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In 192 days my follow-up to “I’m Just No Good at Rhyming” is out! “MY HEAD HAS A BELLYACHE & More Nonsense for Mischievous Kids & Immature Grownups” w/Andrea Tsurumi

To celebrate, each day till then I’ll reveal a page number, in order, from the book.
#myheadhasabellyache #kidlit Image
1 | ONE
2 | TWO
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Heute Themenwechsel: Insekten! Gestern zeigte ich wie sehr Narrative in der Wissenschaftskommunikation unsere Gefühle und Handeln beeinflussen.
Bei Pandemie ist es klar warum es im allgemeinen Interesse ist, dass das nicht schief läuft, aber Insekten? #scicomm /1
Ein voriger Kurator dieses Accounts sprach bereits ausführlich über das gigantische Insektensterben & dessen katastrophale Effekte auf, well, alles. Aber viele von uns denken vielleicht sofort "Insekten, ieeh, sollen die doch sterben ich hasse die Viecher." Das ist ein Problem/2 Hoe do you feel about Insects?
Allein den "Nutzen" wissenschaftlich erklären ("deficit theory") funktioniert eben nicht.
Hier ist Zusammenarbeit v Wissenschaft, Historikern, Kultur- & Kommunikationswissenschaftlern gefragt.
Denn was formt unsere Eindrücke hier mehr als Populärkultur?/3… The Swarm FilmposterDie Schlussszene von Disneys Encanto: viele Schmetterlinge Animal Crossings Blathers, the owl: a museum curator who hat
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Am I about to shout out every book, author, and illustrator on the Central York school district banned book list?

You bet your reading glasses I am!

Because banning books stifles children's growth and this *pediatrician who loves to read* will not go down without a fight. 1/
We need mirrors and windows in what we read (esp kids). Mirrors reflect ourselves so we value ourselves. Windows show us other lives and experiences so we value everyone. Banning a (window) book shows exactly who/what one values. Make a banned book list your TBR list 2/
I'm doing the ENTIRE list (abc order). It will take days. It's worth it. If you👍🏼a book/creator, buy it! Go to the library! Rec it to a friend!

Follow @CYBannedBooks for info & to donate the banned books to Little Free Libraries in York, PA, sign a petition, donate $, etc 3/
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Happy Book Birthday to my new #MG—HOW TO WIN A SLIME WAR—out TODAY! 🎉🎉🎉 It follows a creative, entrepreneurial, empathetic boy who finds himself + his community + his voice through a 6th grade slime war! Also: a #FilipinoAmerican market, soccer, STEM, & recipes! 💚 Quick🧵 1/? Image
The story: Alex & his Dad move to a new city to help Alex's grandparents' struggling Asian market & he wants to stand out in his new school—that's when he enters the slime war. I’m SO proud this book has a #FilipinoAmerican kid & loving family at its core.
Sending so much gratitude to my editors Dana Carey & Wendy Lamb, agent @SarahGreenhouse & @RHCBEducators @KnopfBFYR @randomhousekids for everything! Also to @nekokonut22 @KatDamkoehler for the joyful cover! This is me w Dana Carey—back when maskless events still happened! 😭💚 ImageImage
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#DailyWIT Day 15/365: Sara Al-Jack is a prize-winning Sudanese writer. While none of her full-length works have been translated into English, this fiction was recently published in December in @wwborders:…
#SudaneseLit #WIT #WomenInTranslation #AfricanLit
#DailyWIT Day 16/365: Malka Lee was a Yiddish immigrant poet who wrote about the pain of watching the Holocaust from the USA.

