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Confetti Moments

By Courtney Hinshaw
Avid picture book lover and teacher Courtney Hinshaw shares with you some of her favorite confetti moments: all things picture books, reading tips, conversations with book loving people, and her heart. If it gives Courtney a Confetti Moment, she will Open The Magic!
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Episode 92: National Open the Magic Day with Courtney Hinshaw
I am so excited to share this very special episode all about National Open the Magic Day (NOTMD) which is today, September 25! You will learn all about how I am going to celebrate National Open the Magic Day and what you could do to celebrate as well. I am so excited about the three books that I chose as part of my celebration of all things reading and picture books. I have linked some really great resources below that will help you celebrate NOTMD and create Confetti Moments! Please share with me all the ways you celebrate and tag me on any Instagram posts you have for NOTMD. (#NOTMD #OpenTheMagicDay) NOTMD Handout: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1tRAHq6D0nKoCTDJCDY9s-imXBzUQhWoc/view?usp=sharing Ramona Recommends Picture Book Inventory: Blog: http://ramonarecommends.blogspot.com/2022/08/picture-book-inventory.html#more Sellfy: https://ramonarecommends.sellfy.store/p/ramona-recommends-picture-book-inventory/ TPT: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Ultimate-Picture-Book-Inventory-8396298 Books: Brave Every Day https://amzn.to/3qLQaob Parfait, Not Parfait! https://amzn.to/3UkNVWp Pizza: A Slice of History https://amzn.to/3eZAoUj Open The Magic, Courtney Hinshaw -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends {instagram} Ramonarecommends.com Magic Wear Shop
16:10
September 25, 2022
Episode 91: Saranya Raghavan
On this week’s episode, you will meet Saranya Raghavan who is the creator behind the wonderful Instagram account Shelves of Color. You will be interested to learn Saranya’s day job and how she came to create her inspirational Instagram account. She shares about her love of reading as a child and how she has been able to nurture that same love of reading in her home with her children. I appreciated her explanation of how she uses picture books to discuss social and emotional issues with her child. You will want to listen carefully for her recommendation for the book that everyone needs in their home/classroom, and her advice for the two books that we all need to find in our lives. I really enjoyed getting to know Saranya, and I know you will as well. Be sure to connect with Saranya through her Instagram. Below you will find the Amazon affiliate link for the books discussed in this week’s episode. Just click to purchase. All Are Welcome Pink is Not a Color The Many Colors of Harpreet Singh InvestiGators Series Open The Magic, Courtney Hinshaw -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends {instagram} Ramonarecommends.com Magic Wear Shop
36:06
September 12, 2022
Episode 90: Sally Lloyd Jones
On this week’s episode, you will meet the ever-charming Sally Lloyd Jones who is the author of many picture books and The Jesus Storybook Bible. She shares her inspiration and her process for creating stories that invite readers to have fun in a book. She talks about the honor and responsibility of writing for children. She has advice to share for parents and teachers to ignite the love of reading in your home and classroom. You will get all the details of how her new book Tiny Cedric came to be. She also shares the magic of the author and illustrator collaboration. Sally was a huge encouragement to me, and I know that you will gain the same encouragement from this episode. Be sure to connect with Sally through one of these ways: Instagram or her Website Below you will find the Amazon affiliate link for books mentioned on this episode. Just click to purchase. Tiny Cedric  The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe  Goldfish on Vacation The Jesus Storybook Bible Open The Magic, Courtney Hinshaw -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends {instagram} Ramonarecommends.com Magic Wear Shop
34:18
September 05, 2022
Episode 89: Stephen Briseño
On this week’s episode, you will meet my new friend and debut author Stephen Briseño. He is a life-long reader influenced and an awesome middle school English teacher. You will enjoy hearing about who and what encouraged him with regards to reading in his early years. Stephen also shares about the inspiration and story behind his debut picture book, The Notebook Keeper. It is really an amazing story. We also talk about his daily reading and writing habits that support his work as an author. Our conversation will be insightful to anyone who has dreamed of possibly becoming a writer someday. I know that you will enjoy getting to know Stephen as much as I did. Be sure to connect with Stephen through one of these ways:  Instagram, Twitter or his Website Below you will find the Amazon affiliate link for Stephen’s book. Just click to purchase. The Notebook Keeper Open The Magic, Courtney Hinshaw -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends {instagram} Ramonarecommends.com Magic Wear Shop
37:15
August 29, 2022
Episode 88: Anastasia McKenna
You are in for such a treat this week. I can't wait for you to meet Anastastia McKenna who is a former teacher turned Storytime reader at The Twig Book Shop in San Antonio, TX. If you want to learn about the most engaging way to read a story, you are in the right place. She is the most enthusiastic story teller that I have ever met. She does weekly story times but also has taken her show on the road and does story time in schools and at libraries. She loves to help people find just the right book that will bring reading to life for them. You will love your time spent hearing all of her tips and tricks about reading stories and picking just the right book. This episode is sure to make you laugh!  You can connect with Miss Anastasia on Instagram and TikTok and Twitter Below you will find the Amazon affiliate links for the books mentioned in this episode. Just click to purchase. A Bear, A Bee and A Honey Tree Let's Go for a Drive Open The Magic, Courtney Hinshaw -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends {instagram} Ramonarecommends.com Magic Wear Shop
01:06:48
August 22, 2022
Episode 87: Chris Barton
On this week’s episode you will meet Austin-based children’s author Chris Barton. He is the author of some of my favorite nonfiction biography picture books. You will be interested to learn about Chris’ journey to becoming a picture book author. We share the same belief that picture books are the first stories that teach children to love reading and create a much-needed tactile reading experience. He loves to tell stories about how things in the world came to be. You will learn about the research that goes into writing a nonfiction picture book. His two newest books: How To Make a Book (About My Dog) and Moving Forward: From Space-Age Rides to Civil Rights Sit-Ins with Airman Alton Yates are perfect examples of his immense skills. We had a great time discussing our shared understanding that picture books are for people of all ages. You will learn so much from this episode, and I can’t wait for you to get to know Chris. Below you will find the Amazon affiliate links for the books mentioned in this episode. Just click to purchase. How To Make a Book (About My Dog) Moving Forward: From Space-Age Rides to Civil Rights Sit-Ins with Airman Alton Yates The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch Whoosh: Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions Worser (Middle Grade Novel) The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins What Do You Do With a Voice Like That?: The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan The Day-Glo Brothers: The True Story of Bob and Joe Switzer's Bright Ideas and Brand-New Colors Ways to connect with Chris: Instagram and Twitter and Website This One’s Dedicated to … (podcast with his wife) Open The Magic, Courtney Hinshaw -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends {instagram} Magic Wear Shop Ramonarecommends.com
51:27
August 15, 2022
Episode 86: Annie F. Downs
Today’s “Back to School” episode is a dream come true for me. I got to interview one of my favorite people —Annie F. Downs. I first “met” Annie when I began listening to her podcast: “That Sounds Fun” during the pandemic. Annie is a former teacher turned podcaster, producer and author. She lives in Nashville, TN and gets to interview some of the most fascinating people. This episode will comfort you and inspire you as you start a new school year as a teacher or a parent. We had so much fun talking about things that make back to school season so special. She has a great perspective on the life of a teacher, and she shares some of the lessons she learned. Her new book is called "Chase the Fun," and she talks about how to make this a goal every day. You will learn about her hobbies, her dreams, and her secrets to chasing the fun. After listening to this episode, you will feel like Annie is a new friend. Her genuine spirit and authentic perspective on life is very refreshing. She will make you laugh and cry. I hope you enjoy listening to this episode. It was one of my favorites.  Below you will find the Amazon affiliate links for the books mentioned in this episode. Just click to purchase. What Sounds Fun to You?  Chase The Fun: 100 Days to Discover Fun Right Where You Are Bronco and Friends: Mission Possible Ways to connect with Annie: Instagram and Facebook Open The Magic, Courtney Hinshaw -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends {instagram} Ramonarecommends.com Magic Wear Shop
58:37
August 08, 2022
Episode 85: Trudy Ludwig
I have been looking forward to this interview for awhile. You are going to love meeting Trudy Ludwig who is the author of many children's books including The Invisible Boy and Quiet Please, Owen McPhee and her newest book Brave Every Day. She says that her focus when she writes is to help kids connect with each other in kinder and more caring ways. She is definitely good at that. You will learn what profession she had before she was compelled to start writing children's books. You will learn about her concept of bibliotherapy. Trudy is a treasure trove of social and emotional wisdom. I learned so much from her and I can't wait for you to learn, too. She also shares insights about how her newest book Brave Every Day came to be. I know you will enjoy this episode as much as I did.  Ways to connect with Trudy: Website, Twitter, Instagram Below you will find the Amazon affiliate links for the books mentioned in this episode. Just click to purchase. The invisible Boy Quite Please, Owen McPhee Brave Every Day Calling the Wind Counting By 7s  Open The Magic, Courtney Hinshaw -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends {instagram} Ramonarecommends.com Magic Wear Shop
