Monday, October 26, 2015

Laundry Time Turned Reading Time!

It’s always nice when we see our books being shared! Too Small to Fail, an early literacy initiative of the Clinton Foundation posted a video that shows children reading Red Socks (by Ellen Mayer, illustrated by Ying-Hwa Hu) and having fun together in an unusual place, a laundromat! This initiative turns an everyday task such as a trip to the Laundromat to help lay a strong foundation for lifelong learning that turns laundry time into reading time. This initiative will equip 5,000 laundromats in underserved communities with resources for families to engage in language-rich activities. Make sure to check out the video to learn more! Our fabulous illustrator, Ying-Hwa visited the laundromat and had a fun time reading Red Socks to children.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Story Time with Michael Gervais

On October 17, Greenlight Bookstore, an independent bookstore in Brooklyn, NY, hosted an interactive story time with local author Michael Gervais. Gervais read aloud from his book, The Barefoot Champion, as an attentive audience listened. In The Barefoot Champion, a young boy in Harlem has a brand new pair of Black and Red Double Dunks sneakers, seeing his future as an NBA star. 

After the reading, children were able to draw what they would want for their very own All-Star shoes. This book inspires youthful dreams as seen by the drawings at the event.

Thank you, Greenlight Bookstore for hosting Michael Gervais’s reading of The Barefoot Champion!

How Constance Anderson’s book Smelling Sunshine supports California’s new law, Right to Dry

In Smelling Sunshine Anderson illustrates how clothes are being hung to dry in the breeze and sunshine around the world and how children everywhere revel in the fun of helping with the laundry.

Yet how many of us know that in many states across the county hanging clothes outside to dry is “illegal”? “Unsightly,” that is one of the reasons it is banned. But things are changing. The Governor of California has signed the bill to prohibit banning drying laundry outside and California becomes a “Right to Dry” state, where the very smell of the sun that inspired Anderson to create Smelling Sunshine.

Although Anderson says she claims no responsibility for the new law, her book, Smelling Sunshine is certainly an inspiration to many people to look at drying laundry differently and reminding them how enjoyable and communal it can be. Let alone saving energy.

We remember when we first received Anderson’s drawings of Smelling Sunshine, how extraordinarily beautiful it was that captures one of the most ordinary chores in our daily life, that is somehow lost in the electronic driven, over developed world we live in while it still exists in much of the world.

Editor of, Bray wrote a nice piece about the new law, quoting Anderson’s heartwarming message. “When we hung laundry together, we slowed down to take in the sights and smells and sounds of the world around us, which brought us closer. Then, at the end of the day, I would pull up the covers and that wonderful smell of the outdoors and its memories, what I call the smell of sunshine, was in the sheets.”
To read a full article of Bray, click here.