100 episodes

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! Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/courtney-hinshaw/support

Confetti Moments Courtney Hinshaw

    • Education
    • 5.0 • 24 Ratings

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! Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/courtney-hinshaw/support

    Episode 98: Alexandra Penfold and Suzanne Kaufman

    Episode 98: Alexandra Penfold and Suzanne Kaufman

    What a treat it was to be able to chat with this dynamic duo who brought us All Are Welcome. Today we will be talking about their newest book, All Are Neighbors. These women are as enthusiastic about picture books as I am, and it was an honor to get to know them better. You can connect with Alex on Instagram and her website. You can connect with Suzanne on Instagram and her website. 


    ---

    Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/courtney-hinshaw/support

    • 39 min
    Episode 97: Debbie Murphy

    Episode 97: Debbie Murphy

    This week I had the pleasure of meeting Debbie Murphy to talk about her new book, Jackie and the Mona Lisa. It is about Jackie Kennedy and her love of the arts and how she encouraged a country to learn more about the arts. It is a unique biography picture book that I know you will love. You can connect with Debbie through her website and Instagram. 


    ---

    Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/courtney-hinshaw/support

    • 35 min
    Episode 96: Nick Solis

    Episode 96: Nick Solis

    This week I enjoyed getting to know Nick Solis. He is the author of My Town/Mi Pueblo which is a bilingual picture book about cousins from opposite sides of the border who visit each other’s towns and delight in their similarities and differences. I hope you enjoy our conversation. 

    You can connect with Nick on Instagram and his webpage. 


    ---

    Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/courtney-hinshaw/support

    • 42 min
    Episode 95: Heidi Woodward Sheffield

    Episode 95: Heidi Woodward Sheffield

    In this week's episode, I had the pleasure of meeting and talking with author and illustrator Heidi Woodward Sheffield. She is the author/illustrator of Brick by Brick for which she won the 2021 Ezra Jack Keats Illustrator Award. Brick by Brick is a book that celebrates the warm bond between a little boy and his dad as they work hard to achieve their dreams. 

    You can find Heidi on Instagram and her webpage


    ---

    Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/courtney-hinshaw/support

    • 24 min
    Episode 94: Angela Burke Kunkel

    Episode 94: Angela Burke Kunkel

    This week I had the pleasure of talking with author Angela Burke Kunkel who is the author of Digging for Words. This book is based on the life of José Alberto Gutiérrez, a garbage collector in Bogotá, Colombia who started a library with a single discarded book found on his route. I hope you enjoy this conversation.

    You can connect with Angela on Instagram and her webpage.  


    ---

    Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/courtney-hinshaw/support

    • 31 min
    Episode 93: Celebrating Failures with Debut Author Andrea Burns

    Episode 93: Celebrating Failures with Debut Author Andrea Burns

    Welcome, Confetti Moments listeners! I am so excited to chat with debut picture book author–and my close friend–Andrea Burns.

    How do you approach your failures?

    After failing her driving test, not making dance teams, and failed socially while in high school, Andrea didn’t think much of her own failure.

    We live in a world where everything is about perfectionism. Andrea is bringing the honesty about failure to light.

    While working in the classroom, Andrea saw her students be super hard on themselves, in both the classroom, in the gym, and amongst friends, whenever they failed or missed the mark.

    Her kids freaked out if they failed or lose. Some would hold on to their failures for hours, days, weeks, or even longer.

    How can we teach kids to learn from their mistakes and failures and move beyond them?

    In her debut picture book, Failure Friday, Andrea says we should embrace failure head on instead of letting it control our lives.

    Our chat today focuses all about failure, mindsets, and how we decide to react to them. I can’t wait for you hear my chat with Andrea Burns!

    Be sure to connect with Andrea on her Twitter and her Instagram.

    Below you will find the Amazon affiliate link for the books discussed in this week’s episode. Just click to purchase.

    Failure Friday by Andrea Burns

    Meanwhile Back on Earth by Oliver Jeffers

    Something Wild by Molly Ruttan

    Loud Mouse by Cara Mentzel and Idina Menzel

    The Magic Treehouse Series by Mary Oliver Pope

    Eloise at the Plaza by Kay Thompson



    Open The Magic,

    Courtney Hinshaw

    -------Come hang out!--------

    @ramonarecommends {instagram}

    Ramonarecommends.com

    Magic Wear Shop


    ---

    Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/courtney-hinshaw/support

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

Great info! ,

Smart, inspiring, uplifting

I'm enjoying Courtney's podcasts! I'm a fan of the "Open the Magic" concept to share the love of books in so many ways with our students. Picture books are so fun to bring into the upper grades' classrooms--middle school and high school, too- and all the little nuggets and actionable tips and interview sessions here in the episodes are a great way to start the day.

Asoupiset ,

Celebration of the power of picture books

Confetti Moments is a celebration of the power of books and reading. Courtney of Ramona Recommends is a delightful host who shares her love of picture books and their power to connect people and to create confetti moments in our lives. I love the great variety of guests she has on her podcast and the love of reading that they all share. Listen in, it will be time well spent.

samfranrich ,

Fun Book Chats!

Courtney has tremendous energy and passion for picture books, and I love hearing her chat with fellow book lovers, authors and illustrators. Listening to these episodes is like sitting down with friends!

Top Podcasts In Education

Mel Robbins
Dr. Jordan B. Peterson
Dr. Melissa Lott
HuffPost
Mark Manson
Duolingo