37:25
June 06, 2022
Episode 84: Ella Schwartz and Dow Phumiruk
This week you will love meeting the dynamic author/illustrator duo of Ella Schwartz and Dow Phumiruk. They both share about their careers before working on picture books and how their love of reading grew more slowly because of their family's immigrant background. You will learn the background story about Her Name was Mary Katherine: The Only Woman Whose Name is on the Declaration of Independence. You will enjoy learning about the special relationship that an author and illustrator have when working on a book together. They also were able to share about their upcoming books and projects. I know you will enjoy getting to know these two special people.  Ways to connect with Ella: Website, Twitter and Dow: Instagram, Website, Twitter Below you will find the Amazon affiliate links for the books mentioned in this episode. Just click to purchase. From Ella Schwartz: Her Name was Mary Katherine: The Only Woman Whose Name is on the Declaration of Independence Can you Crack the Code?: A Fascinating History of Ciphers and Cryptography Is It Okay to Pee in the Ocean?: The Fascinating Science of Our Waste and Our World From Dow Phumiruk: Hugsby New From Here Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13 A Life of Service: The Story of Senator Tammy Duckworth Open The Magic, Courtney Hinshaw -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends {instagram} Ramonarecommends.com Magic Wear Shop
32:47
May 30, 2022
Episode 83: Kirsten Larson
You are going to love getting to know Kirsten Larson who used to work for NASA and came to be a picture book author when she realized how much she and her children loved the nonfiction section of the library. She shares how she likes to focus her writing on strong women in history. She shares her research process of using both primary and secondary sources. She discusses the idea that reading a picture book involves both the reading of words and the reading of pictures and how that brings meaning and Confetti Moments to readers. She shares the story of her latest book A True Wonder: The Comic Book Hero Who Changed Everything which chronicles the creation and evolution of Wonder Woman and inspires readers to see themselves as heroes of their own story. Kirsten is such a gift to the nonfiction picture book community. Below you will find the Amazon affiliate links for the books mentioned in this episode. Just click to purchase. A True Wonder: The Comic Book Hero Who Changed Everything Wood, Wire, Wings One Wish: Fatima al-Fihri and the World's Oldest University Ways to connect with Kirsten: Instagram, Website, Twitter Open The Magic, Courtney Hinshaw -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends {instagram} Ramonarecommends.com Magic Wear Shop
22:05
May 23, 2022
Episode 82: Tami Charles
This week you are going to love getting to meet former elementary school teacher Tami Charles who is the author of All Because You Matter. We talk about who she was as a reader growing up and who inspired her to become a picture book author. We really connect over our thoughts on the importance of picture books. She shares some of the authors she looks up to as a writer and the influence they had on her students. We also discuss her growth as a writer and her habits of writing. You will learn all about her book All Because You Matter and where the story came from. We also discuss the author/illustrator relationship and how that influences the outcome of a book. Tami is a treat and you are going to love this episode. Ways to connect with Tami: Website, Instagram, Twitter Below you will find the Amazon affiliate links for the books mentioned in this episode. Just click to purchase. All Because You Matter We Are Here The Crossover Black Girl Rising Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music Open The Magic, Courtney Hinshaw -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends {instagram} Ramonarecommends.com Magic Wear Shop
39:21
May 16, 2022
Episode 81: Lisa Robinson
I am so excited about this week's episode. I am happy to introduce you to Lisa Robinson the author of The Sweetest Scoop which is the biography of Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream. She shares about her amazing upbringing with parents who were in the Peace Corp. You will be fascinated to learn all the places she has lived. She is currently a practicing child psychiatrist, mom and author. She has a beautiful take on the importance of picture books and their impact on social-emotional learning. Lisa shares the story behind The Sweetest Scoop: Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream Revolution in addition to all of her family's favorite ice cream flavors. You will learn about the other books she has written as well as what books she has coming in the near future. You will see that she loves to learn about strong women in history. Lastly, you have to find out the very unique hobby that Lisa and her daughter's share. I did not expect it! Enjoy this yummy episode! Ways to connect with Lisa: Instagram, Twitter, or her website Below you will find the Amazon affiliate links for the books mentioned in this episode. Just click to purchase. The Sweetest Scoop: Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream Revolution Madame Saqui: Revolutionary Rope Dancer Being a Dog: A Tail of Mindfulness Luli and the Language Of Tea Where the Wild Things Are Open The Magic, Courtney Hinshaw -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends {instagram} Ramonarecommends.com Magic Wear Shop
31:48
May 09, 2022
Episode 80: Margaret Greanias
This week it is my pleasure to introduce you to Margaret Greanias—a busy mom of three and a picture book author. She shares how someone with an MBA found themselves as a picture book author. We talked about our favorite genres of books and how books that show different cultures are so important.  We also shared our love of reading and book conferences. You get to hear about her newest book Amah Faraway and the memories that inspired it. Margaret shares about where her ideas come from for her stories and how they develop. She has such a kind and easygoing manor and was a joy to interview.  Below you will find the Amazon affiliate links for the books mentioned in this episode. Just click to purchase. Amah Faraway  Maximillian Villainous I Don't Care  The Book of Mistakes You can contact her for author visits at her website or you can connect with her on Instagram or Twitter Open The Magic, Courtney Hinshaw -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends {instagram} Ramonarecommends.com Magic Wear Shop
24:01
May 02, 2022
Episode 79: Shelley Johannes
Today is a special treat- It is my birthday and believe it or not, it is also my guest Shelley Johannes’ birthday! Can’t believe it. She is the author and illustrator of the Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker series and the More Than Sunny picture book. She was originally an architectural designer and never imagined that she could be an author and illustrator, too. She discusses the special combination of words and images that picture books offer and how it is a unique reading experience with magical results. She shares the inspiration for her picture book and where she gets her ideas for writing. You will love learning about her creative process. I was inspired by her carefree approach to life. Please connect with Shelley on Instagram and Twitter and reach our for an author visit! Below you will find the Amazon affiliate links for the books mentioned in this episode. Just click to purchase. Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker More than Sunny This Joy!  The Upside Down Hat A Story is to Share Fraidy Zoo The Vanderbeekers Series  Open The Magic, Courtney Hinshaw -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends {instagram} Ramonarecommends.com Magic Wear Shop
38:37
April 25, 2022
Episode 78: Charlotte Offsay
This week I had the pleasure of talking to Charlotte Offsay, the author of A Grandma's Magic. Charlotte talks about her move from the corporate world to her dream job as a picture book writer. She talks about the importance of picture books and the influence her love of reading had on her job today. You will also learn the inspiration for her newly released book called A Grandma's Magic. It was a joy to get to know Charlotte. Be sure to connect with her on her website or Instagram or Twitter.  Below you will find the Amazon affiliate links for the books mentioned in this episode. Just click to purchase. A Grandma's Magic How to Return a Monster The Big Beach Cleanup First Notes of Spring Open The Magic, Courtney Hinshaw -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends {instagram} Ramonarecommends.com Magic Wear Shop
15:37
April 18, 2022
Episode 77: Scott Rothman
This week you will have the pleasure of meeting Scott Rothman. He is a former screenplay writer turned picture book author. He talks about his early love of reading and the picture book he wrote when he was only 12 years old. He discusses the camaraderie of the picture book community and some of his proudest moments as an author. There may be a few rabbit trails where we discuss our favorite sports teams, how we like our hamburgers, and left-handed people. Scott has a natural humor and easy-going personality that makes him a joy to get to know. This is such an entertaining and informative episode!  Be sure to connect with Scott through Instagram, Twitter or his website. Below you will find the Amazon affiliate links for the books mentioned in this episode. Just click to purchase. Attack of the Underwear Dragon Return of the Underwear Dragon Mako and Tiger: Two Not-So-Friendly Sharks Parfait, Not Parfait! Blue Bison Needs a Haircut The Sweetest Scoop Escargot A Book for Escargot Love, Escargot Open The Magic, Courtney Hinshaw -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends {instagram} Ramonarecommends.com Magic Wear Shop
54:31
April 11, 2022
Episode 76: Benson Shum
This week I got to speak with Benson Shum who works for Disney Animation on some movies you have definitely heard of. That is his day job and spends time writing and illustrating picture books at night. We talk about his journey to becoming a picture book author and how he gets the ideas for his books. Benson has a unique outlook on how stories should be told. He also talks about living up to others’ expectations and being okay with the choices that you make and how your family influences who you are. Benson gives us a sneak peak of what he is currently working on. It was a gift to chat with such a naturally creative person. I hope you enjoy our conversation. Below you will find the Amazon affiliate links for the books mentioned in this episode. Just click to purchase. Anzu The Great Kaiju Holly’s Day at the Pool Alex’s Good Fortune Sloth Went Little Seed Curve and Flow: The Elegant Vision of L.A. Architect Paul R. Williams I Was Born a Baby Strictly no Elephants Ways to connect with Benson: @bshum79 (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and TikTok) and bensonshum.com Open The Magic, Courtney Hinshaw -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends {instagram} Ramonarecommends.com Magic Wear Shop
