Family Matters: An interview with children’s author Susan Fayad

When you read the back cover of Susan Daniel Fayad’s debut picture book, there is no doubt: family matters. In My Grandfather’s Masbaha Susan draws on and weaves her family and cultural experiences into a universal story. Family matters all year long, but during the holiday season, we tend to place a little more emphasis on spending time together and showing our appreciation for one another. Susan is a Lebanese American born and raised in the United States. She completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology and Special Education at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. After graduating, she taught primary grades at an international charter school. Recently I had the chance to interview Susan to talk about her new picture book and what … Read more

Picture Books and Chapter Books – Bookmarks May 2012

Bookmarks is a monthly shortlist of books enjoyed by Reading Tub volunteers. This month there are mini-reviews for Pick a Pumpkin Mrs. Millie by Judy Cox; Lost in Lexicon by Pendred Noyce; One Red Dot by David A Carter; The Secret Life of Mrs. Finkleman by Ben Winters Read more

Celebrate the Culture of Reading: Read Widely

In celebration of today’s theme about books being a passport to other worlds, I am reprising the panel discussion that I did with Tanita Davis, of Fiction Instead of Lies and Finding Wonderland; Hannah Ehrlich of Lee & Low Books; and Mitali Perkins, who writes at Mitali’s Fire Escape. The introduction is updated, but the conversation is untouched. Long-time followers of Scrub-a-Dub-Tub (now Family Bookshelf) know that Mitali Perkins had me with “mirrors and windows.” For those of you who weren’t around then, first, let me welcome you! We’re glad you’re here and hope you jump into the discussion. OK. In her presentation at the Children’s Authors Breakfast at BookExpo America 2010, Mitali talked about literature being windows and mirrors and drew on her own experiences as a … Read more