When Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech at the March on Washington, he did not stand alone. He was joined by Rabbi Joachim Prinz, a refugee from Nazi Germany, who also addressed the crowd. Though Rabbi Prinz and Dr. King came from very different backgrounds, they were united by a shared belief in justice. And they knew that remaining silent in the face of injustice was wrong. The new picture bookThe Rabbi and the Reverend: Joachim Prinz, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Their Fight Against Silencetells the story of how these two figures spoke up and fought for a better future.
Audrey Ades, author of The Rabbi and the Reverend, joined us to talk about their own literary inspirations and reveal the inspiration they had for this impactful title.
Something strange is happening at Silver Brook! When thirteen-year-old Eddie is roped into volunteering at Silver Brook Pavilion retirement home for his bar mitzvah service project, he discovers a colorful cast of characters. There’s a dramatic courtship unfolding, long-hidden secret identities, a rumor of a vengeful ghost, and a thief on the loose. When suspicion falls on Eddie, he teams up with his fellow volunteer (and crush), Tessa, to solve the mysteries of Silver Brook.
Today Lois Ruby, author of Eddie Whatever, joins us to discuss her approach to writing contemporary middle grade, her narrative technique, and her upcoming projects. Read on to find a discussion guide and teaching guide!
What do animals do while we sleep? The new picture book Night Creatures: Animals That Swoop, Crawl, and Creep while You Sleepreveals the nocturnal world like you’ve never seen it! Read our Q&A with Author Rebecca Hirsch to get a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the book. Plus, download an activity guide created by Rebecca detailing how to take children on a night hike to observe creatures for themselves!
Even in the most difficult circumstances there is joy and love. From the Tops of the Trees is a powerful true story of a young girl who has never known life outside the Ban Vinai Refugee Camp. For Kalia and her cousins, life isn’t always easy, but they still find ways to play, racing with chickens and riding a beloved pet dog. When she asks her father if all of the world is a refugee camp, he climbs with her to the top of a tree so she can see the world beyond the fences that confine them. With sensitive prose and evocative illustrations, this beautiful picture book encourages young readers of all ages and circumstances to believe in their dreams.
Award-winning author Kao Kalia Yang joins us today to discuss her inspiration for this story, the special relationship between fathers and daughters, and much more.
Scientists work hard in the lab and in the field to make important discoveries. But who are they really? Read on to learn more about Who Is a Scientist? coming October 5 from author Laura Gehl, including a book trailer, interview with the author, science careers flowchart, and teaching guide.