33:57
April 04, 2022
Episode 75: Giles Andreae
You are in for a treat this week as I introduce you to the remarkable Giles Andreae, author of the ever-popular Giraffes Can’t Dance and many more titles. Giles lives in the UK, and we had to get creative to coordinate our schedules in order to find an ideal time to chat in spite of the time zone differences. Giles is not only a picture book author but also an illustrator and cartoonist and songwriter. Giles shares his journey to becoming a picture book author, some of his upcoming projects and why picture books are such a gift to people of all ages. You need to listen to find out what his next book is called and his thoughts on the impact that Social and Emotional Learning books have on people today. You can connect with Giles @giles_andreae on Instagram. Below you will find the Amazon affiliate links for the books mentioned in this episode. Just click to purchase. Giraffes Can’t Dance Free to Be Elephant Me Be Brave, Little Penguin Brave Dave The Pig of Happiness Open The Magic, Courtney Hinshaw -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends {instagram} Ramonarecommends.com Magic Wear Shop
59:02
March 28, 2022
Episode 74: Beth Anderson
On this week's episode, I am so pleased to introduce you to Beth Anderson who is a 20+ year veteran ESL teacher turned biography and historical fiction picture book writer. Beth shares her process when researching for her amazing biographies. She says she is on a treasure hunt for details to make her books accurate and engaging. Her biographies are unique because she has found such interesting historical figures as her focus. This is an inspiring conversation that I am sure you are going to love. You can connect with Beth on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest @bandersonwriter and through her website bethandersonwriter.com  Below are Amazon affiliate links to the books mentioned in this episode. Revolutionary Prudence Wright The Inconvenient Alphabet Franz's Phantasmagorical Machine Tad Lincoln's Restless Wriggle Lizzie Demands a Seat! "Smelly" Kelly and His Super Senses Cloaked in Courage: Uncovering Deborah Sampson, Patriot Soldier Open The Magic, Courtney Hinshaw -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends (Instagram) Ramonarecommends.com Magic Wear Shop
44:42
March 21, 2022
Episode 73: The Pumphrey Brothers
This week you get to hear the genius behind The Pumphrey Brothers book-making process. Jarrett and Jerome Pumphrey are authors of the books The Old Truck and The Old Boat and the upcoming Somewhere in the Bayou. You will enjoy hearing the brothers recall their journey to becoming collaborative picture books authors/illustrators. They also talk about the connection between their reading lives as children and their current professional work. You can connect with them through their individual Instagram accounts (linked in their names above) or their shared website: thepumphreybrothers.com. You will be happy to know that they do both virtual and in-person school visits. It was a joy to get to know these men, and I hope you enjoy our chat, too.  Below are Amazon affiliate links to the books mentioned in this episode.  The Old Truck The Old Boat Somewhere in the Bayou The First Cat in Space Ate Pizza Three Billy Goats Gruff Open The Magic, Courtney Hinshaw -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends (Instagram) Ramonarecommends.com Magic Wear Shop
39:34
March 14, 2022
Confetti Moments for bookful people!
Confetti Moments is a podcast hosted by picture book expert Courtney Hinshaw of Ramona Recommends. Each week Courtney interviews different authors, illustrators or other bookful people who share her love and appreciation for picture books. 
01:47
March 13, 2022
Episode 72: Andrea Wang author of Watercress
I cannot tell you what an honor it was to do this week’s episode. I am proud to introduce you to Andrea Wang, who is the 2022 Newbery Honor Book Award recipient and the Asian-Pacific American Award for Literature recipient for the book Watercress (this book also won the Caldecott medal). She shares the story behind this semi-autobiographical book that has received such acclaim. You will learn more details about the story and its impact on the literary world and those who have read it. A special moment is when she recounts the day that she learned about winning the Newbery Honor. Andrea also shares such wisdom about her life as an author which was a second career for her. Her wish is that listeners or readers who might have felt “othered” will find hope and connection to her story. Her love of reading and picture books is contagious— this is a special episode. I hope you enjoy getting to know Andrea better. Below you will find the Amazon affiliate links for the books mentioned in this episode. Just click to purchase. Watercress Luli and the Language of Tea The Sweetest Scoop Lift Ways to connect with Andrea: Andreaywang.com (website) @andreaywang (Twitter) @andreawhywang (Instagram) andreawangbooks@gmail.com (for author visits) Open The Magic, Courtney Hinshaw -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends {instagram} Ramonarecommends.com Magic Wear Shop
33:57
March 07, 2022
Episode 71: Book Love with Melissa Perisco of In Our Library
This is the last episode in my Book Love series. I am happy to introduce you to Melissa Perisco. She is a Pre-K through 5th grade Library Media Specialist who you can find at In Our Library on Instagram. We talk about her journey to becoming a librarian and her favorite books that give her a Confetti Moment. She shares about the personal impact of picture books that focus on Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). Melissa models vulnerability that will inspire you. This is a very moving episode that will speak to your heart and make you want to grab your favorite picture book for comfort. Thank you for listening to this very special episode. Below are Amazon affiliate links for the books and authors listed in this week's episode.  Hamsters Make Terrible Roommates After The Fall What If, Pig? Negative Cat High 5 Habit:Take Control of your Life with One Simple Habit Ann Martin author page Josh Funk-author page Jory John-author page Bob Shea-author page Dan Santat- Mental Health Episode Open The Magic, Courtney Hinshaw -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends {instagram} Ramonarecommends.com Magic Wear Shop
52:12
February 28, 2022
Episode 70: Book Love with Rosie D'Urso of Library Mom Books
Welcome back to another episode in our Book Love series. This week you have the treat of meeting Rosie D'Urso of Library Mom Books. She is a former collegiate lacrosse player turned librarian. Rosie is the ultimate Book Enthusiast. We have an amazing conversation about the power of teachers, the hope that books provide and how a confetti moment can change a kid’s life. Rosie also shares some of her librarian expertise with regards to family library visits and all the amazing things that libraries provide to communities. You will also learn some of her favorite books and authors and her favorite flavor of ice cream. You can find all her amazing resources on her website librarymom.com Enjoy this inspiring episode! Below you will find the Amazon affiliate links for the books and authors mentioned in this episode.  The Dot  Pretty Perfect Kitty Corn The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Velveteen Rabbit Tuesday David Wiesner Samantha Cotterill Yuyi Morales Courtney's Favorite Ice Cream Scoop Open The Magic, Courtney Hinshaw -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends {Instagram} Ramonarecommends.com Magic Wear Shop
48:53
February 21, 2022
Episode 69: Book Love with Eliana Bishop from Kid Lit is Magic
Today, we continue with the Book Love series. I am happy to introduce you to Eliana Bishop of the Bookstagram: Kid Lit is Magic. She is in the corporate world but loves picture books as much as I do. You will learn about how becoming a mom grew her true love of reading, and she found that picture books helped her to connect with her son and others in the Instagram world. We talked a lot about the value of having books that reflect your community and culture. She shares what books have really given her a sense of belonging and have allowed her to share some of her heritage and culture with your son. I know that you will enjoy getting to know Eliana.  The following books are mentioned in today's episode. Please use the Amazon affiliate link to buy books.  Island Born The Bear and the Piano David Litchfield Books  Mo Willems Books  The Remember Balloons Open The Magic, Courtney Hinshaw -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends {instagram} Ramonarecommends.com Magic Wear Shop
42:21
February 14, 2022
Episode 68: Book Love and Secret Covers with Aimee Smith
I am so excited about this month's podcasts. I have invited some of my bookful friends to chat with me about the picture books that we love. Get your pens and wish lists ready because we are going to be talk about all our favorites and you are going to want to add some of them to your shelves.  In today's episode, I am happy to introduce you to Aimee Smith— a former second grade teacher turned stay-at-home mom. She loves discovering “secret covers” which is what is sometimes hiding behind the book jacket of a picture book. Aimee runs the Instagram account “Keepabookout” where she shares book recommendations and her special “bookies.” (sugar cookies with illustrations from books) You might be surprised to learn about her favorite holiday for picture books. And we even digress to discuss our favorite Ted Lasso characters. We had so much fun chatting about our mutual love of picture books. Enjoy! Below you will find books mentioned in this week's episode. You can click on my Amazon affiliate link to purchase the books.  Nanette Baguette After The Fall Here We Are Miss Rumphius Carol and the Pickle Toad Cinderella Skeleton Gustavo Sir Simon Nobody Hugs a Cactus Nigel and the Moon Somewhere in the Bayou Aquanaut Confetti Moments Dan Santat- Mental Health Episode Open The Magic, Courtney Hinshaw -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends {instagram} Ramonarecommends.com Magic Wear Shop
36:08
February 07, 2022
