Summer is the season for adventure! ☀️🏕️🚵‍♂️🏄‍♂️

The warm weather, the fun friends you make, and the new things you do are all reasons to have a ball during the summer. But what about our little ones? 👦🏿👦🌞🌊👧👧🏿

As parents, caregivers, and custodians of our little ones, summertime is the perfect time to support them in moving through their fears of trying something new, so they can develop qualities like courage, confidence, generosity, and camaraderie. 💪💛🙏🏻

And so, two new children’s books are here to help kids experience amazing summertime adventures right in their own neighborhood, while learning some wonderful things along the way. 🤗

Children’s author/illustrator and Caldecott Medalist, Matthew Cordell, joins our John Masiulionis on Episode #151 of PR From The Heart’s Children’s Books Spotlight Series to talk about the release of Cornbread & Poppy at the Carnival (the next installment in his Cornbread & Poppy early reader series, published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers) and his newly-illustrated book, Every dog in the Neighborhood (written by Philip C. Stead and illustrated by Holiday House Publishing, Inc.), the significance of teaching our children about the value of friendship, sharing, and overcoming fear, especially during uncertain times and moments in our lives, the importance of connecting with dogs and recognizing them as part of our neighborhoods, being subtle, but straightforward in delivering heartfelt messages through KidLit, plus much more. 🐭📚🐶

We encourage all of you to support Matthew by purchasing your copy of Cornbread & Poppy, Cornbread & Poppy At The Carnival, and Every Dog in the Neighborhood, and enjoying this empowering read with your little ones! 📚

Cornbread & Poppy at the Carnival Text and Illustrations copyright © 2022 by Matthew Cordell. Courtesy of Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. All Rights Reserved.

Every Dog in the Neighborhood Text copyright © 2022 by Philip C. Stead • Illustrations copyright © 2022 by Matthew Cordell. Courtesy of Holiday House Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

PR From The Heart has grown and evolved over the years alongside Matthew, and so we invite you to enjoy his two previous trolley stops on The Children’s Books Spotlight Series, where he shares Hello, Neighbor! The Kind and Caring World of Mister Rogers and Cornbread & Poppy:

❤️ Episode #84:
🐭 Episode #139:

🖥️ Stay connected with Matthew online and on social media:
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Children’s Books Spotlight Series Episode #151: Matthew Cordell | Cornbread & Poppy At The Carnival