Take care in this season of difficulty and change!
Saturday, September 19, 2020
Tuesday, September 1, 2020
And she's born today! As the author, I'm so happy to share this lullaby of peace with our first readers. I hope I Say a Little Prayer for You at Bedtime calms spirits and comforts as each settles down to sleep.
I actually wrote the work in the middle of the night, and it was during our collective mourning following the passing of the great Aretha Franklin. I will always hear her sing the title of this work, set by my delightful editor, Celia Lee.
Olivia Chin Mueller's soft illustrations of falling night create a perfect tone for the text. Her detailed strokes sweep across the imagery.
"Little ones curl up and rest, bless each home and tiny nest."
Whether you are curling up to sleep or "still zooming 'round," may this work find you and yours full of peace.
(The bear in the photo I received from my father on the day I was born. She's about to turn 56!)
Thursday, August 13, 2020
Thursday, August 6, 2020
Tuesday, August 4, 2020
Monday, July 6, 2020
"There's a time to be quiet and still and a time to be wild and free!" So concludes, Lily in Tiger Wild. Here is a dear homage to Where the Wild Things Are and a further exploration of feelings. Max, meet Lily.
After misbehaving, Tiger and Lily run away to the wild where they come to face emotions beyond anger and help each other forward. Penny, the caregiver, even ends up exploring the wild with the two of them at times.
Illustrations are open and fresh, with a captured quickness to further illustrate Lily's adventures. There's a crayon quality which is so relatable. (Look for Tiger mimicking a Wild Thing in his stance.)
Use this work to discuss emotions with your older siblings of readertotz. Hand in hand, go into the wild.
by Gwen Millward
Viking Books for Young Readers
Thursday, July 2, 2020
Oh, such love of the merfolk around the world is captured in The Mermaid Atlas, Merfolk of the World. The attention to detail and inclusion of so many representations is beautiful. Crossing the continents, Anna Claybourne and Miren Asiain Lora (illustrator) introduce us to the tales we hold about the magical merfolk who swim the seas of our collective conscious.
From a general description:
"While a typical mermaid is female, with flowing hair and a fish’s tail, that’s far from the only type. There are plenty of male fishpeople, or mermen. There are also stories of twin-tailed merfolk, fish-humans with webbed hands and feet, and mermaids who are part-seal, part-octopus or part-dolphin. Some merpeople can even assume human form for a while, step on to the land and walk among us, undetected."
To a specific example:
In seas, rivers and lakes all around Africa, you could come across the water spirit Mami Wata. She takes the form of a glamorous woman with a fish’s tail, a snake’s tail, or in the east, where she is called Mamba Muntu, a crocodile’s tail. She also has a pet snake, which wraps itself around her. Mami Wata is not usually harmful, but she is sometimes blamed for strong water currents, and children are warned to stay away from deep water in case she catches them. She adores pampering herself, and you can keep her happy by leaving her luxurious gifts: jewellery, make-up, perfume and food.
Here is book for all lovers of merfolk. Add this lovingly crafted, artful compendium to your collection.
Mermaid Atlas, Merfolk of the World
by Anna Claybourne
illustrated by Miren Asiain Lora
Laurence King Publsihing, 2020
Thursday, June 18, 2020
Intersection Allies, We Make Room for All shares the stories of children of diverse experiences as they come together to be allies for each other. The text rhymes, but it carries a breadth of information. Front and back matter will aid further discussion and empower caregivers to confidently discuss our societal need for understanding and compassion for all.
Flat, patterned, simple shape illustrations flow throughout. These raise the accessibility for topics such as protests and immigration.
Here is a book to increase awareness of the beautiful and different life experiences of many. May we see our intersectionality and be allies with all.
Intersection Allies, We Make Room for All
by Chelsea Johnson, LaToya Council, and Carolyn Choi
illustrated by Ashley Seil Smith
Free download through June 19, 2020
Thursday, June 11, 2020
Here is your MUST HAVE as soon as it releases June 16th! In nine steps, National Book Award Winner, Ibram X. Kendi, gives our first readers language and actions for helping to establish equity in our world. Together we can uproot racism.
Ashley Lukashevsky's bold but playful art helps to make this call for a just society. Each flowing illustration carries one point which is accompanied by further rhymed, accessible information:
4 Shout "There's nothing wrong with the people!"
Even though all races are not treated the same.
"We are all human!" Antiracist Baby can proclaim.
by Ibram X. Kendi
illustrations by Ashley Lukashevsky
Kokila, June 2020
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
I finished the open board for your readertotz! I hope it brings a little bit of comfort as you stay at home with your wee ones. Click here or the above illustration to zoom to my blog and read the work. Health to you! xox Lorie Ann