Free Spirit Press has four timely April publications: I Calm Down (by Cheri J. Meiners, M.Ed.; illustrated by Penny Weber) offers tools for handling overwhelming emotions; Waiting Is Not Forever (by Elizabeth Verdick; illustrated by Marieka Heinlen) teaches patience and how to delay gratification; Sometimes When I’m Sad (by Deborah Serani, Psy.D.; illustrated by Kyra Teis) helps kids idntify and manage sadness and depression; and the popular Coloring Book and Reflections for Social Emotional Learning is now available in Spanish.
Kids Can Press opens doors to new neighbors with three favorites coming out in paper back: The Good Garden (written by Katie Smith Milway; illustrated by Sylvie Daigneault); One Hen (written by Katie Smith Milway; illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes); and The Red Bicycle (written by Jude Isabella; illustrated by Simone Shin).
For the pre-teen and teen crowd, author Tiffany Jewell teams up with illustrator Aurélia Durand to bring us This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do The Work (Frances Lincoln Children’s Books)
For preachers: Underground Seminary still intends to offer their Contours of Postcolonial Preaching (June 5-7, 2020) but keep an eye out for a change in format.
COVID-19 resources for all church leaders include Lewis Center for Church Leadership’s Podcast 52: Pastoral Care in the Coronavirus Crisis; each judicatory has a great page of resources: MN Annual Conference – UMC; MN Conference UCC; and The Presbyterian Church, USA and here at the Ministry Lab you can find current copyright and permissions info for worship & music and sharing books online; at-home faith formation resources; and Holy Week and beyond worship resources.