08 October 2018
written by Judy Cumberbatch, images by Ken Wilson-Max
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
written by Roald Dahl, images by Quentin Blake
Granddaddy's Turn: A Journey to the Ballot Box
written by Michael S. Bandy & Eric Stein, images by James E. Ransome
written by Arun Gandhi & Bethany Hegedus, images by Evan Turk
Grandfather's Gold Watch
written and illustrated by Louise Garff Hubbard
written and illustrated by Allen Say
Grandpa and Me On Tu B'Shevat
written by Marji E. Gold-Vukson, images by Leslie Evans
written by Nicola I. Campbell, images by Kim Lafave
30 September 2018
written and illustrated by Pat Hutchins
Mom, There's a Bear at the Door
written by Sabine Lipan, images by Manuela Olten
Kyle Goes Alone
written by Jan Thornhill, images by Ashley Barron
Mother to Tigers
written by George Ella Lyon, images by Peter Catalanotto
Mama's Little Duckling
written by Marjorie Blain Parker, images by Mike Wohnoutka
Baya, Baya, Lulla-by-a
written by Megan McDonald, images by Vera Rosenberry
written and illustrated by Jo Weaver
Moo Moo, Brown Cow
written by Jakki Wood, images by Rog Bonner
Bebé Goes to the Beach
written by Susan Middleton Elya, images by Steven Salerno
written by Pooja Makhijani, images by Elena Gomez
Most Loved In All the World
written by Tonya Cherie Hegamin, images by Cozbi Cabrera
Little Chicken's Big Day
written by Jerry Davis, images by Katie Davis
Bedtime for Mommy
written by Amy Krause Rosenthal, images by LeUyen Pham
written and illustrated by Ryan T. Higgins
Little Owl's Orange Scarf
written and illustrated by Tatyana Feeney
Big Bad Bunny
written by Franny Billingsley, images by G. Brian Karas
written by LaChanze, images by Brian Pinkney
Miles From Ordinary
written by Carol Lynch Williams
Big Momma Makes the World
written by Phyllis Root, images by Helen Oxenbury
Lola At the Library
written by Anna McQuinn, images by Rosalind Beardshaw
Birdie's Big-Girl Shoes
written and illustrated by Sujean Rim
Little Owl Lost
written and illustrated by Chris Haughton
Mama, I'll Give You the World
written by Roni Schotter, images by Susan Saelig Gallagher
Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies
written by Cokie Roberts, images by Diane Goode
My New Mom & Me
written and illustrated by Renata Galindo
written by Shanda Trent, images by Tom Knight
My Mom Is Trying to Ruin My Life
written by Kate Feiffer, images by Diane Goode
Little Fish Lost
written by Nancy Van Laan, images by Jane Conteh-Morgan
written by Nancy Garden, images by Sharon Wooding
My Mother's Sari
written by Sandhya Rao, images by Nina Sabnani
28 September 2018
My grandmother in the 1940s or 1950s.
With all the talk the past year or so about sexual harassment, sexual assault and rape, I've been thinking a great deal. The discussions haven't brought up any trauma for me. Like every woman, I've been subjected to harassment. This is not to deny that those injustices should be ignored but merely to state that I am okay.
This post isn't about me.
This is about my grandmother.
She passed in 2011, and I miss her every day. About six or seven months before she passed, she entrusted me with a secret.
She had been molested and raped as a child and teen.
She didn't tell me the gory details, and I didn't ask. She didn't tell me names, though I have no doubt she remembered them. Suffice it to say, she knew her attackers.
Even she wasn't sure if everything that had been done to her "counted" as something wrong. She asked me that when talking about the man who took her into a room as a child and did things to her. "Now, isn't that wrong?"
I told her yes, it was. I said that with absolute conviction because it is true.
My grandmother in the mid-1980s
in San Antonio.
photo by my mother
The point I want to make here is not to name the men who hurt my grandmother; I don't know their names. The point is not to damage the way people remember my grandmother; they have their own memories of her to recall.
The point is that that trauma lived with my grandmother for the rest of her life.
She lacked confidence in herself. She considered herself “stupid” (her word, not mine).
These things I knew long before I knew about her assaults. I always thought they were a result of bullying behavior by siblings or the fact that she had to quit school in sixth grade. And I'm sure that's part of it, too.
But it all boils down to the shame she lived with every day for most of her life.
My grandmother and grandfather at their
40th wedding anniversary.
As far as I know, the only person she told was her husband.
People who have been assaulted sexually are forced to deal with that shame and trauma every day. Some are able to talk about their experiences almost immediately, and some are not. Some are lucky enough to see their attackers serve time in prison. Most are not.
The revelations and news about sexual offenders that has come out over the past years has been infuriating, heartbreaking and depressing. I do not know how my grandmother would have responded to all of these revelations. Would they have brought back painful memories? Would she have told me more details? Would she have reached out to someone for help?
I like to think she would appreciate me writing this post for her as a way to exorcise some of her demons. I hope that's true.
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted and needs help, please contact RAINN.
You can also donate to RAINN.
13 September 2018
written by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock, images by Mary Azarian
The Spy Catchers of Maple Hill
written by Megan Frazer Blakemore
The Two Brothers
written by William Jaspersohn, images by Michael A. Donato
Tricking the Tallyman
written by Jacqueline Davies, images by S.D. Schindler