Archive for March, 2018

Celebrating Asian Americans for #WomensHistoryMonth

Celebrating Asian Americans for #WomensHistoryMonth

Every March, I scratch my head to recognize Asian American and Pacific Islanders in children’s books for Women’s History Month. Here’s my (too short) list. Who am I missing?Celebrating Asian Americans for Women's History Month

These AAPI women are notable but don’t have picture books yet…

  • Tammy Duckworth, military leader, U.S. Rep, activist
  • Amy Tan, author
  • Tokyo Rose, radio personality
  • Yoko Ono, artist
  • Margaret Cho, actress, comedian
  • Sandra Oh, actress
  • Michelle Wie, golfer
  • Jhumpa Lahiri, actor
  • Mindy Kaling, actor, writer
  • Mazie Hirono, US Rep
  • Ming Na Wen, actress
  • Constance Wu, actress
  • Michelle Kwan, ice skater
  • Kristy Yamaguchi, ice skater
  • Ann Curry, TV news anchor
  • Sugar Pie DeSanto, blues singer
  • Patsy Takemoto Mink, US Rep,  co-authored the Title IX Amendment of the Higher Education Amendment
  • Yuri Kochiyama, activist
  • Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga, activist
  • Michi Nishiura Weglyn, activist
  • Aki Kurose, activist
  • Cherry Kinoshita, activist

Good call Linda B:

  • Grace Lin
  • Grace Lee Boggs

Celebrating Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders for Women’s History Month

Queen Liliuokalani: Born September 2, 1838

Liliuokalani: The Last Queen of Hawaii by John MacGregor, illustrated by Pamela Johnson

Learn about the history of Hawaii and how it was taken over by the United States. [nonfiction, ages 8 and up]

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An Extraordinary Ordinary Moth

An Extraordinary Ordinary Moth 3 Book/Tote Bag GIVEAWAY

I’m thrilled to be participating in the An Extraordinary Ordinary Moth blog tour! To celebrate the release of this book, I’m giving away 3 books and a Sleeping Bear Press tote bag! To enter, please fill out the Rafflecopter at the bottom.

An Ordinary Moth is Extraordinary If You Take the Time to Learn More

An Extraordinary Ordinary Moth by  Karlin Gray, illustrated by Steliyana Doneva

It’s easy to overlook a moth, especially a dusty brown one with no seemingly spectacular qualities. This rhyming picture book covers a range of moth species and spreads a message of looking deeper to find what is unique and special in all creatures. It’s an important lesson that can be applied beyond the inset kingdom. [nonfiction picture book, ages 4 and up]

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Team Impact and Boston College Women's Soccer Team

TeamImpact and Boston College Women’s Soccer Team

In celebration of the launch of How To Coach Girls book, we are partnering with Berkshire Soccer Academy, a sleep away soccer camp for girls, with a five-part series.

How To Coach Girls by Mia Wenjen and Alison Foley

How To Coach Girls available here.

Team Impact and Boston College Women's Soccer Team

Boston College Women’s Soccer Team has been working with Team Impact for a number of years.  Team Impact is a national nonprofit that matches kids facing serious and chronic illnesses with local college athletic teams. Read more…

HOW TO COACH GIRLS book launch events

HOW TO COACH GIRLS Book Launch Events

We have the following book signing events planned. We hope you can join us.

Newtonville Books

10 Langley Road
Newton Centre
Newton, MA 02459

Saturday, March 31, 2018


Alison and I will make a short presentation, take Q & A, and serve homemade cookies. Read more…

10 Books that Invite Falling Asleep with Animals & GIVEAWAY!

10 Books that Invite Falling Asleep with Animals & GIVEAWAY!

Please welcome author Amy Ludwig VanDerwater with her list of 10 Books that Invite Falling Asleep with Animals. We are also giving away a copy of her newest picture book, Dreaming of You. Please fill out the Rafflecopter at the bottom to enter.

What are your favorite bedtime books? Thanks for sharing!


Children and animals have a magical connection, and while not every child’s bed includes a dog or cat, most children’s beds welcome at least one stuffed creature.  Children love to think and wonder about animals both real and pretend – in nature and in our imaginations.  Here is a collection of animal bedtime books – some classic and some new – to help our littlest human animals fall sweetly into slumber.

