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21st Century Storytelling: Reading in the Snow! Yes, Reading in the snow.


Eat your heart out, Gwyneth Paltrow! I dare Gwyneth to remake this video >>>GLEE – \”Umbrella/Singin\’ In the Rain\”, but instead of rain, make it a snowstorm – because that’s ALL we seem to be having around these parts.  Check out my friend down there. Elizabeth Mason, Senior Publicist at Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, sent me […]

21st Century Storytelling: We Take The Train Back and Forth! The Train Back and Forth!


An important revelation came to me last summer. I realized the time had come for my daughter to learn more about her city.  Yes, she visits museums, landmarks, and all of the parks. But I wanted BOLD, so I ditched the car and decided to take mass transit to school.  (What a cost saver, too!) […]

21st Century Storytelling: National Youth Summit: The 50th Anniversary of the Freedom Rides

Please pass along the following information to any educators you may know: National Youth Summit: The 50th Anniversary of the Freedom RidesLive Webcast for middle and high school students Wednesday, February 9, 12:00-1:15PM EST Free registration is required. (Thanks to arvind, my colleague, and the fine folks over at POCIS-NY for the information.)

21st Century Storytelling: BLESSED by W.A.R Cynthia Leitich Smith


Have you ever read Cynsations? Been interviewed by Cynthia Leitich Smith or enjoyed one of her insightful blog posts? Well, now is our chance to meet Cyn in person and thank her for all she does for the Kid Lit community. We are just days away from the release of Cynthia’s new novel—Blessed, the third […]

21st Century Storytelling: The Story of Rapper’s Delight by Nile Rodgers


The late Virginia Hamilton’s husband, Arnold Adoff, autographed a lovely birthday message in his beautiful book, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, ROOTS and BLUES a Celebration (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt NY & Boston 2011). While I’m in the process of reviewing it, it came to my mailbox, coincidentally, on the same day I heard of the sad news of […]

21st Century Storytelling: My Birthday Wish…A Dream for Christina-Taylor Greene


When I was little, my birthday was like a national holiday to me.  I would wake up early in the morning, wait for the phone calls, the birthday cards, and all the attention the day would bring. My mother would bake a cake, loaded with sugar and butter. (((Now that I am thinking about it, it’s 1:07 […]

21st Century Storytelling: Ubuntu Week

Last week was Ubuntu Week at The Hewitt School and we were fortunate to have authors Jon Scieszka and Jacqueline Woodson spend some quality time with our girls. Take a look. The reason Jacqueline Woodson’s video segment was cut short was because  she instructed our student reporter to put away the camera. Which made sense.  […]

21st Century Storytelling: Skydancing with the Mohawk Indians


Yes. That is me in the clouds with the Empire State Building just over my shoulder. This photo was taken earlier today and I am glad it’s in silouhette because I had nothing to do with its beauty.  The Mohawk Indians, however, had everything to do with it. #21stcenturystorytelling All this week I will be visiting (with my […]

21st Century Storytelling: Ben Underwood’s Story


It’s 2011! Happy New Year, friends! Initially, my first post for the new year was going to be about my new do’ and about all of my blog plans for the year. NOT. And certainly NOT after I read… This Year, Change Your Mind by OLIVER SACKS at the NYT.  I decided to do just […]