Episode 67: 22 Tips for How to Create a Reader in 2022 with Courtney Hinshaw
This week I am excited to share 22 tips for how to create a reader in your home or class in 2022! The tips are both practical and creative. I know, firsthand, the impact that picture books can have in a person’s life. I want to make sure that everyone has an opportunity to gain a love of learning through the Confetti Moments that happen when you read a picture book!. You will also get a sprinkling of new books coming out in 2022 that I am really looking forward to reading! This is a jam-packed episode. The following are the list of books from this episode. Click the links to shop my Amazon lists using my affiliate links. Too Many Pigs and One Big Bad Wolf- Publication Sept. 2022 Friends are Friends Forever- Jan 2022 Eyes that Speak to the Stars- Jan 2022 Blips on a Screen-April 2022 Listen: How Evelyn Glennie, a Deaf Girl, Changed Percussion-April 2022 Tilda Tries Again- March 2022 The River- March 2022 She Persisted in Science- March 2022 Nervous Nigel- June 2022 Pink is Not a Color- June 2022 Ice Cream Face- June 2022 Action: How Movies Began- June 2022 Brave Every Day- June 2022 Thursday- June 2022 Marcel’s Masterpiece: How a Toilet Changed the History of Art- Aug. 2022 Pizza: A Slice of History- Aug. 2022 Wordless Picture books Podcast Episode March Madness Podcast Episode (Product will release on Tuesday) National Days (Podcast Episode and Blog Post) Open The Magic, Courtney Hinshaw -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends {instagram} Ramonarecommends.com Magic Wear Shop
38:05
January 31, 2022
Episode 66: Valentine's Day Books with Courtney Hinshaw
February and Valentine's Day mean all things love and hearts and friendship and pink! On this week's episode, I share my favorite picture books and ideas for Valentine's Day. There are so many great books—old and new—that make this month and holiday special. I hope you enjoy, and please reach out to me on Instagram or at ramonarecommends.com to share your favorites.  The following are the list of books from this episode. Click the titles to shop my Amazon affiliate links. House of Love What is Love?  Valentine’s Day Jitters Nobody Hugs a Cactus Bagels in Love  (Author Natasha Wing’s Episode) Hug Machine Words and Your Heart I am Love: A Book of Compassion (Author Susan Verde's Episode) My Heart  Valentine Foxes My Complete Valentine’s Day Book List Open The Magic, Courtney Hinshaw -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends {instagram} Ramonarecommends.com Magic Wear Shop
17:48
January 24, 2022
Episode 65: My Story with Courtney Hinshaw
Today I am going to share my heart with you. My personal story is a hard one for me to tell but also a very important story for me to share. My story explains why I started Ramona Recommends, and why I believe that picture books are for everyone! They changed my life and made me who I am today. I hope that this story will inspire you if your journey has been anything like mine, or it might give you insight into a student or family member's struggles. After listening, please reach out if you need anything— I am just an email or DM away. I am here for you!  Open The Magic, Courtney Hinshaw -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends {instagram} Ramonarecommends.com Magic Wear Shop
50:43
January 17, 2022
Episode 64: SEL-Anxiety and Worry with Courtney Hinshaw
This episode is dear to my heart. I simply love sharing about how to use Social and Emotional Learning picture books to help people. This topic of books has been so helpful to me on my mental health journey. In today's episode, I am very honest about my social and emotional growth and what books you might use to help a child or friend or yourself, as well. Please share this episode with others who might benefit from its message.  Below are the books that I discussed during this episode. Like I mentioned, they are my Amazon affiliate links that help me be able to buy and review more books. Thanks for your support.   My Monster and Me The Creature of Habit  Ruby Finds a Worry The "Don't Worry" Book  What If . . . The Unicorn Came to Dinner The Night Before the Dentist Wemberly Worried  Donut Worry The Whatifs Weasel is Worried Maybe •My Amazon List for Social and Emotional Learning Open The Magic, Courtney Hinshaw -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends {instagram} Magic Wear Shop Ramonarecommends.com
28:07
January 10, 2022
Episode 63: National Days with Courtney Hinshaw
Happy New Year! I am so excited for today's episode. I am sharing all you need to know about how to celebrate National Days with some really special picture books. This is one of my students' favorite times in my class. I love being able to find just the right book to pair with a National Day, especially the really unique ones. You will also learn all about National Open the Magic Day that is celebrated each year on September 25! Enjoy this first episode of 2022! It's going to be an amazing "bookfull" year.  For more information explore these links (all Amazon links are affiliate links) January National Days List Open The Magic Day National Days website The Ultimate KID FRIENDLY List Open The Magic, Courtney Hinshaw -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends {instagram} Magic Wear Shop Ramonarecommends.com
19:40
January 03, 2022
Be Back in 2022
Hi! I just wanted to let you know Confetti Moments will be taking a winter vacation, but will be back on Monday, January 3rd, 2022. I am so thankful to all of you for listening and sharing in the confetti. Hey, can you do me a favor? Will you share about Confetti Moments? I know the authors and illustrators would be so pumped. You guess it, I will be elated too! Oh! AND! leave a review where you listen to podcasts? #merrychristmastome I did leave you with 3 of my favorite winter titles. Please note these are amazon affiliate links which is no extra cost to you. This allows me to buy more books because I do get a very small commission on each book when purchased.  Red and Lulu Pick a Pine Tree Grand Jete and Me Happy Bookful Holidays, Courtney
03:22
December 06, 2021
Episode 62: Wordless Picture Books with Hanna Stroud
I am happy to introduce you to literacy tutor and consultant Hanna Stroud who lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. In this informative episode, Hanna shares so many creative ways that picture books benefit everyone- some things that I had never even considered. You will enjoy learning about her literacy journey and how she came to be an avid reader. Hanna’s favorite format of picture books is wordless picture books. She really is a wordless picture book expert! Hanna shares how she came to love wordless books and the gift they are to all readers. She shares an amazing number of ways to use wordless picture books with children and some wonderful cross-curricular ideas, too. Get ready to be inspired and learn so much in this episode. You can find Hanna @myliteracyspace on Instagram Click here for a free download from Hanna These are the books mentioned in this episode with Amazon affiliate links for purchase Bee and Me Brick by Brick A Circle of Friends Bill Thomson books: Chalk, Fossil, Typewriter Hike  Grandad’s Camper Change Sings Open The Magic, Courtney Hinshaw -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends {instagram} Magic Wear Shop Ramonarecommends.com
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November 29, 2021
Episode 61: Sita Singh
This week I am proud to introduce you to former architect turned author, Sita Singh. She is excited to share about her debut picture book, Birds of a Feather. You learn the story behind how the book came to be and her passion for bringing more diversity to children's literature. She also shares her insights into all the ways picture books influence and appeal to readers of all ages. One of my favorite moments was hearing her childhood stories about growing up in India and finding her love of reading early in life through her parents' influence and the local library. Her journey to becoming a picture book author is worth the listen. Sita is a natural storyteller who has so much to offer all listeners. You don't want to miss this episode! You can follow Sita on Instagram and Twitter  Below are the books mentioned in this episode with Amazon affiliate links for purchasing.  Birds of a Feather —Click here to watch a book trailer of the book. I Talk Like a River Dear Girl,: A Celebration of Wonderful, Smart, Beautiful You!  Dumpling Day Open The Magic, Courtney Hinshaw -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends {instagram} Magic Wear Shop Ramonarecommends.com
38:53
November 22, 2021
Episode 60: Colby Sharp
This week’s conversation is such a treat! I am thrilled that you get to meet fifth-grade teacher and author of Game Changer: Book Access for All— Colby Sharp. He shares his love of using picture books in his class and how he manages his literacy lessons throughout the day with a focus on independent reading. We have some honest conversations about reading “ups and downs” and Colby shares some great insights about inspiring reading in classrooms and keeping book collections relevant to students. I especially appreciated the questions he asked me, as well. Our mutual love for books shines through as there are many, many book recommendations linked below with Amazing affiliate links for purchase. Be sure to follow Colby Sharp on all social media platforms and check out his weekly YouTube Kid Lit Book Mail— you won’t regret it! Game Changer! Book Access for All Kids How to Train your Dad Northwind The One and Only Ivan Front Desk The Year We Learned to Fly  The Sweetest Scoop: Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Revolution Author recommendations: Jon Klassen Jacqueline Woodson Deborah Freedman Open The Magic, Courtney Hinshaw -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends {instagram} Magic Wear Shop Ramonarecommends.com
45:08
November 15, 2021
Episode 59: The Smart Cookie with Pete Oswald
This is a much-anticipated episode—This week I had the pleasure of visiting with illustrator/author Pete Oswald who illustrated the newly released The Smart Cookie which is the most recent addition to the Food Group book series by Jory John. Pete shares about his life-long love of drawing and animation. You will learn how his family is his biggest support and a great source of honest feedback. A real treasure in this episode is all the insights Pete shares about the making of The Smart Cookie. Pete shares about his creative process, as well. I know that you will love to hear from Pete who is such a kind and authentic person. You can find Pete at peteoswald.com Books mentioned in this episode with Amazon affiliate links for purchase: Mingo the Flamingo  The Smart Cookie A Gift for Nana by Lane Smith Open The Magic, Courtney Hinshaw -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends {instagram} Magic Wear Shop Ramonarecommends.com
