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Alison Morris  Reading enthusiast & children's book buyer for nonprofit First Book - increasing access to books for kids in need. Opinions my own. 📕📗📘📙

I would not have guessed this duo’s origin story would make kid-friendly fare, but in @neri.greg’s capable hands it’s compelling, relatable, accessible, and can’t-put-downable. I love it! Coming in March from @candlewickpress.
#simonandgarfunkle #kidlit #bestofyear #nerdybookclub #music #paulsimon #artgarfunkel

On our recent trip to Nashville, @dinnerswithdean made us a picture perfect breakfast that tasted even better than it looked and has set a high standard for all waffles of 2018 to follow. Dean, thank you for the Caldecott medal of breakfasts! #deandinners #deanbreakfasts

@gareth.hinds and I recently returned from a long weekend in beautiful Nashville, where Gareth did a school visit at @ensworthschool, and I savored the joys of a mini vacation. The best part was bonding with friends both old and new. The folks in this photo are all doing remarkable work to increase access to and awareness of terrific books, to raise kids as readers, and to educate their fellow adults about what makes good art, good writing, good stories. I’m so grateful to have them as peers, as colleagues, and as inspiration!

The first read of my Christmas vacation is exactly as advertised - a knock-out. Fans of House Arrest by @kari_anne_holt will be overjoyed to spend time again with their favorite characters in this engaging and heartwarming companion novel. If you have not yet read House Arrest, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? I think if The War That Saved My Life and The Crossover had a baby it would be House Arrest. It’s a novel that makes you root so hard for its characters that your chest aches with the pain of it. Which is why you’ll also be thrilled to meet them again in Knock Out - coming March 2018 from @chroniclebooks! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
#bookstagram #childrensbooks #middlegrade #kaholt #knockout #bestofyear #nerdybookclub #bookaday

Honored and thrilled to finally meet Nikki Giovanni, on tour for her new adult poetry book A Good Cry, at @politicsprose last night. And coming this January? Her wonderful new children’s poetry book with Ashley Bryan, I Am Loved!
#nikkigiovanni #poetry #ashleybryan #childrensbooks #bookstagram #bookstore

I carefully formatted each photo in yesterday’s array, but like an instaguillotine Instagram somehow cut the heads off my @firstbookorg compatriots. Here’s what you should have seen! Visit yesterday’s post for the photo of the full group of us. ⭐️⭐️⭐️
#instafail #rockpaperscissors #drewdaywalt #adamrex #bookstagram #halloweencostume #childrensbooks #kidlitart #firstbook

Happ Halloween from our book-obsessed team at @firstbookorg! Can you guess what picture book we are? The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors by @drewdaywalt and @mr.adamrex! We had a blast making these costumes and acting out the book for our colleagues. The legendary Rock, Paper, and Scissors have now gone from game to book to epic costume battle!
#halloween #costume #rockpaperscissors #picturebooks #booklove #bookstagram #kidlitart #childrensbooks #bookcostume

These two wonderful humans light up the lives of so many people. It was fitting (and fun!) to light their first dance as newlyweds with sparklers. #pandersonwedding

I made a special trip to the post office to purchase the new stamps just released today featuring art from The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. They sent me away saying they'd have them tomorrow, which is okay by me - these are worth waiting for! Try getting your own in person, or buy them online.
#stamps #thesnowyday #ezrajackkeats #usps #childrensbooks #kidlitillustration #books #bookstagram

You know your picture book has become famous and/or beloved when it makes an appearance in other people's fiction! On page 123 of her compelling new middle grade novel 14 Hollow Road, author Jenn Bishop mentions Building Our House by obvious rock star @beanillustration. Love it!

Flashback to last week when we met up with the wonderful and insanely talented Ekua Holmes at Mass Art during our superb trip to Boston. If you don't know Ekua's work, you are missing out. Her mixed media illustrations are arresting, compelling, and among the most beautiful I've seen. Ekua is a joy to spend time with, and I'm envious of the students who have the honor of learning from her!
#ekuaholmes #illustration #collage #picturebooks #childrensbooks #massart #boston #latergram

Testing hypothesis that small frogs fear giant @mariswicks

Happiness is staring into the sun and talking Comics with with the always sunny @mariswicks. If you (or your students/kids) haven't read her graphic novels Human Body Theater and Coral Reefs do yourself a favor! They're funny + fact-filled, and Maris approaches complex topics like a consummate educator – always trying to tease out the best ways to communicate complex information in digestible and entertaining ways. Yaaay comics!!
#comics #graphicnovel #mariswicks #childrensbooks #kidlitillustration #illustration #latergram

I love browsing the packed shelves at @porter_square_books. Their selection is superb, their booksellers knowledgeable, and I always find unique gifts there for friends. If you visit Cambridge, Mass. be sure to pay them a visit!
#bookstoresofinstagram #bookstore #portersquarebooks #cambridgemass

It was a packed house last week for @gareth.hinds #poegraphicnovel event at @porter_square_books! It's always so good to be back in Boston and Cambridge visiting the bookstores, booksellers, and friends we love and miss.

Octopus with hand of @gareth.hinds for scale
#aquarium #newenglandaquarium #octopus #boston #latergram

Nom, nom, nom, nom...
#fish #aquarium #newenglandaquarium #latergram

Like the protagonist of Penguin Problems, this Little Blue Penguin was struggling. I think it had a terrible itch it couldn't scratch, as it swam around like this for at least 5 minutes, eliciting both laughter and sympathy. 🐧🐧🐧
#penguins #aquarium #boston #newenglandaquarium #penguinproblems #latergram

We spent yesterday afternoon at the New England Aquarium, playing tourist in our former town. The harbor seals exhibit is visible outside, so there's no entry fee required to ogle their rotund, well-insulated bodies or admire their perfect whiskers. If I lived near this place I'd want to visit these playful creatures every day.
#newenglandaquarium #seals #harborseals #boston

Boston is home to so many amazing bakeries that do great sandwiches/salads/sweet treats. @flourbakeryandcafe would you please open an outpost in DC? We could loooove to have you (and give you all our money)!

Scene from lunch last Thursday when I finished reading Dear Martin by @getnicced and wished I had free copies to hand to everyone on the street in DC. I can't wait to make it available to @firstbookorg members, as we need to be asking, pondering, discussing, and resolving all the important questions raised by this book.
#dearmartin #blacklivesmatter #weneeddiversebooks #nerdybookclub #firstbook
#yaliterature #ya

I've been in Boston for 3 days and so far we've eaten at Sofra three times. This is exactly as it should be.
UPDATE: Finally tally is 4 visits in 5 days.

We took Boston newbie @cburch17 on a mini-tour of the Boston area today, including a stop in Mt. Auburn to view the city from on high. Ciera was a fantastic intern at @firstbookorg last school year - now she's pursuing a Master's in Creative Writing at Emerson and interning at HMH. You'll be seeing her name on the cover of YA novels someday!

Apparently I make a terrifying piglet.🐷

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