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APR

20

On May 1 and 2 I will be attending the Meet the Masters Art Show at the Art Center of Burlington in Iowa. All of the 5th grade students in Burlington have studied various masters of art. This year they focussed on Roy Lichtenstein and invited me to give a presentation. I'll also speak about other artists I have written about: Degas, Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, and Georgia O'Keeffe.

MAR

1

Kirkus has just reviewed my book The Quilts of Gee's Bend and gave it a starred review!

Link coming soon

FEB

1

Brown v. Board of Education is an ALA Notable book for 2016!

DEC

17

I was so happy to read to my grandson Ethan Rubin's school in Marin County last week. Some pictures are below.


DEC

17

Deborah Kalb interviewed me about Brown v. Board of Education and the interview is now available on her blog.

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DEC

9

A podcast I did with Aaron Barnhart on his "Q Review" is now available to stream! The interview was about Brown v. Board of Education, and the interviewer was calling from Topeka, KS! (home of Linda and Cheryl Brown and site of their elementary school, Monroe, which is now a museum.)

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SEP

21

Great review just in from CoolMomPicks for my book Roy's House!

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SEP

21

I am thrilled to announce that Brown v. Board of Education: A Fight for Simple Justice has been given a starred review from School Library Journal in the October, 2016 issue. This is the third so far for this book!

 

AUG

30

Brown v. Board of Education: A Fight for Simple Justice has been awarded the designation, "A Junior Library Guild Selection" for fall 2016.

 

AUG

22

Here is the cover for my new book "Brown v. Board of Education: A Fight for Simple Justice" due out in October!

 

 

JULY

14

Cheryl Rattner Price's documentary film "NOT The Last Butterfly" will have a special screening at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park, San Diego, on Tuesday, September 20 at 7:00 pm. I was privileged to be included in the film to talk about Friedl Dicker-Brandeis and the art she guided children into creating at Terezin Concentration Camp.

 

 

MAY

31

A young reader loves "Roy's House," especially the page featuring the fish.

 

 

MAY

9

My stepson and his family found Delicious:The Life & Art of Wayne Thiebaud, a painter of gum ball machines and lollipops, displayed in this Portland, Oregon candy store.

 

 

APRIL

12

New Press Release for my book Roy's House is now available!

 

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APRIL

8

My 7-year-old grandson Ethan reading an advance copy of "Roy's House" instead of watching TV! For me that's a starred review.

 

 

APRIL

4

Please look for my new picture book Roy's House with art by Roy Lichtenstein due out from Chronicle on June 7, 2016. The house-themed book for children will have "an instant appeal for a range of readers," wrote Kirkus Reviews. "The tone is fun and friendly, and readers will feel welcome in Roy's house."

 

 

JANUARY

16

I am pleased to have Andy Warhol's Colors recommended for pre-schoolers by KodosKids!



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DECEMBER

3

Here is a link to my SCBWI Book Launch Party for Hot Pink!



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OCTOBER

29

HOT PINK won a Eureka Honor Award from the California Reading Association!



 

OCTOBER

29

This was the event on Oct. 10th when I won an Honor award for Freedom Summer.



 

OCTOBER

21

I've been featured in Booklist Online - a publication of ALA - on an interview I gave of Freedom Summer.



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SEPTEMBER

30

I'm pleased to announce that Freedom Summer: The 1964 Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi has been selected as a 2015 Carter G. Woodson Honor Book.



 

SEPTEMBER

23

I am happy to be participating in the 20th Reunion of the Tomas Rivera Award for Mexican-American children's literature in San Marcos Texas.



 

SEPTEMBER

22

My friend April Wayland saw this lovely book display on Montana in Santa Monica

 

SEPTEMBER

15

Today, The New York Times.Com (UVM: 15,427,936) included HOT PINK in an article about children's biographies on fashion icons!

