May 23, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

If You Give a Kid a Story | Wordplay and Writing Prompts

Get your students’ creative juices flowing with these picture book prompts.

Pick of the Day: Blue Clouds (CD)

Blue Clouds. CD. 39 min. with booklet. Smithsonian Folkways. 2012. ISBN unavail. $11.99.
PreS-Gr 3–Beautiful harmonies and Elizabeth Mitchell’s lovely, sweet voice are the hallmarks of this outstanding collection of traditional and original songs. She’s joined by her husband, Daniel Littleton, and daughter, Storey, as well as others. Mitchell has breathed new life into these traditional songs and has transformed several classic rock numbers into folk style with elegant and simple arrangements. In addition to the top-notch vocal performances, the band […]

Fusenews: To lose one author may be regarded as a misfortune. To lose dozens looks like carelessness.

At this point you just have to start throwing your hands up in the air.  Then you have to start eyeing some of the older children’s authors and illustrators who are still around with great trepidation.  We’ve been host to a SLEW of deaths already this year, but August is making May look like it […]

Author, Illustrator Remy Charlip Dies at 83

Remy Charlip, dancer, actor, and an award-winning author and illustrator of more than 30 children’s books including I Love You (Scholastic, 1999) and Mother Mother I Feel Sick (Parents’ Magazine Press, 1966), died August 14. He was 83.