Elizabeth Gilbert Bedia joins us today as we reflect on how we may be empathetic to others. Her most recent book, Balloons for Papa, is a beautiful story of a child bringing hope to his father during troubling times. It’s a reminder that each of us, no matter our age, has something to give. It’s a reminder that hope is there if we are only able to take the time to see it.
Happy Learn to Swim Day! And a big welcome to Julie Abery, who is the author of Sakamoto’s Swim Club, a story about—you guessed it—learning to swim. Soichi Sakamoto, who has been inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame, pioneered training methods that have become standard throughout the sport of swimming. Yet, he started out knowing nothing about training.
What Was on My mind this month?
Girls. Girl readers to be exact.
I’ve been talking to children at schools about The Stuff Between the Stars. After they hear about Vera Rubin’s pioneering role in the male-dominated world of astronomy, a girl inevitably asks: Can women be astronomers today?
Today is International Dance Day, the perfect day to talk with Valerie Bolling, the author of Let’s Dance!. This delightful book, illustrated by Maine Diaz, was inspired by the way music unites us—by the way dance is a pan-cultural joy.