A Year of Celebraciones cover
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A YEAR OF CELEBRACIONES by Carrie Lara

Carrie Lara's newest picture book, A YEAR OF CELEBRACIONES, debuted on October 17, 2023, and I'm thrilled spread word about it. I've featured the other companion books in this series, including Marvelous Maravilloso and The Heart of Mi Familia,…
Ollie's Eating cover
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OLLIE'S EATING by Chivaun Oldes

Chivaun Oldes is an author/illustrator of a lot of needed picture books for children, including My Anxiety Monster and My ADHD Monster. Her newest book, OLLIE'S EATING, is a child-friendly look at "tubies," children who feed through feeding…
Nikki Shannon Smith
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Girls Survive: Lena and the Burning of Greenwood: A Tulsa Race Massacre Survival Story by Nikki Shannon Smith

I last featured Nikki Shannon Smith back when her book The Amazing Life of Azalea Lane came out. She now has mulitple books, including a Middle Grade Historical Fiction book in Girls Survive series, called LENA AND THE BURNING OF GREENWOOD,…
Natasha Yim_Adler Boncher Creative
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LUNA'S YUM YUM DIM SUM and other books by Natasha Yim

I met Natasha Yim at the Green Gulch Creative Writing Retreat through SCBWI SF North & East Bay which occurs twice a year. At the retreat, I read a few of her books, and wanted to feature some of them below:   On Luna's birthday,…
ortrait of Monica Wesolowska, author of _Holding Silvan: A Brief Life_, published in 2013 by Hawthorne Books of Portland, Oregon.
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ELBERT IN THE AIR by Monica Wesolowska

I met Monica at a recent writing retreat, and as soon as I heard about her latest picture book, ELBERT IN THE AIR, I couldn't wait to feature it.   A heartwarming story about unconditional love and rising above those who stand in…