About Francisca Goldsmith

librarian, professional development trainer, writer

Food for a Winter’s Night—Books, Too!

Food plays significant roles in many December events, from festive dinner tables to sweets to remembering to share abundance with those both cold and hungry in winter. Let’s snack on some food-themed books you’ll want to include in your end-of-the-year … Continue reading

Exhibiting 2020’s Silver Lining

While Mylo Freeman can share a trip with Princess Arabella at the Museum, from Cassava Republic, 2020 has brought the rest of us different options. Who knew this would be a banner year to discover all sorts of museums, to visit … Continue reading

Arriving Multilingually: Celebrating World Kid Lit Month, Part 2

In Part 1 of our celebration of World Kid Lit Month, we focused on the delights translators bring English readers by providing access to books written in many other languages. Here we turn to books published simultaneously into a multilingual … Continue reading

Happy Grandparents’ Day!

Grandparents’ Day seems extra special this year as so many of our families reach out across households to keep in touch when we can’t touch. Sharing books across generations can provide emotional comfort, whether you hold story time in the … Continue reading

In Translation: Celebrating World Kid Lit Month, Part 1

Life According to Dani

September is a time to celebrate how diverse and welcoming children’s book exploration proves to be. As we open the doors to World Kid Lit Month, we particularly want to focus attention on the work of translators who help make … Continue reading

Pet (Book Collection) Giveaway!

Fact, fiction, fantasy—all about pets…and we’re giving away more than half a dozen to the commenter who explains best how they are going to use them to promote responsible pet ownership in children’s lives. The Dog Patrol, by Rob Laidlaw … Continue reading

Book Lovers Day for Middle Grade and Teen Readers

We’re guessing that if you are reading this post, you indeed are a book lover! How many young book lovers do you know?  We hope you’ll share these recent and forthcoming books to love.  Show your tween and teen book … Continue reading

Celebrate International Friendship Day with a Book—and a Friend, of Course!

Under the Great Plum Tree

When the United Nations first proclaimed July 30 as International Day of Friendship, the idea was to shine a spotlight on how “friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities.”  Nine years … Continue reading