28:05
November 08, 2021
Episode 58: Friends Talk with Courtney Hinshaw and Andrea Burns
This week my book buddy, Andrea from @bookishburnsss, and I got together to chat all about books and so much more. You will learn about our favorite monthly book event called Check It Out. Click here to register for tomorrow’s Thanksgiving-Themed Check It Out. We also discuss our favorite Thanksgiving foods and opinions on Black Friday shopping. We had so much fun talking about all the books that are coming out in the next few months. We offer up some ideas about adding SEL books to your class and life. I hope you enjoy a peek into our lives and friendship. Kobi Yamada Confetti Moments Episode November Coming Soon Book List with Amazon Affiliate Links December Coming Soon Book List with Amazon Affiliate Links Mile High Reading (book recommendation website) Open The Magic, Courtney Hinshaw -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends {instagram} Magic Wear Shop Ramonarecommends.com
30:00
November 01, 2021
Episode 57: The Crayons' Journey with Drew Daywalt
Oh what a treat this interview was! I am so happy for you to meet former screenwriter turned picture book writer, Drew Daywalt. You will enjoy hearing the origin story for The Day the Crayons Quit and how long it took to get that fantastic book published. Drew shares his literary journey that has some interesting twists and turns and is ultimately rooted in his family’s influence in exposing him to wonderful stories. Drew has excellent advice for both people who don’t like to write and for aspiring writers and illustrators. You get to hear about all the future Crayon books that are coming. Lastly, Drew shares his passion for SEL books and the universal appeal they have. I know you will learn so much from this amazing interview with Drew who is such a kind and genuine person. Enjoy! You can find all things Drew at drewdaywalt.com Books mentioned in this episode with Amazon affiliate links to order:  The Day the Crayons Quit The Day the Crayons Came Home Sleepy, The Goodnight Buddy What Was I Scared Of?  Smart Cookie Open The Magic, Courtney Hinshaw -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends {instagram} Magic Wear Shop Ramonarecommends.com
55:44
October 25, 2021
Episode 56: Starfish: Lisa Fipps
Welcome, listeners. This week's episode really hit close to home this week. I had the pleasure of interviewing Lisa Fipps author of the middle grade novel-in-verse novel called Starfish, which is her debut novel. The book focuses on the impact of body-shaming and the struggle to have a positive body image of yourself when the world's messages are against you. Lisa shares candidly the personal stories that inspired Starfish. You will also learn about Lisa growing up in a rural area as a very avid reader where books were her life line. She has great advice for aspiring authors, as well. I hope you are as encouraged as I was after this powerful conversation. You can find Lisa at her website authorlisafipps.com and on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter at authorlisafipps.  Books mentioned in this episode with Amazon affiliate links for purchase:  Starfish The Children's Moon The Walk to the Park Open The Magic, Courtney Hinshaw -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends {instagram} Magic Wear Shop Ramonarecommends.com
47:01
October 18, 2021
Episode 55: Mental Health with Dan Santat
You are in for a very special and important episode this week. I had the pleasure of speaking with Caldecott-winning author-illustrator Dan Santat. One of the highlights of this week's episode is a very honest and vulnerable conversation about the personal story that inspired After the Fall. We discuss the societal stigma around mental health and specifically anxiety and depression. Dan shares great advice for aspiring authors and illustrators about finding your own voice and style when you are inspired by so many great others around. You will be interested to learn what job Dan would have had if he hadn’t found a love of art and storytelling. We also discuss the beauty that comes from boredom. Finally, Dan shares some of his upcoming projects and books. I know you will be moved by this episode. Books discussed in this episode with affiliate links for purchase: After the Fall Bear is a Bear Trick or Treat, Crankenstein The Aquanaut Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Open The Magic, Courtney Hinshaw -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends {instagram} Magic Wear Shop Ramonarecommends.com
51:23
October 11, 2021
Episode 54: Sharing is Caring with Samantha Berger
Today's episode is a true Confetti Moment conversation. Samantha Berger and I discuss the gift that picture books are for every reader, not just young children. You will want to listen as Samantha describes picture books as an "exceptionally high art form," and the unique experience there is as one waits with anticipation for each page to turn. We discuss the importance of book access and how strongly this influences readers and writers. She has been told she has the "soul of a child," and she loves storytelling and mentoring and discovering others who have this gift, as well. Samantha has written over 90 books for kids, and she is also involved in work for Sesame Street and Nickelodeon. She shares some of her upcoming projects and ideas for future books. You can find her at her website: samanthaberger.com, on Instagram or on Twitter.  Books mentioned in this episode with Amazon affiliate links for purchasing: The Sharey Godmother Trick or Treat Crankenstein What If?  Snail Mail Survivor Tree Flamer Open The Magic, Courtney Hinshaw -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends {instagram} Magic Wear Shop Ramonarecommends.com
39:43
October 04, 2021
Episode 53: Dream Big with Kobi Yamada
This week I had the honor of interviewing Kobi Yamada who is the author of the What Do You Do With an Idea? . . .Problem? . . .Chance? series. He has such wise words to share about the power of picture books and their intergenerational significance. You will learn the story behind how What Do You Do With an Idea? became a book. He shares about the importance of failure in our lives and how he brought that theme to life in one of his newer books, Trying. Kobi is someone who really understands that picture books are for everyone! I know that you will enjoy all the nuggets of hope and wisdom packed into this episode.  Books mentioned in this episode (Amazon affiliate links used): What Do You Do with an Idea?  What Do You Do with a Problem?  What Do You Do with a Chance?  Trying Finding Muchness Breath by James Nester Open The Magic, Courtney Hinshaw -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends {instagram} Magic Wear Shop Ramonarecommends.com
33:60
September 27, 2021
Episode 52: National Open the Magic Day- Saturday Sept. 25
In this episode, I discuss the story behind National Open the Magic Day. You will learn all the details about how to celebrate this special day with me and others who want to share in our common love of picture books and the magic that happens when we read. I also share about the special author panel interview that I got to do with some of the authors and illustrators of the six National Open the Magic Day featured books. I have created a handout that has questions and activities for each book. Click here to download it. I hope that you have plans so celebrate National Open the Magic Day. You can click here to fill out a Google Form to share what you are doing. There is also a certificate you can download to commemorate your participation. Thanks for listening! Here are Amazon affiliate links to the six featured books for National Open the Magic Day I am Courage                         A Walk in the Words                    A Friend Like You  What If, Pig?                          Kindness is a Kite String              Survivor Tree Open The Magic, Courtney Hinshaw -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends {instagram} Magic Wear Shop Ramonarecommends.com
19:25
September 20, 2021
Episode 51: "I Am Courage" with Susan Verde
This week I am very excited to share with you my meaningful conversation with Susan Verde who is the author of the "I Am" series and her newest addition, "I Am Courage" came out on September 7. In this episode, Susan shares about how she came to love reading and writing so much. We discuss how picture books are able to break down "big messages" into more manageable parts. You will love Susan's story about meeting and becoming friends with Peter Reynolds, her illustration partner in the "I Am" series. We also considered the importance of picture books that focus on Social/Emotional learning. Finally, Susan offered some sound advice to aspiring writers and authors. I hope you enjoy this special time that Susan and I shared. Please be sure to share this episode with others who you know would enjoy it.  Books mentioned in this episode (Amazon affiliate links used)  I Am Courage I Am Love I Am Yoga The Snowy Day Our Table Open The Magic, Courtney Hinshaw -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends {instagram} Magic Wear Shop Ramonarecommends.com
48:01
September 13, 2021
Episode 50: Survivor Tree with Marcie Colleen
I hope you all had a wonderful summer. I am so excited to get my fall line-up of Confetti Moments podcasts started with the special conversation that I had with Marcie Colleen who is the author of the newly published book, "Survivor Tree". This narrative nonfiction picture book is about a very special tree that survived the horrific events of 9/11. Marcie shares how this book is about so much more than 9/11. It is ultimately about resiliency and hope, which she emphasizes are two things that everyone needs after the events of the past year and a half. Marcie shares how her former work as a high school English and theater teacher influenced her current work as a children's book author. You will also hear excellent insights and advice for aspiring authors. Marcie gives so much to the kid lit writing community- you are sure to enjoy getting to know her better.   You can find Marcie Colleen at her website, on Instagram and Twitter Books mentioned in this podcast with affiliate links- Click to purchase Also an Octopus Busy Town Busy People A True Wonder: The Comic Book Hero Who Changed Everything Open The Magic, Courtney Hinshaw -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends {instagram} Magic Wear Shop Ramonarecommends.com
56:25
September 06, 2021
Episode 47: Summer Reading Ideas
