There are some days that you anticipate and fantasize about: Christmas as a kid, wedding days as adults, birth of children as parents. Yesterday, I had one of those days...better than Christmas, definitely better than my wedding day--as I'm happily divorced, and just shy of the birth of my children!
I had the wonderful Vanessa Brantley Newton in my library. Ever since I read her and Thelma Godin's Hula Hoopin' Queen, I've been in love! Less than 24 hrs ago, my dream came true. Miss Vee showed up like a calm sunrise and then shook the heavens with her amazing author/illustrator presentation! I still have wondrous chills when I think about it! Please look below and enjoy the highlights from her visit as it forever changed my and my students' lives!
Just like myself, Vanessa is passionate about the need for DIVERSE BOOKS and granted me a brief glimpse into her passionate stance on the importance of diversity in children's literature. Thank you "big sis!"
Didn't that shake the depths of your views on the importance of diversity? No, watch it again or find me on Twitter! I'd love to share thoughts and gain insight on the much needed discussion/inclusion of more diversity in books. :)
Here are some of my students getting in on the greatness of Miss Nessa...
WE LOVE & THANK YOU VANESSA FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEARTS!
Here's some wonderful feedback from my kiddos...