TRUMAN has won both the Crystal Kite Award and the Colorado Book Award!

Dear friends,

It’s been a truly memorable few weeks. First, with my daughter’s engagement. Second, with the birth of my third grandchild. Third with the announcement of my 3-book deal with Harper Collins. And now TRUMAN winning not just one, but two major awards. I’m overcome with gratitude. But as you might expect, my excitement is tempered with the tragic news, the sobering and necessary demonstrations, and the mandatory call to action. Rest assured, I am taking action. Because, indeed, Black Lives Matter.

Still, I thought it important to take a moment to share with you this bit of good news.

The Colorado Book Award annually “celebrates Colorado’s outstanding authors, editors, illustrators, and photographers.” And the Crystal Kite Award “is a peer-given award to recognize great books from 15 SCBWI regional divisions around the world.”

Thank you to both Colorado Humanities and Center for the Book and to The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. I’m deeply honored.

And thanks to all of you readers and fellow writers who journey alongside me on this kidlit adventure. Stay safe and stay well. We’re all in this together.

Jean

TRUMAN and PUP 681 are both finalists for the Colorado Book Award!

With all of the other headlines lately, I forgot to mention this. Both Pup 681 and Truman are finalists for the Colorado Book Award. Colorado Humanities and Center for the Book will announce the winners today at this virtual ceremony right here on Facebook Live.

https://www.facebook.com/events/261107828598260/

 

Lucy Ruth Cummins, Ashley Crowley, and I couldn’t be more honored.

I hope you’ll join the celebration!

Low-tech Learning: Sound Surfing

Nearing the end of my book, Pup 681: A Sea Otter Rescue Story, our little pup draws comfort from the rhythmic rocking provided by her caregiver. Why? Because the rocking reminded her of the rhythm of the ocean waves.  Young readers can easily learn the relationship between rhythms and patterns by exploring ocean rhythms and music rhythms with the exercise below.

While you don’t need my book Pup 681: A Sea Otter Rescue Story in front of you to do this activity, it’s always a bonus if you do. You can buy it right here. And if you’d like to support your local independent bookstore, buy it here.

For more activities, explore all of my FREE  and fun Curriculum and Storytime Guides linked to learning standards at https://jeanreidy.com/schoolslibraries/

And for a complete list of all of my at-home learning activities so far, click on the #kidlitquarantine category. I’ll be posting projects regularly.

Have fun. Stay safe. And stay well.

Jean

 

Low-Tech, At-Home Learning: Seeing the World Through Tortoise Glasses

When you change your point of view, your world grows. And that’s a beautiful thing.

The following activity shows young readers what it might mean to walk in someone else’s shoes  – or see from their glasses if you will – changing their perspective or point of view. It’s based on my book, Truman.

And while you don’t need the book in front of you to do this activity, it’s always a bonus if you do. So, you can buy it right here. Or if you’d like to support your local independent bookstore, buy it here.

For more activities, explore all of my FREE  and fun Curriculum and Storytime Guides linked to learning standards at https://jeanreidy.com/schoolslibraries/

And for a complete list of all of my at-home learning activities so far, click on the #kidlitquarantine category. I’ll be posting projects regularly.

Have fun. Stay safe. And stay well.

Jean

Low-Tech, At-Home Learning: Your Traveler’s License and Postcards

In my book Light Up the Night, a child ventures all through his universe – all the way from his galaxy to his bedroom. And his beloved red and white blanket becomes his rocket, his spaceship, his truck, his train, his plane, etc. as he travels. What a wonderful dream for any child.

Well, let’s take a little time to play off that dream. Where and how would your young readers want to travel on their own imaginary trip (to New York, to the equator, to Mars)? Then create their licenses and postcards below to document their travels.

And while you don’t need my book Light Up the Night in front of you to do this activity, it’s a bonus if you do. You can buy it right here.

For more activities, explore all of my FREE  and fun Curriculum and Storytime Guides linked to learning standards at https://jeanreidy.com/schoolslibraries/

And for a complete list of all of my at-home learning activities so far, click on the #kidlitquarantine category. I’ll be posting projects regularly.

Have fun. Stay safe. And stay well.

Jean

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