Enter a SHE SPOKE giveaway hosted by author Lindsay C. Barry!

Thank you to Lindsay C. Barry for hosting a giveaway over on Instagram for a signed copy of She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World! It was great to meet Lindsay recently when we spoke together at the Kensington Day of the Book, and even better to learn about her books, Journey to Constellation Station and The Backpack,  and her blog, which features “Book Reviews for Busy Parents”.

More about the giveaway below! Click here or on the pictures to enter.

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SHE SPOKE on Book Q and As with Deborah Kalb

Thank you to Deborah Kalb – author of The President and Me: John Adams and the Magic Bobblehead (Schiffer, 2018), The President and Me: George Washington and the Magic Hat (Schiffer, 2016), and co-author of Haunting Legacy: Vietnam and the American Presidency from Ford to Obama (Brookings, 2011) – for hosting me and my She Spoke co-author Manuela Bernardi for an interview at her website! Check it out here.

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June Appearances and Events

Sunday, June 2, 2019 from 11 AM-4 PM: Books in Bloom Festival, Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD

The festival features readings, panel discussions, children’s activities, live music, curated culinary offerings, rosé and beer garden, and a pop-up bookstore by Busboys and Poets. The festival is free and open to the public. Please take a moment to register and let us know you’ll join us.

At 1 PM, I’ll be doing a reading from Dagger and Coin followed by and Q&A and signing. Hope to see you there!

See the complete festival lineup here.

 

 


Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 10 AM-1 PM: Cecil County Public Library Children’s Book Festival

Location: North East Community Park, Main St, North East, MD 21901

Authors and fun family activities! I’ll be signing She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World, Nita’s First Signs, Sword and Verse, and Dagger and Coin! Check out the complete festival lineup here!

 


Once Upon a Sign at Fairfax County Public Libraries

Come away to a land of kings and dragons, queens and castles, and learn signs through stories and songs of magic. Bring the whole family (and your fairy godmother too) for American Sign Language fun! Free programs for all ages. Click here for more information about each location.

  • Tuesday, June 18 at 10:30 AM at the Martha Washington Library, 
    6614 Fort Hunt Rd Alexandria VA 22307
  • Tuesday, June 18 at 2:30 PM at Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Dr., Reston, VA 20190
  • Wednesday, June 19 at 10:30 AM: Thomas Jefferson Library, 7415 Arlington Blvd, Falls Church, VA 22042
  • Wednesday, June 19 at 2:30 PM: Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre Dr., Alexandria, VA 22315

I’ll be appearing at more Fairfax County Public Library locations in July! See the full schedule here.

 


Saturday, June 22 at 10 AM: Little Hands Signing: Summer Signs at the Eldersburg Library

Location: Eldersburg Library, 6400 West Hemlock Drive Eldersburg, MD 21784

Sing, sign, play, and learn basic American Sign Language in this fun, hands-on storytime for the whole family. Children 3 and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. All are welcome! Free program; no registration required.

 


Sunday, June 23 at 11:30 AM: Signing at the American Library Association Annual Conference (Washington, D.C.)

        

My co-author Christine Kirker will be signing More Storytime Magic at the ALA Bookstore. Christine will also be signing her newest solo ALA Editions title, 25 Projects for Global Explorers.



Friday, June 28 at 1 PM: She Spoke at the Eldersburg Library

Location: Eldersburg Library, 6400 West Hemlock Drive Eldersburg, MD 21784

How will you speak up? Join Kathy MacMillan, co-author of She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World (Familius Press, 2018) and learn about real-life heroines through their own words. Copies of the book, which features an audio panel that plays clips of the subjects’ actual voices, will be available for sale and signing after the program. Free program for ages 6 and up; no registration required.

 

 

 

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SHE SPOKE on The Children’s Book Podcast

She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World was featured on Episode #511 of The Children’s Book Podcast with Matthew Winner Check it out for a freewheeling discussion spanning three continents: me in the USA, my co-author Manuela Bernardi in Brazil, and illustrator Kathrin Honesta in Indonesia! We delve into the inspirations and processes behind the book, and Matthew shares how he has used it with his students. Listen now!

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See you June 2 at Books in Bloom!

I’m thrilled to be participating in the Books in Bloom festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia MD on Sunday, June 2!  The festival runs from 11 AM- 4PM and features readings, panel discussions, children’s activities, live music, curated culinary offerings, rosé and beer garden, and a pop-up bookstore by Busboys and Poets. The festival is free and open to the public. Please take a moment to register and let us know you’ll join us.

At 1 PM, I’ll be doing a reading from Dagger and Coin followed by and Q&A and signing. Hope to see you there!

 

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Know Your Value: She Spoke and more!

So honored to have She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World included in this terrific roundup of “books to inspire young girls to know their value” over at nbcnews.com! List curator Ciarra Chavarria of @girlsreadtheworld says: “Having access to these women’s voices, to literally hear them saying their iconic and critical words creates a magical connection between readers and these women, and I’ve never seen (well, heard) anything else like it.”

