Both sad that the contest is over and excited that I get to do my teaching picture book video reviews again. For some reason, I felt like Sister Wendy the nerdy but passionate art historian nun who used to have a PBS show when I made this video. Go figure.
One of the many reasons I like Young Cornrows Callin Out the Moon, apart from the kicky language and art, is that it shows an asset view of urban African American culture showing a slice of life not often seen in children's picture books. Written by Ruth Forman and illustrated by Cbabi Bayoc - this book is sure to appeal to all kinds of kids. Oh and I just discovered that the part where I say "non-rhyming picture book" near the beginning had the non- accidentally cut off. This book is an example of non-rhyming poetry.
FYI the winners of the contest were Michelle Wiley because of her combination of talent and perseverance - sign of future success, and runner up was Kathy Ellen Davis for similar reasons. However, there were tons of great responses and I want to thank all of those who participated for their wonderful creativity.
We are so excited to be mixing things up at the Children's Book Academy. Mondays with Mandy or Mira is now the Blogfish!!
Here's our lineup:
1st Mondays will feature award-winning former agent and former kidlit professor Mira Reisberg PhD who is also the Director of the Children's Book Academy.
2nd Mondays will feature reading specialist and MFA in creative writing graduate Mandy Yates has been published multiple times in Highlights Magazine.
3rd Mondays will feature Bryan Patrick Avery, published writer, man of mystery, and professional magician among other things.
4th Mondays will feature the great Christine Taylor-Butler who has published over 70 award-winning fiction and non-fiction and nonfiction books including the acclaimed new middle grade series - The Lost Tribes.
And 5th Mondays will feature will feature the fabulous Carl Angel, award-winning multi-published Illustrator and graphic designer.
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