana Illera Martínez

Best Educational Children’s Picture Book – English

GOLD MEDAL Child of the Flower-Song People: Luz Jiménez, Daughter of the Nahua, Gloria Amescua, Illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh

SILVER MEDAL We Move Together, Kelly Fritsch, Anne McGuire, Illustrated by Eduardo Trejos

Best Educational Children’s Picture Book – Spanish

GOLD MEDAL Morderse las uñas, Paula Merlán, Illustrated by Brenda Figueroa

Most Inspirational Children’s Picture Book – Bilingual

GOLD MEDAL Pura’s Cuentos: How Pura Belpré Libraries Reshaped Libraries with Her Stories, Annete Bay Pimentel, Illustrated by Magaly Morales

SILVER MEDAL The Last Butter!y / La última mariposa, Regina Moya & Carmen Tafolla

Most Inspirational Children’s Picture Book – English

GOLD MEDAL Courageous Camila: A story about finding your inner warrior, Naibe Reynoso & Giselle Carrillo; Illustrated by María Tuti

SILVER MEDAL The Voices of the Trees, Elisa Guerra y Fernando Reimers; Illustrated by Ana RoGu

BRONZE MEDAL Child of the Flower-Song People: Luz Jiménez, Daughter of the Nahua, Gloria Amescua, Illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh

Most Inspirational Children’s Picture Book – Spanish

GOLD MEDAL Tienes un color especial, Lorena Sierco Espino; Mr. Momo, Lantia Publishing Group

SILVER MEDAL Memoria de un abedul, Daniel Cañas, Illustrated by Blanca Millán

BRONZE MEDAL Peque y yo, Alicia Acosta, Illustrated by Mercé Galí

Best Learn to Read Book

GOLD MEDAL The Awesome Reading Adventures of Super Sammy and Marvelous Megan, Vanessa Caraveo

Best Youth Latino Focused Chapter Book

GOLD MEDAL Falling Short, Ernesto Cisneros

SILVER MEDAL Sofía Acosta Makes a Scene, Emma Otheguy

Best Youth Chapter Fiction Book

GOLD MEDAL Falling Short, Ernesto Cisneros

SILVER MEDAL Catalina Incognito, Jennifer Torres

BRONZE MEDAL Julia y el mar, Olvido Guzman Pons

Most Inspirational Youth Chapter Book

GOLD MEDAL Barefoot Dreams of Petra Luna, Alda P. Dobbs

SILVER MEDAL Efren Divided, Ernesto Cisneros

SILVER MEDAL Raulito: The First Latino Governor of Arizona, Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford

Best Young Adult Latino Focused Book

GOLD MEDAL On the Hook, Francisco X. Stork

SILVER MEDAL Lifetime Passes, Terry Blas, Illustrated by Claudia Aguirre

Best Young Adult Fiction Book

GOLD MEDAL The Immortal Boy / El Inmortal, Francisco Montaña Ibáñez

SILVER MEDAL Encarnación Castro’s Journey in the Anza Expedition
1775-1776, Linda Castro Martinez

SILVER MEDAL Three, Brenda Nicole Peña

BRONZE MEDAL Fat Angie: Homecoming, e.E. Charlton Trujillo

Best Young Adult Fantasy & Adventure – English

GOLD MEDAL The Grimrose Girls, Laura Pohl

SILVER MEDAL The Ghost Tracks, Celso Hurtado

Best Young Adult Fantasy & Adventure – Spanish

GOLD MEDAL El Último Dragón: Las espadas del legado, José del Real Antiquera

SILVER MEDAL Catarina Freytas y el anillo perdido, Raymond Vollmond

BRONZE MEDAL El Mundo del Olvido, Cristian Otárola Jiménez

Best Young Adult Romance Book

GOLD MEDAL Monstrua, NLa Contreras

SILVER MEDAL La descendiente, Marie D.

Best Educational Young Adult Book

GOLD MEDAL No te creas todo lo que leas, Didi Whitefalcon, Illustrated by Verónica Rodríguez
SILVER MEDAL Voices of Diversity, Vanessa Caraveo

Most Inspirational Young Adult Book

GOLD MEDAL Harvesting Dreams, Erica Alfaro; Barker & Jules

SILVER MEDAL Your Heart, My Sky, Margarita Engle; Simon & Schuster

We Read Banned Books: Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed: 15 Voices from the Latinx Diaspora, edited by Saraciea J. Fennell

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Welcome to another Book Talk, which can be found on our YouTube channel!

Here, Dr. Sonia Rodriguez and Dora M. Guzmán talk about WILD TONGUES CAN’T BE TAMED: 15 Views from the Latinx Diaspora, a young adult anthology edited by Saraciea J. Fennell.

ABOUT THE BOOK: Edited by The Bronx Is Reading founder Saraciea J. Fennell and featuring an all-star cast of Latinx contributors, Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed is a ground-breaking anthology that will spark dialogue and inspire hope

In Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed, bestselling and award-winning authors as well as up-and-coming voices interrogate the different myths and stereotypes about the Latinx diaspora. These fifteen original pieces delve into everything from ghost stories and superheroes, to memories in the kitchen and travels around the world, to addiction and grief, to identity and anti-Blackness, to finding love and speaking your truth. Full of both sorrow and joy, Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed is an essential celebration of this rich and diverse community.

