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Gratitude Flags Public Art at My Dog Park

Gratitude Flags Public Art at My Dog Park

I happened up on this public art display at Weston Reservoir where we take our dog every day. There’s a wooded mile and half path that winds around the reservoir. Metaphorically and literally, the gratitude flags take you from the beaten path up to a little ridge where there is a winding display tied to a few trees.

Gratitude Flags Public Art at My Dog Park

Once you are there, you might notice the plastic bin of cut up sail cloth, Sharpie pens, and clothespins. You are invited to write on a flag about what you are grateful for, and add it to the display. Periodically, I noticed, someone comes to add more lines. Steadily, the flags have grown.

Here are some of my favorite:

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Floating Hospital for Children

Floating Hospital for Children & Keeping Kids Healthy

This post was sponsored by Floating Hospital for Children as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

It’s comforting to know that there are great medical facilities in Boston including Floating Hospital for Children which is the full-service children’s hospital of Tufts Medical Center. It provides pediatric services in every medical and surgical specialty including cancer, heart disease and trauma, both inpatient and outpatient.

We used to live in Boston’s South End where Floating Hospital for Children is located. One nice thing about Floating Hospital for Children is its size. It’s smaller size makes for a more intimate environment that makes kids and parents alike feel comfortable. And their atmosphere supports young patients who prove every day that you don’t have to be big to be strong.

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Modern Immigration Books for Kids

Modern Immigration & The Refugee Experience Books for Kids

Use these books on modern immigration and the refugee experience books for kids to teach empathy and compassion. What are your favorite books on this topic that I’ve left out? Thanks for sharing!

Modern Immigration Books for Kids

I’m New Here by Anne Sibley O’Brien

Three children from Guatemala, Korea, and Somalia are starting over in America where they have to learn a new language and make new friends. They feel isolated, confused, and sad. Slowly, they make progress, and they find their place with the help of kind classmates. [picture book, ages 4 and up]

Here I Am by Patti Kim, illustrated by Sonia Sánchez

This wordless picture book that tells a Korean American immigration story beginning with a plane ride to New York City. It’s not easy adjusting to a new city and a new language but slowly, the young boy adjusts. He’s brought with him a seed from his old country, and it helps him make a new friend … and a new happy life. [wordless picture book, ages 6 and up]

One Green Apple by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Ted Lewin

A young Muslin girl joins her class on a field trip to an apple orchard. Because she doesn’t speak English, she feels isolated and unwelcome. When she chooses a green apple, a boy protests that it’s unripe. Her teacher intervenes and it’s added to the cider press. The resulting cider is delicious; an analogy for the beauty of diversity. By the end of the trip, the young girl makes a new friend, and feels like she is starting to fit in. [picture book, ages 6-11]

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10 Picture Books About Africa That Teach Empathy

10 Picture Books About Africa That Teach Empathy

I received so many great picture book suggestions for my first list, 10 Great Picture Books to Learn About Africa, that I had to include them on a new list. So here it is. Part Two: 10 More Great Picture Books To Learn About Africa.

This new list highlights seemingly ordinary people who find ways to help people in extraordinary ways. Other books on this list showcase empathy and helping others. It is my hope that this list inspires kids that they can change the world.

10 Picture Books About Africa That Teach Empathy

10. 14 Cows for America by Carmen Agra Deedy, in collaboration with Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah, illustrated by Thomas Gonzalez 

Willson Kimeli Naiyomah of Kenya

In Kenya, Kimeli comes home to his Maasai village after studying abroad. He has something important to discuss with his village elders. He remembers 9/11 and the suffering in New York. To the Maasai, the cow is life. Kimeli offers his only cow Enkarûs; others join him in this ultimate sacrifice. Together they gift fourteen precious cows for America “because there is no nation so powerful that it cannot be wounded, nor a people so small that they cannot offer mighty comfort.” This is based on the true story of Kimeli Naiyomah. [picture book, ages 5 and up]

9. Growing Peace: A Story of Farming, Music, and Religious Harmony by Richard Sobol

J. J. Keki

In a village in Uganda, farmers work together at a coffee growers co-op called Peace Kawomera (Delicious Peace). What is unusual is this is an interfaith farming cooperative with Christians, Jews and Muslims all working together.

Not too long ago, Uganda had a series of civil wars and people of all religious faced persecution. When Ugandan musician, J. J. Keki  visited the United States, he witnessed the 9/11 terrorist attack, and it prompted him to start this farming co-op. As of 2016, there were more than 1,000 farmers growing and selling their coffee collectively through Peace Kawomera. [advanced nonfiction picture book, ages 7 and up]

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Diverse Children's Books

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Welcome to #DiverseKidLit! Please scroll down to share a favorite  #diversekidlit post or to find amazing diverse resources.