I am so glad that you have tuned in to today's episode. This week I am sharing all things Summer reading including family reading ideas, the importance of summer reading and the gift of reading for everyone. During this episode, I was over come with thankfulness for the Confetti Moments community of listeners and the "bookful" community in general.  Books mentioned in this episode: Starfish by Lisa Fipps          The Bench by Meghan The Duchess of Sussex     Memory Jars by Vera Brosgol         Paletero Man by Lucky Diaz     Negative Cat by Sophie Blackall                       A Pizza with Everything on It by Kyle Scheele                      The Longest Storm by Dan Yaccarino Summer Reading Programs Barnes and Noble                             Half Price Books                      Scholastic Also check with your local library to see what they are doing to encourage and celebrate summer reading. Read here about National Open the Magic Day Read here for the Check it Out Podcast  Open The Magic, Courtney Hinshaw -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends {instagram} Magic Wear Shop Ramonarecommends.com
29:50
July 12, 2021
Episode 49: Shark Week Bonus with Joan Holub and Laurie Keller
We have an exciting treat for SHARK WEEK— the author (Joan Holub) and illustrator (Laurie Keller) of the newly published I Am The Shark. I had the pleasure of interviewing this powerhouse duo who have joined forces for this incredible book. This book was actually inspired by Shark Week on the Discovery Channel and offers the perfect mix of humor, information and heart. In addition to sharing all about this book, these talented women share about their early love of reading and libraries. We explore the many ways that picture books enhance children's imaginations and the special bond that is shared when families read picture books together. One of my favorite parts was learning about where they get their ideas for stories; their answers might surprise you. I hope you enjoy this entertaining episode as much as I do.  You can find Joan on at joanholub.com as well as IG, Twitter and Facebook  You can find Laurie at lauriekellerbooks.com as well as IG, Twitter and Facebook Open The Magic, Courtney Hinshaw -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends {instagram} Magic Wear Shop Ramonarecommends.com Affiliate links are used for linked books.
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July 12, 2021
Episode 48: Becca Thiemann: Nonfiction Reads
This week we have an expert on our podcast— literally! My guest this week, Becca Thiemann, did her dissertation for her PhD on Nonfiction Picture Books. We discuss what makes nonfiction picture books so special and the magic they hold for readers of all ages. Becca shares one of the wisest things: Enjoyment of reading matters more than speed. You will learn the two different types of nonfiction picture books and new ways to read nonfiction picture books with children and students. You don't want to miss all the wisdom Becca has to share about the way that nonfiction picture books illuminate our world.  Books shared in this episode:  Steve Jenkins books Balloons Over Broadway Rest, Play, Grow All the World  A Friend Like You  Open The Magic, Courtney Hinshaw -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends {instagram} Magic Wear Shop Ramonarecommends.com
31:08
June 28, 2021
Episode 46: LeUyen Pham
Oh listeners, are you in for a treat! Uyen (pronounced "when") Pham is the author of the new book Outside Inside which she wrote at the very beginning of the pandemic as a sort of time capsule for her children and the world. We discuss how this book has been received by readers young and old. Uyen discusses how her family leaned on literature during the pandemic. Uyen also shares about her efforts to support book access when most libraries and schools were closed. Uyen is a gifted author/illustrator who has written or illustrated over 100 books. You have most likely read one of her books and not even realized it. If you would like to follow Uyen's journey you can find her on Instagram @uyenloseordraw or at leuyenpham.com. I hope you enjoy this insightful episode.  Books referenced in this episode:  Memory Jars Real Friends Bear Came Along Princess in Black Series Open The Magic, Courtney Hinshaw -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends {instagram} Magic Wear Shop Ramonarecommends.com
54:15
June 14, 2021
Episode 45: Jamie Nanfara
This week I had the pleasure of talking with Jamie Nanfara who is a literacy specialist and the face behind @kidsbookstagram. In this episode, Jamie shares her love of picture books and her work to become a published picture book author. She also gives insight into the effects the pandemic had on literacy and education, and how her family used books to find hope during this challenging time. Books mentioned in this episode:  Stars  Roller Coaster Have You Ever Seen a Flower Love Is Blob Open The Magic, Courtney Hinshaw -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends {instagram} Magic Wear Shop Ramonarecommends.com
24:51
June 07, 2021
Episode 44: Mikelle Noreen
This week we virtually traveled across the globe to talk books with Mikelle Noreen, a former international teacher currently serving as a librarian on an Army base in Germany. She reminisced  how her family's nightly read alouds instilled a love of reading in her. You will learn about her "rebellious" reading streak, as well. Mikelle's real specialty is digital libraries and she generously shares how she curates them and how you can get a free access to all of them. What a treat!  You can find Mikelle on Instagram @lettersfrommikelle  When the Stars Are Scattered Open The Magic, Courtney Hinshaw -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends {instagram} Magic Wear Shop Ramonarecommends.com
28:04
May 31, 2021
Episode 43: Courtney Hinshaw
It has been so long since I have been my own guest on my podcast. This week I share about the tradition of my Confetti Moment Deliveries that make everyone's day, including my own. You will also learn the heart and history of Confetti Moments.  How Cities Work Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing Open The Magic, Courtney Hinshaw -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends {instagram} Magic Wear Shop Ramonarecommends.com
19:11
May 24, 2021
Episode 42: Katie Addiss
In this episode, former high school English teacher and current stay-at-home mom, Katie Addis discusses how she underutilized picture books as a high school teacher and offers advice on ways she would do it differently today. We had a wonderful time talking about how picture books make kids fall in love with reading for a lifetime and she shares how she and her kids have survived the pandemic through reading. You will want to be sure to check out Katie’s Bookstagram account @littleslicesoflit that she bravely started during the pandemic.  Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever The Enchanted Hour: The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of Distraction Open The Magic, Courtney Hinshaw -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends {instagram} Magic Wear Shop Ramonarecommends.com
39:30
May 17, 2021
Episode 41: Kayla Harren
I had the pleasure of visiting with the amazing illustrator, Kayla Harren. Kayla shares about her journey to becoming an illustrator, which might surprise you. She also discusses the unique experience that you can have when reading picture books. I enjoyed learning about her thoughtful research process when drawing characters who have different cultural and life experiences than her own. Kayla is a true treasure, and I hope you enjoy this episode.  You can find Kayla on Instagram @kaylaharren and www.kaylaharren.com Mary Had A Little Lizard A Teacher Like You  A Girl Like You A Boy Like You The Boy Who Grew a Forest Open The Magic, Courtney Hinshaw -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends {instagram} Magic Wear Shop Ramonarecommends.com
34:45
May 10, 2021
Episode 40: Jennifer Sanchez
I am really excited for you to get know Jennifer Sanchez. She is an amazing mom of four kids, two of whom have Down syndrome. She shares her remarkable journey of adoption of one of her children with Down syndrome through an organization called Reece's Rainbow. We also talked about the three books that feature her daughter Sofia. The newest one is called You are Enough: A Book about Inclusion. I really bonded with Jennifer over our conversation about the power of telling your story and being proud of who you are. I hope you enjoy this heartwarming episode.  You can find Jennifer and her family on Instagram @thesanchezsix Open The Magic, Courtney Hinshaw You can find Jennifer and her family on Instagram @thesanchezsix -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends {instagram} Magic Wear Shop Ramonarecommends.com
27:25
May 03, 2021
Episode 39: Jarrett Lerner
Listeners, you are in for a treat today. I had so much fun talking all-things-books with author and illustrator Jarrett Lerner, who is most known for his EngiNerds book series. Jarrett also shared about growing up a voracious reader and passing his love of reading down to his own children. Jarrett sheds light on the importance of all kinds of books for all kinds of readers and his work with book access. He gives some great book recommendations and talks about the importance of choice to keep readers motivated. I know you will enjoy this conversation as much as I did.  You can find Jarrett on Instagram and Twitter @Jarrett_Lerner Tiny Kitty Big City Vamos (series) Hello Door Cookie Chronicles (series) Open The Magic, Courtney Hinshaw -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends {instagram} Magic Wear Shop Ramonarecommends.com *Amazon affiliate links used
57:59
April 26, 2021
Episode 38: Maya Espiritu
Get ready to smile and laugh a lot. Maya has this effect on people to smile whenever she is speaking. Today I interview the lovely Maya Epiritu of Maistorybook. Maya shares the importance of read alouds in the classroom and at home. You can find Maya in so many places. My favorite place to find Maya is her YouTube channel where she does interactive read alouds with popular picture books. You can also find her on instagram sharing her favorite picture books.  Open The Magic, Courtney Hinshaw -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends {instagram} Magic Wear Shop Ramonarecommends.com
39:34
April 19, 2021
Episode 37: Celebrating Beverly Cleary
Happy Birthday, Beverly Cleary. Today you would have been 105. What a better way to celebrate than to chat with Vicki Conrad author of Just Like Beverly A Biography of Beverly Cleary. What are you going to do today to celebrate the legacy of our dear literacy hero, Bev? Lets make her proud.  Open The Magic, Courtney Hinshaw -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends {instagram} Magic Wear Shop Ramonarecommends.com *Amazon affiliate links used
32:23
April 12, 2021
Episode 36: What is Check It Out?