The bestselling and award-winning contributors include Elizabeth Acevedo, Cristina Arreola, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Naima Coster, Natasha Diaz, Saraciea J. Fennell, Kahlil Haywood, Zakiya Jamal, Janel Martinez, Jasminne Mendez, Meg Medina, Mark Oshiro, Julian Randall, Lilliam Rivera, and Ibi Zoboi.

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Click on the link below to watch the book talk and then add your comments below to join the conversation. ENJOY!

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Sonia Alejandra Rodriguez, PhD is an Associate Professor of English at LaGuardia Community College (CUNY) where she teaches composition, literature, and creative writing. Her academic research focuses on decolonial healing in Latinx children’s and young adult literature. Sonia is a Mellon Emerging Faculty Leader.

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Dora M. Guzmán is a bilingual reading specialist for grades K-5 and also teaches college courses in Children’s Literature and Teaching Beginning Literacy. She is currently a doctoral student with a major in Reading, Language, and Literacy. When she is not sharing her love of reading with her students, you can find her in the nearest library, bookstore, or online, finding more great reads to add to her never-ending “to read” pile!

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We Read Banned Books: Lobizona by Romina Garber

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Welcome to another Book Talk, which can be found on our YouTube channel!

Here, Dora M. Guzmán and Alexandra Someillan talk about LOBIZONA by Romina Garber.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Some people ARE illegal.

Lobizonas do NOT exist.

Both of these statements are false.

Manuela Azul has been crammed into an existence that feels too small for her. As an undocumented immigrant who’s on the run from her father’s Argentine crime-family, Manu is confined to a small apartment and a small life in Miami, Florida.

Until Manu’s protective bubble is shattered.

Her surrogate grandmother is attacked, lifelong lies are exposed, and her mother is arrested by ICE. Without a home, without answers, and finally without shackles, Manu investigates the only clue she has about her past—a mysterious “Z” emblem—which leads her to a secret world buried within our own. A world connected to her dead father and his criminal past. A world straight out of Argentine folklore, where the seventh consecutive daughter is born a bruja and the seventh consecutive son is a lobizón, a werewolf. A world where her unusual eyes allow her to belong.

As Manu uncovers her own story and traces her real heritage all the way back to a cursed city in Argentina, she learns it’s not just her U.S. residency that’s illegal. . . .it’s her entire existence.

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Click on the link below to watch the book talk and then add your comments below to join the conversation. ENJOY!

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Dora M. Guzmán is a bilingual reading specialist for grades K-5 and also teaches college courses in Children’s Literature and Teaching Beginning Literacy. She is currently a doctoral student with a major in Reading, Language, and Literacy. When she is not sharing her love of reading with her students, you can find her in the nearest library, bookstore, or online, finding more great reads to add to her never-ending “to read” pile!

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Alexandra Someillan is a freelance book reviewer and teacher who lives in Miami, FL. She has written for Frolic Media, where she has raved about her favorite Latinx romances. Currently, she has been accepted in the Las Musas mentorship and is working on her Latinx contemporary novel with Nina Moreno. Usually, you can find Alexandra obsessing over nineties pop culture and eating too many pastelitos.

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We Read Banned Books: Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera

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Welcome to another Book Talk, which can be found on our YouTube channel!

Here, Dr. Sonia Rodriguez and Dora M. Guzmán talk about JULIET TAKES A BREATH written by Gabby Rivera.

ABOUT THE BOOK: Juliet Milagros Palante is a self-proclaimed closeted Puerto Rican baby dyke from the Bronx. Only, she’s not so closeted anymore. Not after coming out to her family the night before flying to Portland, Oregon, to intern with her favorite feminist writer–what’s sure to be a life-changing experience. And when Juliet’s coming out crashes and burns, she’s not sure her mom will ever speak to her again.

But Juliet has a plan–sort of. Her internship with legendary author Harlowe Brisbane, the ultimate authority on feminism, women’s bodies, and other gay-sounding stuff, is sure to help her figure out this whole “Puerto Rican lesbian” thing. Except Harlowe’s white. And not from the Bronx. And she definitely doesn’t have all the answers . . .

In a summer bursting with queer brown dance parties, a sexy fling with a motorcycling librarian, and intense explorations of race and identity, Juliet learns what it means to come out–to the world, to her family, to herself.

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Click on the link below to watch the book talk and then add your comments below to join the conversation. ENJOY!

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Sonia Alejandra Rodriguez, PhD is an Associate Professor of English at LaGuardia Community College (CUNY) where she teaches composition, literature, and creative writing. Her academic research focuses on decolonial healing in Latinx children’s and young adult literature. Sonia is a Mellon Emerging Faculty Leader.

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Dora M. Guzmán is a bilingual reading specialist for grades K-5 and also teaches college courses in Children’s Literature and Teaching Beginning Literacy. She is currently a doctoral student with a major in Reading, Language, and Literacy. When she is not sharing her love of reading with her students, you can find her in the nearest library, bookstore, or online, finding more great reads to add to her never-ending “to read” pile!

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