Monday, January 8, 2018

Charlesbridge Unplugged #1: Cynthia Grady

We are so excited to announce that we have started a podcast! Join us as we talk to our authors, illustrators, and editors about their recent Charlesbridge projects!

In our inaugural episode, Marketing Assistant Mel Schuit talks to nonfiction author Cynthia Grady about her newest book Write to Me: Letters from Japanese American Children to the Librarian They Left Behind, illustrated by Amiko Hirao. You can have a listen by clicking HERE.

About the Book:
When Executive Order 9066 is enacted after the attack at Pearl Harbor, children's librarian Clara Breed's young Japanese American patrons are to be sent to prison camp. Before they are moved, Breed asks the children to write her letters and gives them books to take with them. Through the three years of their internment, the children correspond with Miss Breed, sharing their stories, providing feedback on books, and creating a record of their experiences. Using excerpts from children's letters held at the Japanese American National Museum, author Cynthia Grady presents a difficult subject with honesty and hope.

About the Author:
Cynthia Grady grew up in California. After teaching 6th grade for several years, she relocated to Boston to study children's literature. Cynthia knew she wanted to write the night she sat surrounded by her eight siblings listening to her grandmother read The Tale of Peter Rabbit. She is the author of Like a Bird: The Art of the American Slave Song and I Lay My Stitches Down: Poems of American Slavery. Cynthia lives in New Mexico with her partner and two house rabbits.

Purchase this book for you and your readers here

Show Notes:
  • Visit author Cynthia Grady online here
  • Read more about the Clara Breed Collection at the Japanese American National Museum here
  • Read The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell here

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