Mary Poppins Returns Official Trailer

Curious touches referencing the first movie given the improved CGI technologies of today. Only see bits here so looking forward to the full movie for that and much more, of course. I mean: Dick Van Dyke! Meryl Streep! Angela Lansbury! Lin Manuel Miranda! Colin Firth! I could go on and on.

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Quentin Blake on Roald Dahl’s Matilda as a Grown-Up — Genius!

Now, Roald Dahl’s Matilda – the most powerful female genius ever to be underestimated by a hammer-throwing headmistress – has been portrayed for the first time as a 30-year-old woman in a series of eight sketches by Dahl’s long-time illustrator and friend Quentin Blake.

Go take a look here!

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Bookfest at Bank Street this October

There is no better way to get some autumn inspiration than attending Bank Street College’s annual Bookfest. On Saturday, October 20th, it is full of wonderful speakers, panels, and discussions.

The Center for Children’s Literature at Bank Street College is thrilled to announce the program for the 47th annual BookFest!  This will be BookFest’s 9th year at Bank Street.  Our keynote speaker will be the delightful and humorous Newbery Honor winner, Adam Gidwitz, author of The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog. 

I’m excited to be back leading a book discussion, this time on Heroic Activists. You can see the full program and register here.

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Jack Gantos’s The Dented Head of Joey Pigza

 

Just discovered this among Audibles’ new releases and will be listening to it on my way to work today. Can’t wait!

Here’s the description:

Joey Pigza wants to win! In this audio-only adventure, Jack Gantos’s beloved hero races back into kids’ hearts with a tale about running, perseverance, and life’s inevitable crashes.

Despite his beat-up old shoes and struggles with ADHD, Joey won’t let anything hold him back – after all, he’s the lightning-fast champion of schoolyard races. But when a high-speed collision leaves him with a dented head and more problems than ever, can our infectiously impulsive hero overcome his hurdles and race to the top?

In this zany and surprisingly inspiring listen, perfect for kids ages 8 and up, our chaotic hero realizes he can’t outrun his troubles. Joining him this time around in a series of hyperactive hijinks are his eccentric Granny and his ever-faithful Chihuahua, Pablo. Written and performed by the multi-talented Jack Gantos, and delivered in a wildly energetic voice, this gem is full of the hilarity and heart that made the Joey Pigza creator a Newbery Award-winning children’s book icon.

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My Latest New York Times Reviews — Picture Books on Refugees and Migrants

Whether they are nostalgic reveries of those who came long ago to this nation of immigrants, or the brutal nightmares of worldwide millions fleeing war, violence and persecution today, memories of migration matter. Telling these stories seems more important than ever — even, and some might say especially, to children. A wave of picture books has arrived to help with this difficult task.

I had the great privilege to review six timely migration-centered picture books for the New York Times, Please check them out here.

 

 

 

 

 

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Eggers and Harris’ What Can a Citizen Do?

Here’s a delightful  trailer for Dave Eggers and Shawn Harris’ What Can a Citizen Do? forthcoming from Chronicle.

 

 

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Teaching and Learning About Slavery: The Royall House and Slave Quarters

I recently visited the Royall House and Slave Quarters in Medford, MA, an important site on enslavement in the north during the Revolutionary War period. In addition to the well-done tour, I was impress with the evolution of the site from one focused on the family and house to one emphasizing the role and significance of the enslaved who made it all possible. You can read about that in this article.  As is true for so many families and institutions in the north and overseas, wealth was gained through Caribbean sugar plantations. Slowly this complicity is becoming more known — institutions are grappling with how to deal with the fact that they exist because of enslavement. I highly recommend exploring their website as it is rich with resources such as documentation of those enslaved by the Royalls,  the important story of Belinda Sutton and her petitions,  and  Parallel Lives, Common Landscape: Artifacts from the Royall House & Slave Quarters. I plan to use this alongside the Whitney Plantation in my teaching of enslavement this coming year.

 

 

 

 

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