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.

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Hidden (or not) Things to Spot in Famous Picture Books

Hidden (or not) Things to Spot in Famous Picture Books

It’s fun to discover hidden things to spot or personal references in beloved picture books. My husband and I delighted in searching for the mouse in Goodnight Moon with our kids. I think it was my husband who pointed out the red balloon hidden in Goodnight, Gorilla to me. After that, the hunt was on. We loved to figure out what surprises illustrators left to be discovered.

How about you? What things have you noticed in picture books that are hidden away, or, a signature reference, in plain sight by your favorite illustrators? Thanks for sharing!

Things to Spot in Famous Picture Books

Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Clement Hurd

things to find in Goodnight Moon

Look for a white mouse on every color page spread and also check out the clock in the room. It takes mother bunny a full hour to put her baby to bed.

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11 Great Father's Day Books for Kids & GIVEAWAY

11 Great Father’s Day Books for Kids & GIVEAWAY

Need a children’s book idea to gift to the dads in your life? Here are 11 ideas. You can also just check it out of the library and read at bedtime on Sunday, June 18th.

I’m giving away three picture books perfect for Father’s Day. Please fill out the Rafflecopter at the bottom to enter.

What are your favorite books for kids featuring dads? Thanks for sharing!

11 Great Father’s Day Books for Kids & GIVEAWAY

My Dad Used to Be So Cool by Keith Negley

To all the (incognito) rock star dads out there, this is the perfect picture book for you! I’d gift to any dad who was or is an musician in a rock band, or just is secretly cool. [picture book, ages 4 and up]

Darth Vader and Son by Jeffrey Brown

Dads who are fans of Star Wars need this book. Imagine is Darth Vader babysat four-year-old Luke Skywalker. Would Darth have made different choices? This funny picture book imagines a vacation with the absent dad. [picture book, ages 4 and up]

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen, illustrated by John Schoenherr

This lyrical picture book should be on every book shelf. It celebrates the bond between a father and his daughter as they search at night for owls. Gift to a dad who is always taking his kids on nature adventures. [picture book, ages 4 and up]

Things To Do With Dad by Sam Zuppardi

Celebrate Father’s Day with this wordless picture book where dad and son do all the household chores together, and then knock off another To Do list. This is a list the little boy makes that includes fly jet packs, ride a dinosaur, visit the moon, and sail a pirate ship. Dad is willing to do it all! Gift this to a dad who play imaginary games with their kids! [wordless picture book, ages 4 and up]

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How To Coach Girls

HOW TO COACH GIRLS First Draft DONE!

I’m so excited to be writing a book about coaching girls with Alison Foley, Women’s Soccer Head Coach at Boston College called How To Coach Girls
How to Coach Girls by Alison Foley and Mia Wenjen

We’ve been hard at work since landing the publishing contract in early January with Audrey Press and the first draft is done!

How To Coach Girls

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Big Book Format Diversity Picture Books

Big Book Format Diversity Picture Books for Storytime

My college boyfriend’s first job was working for his uncle’s educational publishing company which made these Big Book picture books. I remember him calling me (we had broken up after college but were still friendly) that he was so nervous at his first sales presentation. He psyched himself up by turning away from the classroom of children and teachers, and said to himself, “I went Harvard, I can do this.” Then he turned around and wowed the crowd.

He read a Big Book to the kids and he was amazed that a little boy guessed the surprise ending right off the bat. He just couldn’t believe that that kid figured it out that there was an animal reveal at the end. I think it was a cheetah.

My friend moved on from this job to do other things, but he gifted me two Big Books for my birthday. I wasn’t sure what to do with them. They were really big books. They didn’t fit in my book case. Now, of course, they would really come in handy. Who doesn’t love a really Big Book for a read aloud? The sad thing is that there are hardly any diversity titles for Big Books. A reader asked me for a list, and I dug around and found these.

Do you do read alouds? What other Big Books do you recommend? Thanks for sharing!

Big Book Format Diversity Picture Books for Read Alouds

The Colors of Us (big book format) by Karen Katz

Multicultural colors reflect a wide range of skin tones that pair with different kinds of food in this diversity picture book. With engaging illustrations, this picture book is a nice way introduce diversity through skin color in a positive way: cinnamon, chocolate, honey, coffee, toffee, and butterscotch. They sound so delicious. [Big Book picture book, ages 4 and up]

Flower Garden (big book format) by Eve Bunting

It’s a lot of effort to plant a lovely window box garden but a little girl and her daddy work on it all day in their brownstone apartment because it’s a special surprise for someone they both love! [Big Book picture book, ages 2 and up]

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