Today we have a special host, Meg Siclare of Sparkles and Poms Poms interviewing Courtney and Andrea all about Check it Out. If you are not sure, what Check It Out is about, take a listen. We can't wait for you to join.  Open The Magic, Courtney Hinshaw -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends {instagram} Magic Wear Shop Ramonarecommends.com
32:03
April 05, 2021
Episode 35: Tiffany Williams
Today I am interviewing Tiffany Williams of Teaching with Tiff. She is an elementary school librarian and her love for books is heartwarming. We talk about the life of library during a pandemic and of course we talk all about the love of books. It is a great episode and I am sure when you are done listening you will smile ear to ear!  Open The Magic, Courtney Hinshaw -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends {instagram} Magic Wear Shop Ramonarecommends.com
38:55
March 29, 2021
Episode 34: Natasha Wing
On Today's episode of Confetti Moments I sit down and talk with Natasha Wing best known for her THE NIGHT BEFORE book series. I fell in love with her writing style when I read Bagel in Love. We had a blast chatting! Take a listen and learn about her favorite bagel toppings. You can find Natasha here!  Open The Magic, Courtney Hinshaw -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends {instagram} Magic Wear Shop Ramonarecommends.com
28:60
March 22, 2021
Episode 33: Andrea Burns
On Today's episode, I sit down with my friend Andrea Burns of Bookish Burnsss and we talk all things you guess it BOOKS! Andrea and I met on instagram and started sharing our favorite books that we wanted each other to read. Andrea is my co partner in CHECK IT OUT with Courtney and Andrea. Want to learn more about Check It Out head to either of our instagram accounts to find out how to join! If you love books it is the place for you!  Go say HEY! to Andrea on her instagram account @bookishburnsss Open The Magic, Courtney Hinshaw -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends {instagram} Magic Wear Shop Ramonarecommends.com
39:27
March 15, 2021
Episode 32: Lauren of Lauren's Literacy Corner
Ready to learn how to start your kids on loving books day one? Today, I have the honor of interviewing Lauren of Lauren's Literacy Corner. We talk about early literacy, how to get books in the home, how to help struggling readers, and of course we talk about books we love. I can't for you to OPEN THE MAGIC with us!  Open The Magic, Courtney Hinshaw -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends {instagram} Magic Wear Shop Ramonarecommends.com
31:15
March 08, 2021
Episode 31: Kim Gameroz
To kick off National Reading Month we are about to give you all the SEL tips you need for a Monday. Kim Gameroz of SELebrate Goods shares her tips for teachers and parents on how to incorporate SEL strategies in your classroom or home. Of course we chat about different picture books to you too! You might smile the whole episode warning you now! Side note: We recorded this episode this summer so there are a few edits I need to make. Kim now calls Texas her home and has created a new platform to help teachers and parents get unstuck with the hard stuff and celebrate the growth in our lives. Find Kim Gameroz HERE and HERE! Open The Magic, Courtney Hinshaw -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends {instagram} Magic Wear Shop Ramonarecommends.com
28:11
March 01, 2021
Episode 30: Montana Riley of Teaching and Uplifting
On today's episode, I interview Montana Riley a 4th grade teacher from Arlington Virginia. We dive deep into why classroom libraries are so beneficial.  Open The Magic, Courtney Hinshaw -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends {instagram} Magic Wear Shop Ramonarecommends.com
29:21
January 25, 2021
Episode 29: Ignite & Educate
Have you ever wondered what it is like to teach an online Children's Literature course? Today, I interview Samantha of Ignite & Educate and discuss the ins and outs of being a college professor of children's literature.  Open The Magic, Courtney Hinshaw -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends {instagram} Magic Wear Shop Ramonarecommends.com
25:47
September 28, 2020
Episode 28: Judy Newman of Scholastic
Today I had the pleasure to talk with the legendary Scholastic Book Clubs President, Judy Newman. Can I just tell you... it was the highlight of my year to chat books with the Book Queen herself. Judy's message is one for all to hear.  You can find Judy @judynewmanatscholastic. If you haven't already done so, make sure to set up your class on Scholastic Book Clubs. This year they will be shipping to your students' homes. #confettiforall Open The Magic, Courtney Hinshaw -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends {instagram} Magic Wear Shop Ramonarecommends.com
23:48
September 21, 2020
Episode 27: Josh Funk
Today I had the pleasure interviewing author Josh Funk all about his NEW book "Short and Sweet". I have to tell you our conversation was not short, but it was definitely SWEET. Go give Josh all the confetti for his new book. You can find Josh @joshfunkbooks You can purchase "SHORT and SWEET" in my amazon shop, by clicking this link right HERE! Thank you for helping me spread all the Confetti Moments as this is an affiliate link.  Open The Magic, Courtney Hinshaw -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends {instagram} 
58:04
September 14, 2020
Episode 26: Carolyn Leiloglou
Carolyn Leilogou shared with us about her picture book: The Book Wrangler. You can find Carolyn on instagram at @housefullofbookworms It was a fun interview and I hope you enjoy!  Open The Magic, Courtney Hinshaw -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends {instagram} Magic Wear Shop Ramonarecommends.com
19:06
September 07, 2020
Episode 25: Shae with Harper Kids
30 minutes of book talk. Pretty much day made. I got to sit down with Shae a digital marketing coordinator  from Harper Kids who loves books just as much as I do. We talk about our favs and which Jory John/Pete Oswald character we love the most. Spoiler alert- we do not agree! :)  Open The Magic, Courtney Hinshaw -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends {instagram} Magic Wear Shop Ramonarecommends.com
31:29
June 01, 2020
Episode 24: The Light We All Need with Jessica Preece
Jessica is a 1st grade teacher in Southern California and has the best message to share with you today. If you are feeling any feeling during this national pandemic this episode is for YOU! You can find my dear friend on the gram @flamingosinfirst. Open The Magic, Courtney Hinshaw -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends {instagram} Magic Wear Shop Ramonarecommends.com
36:56
May 25, 2020
Episode 23: Illustrations are the Bees Knees with Kayla Harren
On today's episode, I interview Kayla Harren the illustrator of A Boy Like You and Hannah's Tall Order. We discuss her favorite color, why illustrations are the bees knees, the power of art for kids, and our emotions of COVID-19. It is a pretty special episode if I say so myself. You can find Kayla a few places, enjoy! INSTAGRAM FACEBOOK WEBSITE
22:28
May 18, 2020
Episode 22: Fancy Teaching with Nancy Chung
You are for such a great treat today! We talk books, fancy things, and become cheerleaders cheering you on during the COVID-19 crisis. You can find Nancy on instagram at @fancynancyin5th and she has an Etsy shop too! Y'all I am not kidding when I say she is the CRAFT QUEEEN!  Open The Magic!, Courtney -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends {instagram} Magic Wear Shop ramonarecommends.com
20:14
May 11, 2020
Episode 21: A Little Chat with Sleeping Bear Press with Sarah Rockett
Today, I interviewed Sarah Rockett a publisher from Sleeping Bear Press. Y'all we had so much fun talking about picture books, why I could never live in Michigan, and the power of words. This is a special episode because it is the first one I recorded during the COVID-19 outbreak. We talked about the importance of spending this time reading to your kids. These moments are hard, but books will make them special.  instagram.com/sleepingbearpress 
25:03
May 04, 2020
Episode 20: Confetti with Friends with Whitney Ramirez
Why not bring a little confetti into our hearts during the national COVID 19 crisis. Today your heart will be lifted with Whitney's glowing personality and our fun real honest conversation about all the things! You can find all of Whitney's Would You Rather episodes on her instagram at Learning with Crayons. Enjoy!  Open The Magic, Courtney Hinshaw -------Come hang out!-------- #confettimomentspodcast @ramonarecommends {instagram} Magic Wear Shop ramonarecommends.com
25:18
May 01, 2020
Episode 19: You Just Have To Do It with Frank Murphy
with Frank Murphy the author of A Boy Like You. Wow, can I just tell you that I learned more about the power of kindness and good books in the last hour than I have all week. Y'all Frank shares why building relationships in the classroom is the number one way our students will succeed in life. He shares that Pizza is its own food group, how a teacher can be a writer too, and supported my one click amazon shopping cart purchase this afternoon. #buyallthebooks  You do not want to miss this episode. If you are a book lover, you will find this episode intriguing, delightful, special, filled with confetti moments and want to call Frank your new best book friend.  #confettimomentspodcast -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends {instagram} Magic Wear Shop ramonarecommends.com *amazon affiliate link used
37:28
April 27, 2020
Episode 18: Spreading The Sunshine with Rachelle Smith
Today we chat about Crumble Cookies, reading, COVID-19, and why teachers are the best. I love this episode because it shares our hearts during the time of this pandemic. Please know we are here to support you! If you need fun, a virtual hug, or someone to talk to we are here for you! You can find Rachelle on instagram! Tune in next week on The Confetti Moments podcast. Want to learn more about picture books come hangout with me @ramonarecommends to OPEN THE MAGIC. Open The Magic, Courtney 
26:32
April 20, 2020
Episode 17: The Hard Stuff with Lauren Bercuson
Today we discuss how to talk about the hard topics with kids. It is one for all ears especially teachers and parents. Please talk to your kids about their feelings during this pandemic. Kids have a lot of feelings. One way to discuss these feelings and experiences is with picture books. We all chat about library book clean out! It is one you do not want to miss.  You can find LAUREN @ instagram and her website. 
