Cynthia Grady - Poet, librarian
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 “Poems should feed into other poems – a needle passing a stitch through cloth.”  – Gary Soto

Forthcoming:

Write to Me: Letters from Japanese American Children to the Librarian They Left Behind 
Illustrated by Amiko Hirao (Charlesbridge, January 2018)

Write to Me: Letters from Japanese American Children to the Librarian They Left Behind by Cynthia Grady

Kirkus starred review Booklist (starred review)
“. . . moving story . . . full of warmth . . . A beautiful picture book for sharing and discussing with older children as well as the primary audience."

Publishers Weekly
“... affecting introduction to a distressing chapter in U.S. history and a brave librarian who inspired hope ....”

Kirkus
"Many pages include quotes from the children's correspondence, now archived at the Japanese American National Museum, which testify to the power of literature to make life more bearable.”

 

A touching story about Japanese American children who corresponded with their beloved librarian while they were imprisoned in World War II internment camps.

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 imprisoned in the desert. Before they are moved, Miss 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.

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Books:

Like a Bird: The Art of the American Slave Song
Illustrated by Michele Wood (Millbrook Press/Lerner Publishing Group; ISBN: 978-1-4677-8550-1)

Like a Bird: The Art of the American Slave Song, by Cynthia Grady
Kirkus starred review School Library Journal (starred review)
“This is an excellent resource for music and art teachers as well as for social studies and U.S. history lessons."

Kirkus
“An important work that gives new life to old and important songs.”

Booklist
“Each paragraph invites readers to notice themes in the paintings . . . and raises questions to encourage critical engagement with the text.”

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Awards and Honors

  • NYPL’s Children's Books 2016: 100 Books for Reading and Sharing List
  • New Mexico Land of Enchantment Book Award 2017-2018
  • Cooperative Children's Book Center: CCBC Choices 2017
  • 2017, Bank Street College of Education, The Best Children's Books of the Year

I Lay My Stitches Down: Poems of American Slavery
Illustrated by Michele Wood (Eerdmans; ISBN 978-0-8028-5386-8)

I Lay My Stitches Down: Poems of American SlaveryKirkus starred review Kirkus (starred review)
“A powerful grouping of thought-provoking poems and brilliantly designed paintings.”

Kirkus starred review School Library Journal (starred review)
“This ambitious work offers a bit of poetry, history, folk art, quilting, religion and more. It will definitely fill a niche in libraries.”

Horn Book
“Altogether, a stunning achievement . . . .”

The Washington Post

“. . . deeply impressive, as seamless as it is stirring.”

Washington Parent
“[A] stunning collection . . . The result is breathtaking.”



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Awards and Honors

  • Finalist, 2013 PEN/Steven Kroll Award for Picture Book Writing
  • 2013, Bank Street College of Education, The Best Children's Books of the Year
  • 2013 NCTE Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts
  • 2013 Gold Nautilus Award
  • NYPL’s Children’s Books 2012: 100 Books for Reading and Sharing List
  • 2013 Notable Books for a Global Society Award
  • 2013 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People
  • Capitol Choices Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens
  • Cooperative Children’s Book Center: CCBC Choices 2013; Poetry Essentials
  • Parent’s Choice Silver Honor

The Poetry Friday Anthology

The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations
Edited by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong
(Pomelo Books; ISBN 978-1937057459)

 

 

 

 

Independent School Libraries


Independent School Libraries: Perspectives on Excellence
Starred review, Booklist Online.
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Essays:
 

Language Arts


“Rhythms of Story”
 Language Arts, March 2011
 Read PDF of article here.
 

 

 

 

 

 

Knowledge Quest


“Evaluating Science Information with Thinking Routines”
 Knowledge Quest, January 2010
 Read PDF of article here.
 

 

 

 

 

 

Language Arts


“What’s in a Name?”
 Language Arts, May 2010
 Read PDF of article here.

 

 

 


 

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