Author Archives: rosinskynatalie

On Hold

Even as I put these blog posts “on hold” for the summer, I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of many new graphic works from my local library.  I placed my request for one non-fiction book—adding it to my “on hold” … Continue reading

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Being and Seeing Black Boys and Men

Being and seeing Black boys and men . . . . Transfixed this past month by the trial of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd, taking place just eight miles from my Bloomington, Minnesota home, I wondered what … Continue reading

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Back in School? That’s Fantastic

How excited are your students about schools beginning to open up for classroom lessons?  If their delight is tinged by a bit of uncertainty, given this past pandemic year of interrupted attendance, a recent graphic novel may provide engaging reassurance.  … Continue reading

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Zooming Behind the Book Scene

 For most students, zoomed instruction has been a poor substitute for in-class learning.  Yet COVID-19’s simultaneous lockdown on author/illustrator visits to schools and bookstores has given readers a wonderful opportunity: an abundance of zoomed interviews with these creative people.  We … Continue reading

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Class Acts

What a class act the new Biden-Harris administration is!  President Biden and his team have brought purpose and hope these past weeks–including efforts that suggest how a return to U.S. classrooms will someday be safe for all.  With that hope, … Continue reading

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Dark Nights and Brighter Days

This past week’s winter solstice, overlapping with the rarely seen  conjunction of planets Jupiter and Saturn, had me rethinking and rereading a similarly special, mysteriously meaningful new picture book, The Wanderer (2020).   As I mused about how we rejoice each … Continue reading

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New Lights on Hanukkah

Do your spirits need a lift?  In this time of raging COVID-19 and  President Trump’s outrageous behavior towards President-elect Biden, my heart has been gladdened by picture books casting new light upon Hanukkah.  One of these charming works is particularly … Continue reading

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Voting Rights and Wrongs

The upcoming presidential election and its aftermath are hot topics!  In conversations and the news, questions about voting rights and wrongs are almost unavoidable.  A recent book titled Women’s Right to Vote (2020), written by Kate Messner and illustrated by … Continue reading

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Graphic Insights into Racism

Since George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis last May, public outcries have re-focused attention on the injustices that a few years ago triggered today’s Black Lives Matter movement.  For readers tween and up, that movement’s emotional center and origins are embodied … Continue reading

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In School or At Home–Go Graphic!

As this new school year begins so uncertainly, with COVID-19 affecting where and how youngsters learn their official lessons, I have a new resource to recommend.  Ivan Brunetti’s Comics: Easy as ABC! The Essential Guide to Comics for Kids (2019) … Continue reading

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