"In an inspired stroke, Susan Goldman Rubin, an experienced author of biographies for young readers, makes the central motif Schiaparelli's "invention" of the shade she called "shocking pink," which had never been used in Western women's clothes, and which cemented Schiaparelli's place as the herald of a modern, witty, confident way of living"

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AUGUST

6

Publication of Sondheim: The Man Who Changed Musical Theater has been postponed. There are things we have to correct. However, we've already received this starred review from Kirkus:

*With a deft hand and unbridled admiration for her subject, Rubin presents the career of a musical theater giant. . . Musical-theater lovers, whether front-of-curtain, backstage, or audience, will revel in this journey in which "Every moment makes a contribution/Every little detail plays a part."

-------Kirkus Reviews, starred review

 

JULY

16

The Children's Literature Council of Southern California has named me the recipient of an award for Notable Work of non-fiction for Freedom Summer: The 1964 Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi. I will receive the award on Saturday, October 10, 2015, at the gala held at the Skirball Cultural Center.

 

 

JUNE

16

A fellow author, Karen Blumenthal, saw my book Fireflies for sale at a bookshop in Terezin.

 

 

APRIL

15

I am pleased to join the Charlotte Sheedy Literary Agency as a client. For representation contact Kevin O'Connor. (kevin@sheeydylit.com)

 

 

MARCH

31

I had a most wonderful week at Carolyn Yoder's writers' workshop at the Highlights Foundation campsite in the Pennsylvania woods. Here I am with Carolyn, her mother Kay, a poet and artist who celebrated her 94th birthday with us, and a group of terrific and talented new friends.

 

 

MARCH

4

I am honored to announce that Freedom Summer; The 1964 Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi is the recipient of the 2015 Honor Book Award for Nonfiction from SCBWI!

 

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FEBRUARY

5

In memory of my beloved friend, mentor and agent, George Nicholson. I am grateful to have known him and worked with him.

 



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FEBRUARY

4

Freedom Summer is an ALA Notable Book for Children.

Also, Freedom Summer is a Notable Social Studies Trade Book for 2015.

And Stand There! She Shouted is a Notable Social Studies Trade Book for 2015.

Diego Rivera is a Notable Book for a Global Society.

 

 

JANUARY

13

Here is the flyer for my upcoming talk on January 31st

 



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JANUARY

7

Here's a wonderful review of "Stand There! She Shouted" from the Wall Street Journal

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JANUARY

7

I am very excited to announce that my book Everybody Paints was included in Betsy Bird's list of 100 Magnificent Children's Books

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DECEMBER

17

Everybody Paints! is on the New York Public Library's list of 100 children's books for reading and sharing 2014.

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OCTOBER

30

Here are two of the pictures my host Jesse Gainer sent from Texas State University and the presentation we did last Thursday for the Tomas Rivera Award. The first shows me speaking to the 700 school children in the audience. The second shows me posing with the kids who portrayed Jose Posada and Frida Kahlo in a tableau of Diego Rivera's mural "Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in Alameda Park."

 



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SEPTEMBER

25

Finally had a chance to post some pictures from my book signing in Rockland, Maine with Jamie Wyeth!

 



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SEPTEMBER

24

On September 9th Candlewick Press announced publication of "Stand There!" She Shouted: The Invincible Photographer Julia Margaret Cameron.

 



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AUGUST

4

A thank you to my niece Peggy who sent me this picture of my book at the National Gallery in Washington, DC

 



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JUNE

24

Great News! Everybody Paints! The Lives and Art of the Wyeth Family is an Amazon Best Book of the Year So Far!

 

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JUNE

19

Listen to an audio presentation I gave about Freedom Summer, now available online!

 

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JUNE

13

Booklist Online has selected Everybody Paints! The Lives and Art of the Wyeth Family as one of the top 10 biographies for youth. The feature was first published June 1, 2014 (Booklist)

The Chicago Public Library as chosen me as their author of the month for July. We will soon post an online interview and video greeting.

 

MAY

8

Freedom Summer: The 1964 Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi, is now available from Holiday House.

 

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APRIL

30

My lovely new friend Lisa, manager of 192 Books in NYC, took this picture of my board books in her window!



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APRIL

9

The 2014 Americas Award Committee has selected Diego Rivera: An Artist for the People as one of two Honorable Mention titles.