10 Books that Invite Falling Asleep with Animals!

1. Dreaming of You by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, illustrated by Aaron DeWitt

Dreams are mysterious and magical, and this lyrical lullaby peeks into the dreams of a variety of animals, each of whom is dreaming of the child.  Soft, cozy illustrations and poetic text end with a wish for young readers, “And when the sun rises may you still remember/sweet animals dreaming of you.” [picture book, ages 3 and up]

2. All My Friends are Fast Asleep by David Weinstone, illustrated by Magali Le Huche

A boy struggling to fall asleep visits a variety of animals for sleeping tips (Hang from your feet like a bat? Snooze in waves like a whale?) but none of these tips feel right. At story’s end, he decides to be a boy after all, and after a long adventure, falls asleep in bed. The final endpapers offer chords to sing this sweet book. [picture book, ages 2 and up]

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Wonderful Children's Books About Myanmar (Burma)

Wonderful Children’s Books About Myanmar (Burma)

A teacher left a comment on my blog that she was looking for children’s books about Myanmar and Thailand for the children in her classroom who have recently immigrated from those countries. This list is for her. My Thailand children’s book list is coming soon.

Wonderful Children's Books About Myanmar (Burma)

I’ve searched but I’ve only found a handful of books suitable for a classroom read aloud to teach kids about their classmates’ home country. Can you help me out with your suggestions? Thanks so much!

p.s. I have another post on Burmese culture here: Burma or Myanmar for Kids Though Books and Activities.

Wonderful Children's Books About Myanmar (Burma)

Wonderful Children’s Books About Myanmar (Burma)

I See the Sun in Myanmar by Dedie King, illustrated by Judith Inglese

This is a wonderful bilingual picture book series that follows the day in the life of a family in various countries. In Myanmar (previously known as Burma), a young girl starts off the day by reciting verses of loving kindness that reflect the influence of Buddhism in her life. She shares food with the monks who pass by her house on their daily alms walk. It is considered an honor to give the monks food. Her mother is a nurse and she accompanies her to work. The end notes provide more information about Myanmar including its history and current political climate. [picture book, ages 6 and up]

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Diverse Children's Books

#DiverseKidLit Linky!

Welcome to #DiverseKidLit ! Please join us in sharing your diverse children’s book links and resources, as well as visiting other links to find great suggestions and recommendations.

What Is #DiverseKidLit?

Diverse Children’s Books is a book-sharing meme designed to promote the reading and writing of children’s books that feature diverse characters. This community embraces all kinds of diversity including (and certainly not limited to) diverse, inclusive, multicultural, and global books for children of all backgrounds.

We encourage everyone who shares to support this blogging community by visiting and leaving comments for at least three others. Please also consider following the hosts on at least one of their social media outlets. Spread the word using #diversekidlit and/or adding our button to your site and your diverse posts. Read more…

afternoon tea at The Duck and Bunny in Providence

Our Providence Foodie and Shopping Finds

Now that my daughter is in her second term of the RISD Pre-College Program and she’s commuting from Boston, thus eating lunch and snacks in restaurants around RISD, we’ve amassed a short list of foodie and shopping finds. I must make note that these are all carefully screened recommendations by Jenny Brown, a local artist in Providence, and a dear friend of ours.

The artist Jenny Brown, Jenny Brown Art, Providence

If you are visiting Brown University or Rhode Island School of Design, check out our foodie and shopping finds. It might make you decide that you want to spend four years (at least!) here!

Afternoon Tea & Crepes

Duck and Bunny, a snuggery for afternoon Tea in Providence

The Duck and Bunny

312 Wickenden St

Providence, RI 02903

We drive from RISD to this area but it’s walkable, though a twenty minute walk from RISD. We order the Afternoon Tea, but it also has great crepes. Housed in a historic house, this is a cozy setting with garden seating outside as well.

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The Best way to Maintain our Educational Facilities

The Best way to Maintain our Educational Facilities

The majority of us know that it is very important to maintain our education facilities and education institutions. Any facility that is maintained sends a certain message to people outside. However how important is it to maintain our educational facilities? How can you maintain these education facilities? These are some of the questions that we are going to tackle in this article.

Ways to Maintain Facilities

1. Following Health Policies

This is one of the ways of maintaining the facility. A facility should make sure it follows all the health policies of the state it is in. The environmental and health departments provide schools with programs that help in maintaining the facilities and ensuring they are clean.

2. A Good Plan should be laid out

The plan should include all the operations that should be carried in ensuring the facility is well maintained. This includes how the school is to be cleaned. All parts of the school should be cleaned from the exterior to the interior, the windows, doors and even the roofs. The management could also seek professional help from professional cleaning companies. For instance, a facility in Houston requiring air dust cleaning could hire air duct cleaning Houston Company, which ensures every part of your building is dust-free. Read more…