This guest post is by Tia Biamont, Elementary School librarian, Teacher and Mom. Tia’s inspirational Black History Month displays are both educational and entertaining. The perfect mix of digital media & traditional books to appeal to the varied tastes of modern day kids. This included Author bio’s, Book Reviews, scannable barcodes and video footage on iPads/computers.
Of all the books and dynamic video footage of amazing & notable people who’ve contributed so impressively to our society, the one that’s getting the most attention from the children is Jazz Age Josephine
Josephine Baker was born Freda Josephine McDonald in 1906 to a laundress and a musician. At the age of 13, she began touring the United States with the Jones Family Band and The Dixie Steppers, two comic groups. She performed various comical skits. When the troupes split, she tried to advance to a chorus girl, but she was turned down because she was “too skinny and too dark.” She continued to have trouble landing roles as a singer, actress, and dancer, so she moved to France.
She was wildly popular in France. During World War II, she performed for the French troops and smuggled secret messages for the French government that were written on her music sheets. In the 50s and 60s, she visited the United States to help fight for Civil Rights. She spoke out about her experience of being refused service at the Stork Club. To show that children of different colors could get along, she adopted 12 children from around the world. She called her family the Rainbow Tribe. She spoke at rallies and was a speaker at the civil rights convention where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech.
Click to See Josephine in action
Happy Valentines day!
My favorite Valentines Day picture book of the Month is Ruby Saves Valentine’s Day by Laurie Friedman.
Pre-Schoolers thru 2nd Graders will love hearing about the Valentines party that was cancelled due to snow storm. Valentine’s Day is Ruby’s favorite day and she plans the best party ever! Nature however has other plans but this won’t stop her. Ruby is a determined problem solver so with the help of her Chicken, she packs her sled with the valentine goodies and takes the party to her friends. There are a few surprises along the way but you’ll have to read it to find out.
Not so long ago I suddenly found myself with a chunk of unrequested free time. Having always been a busy working Mom, I was incapable of sitting still or being unproductive. In between Job searches, volunteering & updating my job skills, I got started on my book App. Up to that point, I’d taken the scenic route to writing because life there was never enough time in any given day. Well the time had come & I seized the opportunity to get started. So how does an unemployed mother of two get published? By getting a lot of help along the way & using all the resources around her.
- Spousal encouragement & support
- My kids as a constant source of material
- Free resources at the Small Business Institute
- Author’s guide to book Apps.
- A community of Authors & mentors at CBI clubhouse.
- My son’s 2nd grade teacher reviewed my first manuscripts.
- Get expert tips from a cousin who’s the social media diva for entertainers.
- Volunteer in the children’s library (great source of Inspiration)
Eight months later, Grendel’s Great Escape is a reality. It’s Inspired by a child with ADHD, for whom every day is an adventure. This interactive story depicts the Show & Tell day’s adventure of Martin and his pet Ferret Grendel. As with many kids, Martin was always putting things of for later, such as cleaning his room, tackling the laundry monster and leashing his Ferret. In this App, kids will join Martin in his race against time to find Grendel while avoiding the grizzly School Principal.
Grendel’s Great Escape Book App
Recruiting help to find Grendel
Download Grendel’s Great Escape
– iPAD https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/grendels-great-escape/id585972636?ls=1&mt=8
– Coming soon to Kindle, Nook & Android Tablets
Find out more at www.bluesandpiper.com
Author’s guide to book Apps www.digitalkidsauthor.com
CBI clubhouse www.cbiclubhouse.com
Social Media for Entertainers www.socialmediaforentertainers.com