In the February 2019 edition of Nick's Picks: Meet Award-winning Authors, Basketball & Race, and Multicultural Book Lists!
Nick's Picks February 2019

February 2019 Edition

Celebrating Authors, Illustrators, and Book Awards

If you love book awards and meeting authors/illustrators, then this column is for you! Every year TeachingBooks interviews winners of the major book awards, and today we proudly publish our special collection of Awards 2019: interviews and book activities to enrich your understanding and connection to all books that were recognized by a few dozen of our favorite book awards and distinctions.

Having personally recorded more than 1,300 original interviews with award-winning authors and illustrators, we continue to make these connections a foundational and fun part of what TeachingBooks does to further your literary community.


Nick Glass, Founder & Executive Director

Meet-the-Author Book Reading: Basketball and Race

Phillip Hoose grew up near Indianapolis, and remembers when the best basketball team in the state wasn't allowed to play in the big high school tournament because they were from an all-black school.

Listen to Phillip Hoose talk about basketball and race in Attucks!: Oscar Robertson and the Basketball Team That Awakened a City (Macmillan).

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Meet-the-Author Book Reading: The Moon Festival

Grace Lin tells us about her favorite Chinese holiday — The Moon Festival — and her daughter's very first experience of moon cakes, which inspired her book, A Big Mooncake for Little Star. Hear about how the book celebrates this tasty treat, which imagination can turn into the moon itself!

Listen to Grace Lin talk about A Big Mooncake for Little Star (Little, Brown & Co.).

Browse all Meet-the-Author Book Readings.

Featured Booklist: Center for the Study of Multicultural Children's Literature Best Books

If you're looking to use more multicultural children's books — or just worthy children's books in general — the Center for the Study of Multicultural Children's Literature Best Books is an excellent place to start. Every year, librarians and educators select the best multicultural books. TeachingBooks has compiled resources for all of the books that have been recognized in the past five years.

Contests & Giveaways

Check out our February Contests & Giveaways, accompanied by multimedia resources!

  • The Next Great Paulie Fink by Ali Benjamin
  • Cogheart by Peter Bunzl
  • Ski Soldier: A World War II Biography by Louise Borden

See the February Contests & Giveaways on our blog.

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