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Educator Engagement & Author Barb Rosenstock on a “Book’s Job”

Posted by on Feb 13, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Educator Engagement & Author Barb Rosenstock on a “Book’s Job”

Award-winning author Barb Rosenstock brought Curious City a pre-release copy of her picture book The Secret Kingdom: Nek Chand, a Changing India, and a Hidden World of Art illustrated by Claire A. Nivola (Candlewick Press). Rosenstock profiles Nek Chand, a refugee from the partition of India, who recreated the village he left behind in a massive outdoor art installation known today as the Rock Garden of Chandigarh. Publishers Weekly said, “Rosenstock’s gratifying story conveys how art has the capacity to revitalize and restore.” We could not agree more. Curious City reached out to the...

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Podcast: One Time of Year, More Exciting Than Any Other: Youth Media Awards

Posted by on Feb 12, 2018 in Podcast | 0 comments

Podcast: One Time of Year, More Exciting Than Any Other: Youth Media Awards

The picture book Trombone Shorty calls Mardi Gras the “one time of year more exciting than any other.” This year the Youth Media Awards and Mardi Gras are just 24 hours apart making it “more exciting than any other.” You KNOW what Mardi Gras is, but the Youth Media Awards may have been missed on your celebratory calendar. It is a day when 10’s of 1000’s of librarians, booksellers, kidlit readers, children’s book creators, and other book nerds gather in person and online to discover what books are the prize winners in the 2017 parade of kidlit. This year, Curious City cannot help but...

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Bunk Reads Draws Winners

Posted by on Feb 4, 2018 in Group Discovery: Bunk Reads | 0 comments

Bunk Reads Draws Winners

Curious City honored the Bunk Reads campers of 2017 with three prize-winning book boxes today! BUNK READS is a book discovery program created and managed by Curious City and sponsored by the Erin Murphy Literary Agency. The program supports campers’ year-round independent reading by introducing them to new children’s books and authors in a literacy-rich camp environment.  A collection of acclaimed picture books, novels and non-fiction children’s books are sent to select Maine camps each summer. Campers are invited to score and review books read at camp on a Bunk Reads Shout-out Card....

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Video Interview with Bethany Hegedus: Growing Up with To Kill a Mockingbird

Posted by on Jan 14, 2018 in Video Interviews | Comments Off on Video Interview with Bethany Hegedus: Growing Up with To Kill a Mockingbird

Video Interview with Bethany Hegedus: Growing Up with To Kill a Mockingbird

  For the release of the picture book biography Alabama Spitfire: The Story of Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird (Balzer + Bray), Curious City wanted to capture how author Bethany Hedegus‘ lifelong relationship with To Kill a Mockingbird (HarperCollins) inspired what Kirkus Review called, “a labor of love.” Curious City traveled to Austin, Texas to interview Bethany under the iconic live oaks at The Writing Barn, Bethany’s campus dedicated to the creation of children’s literature.  We found the focus for the video in the very first sentence Bethany...

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Podcast: Fiercely: KidLit, Power and Feminism

Posted by on Jan 8, 2018 in Podcast | Comments Off on Podcast: Fiercely: KidLit, Power and Feminism

Podcast: Fiercely: KidLit, Power and Feminism

As we approach the anniversary of the Women’s March, what do we want to tell our kids about gender and power? What do we want to say about how the powerful can make us feel powerless? What do we want to tell them about the difference between power and empowerment? Do we want to have this conversation fiercely or quietly? Kids are born wise. Kidlit makes them wiser. Let’s share children’s books that speak of empowerment. Our thanks to Olga Peters from WKVT’s Green Mountain Morning for inviting us to podcast this conversation.     Beyond the Fence By Maria Gulemetova Illustrated by...

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