30:36
April 13, 2020
Episode 16: Charnaie Gordon
On today's episode, I interview Charnaie Gordon of Here Wee Read. Charnaie is a mother of two and a computer programmer who LOVES diverse books. We discuss the importance of diverse books, Oprah, her author debut, and 50 States 50 Books. If you want to find out more on how you can be a part of the 50 States 50 books, click here! You are in a for a treat- in fact during our interview I ordered 3 books on Amazon. Come Open The Magic with us! You can find Charnaie on Instagram sharing great diverse books! Open The Magic, Courtney Hinshaw -------Come hang out!-------- @ramonarecommends {instagram} Magic Wear Shop Ramonarecommends.com
37:18
April 06, 2020
Episode 15: The Most Random Heartful Episode Ever
Hi Friends. Today I share my heart with you. I share the good, the bad, and the helpful. We are in this together. Thank you for being here and opening the magic with me! instagram.com/ramonarecommends Open The Magic, Courtney
22:42
March 31, 2020
Episode 14: Meeting Your Student's Hearts with Crystal Oswald
On this episode of Confetti Moments, Crystal and I discuss the importance of SEL curriculum in classrooms or digital classrooms all over the world. Folks, if you aren't doing it, please please do! During this national crisis, we need to be there for our kids and each other. Using picture books to help heal the hearts of our students is paramount. Crystal shares great recommendations for you to use. She delivers truth ladies and gentlemen. You can find Crystal on instagram @thebalancedteacher and on her blog balancedteacher.com 
19:24
March 23, 2020
Episode 13: Reading is an Experience with Melissa Tallman
On Today's episode, I talk with Melissa Tallman from Teacher Thrive on the importance of understanding fluency. What does fluency really mean? Do I read faster? How do I help my kids understand how to read fluently. reader. It is powerful stuff, ladies and gentleman. Best part she teaches all of us about 3 new books that in to be in classrooms.  You can find Melissa HERE: teacherthrive.com and instagram.com/teacherthrive Come OPEN THE MAGIC with us!
36:55
March 16, 2020
Episode 12: Meet My Mom
In this episode, my mom shares advice to parents on how to help struggling readers. She also shares how to open the magic in a high school English class and what did to make reading fun at home. Ya'll she is adorbs and you can tell she is SUPER excited to be here. My favorite comment she made was illustrations are the glue to any book. 
39:01
March 09, 2020
Episode 11: Reaching High Achievers One Book At a Time with Mary Montero
On today's episode, we discuss how to reach our high achievers during reading rotations, building the love of reading, chocolate chip cookies, and the Titanic.  You can find Mary at teachingwithamountainview.com or @teachingwithamountain on instagram. 
28:58
March 02, 2020
Episode 10: Break the FEAR barrier with Picture Books— Bethany Barton
Bethany Barton and I sit down and discuss how to kick fear to the curb with facts, empathy, and of course picture books. Get ready for an episode you will never forget. We might as well go be stand up Comedians.  You can find Bethany @ Twitter: @awesomebarton Instagram: @bethanybarton and @bethanybartonart
31:58
February 24, 2020
Episode 9: How To Get Your Readers to Think with Courtney Hinshaw
On this episode, I share my number one resource that I use in my classroom to get my students to dive deeper into their reading. It involves a song, symbols, and great literature.  You can find my Talking with Text resource here! 
22:58
February 17, 2020
Episode 8: March Madness PICTURE BOOK EDITION
On today's episode I share one of my favorite ways to promote literacy in classroom. Not only do I love March Madness but I love when I do my March Madness Picture Book Edition bracket in my classroom. Come learn how I introduce each book, explain the process, show them how to vote, and teach them that books rock!  Want to bring MMPB your classroom you can find it right here in my Teachers Pay Teachers Store.  Here is my in action bracket in my classroom: that I love so so so much. CLICK HERE
17:14
February 10, 2020
Episode 7: Sparkles, Pom Poms, and Books with Megan Siclare
On today's episode, I interview Megan Siclare a 3rd grade teacher from New Jersey. Megan is the dearest person and shares about how she opens the magic in here classroom and also what Valentine's Day books you need in your classroom. We laugh, talk about Sparkles and Pom Poms, and share our love about reading and building relationships. If you are looking for a teacher smile, this episode is for YOU! My favorite comment on the episode about books, "I look for books that give a good hug."  You can find Megan at @sparkles_and_pompoms on instagram 
30:54
February 03, 2020
Episode 6: Love All with Maria Dismondy
On today's episode, I interview Maria Dismondy author, former teacher, now publisher at Cardinal Press. She shares the importance of teaching social emotional learning in the classroom, why technology has changed conversation, and her favorite book coming out in 2020.  You can find Maria here: Instagram @mariadismondybooks www.mariadismondy.com 
26:30
January 27, 2020
Episode 5: I Can't Wait To Buy This Picture Book with Todd Nesloney
On today's episode of Confetti Moments, I sit down with Todd Nesloney a former elementary teacher and principal. He is currently speaking around the United States helping administrators thrive and writing books that make you have confetti moments. We discuss all the things in this episode especially his favorite picture book and how he made his mother proud. You do not want to miss this episode: I cried three times during our interview.  If you love picture books as much as we do, PRESS PLAY! You can find Todd Nesloney ToddNesloney.com @techninjatodd (facebook) @techninjatodd (twitter)   
35:34
January 20, 2020
Episode 4: Picture Book Organization
Picture Book Organization is my middle name. How do I organize my picture books so I know what I have? Where do I buy my picture books? How do I know which standards go with which picture book? All of these questions are ones I answer on today's episode. Below you find links to resources I share in this podcast episode. At the end, I share one of my favorite books you NEED in your classroom. You can hear it in my voice that THIS book SHOULD be REQUIRED for ALL teachers to READ to their STUDENTS.  A Whale of a Tale Bookshop Amazon (this is my amazon store front link) FREE picture book list (it is pretty RAD) My favorite bookshelves they are assembled when you purchase them!! Picture Book Organization Binder  Open The Magic, Courtney 
20:05
January 13, 2020
Episode 3: January 2020 Picture Books GOALS
In this episode, I share 4 picture books that I think are vital for creating community within your classroom and help your students grow their best self in 2020. Below you will find the titles of the 4 picture books I discuss on this episode. All the links below are amazon affiliate links. Remember this is no extra cost to you, but helps me bring more picture books to you at Ramona Recommends. I Wonder: K.A. Holt  It's Your World Now! : Barry Falls There's Only One You! : Kathryn Heling and Deborah Hembrook Maybe: Kobi Yamada 
24:39
January 06, 2020
Episode 2: Ramona and Confetti Moments
On this episode of Confetti Moments, I will share what a "Confetti Moment" is and why my name is not really Ramona. 
12:51
December 30, 2019
Episode 1: Courtney Hinshaw—My Story
Meet Courtney Hinshaw the teacher behind Ramona Recommends. Listen to my story and how I fell in love with picture books and  helping kids thrive. 
39:19
December 23, 2019