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Finding A Way of Seeing

When we hear words are we all seeing the same picture? I remember this Magritte painting from the cover of John Berger’s “Ways of Seeing”, a mandatory reading assignment for art students. This painting from his Key of Dreams series displays simple flash card type image word pairs. They appear to be accurate, yet they […]

The Raven is Notable!

HOW RAVEN GOT HIS CROOKED NOSE is an ALSC Notable! Each year a committee of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) identifies the best of the best in children’s books. According to the Notables Criteria, “notable” is defined as: Worthy of note or notice, important, distinguished, outstanding. As applied to children’s books, notable […]

Reading = HOPE x CHANGE

CLASSROOM, LIBRARY & AT-HOME ACTIVITY KIT Reading = HOPE x CHANGE Jacqueline Woodson, novelist, poet, and the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature quotes, “I definitely believe that reading can change us and shape us in so many ways, and through it we can be exposed to people and places and ideas that we […]

How the Raven Got His Crooked Nose

“…the book’s creators have accomplished no easy task – a modern retelling of a traditional Dena’ina Athabascan tale that honors the story and makes it accessible to children both within and outside of the culture it comes from. How Raven Got His Crooked Nose is a teaching tale, as well as a story-within-a-story. Scenes with […]

Happy Pub Day to Chulyen the Raven!

“…visually striking …Dwyer’s use of strong contrasting colors brings a fresh, modern sensibility to this tale, while patterns and motifs are suggestive of traditional Dena’ina art.” -Publisher’s Weekly “…just perfect illustrations…” – Carl’s Pick, Children’s Book Council …”Dwyer’s illustrations range from soft tones when depicting the modern-day human characters to stark contrasting colors and bold […]