Just a portion of her memories from childhood were published in Found Treasures: Stories by Yiddish Women Writers (1994). #YiddishLit #WIT #HolocaustLit Image
#DailyWIT Day 17/365: Ishrat Afreen is an Urdu writer from Pakistan, with select poems available in English translation in the anthology, We Sinful Women: Contemporary Urdu feminist poetry.
#Poetry #PakistaniLit #UrduLit Image
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A thread about our newsletter article by @tem2 on the 12/27 @WSJ Opinion piece by #kidlit book reviewer @MeghanGurdon about #DisruptTexts and an alleged banning of Homer's Odyssey.
We publish Greek mythology stories on a mythology website. No one wants to put Homer in classrooms more than we do. We also oppose censorship, Twitter mobs, and cancel culture. Gurdon's article seemed designed to press all of our outrage buttons. Or someone's outrage buttons.
But the article turned out to be slanted and untrue. The first lie came in the headline. The school/district/department/teacher cited have not banned any books. #DisruptTexts also is against banning books. NO ONE quoted in the article favors the banning of books.
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With all due respect, 'eradicating racism in schools' as a chat?
I understand the urgency, the sudden waking up, and agonizing over what is to be done but I am frustrated at this framing. 1/
It's akin to asking science teachers to rally around solving climate change in a one hour chat. "Eradicating" as in wipe out, demolish and remove?
Gosh, folks, my ancestors, my relatives, my friends, my family, colleagues & me we've been at this for centuries. It's still here. 2
I'm stuck on this one word because it expresses all the new-found ambition without much background effort or history tackling even some of the things that 'eradicating racism in schools' would entail. 3/
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Just got my ARC’s for THIS IS A SEAHORSE! (@AlbertWhitman, 2020) Since people seem curious about the process of making a picture book, I figured I'd write up a THREAD breaking down the choices I made when designing the first book in this series, THIS IS A SEA COW (2019).
First, a quick jump back in time to 2015 when I attended my first @SCBWI conference. @dsantat spoke about book design. “Form follows function.” It was a lesson that really resonated with me and I became determined to apply what I’d learned to the dummy I was working on.
That dummy would become my first published book, THIS IS A SEA COW (@AlbertWhitman, 2019).
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As a former book marketing and publicity professional, I have some thoughts. Thread below. #WritingCommunity
Firstly, and I've said this many times, but the #WritingCommunity is not your audience. HOWEVER, look to your fellow community members who have published successfully in your genre and see who's following them. Study their timelines to see how to get the same following. 2/
If you write #kidlit: mommy bloggers. Get your book into their hands. Most bloggers prefer physical copies, so be prepared for that. Try starting a parenting blog of your own, or a review blog of kids' content (books, movies, TV).
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We're about to start our second Open Research Seminar for this term: Professor Michael Burke on The Language of Julia Donaldson: Rhetoric, Style and Cognition. Special thank you to #CRCLC PhD candidate Vera Veldhuizen for putting together today's seminar #kidlit #ChildrensBooks
Michael Burke takes from Classical Rhetoric to Cognitive Linguistics and explains how he went from being a professor of rhetoric and a linguist to a scholar of children's literature - spolier alert: being a parent was involved #kidlit #ChildrensBooks
Michael Burke cites the work of current #CRCLC chair, Professor Maria Nikolajeva, and future #CRCLC chair, Professor Karen Coats, inspired his thinking on cognitive linguistics, alongside the experience of reading out aloud to his children #kidlit #ChildrensBooks
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It's time to start Giving #Comics back to Children with Professor Laurence Grove
We begin in Galsgow 1954, when a group of 400 children ran amok at the city's Southern Necropolis in pursuit of a vampire - and comics got the blame! A clever segue from Prof. Laurence Grove into the long history of debates around the moral value of #comics for child readers
And thus we move on to the introduction of the Comics Code and the French campaign against Mickey Mouse and his compatriots; Prof. Laurence Grove ponders how to understand this moment in the zeitgeist when #comics we're understood as being for children, but not good for them
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The #10YearChallenge made me reflect not so much about the differences in the way I look, but about how much my life has changed since then and all that I’ve learned. It has also inspired me to write my first ever thread!
Ten years ago this week my first children's book "Greetings from Kiwi and Pear" was published. I was also drowning deep in credit card debt that was spiraling out of control.
Most of it accumulated after launching a stationery & gift business in 2003 & quitting my day job shortly after. By 2009, my products were sold in 100's of stores nationwide, I rented office space to house inventory and hire help, and I was doing tradeshows all over the country.
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Reading this extract from @Malala Yousafzai's story of moving to Birmingham reminds me of my own move to the UK back in 1989. The cold air creeping along your skin, air that is quiet in a way the tropics can never be...… #authorlives #kidlit #candygourlay
The immodesty of fashions, all those lowcut necklines revealing bosoms the size of which one never sees in Asia. And so much kissing and touching in public! It was liberating and disturbing at the same time!
Back home communicating required vigilance, mind reading and care. Here everything was put into words. Feelings. Anger. Desire. All the sharp corners of human interaction smoothed by words. I loved it.
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Happy #BookLoversDay to all my fellow book buyers, lovers and readers. And everyone who's ever sat weeping over the pages of a book. You're a real one 📚💕🎈
In the mood to talk about books alllll day longggg today! 📚
A few fantastic 2018 releases I've enjoyed:

IF YOU LEAVE ME by @crystalhanak - heartbreaking, consuming, eye-opening
A PLACE FOR US by @fatimafmirza - moving, soul-shifting, beautiful prose
WHAT WE WERE PROMISED by @citizenofspace - compelling, sensitive, thoughtful
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As promised, here is a thread entitled “Confessions of a Clueless White-Lady Novelist.” #amwriting #mglit #kidlit
THE BOY FROM TOMORROW is a *very* white book, and I feel uneasy about this. But I didn’t make my characters white by default, and I want to talk about this today. I also want to tell you how I intend to write more diverse books from now on.
My two main characters are Josie and Alec. Josie is 12 years old in 1916; she is the daughter of a popular (and therefore affluent) Spiritualist medium. They live in a New York suburb.
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