Check out the complete list here!

 

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Speak Up! Listen Up!: Strategies for Using SHE SPOKE in the Classroom

Thank you to the folks over at Pencil Tips Writing Workshop for hosting my recent guest post full of ideas for teacher on how to use my new book She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World in the classroom! If you aren’t familiar with Pencil Tips, you’ll definitely want to check it out – it’s a treasure trove of resources for teachers, featuring the work of authors Karen Leggett Abouraya, Laura Gehl, Laura Krauss Melmed, Mary Amato, Mary Quattlebaum, and many more!

 

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SHE SPOKE is the Chloe’s Book Club May pick at Girls’ Life!

So honored and thrilled that She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World is the May pick for Chloe’s Book Club with Chloe Lukasiak over at Girls’ Life! Chloe is joined by her mom Christi and her younger sister Clara for a discussion of the outspoken women who inspire them! Read Chloe, Clara and Christi’s Commentary, check out Chloe’s Playlist and Discussion Questions, and enter an awesome Giveaway featuring a She Spoke prize pack, which includes a $50 gift card from the ethical, female-led clothing and accessories company Dazey LA, a $50 gift card from Barnes & Noble and a copy of the book itself. Check it out!

 

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Register now for Basic ASL for Library Staff eCourse – Begins May 20!

Asynchronous eCourse beginning Monday, May 20, 2019 (6 weeks of lessons; Participants will have a total of 12 weeks to complete course materials)
Instructor: Kathy MacMillan, NIC, M.L.S.
Cost: $195.00 (discounts available for American Library Association members and bulk registrations)
Register here.

Estimated Hours of Learning: 30 (Certificate of Completion available upon request)

American Sign Language (ASL) is an invaluable skill for library professionals. A basic grasp of ASL enhances your ability to serve deaf library users and opens up a new world of possibilities for storytime programs. It’s also a marketable professional skill that can translate to public service jobs beyond the library world. Ideal for those without previous experience, this eCourse taught by librarian and ASL interpreter Kathy MacMillan will use readings, multimedia resources, and online discussion boards to introduce basic ASL vocabulary and grammar appropriate for use in a library setting. MacMillan will place ASL within a linguistic and cultural context, aiding participants in improving library services.

Past attendees say:

“This course has been invaluable to me. I have spent countless hours reviewing all of the video, re-reading the lessons, and just generally trying to absorb as much knowledge as I could. The instructor was a gem in the way that she provided comprehensive answers to questions, feedback, tips and resources.”

“While I had taken ASL many years ago, this class has expanded my vocabulary and boosted my confidence in my abilities. I think it helped that this class specifically addressed situations I might encounter here at work.”

“This has been a great introduction to both the language and the culture!”

“This class was interesting, informative, and entertaining. It opened my eyes to a variety of ideas and concepts that can only make me a better librarian as well as a better person. I thought things were well organized and presented in an ordered and logical fashion, each lesson building on the one before.”

“Ms. MacMillan provided timely feedback to all responses, questions, and comments during the entire course.  Her answers show the mastery of content knowledge and her response time shows how much she cares about her students and the topic she is teaching. This was one of the best online courses I have taken, and I will highly recommend this course to others.”

Register now!

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May Appearances and Events

Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 10 AM-2 PM: Sussex County Children’s Book Festival in Milton, DE

Location: Milton Public Library, 121 Union St, Milton, DE 19968, USA

Meet regional children’s book authors ~ Craft with your favorite Children’s Librarian ~ Celebrate Free Comic Book Day with Ogre’s Grove Comics & Collectibles ~ Hear a live story time with an author or a Very Important Reader ~ Ride the Milton Memorial Park train ~ Check out the interactive programs at the Milton Historical Society ~ Get a picture with your favorite book characters ~ Enjoy a LIVE literary musical performance for children at the Milton Theatre at 1:30 PM!

 

Saturday, May 18, 2019: Gaithersburg Book Festival (MD)


The festival is free and runs from 10 AM – 6 PM.  Full schedule and information at http://www.gaithersburgbookfestival.org/

I’ll be signing at the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators MD/DE/WV Booth from 2pm-6pm. Stop by and pick up a signed copy of She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World, Nita’s First Signs, Little Hands and Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together, Sword and Verse, or Dagger and Coin! All proceeds from sales of my books benefit Deaf Camps, Inc.’s scholarship fund.

 

Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 11 AM: Let’s Sign Together! (for all ages) at Mary Riley Styles Public Library (Falls Church, VA)

Learn basic American Sign Language together in this interactive storytime for all ages. Flex your fingers and join in the fun! Kathy MacMillan, author of Nita’s First Signs, leads stories, songs, and more as we learn about communicating with our hands and eyes.

For more information, see http://www.fallschurchva.gov/424/Library

 

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