Story Time with Carol Gordon Ekster & Kirsti Call

Carol Gordon Ekster is celebrating the release of her newest picture book with a story & craft time at lala books. Join us for the fun!

 Carol Gordon Ekster grew up in Brooklyn, New York. After graduating from Boston University and getting a Master’s degree in reading and language she was a passionate elementary school teacher for 35 years. At the end of her career she began writing unexpectedly. You can find out more about her books and writing life here:
Some Daddiesillustrated by Javiera Maclean Alvarez, Beaming Books, May '22,  celebrates the incredible diversity of modern fathers. It's a fun-filled exploration of what daddies do and are. Every daddy is different—and that makes them even more special! Readers will get a glimpse of the endless possibilities masculine love offers. With energetic and captivating art, it's the perfect gift for a new dad, Father's Day, or any occasion for parents and educators to read with their kids.
Trucker Kidillustrated by Russ Cox, Capstone Editions, January 2023is the story of Athena, who is proud of her truck-driving father but misunderstood by her classmates for her love of all things trucking. In addition to highlighting an often overlooked career, this book shows how attitudes can be changed through education. Athena explains about trucking and they listen and understand, rather than making fun of her.

Kirsti Call is the co-host of the Picture Book Look PodcastShe is a therapist trained life coach for creativesKirsti's the author of MOOTILDA'S BAD MOOD (Little Bee)  COW SAYS MEOW (HMH), COLD TURKEY (Little Brown) and THE BIG SCREAM (Little Simon).
Cold Turkey is "Told in rhyme, this story features the concepts of friendship, sharing, and problem-solving. It’s a riotous read-aloud, packed with entertaining alliteration, onomatopoeia, and puns.... With a generous spirit and happy ending, this entertaining read-aloud is a worthy addition to preschool classrooms and early childhood library collections."―School Library Journal
The Big Scream is for Toddler-PreS –Big emotions can be hard for little ones to understand. This developmentally appropriate board book meets toddlers where they keep their feelings and does a spectacular job of tackling the topic with sparse text and vivid illustrations. A young boy is having a hard morning after realizing there are no more cookies left in the cookie jar. “Uh-oh! Big cry/ Can’t stop Toys fly/ Can’t breathe Fists Pound/ Big wail Kick ground.” After a time-out with deep breathing and counting to ten, a hug and big love make it all better.
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Trucker Kid By Carol Gordon Ekster, Russ Cox (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Carol Gordon Ekster, Russ Cox (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781684466214
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Capstone Editions - January 1st, 2023

Some Daddies By Carol Gordon Ekster, Javiera Mac-Lean Álvarez (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781506460567
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Beaming Books - May 17th, 2022

The Big Scream By Kirsti Call, Denis Angelov (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kirsti Call, Denis Angelov (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781665907392
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little Simon - June 28th, 2022

Cold Turkey By Corey Rosen Schwartz, Kirsti Call, Chad Otis (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316430111
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - November 9th, 2021

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