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2020 - the 4th Quarter

We have made it to the last quarter of the wildest year. Is it just me or did summer come and go in the blink of an eye? Honestly this whole year has flown by- except for the moments where it seemed we were stuck on pause.

September was a busy month as well. We returned to school AND my new book was published! In case you missed it Liam's First Cut is here! It is a story about Liam, an autistic Black boy preparing for his first visit to the barbershop. I wrote this book with the intention of it being a mirror for some and a sliding glass door for others. I crafted this story to give representation to groups that are often hidden from children's literature, but also to celebrate (and normalize) our differences.


I hosted a virtual book release and signing on Instagram and Facebook on 9/29/20. Thank you for every purchase, share, word of encouragement, and review. If you haven't purchased your copy, you can get your copy of Liam's First Cut here. The book is also available on Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, and other resellers.

I will be sharing some book companion activities soon, so stay tuned!




Tomorrow is October 12th and I want to commemorate the day by sharing a few titles to celebrate Indigenous People's Day. These books were the recipients of the 2020 American Indian Youth Literature Awards, which honors the very best writing and illustrations by Native Americans and Indigenous peoples of North America. The books selected "present Indigenous North American peoples in the fullness of their humanity." Click here for a full listing of titles in all categories. **You can shop these titles below and more under my diverse book list.


Before I go, can we discuss Halloween? Halloween is one of my favorite holidays and I cannot fathom a year where we cannot celebrate. I have been searching for safe and socially-distant ways to dress up and share some Halloween fun. In addition to drive-thru events, visiting pumpkin patches and hay rides, I am offering this tip for all of my parents, caregivers, and craft-loving SLP friends. This tip is perfect for fall and comes from Mom and Blogger @thatmommyjoy. Check out the details from her toddler-approved painting party:


Pumpkin Painting Party: (Socially Distant Of course) Grab some pumpkins and get creative. 

We opted for Glow in the Dark Pumpkins to spice things up this year. I think I was more excited than the kids were. I found small pumpkins at the Dollar Tree for the kids, and White and Black Pumpkins at Michaels for the adults. You can read more from Joy and find her tips for Fall and Halloween 2020 here 



Until next time,

Shontaye

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