 

MARCH

6

Jean Laffite has been nominated for the 2015 Beacon of Freedom Award -- this is an annual children's literature award that focuses on early American history. The award is sponsored by the Williamsburg Library in Virginia. The winner will be announced in January 2015.

 

FEBRUARY

18

It is with great pleasure that I am writing to announce that Diego Rivera: An Artist for the People, was selected as the 2014 winner of the Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award in the category of "Works for Older Children."

The Rivera Book Award was established in 1995 to honor the legacy of Dr. Tomas Rivera and to celebrate and promote outstanding work for young people that reflects the Mexican American experience.

 

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FEBRUARY

13

"They Call Me A Hero" is now available in paperback!

 

 

FEBRUARY

11

Today Diego Rivera was named to the Notable Books for A Global Society Book Award sponsored by the International Reading Association (IRA)

 

 

JANUARY

31

Everybody Paints!: The Lives and Art of the Wyeth Family has received a starred review in the March, 2014 issue of booklist!. Also, Amazon is designating Everybody Paints as one its Best Books of the month for February!

 

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JANUARY

30

Diego Rivera: An Artist for the People is on the ALA Notable List for 2014!

 

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JANUARY

24

Great news! DIEGO RIVERA has made the 2014 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, sponsored by the Children's Book Council and the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS).

 

 

JANUARY

14

Today I received my first bound copy of Freedom Summer: The 1964 Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi. Books will be available in eight weeks.

 

 

DECEMBER

19

Diego Rivera: An Artist for the People is on a list of "100 Magnificent Children's Books for 2013" compiled by Elizabeth Bird, New York Public Library's Youth Material Collections Specialist, for her blog.

 

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DECEMBER

17

Diego Rivera: An Artist for the People is on the list of Best Multicultural Books of 2013, compiled by the Center for the Study of Multicultural Children's Literature.

 

 

NOVEMBER

1

Diego Rivera: An Artist for the People made the Booklist list of the Top 10 Arts Books for Youth: 2013

 

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OCTOBER

30

Freedom Summer: The 1964 Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi is a Junior Library Guild Selection.

 

OCTOBER

25

Watch for my new book Freedom Summer: The 1964 Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi, due out from Holiday House in February, 2014.

 



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SEPTEMBER

23

California Teachers Association has a California Reads program and on their fall recommended reading list is MUSIC WAS IT!

 

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SEPTEMBER

6

Everybody Paints! The Lives and Art of the Wyeth Family has been named a Junior Library Guild Selection.

 

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APRIL

22

I am pleased that an interview I did with Connie Martinson about my book "Searching for Anne Frank: Letters from Amsterdam to Iowa" will be shown on SHALOM TV from April 21 -27.

 

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APRIL

22

DIEGO RIVERA will be featured in Booklist's ALA Issue, as one of the Top 10 Biographies for Youth.

 

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APRIL

4

My Cousin Nancy at the National Museum in Washington, D.C. The book is dedicated to her.

 

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MARCH

27

DIEGO RIVERA has been named a Junior Library Guild Selection for spring 2013.

 

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MARCH

22

DIEGO RIVERA received a great blog review on Pen Pals and Picture Books!

 

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MARCH

21

They Call Me A Hero: A Memoir Of My Youth is a Junior Library Guild selection for 2013.

 

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MARCH

21

Jean Laffite: The Pirate Who Saved America has been selected to be included in the 2013 edition of Best Children's Books of the Year, selected by the Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College.

 

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MARCH

14

Jean Laffite: The Pirate Who Saved America has received a Special Award Citation from The Colonial Dames of America.

 

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JANUARY

23

My friend Karen took this photo in the National Gallery in
Washington, D.C. Thanks Karen!

 

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DECEMBER

12

Young Staffer Recalls Gabrielle Giffords's Shooting in New Memoir
Publishers Weekly

 

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DECEMBER

05

Hear an interview I gave from the Association of Jewish Libraries annual conference.

 

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UPCOMING EVENTS

 

On May 1 and 2 I will be attending the Meet the Masters Art Show at the Art Center of Burlington in Iowa

 

VIDEO CORNER

Each month I'll post a video I love!