The Weekly 411 (10/27/23)
|© Melissa Lettis|
About the Book: What does nothing sound like? Jacki's mama has a rare condition. She is slowly losing her hearing. Together, they are learning Sign Language so that they'll always be able to tell each other everything. But as Mama's world becomes quieter, Jacki's remains full of sound, especially on Music Appreciation Fridays. How can Jacki enjoy listening to music when her mama can no longer hear it?
brief author bio
About the Author: Cassie Silva is an author and social worker of Portuguese heritage living in Vancouver, Canada.
About the Illustrator: Frances Ives has an MA in Children's Book Illustration from the Cambridge School of Art. Her most abiding source of inspiration is the constant yet ever-changing sky and all its colors.
About the Book: Exploring themes of optimism and community, On the Bright Side takes readers on an emotionally uplifting journey through a playful mix of narrative rhyme and bright illustrations. In an effort to encourage children to see the good, share the good, and be the good on this Earth, this story highlights the "bright side" of some of life's challenges, in addition to promoting love, togetherness, and collaboration for a better tomorrow.
About the Author: Anastasia Difino is an elementary school teacher striving to inspire young children to find and be their best selves, not only academically, but socially and emotionally. Born and raised in Queens, New York, she obtained a B.A. in Communications from Hofstra University and an M.A. in Education from Queens College. Writing a children's book has been a long time dream of hers and, so, On the Bright Side was born with goals of promoting optimism and togetherness in children. When she's not in the classroom, Anastasia can be found loving life in New York with her husband and two boys.
About the Illustrator: Taylor Barron is a freelance illustrator and concept artist from Seattle, Washington. She graduated with a Bachelor's of Fine Art in Digital Art and Animation from DigiPen Institute of Technology in 2017. Her focus is in illustration, character design, and concept art. She loves playing with bright colors, both in her art and her wardrobe. She is currently traveling and is always looking for new fun projects to collaborate on.