Make Your Own Skydiving Beaver!


Received the sweetest note from an Illinois librarian who incorporated an extra-clever craft into her The Skydiving Beavers: A True Tale story time.

"I really enjoyed reading about the skydiving beavers," Karin Thogersen of the Huntley Area Public Library wrote. "I shared it with a special needs class in our monthly storytime this May and the kids (and their teachers and aides) also thought it was a hoot. After I read the book to them, I helped everyone make their own skydiving beavers.... Then we launched them into the air—that was the best part for them."

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Karin graciously allowed me to share her instructions/template for a make-your-own skydiving beaver, complete with functional coffee-filter parachute! Check it out at the book's website:

It’s so much fun, and so gratifying, for kidlit authors to see how the books we create are used out in the wild.

Thanks, Karin! And what a beautiful library!

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ELIZABETH WARREN Makes ILA/CBC Children’s Choices 2019 Reading List

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Delighted to learn that Elizabeth Warren: Nevertheless She Persisted—my picture-book biography of the first woman senator from Massachusetts and a 2020 presidential candidate—has made the ILA/CBC Children's Choices 2019 Reading List!! Since this is a best-of list chosen by students, not industry pros, it's an extra-special honor!! 

From the ILA/CBC:

What Is the Children’s Choices Reading List?
Each year, 12,500 school children from different regions of the United States read newly published children’s and young adults’ trade books and vote for the ones they like best. These Children’s Choices, selected from more than 900 titles, can be counted on as books children truly enjoy reading. This list, a project cosponsored by the International Literacy Association (ILA) and the Children’s Book Council (CBC), is designed for use not only by educators, librarians and media specialists, administrators, and booksellers but also by families and caregivers—and everyone who wishes to encourage young people to read for pleasure.

So grateful!!

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