I’m absolutely thrilled to have Victoria Wells Arms as a guest today! For those of you who don’t know, Victoria has lived a life steeped in children’s literature like no one else. Raised on books by her mother—author and illustrator Rosemary Wells—Victoria worked for 20 years as an editor, first at Dial Books for Young Readers, then at Putnam, and finally at Bloomsbury Children’s Books USA, where she was the founding editorial director.
Today is the first day of International Clothesline Week. What? You’ve never heard of it? Well, it’s a full week dedicated to the efficiency and cost savings of hanging out your laundry. But more importantly, it’s a week to celebrate the latest delightful book by JaNay Brown-Wood, which is coming out in ten days. Shhh! The Baby’s Asleep! does, in fact, feature a clothesline. Yet it features much, much more.
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.