Comics & Graphic Novels

Diversity Reading Challenge

Posted by on Jan 2, 2015 in Comics & Graphic Novels, Diverse & Global Books | 1 comment

Diversity Reading Challenge

  I’m joining the Diversity on the Shelf Reading Challenge: http://littlepocketbooks.blogspot.com/2014/12/diversity-on-shelf-201u5.html    Setting myself the goal of reading 25+ books – picture books count! – 5th shelf level, starting with these:   What’s on your shelf for...

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Teaching Korean Students

Posted by on Jun 24, 2013 in Comics & Graphic Novels, Events & Presentations , For Educators, Korean Books & Culture | Comments Off on Teaching Korean Students

Teaching Korean Students

My most recent trip to Korea gave me an opportunity I’d never had before: I was invited to present one of my books to two different groups of Korean children – in Korean! The first group was a class of 6th graders from Daejeon on an overnight retreat near Sejong City, run by the Humanity Recovery Movement Council (Huremo) a nonprofit focusing on personal development through the use of journals – called “love diaries” – to “help children think and plan for themselves and make their dreams come true.” I talked about my own childhood dream of...

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“I’m Your Neighbor, Portland” Launches!

Posted by on May 24, 2013 in Comics & Graphic Novels, Diverse & Global Books, Events & Presentations , For Children's Book Creators, For Educators | Comments Off on “I’m Your Neighbor, Portland” Launches!

“I’m Your Neighbor, Portland” Launches!

 I’m Your Neighbor, Portland and the Portland Public Library invite you to the Launch Event of a year-long community-wide read of books set in Maine’s “new arrival” communities. Date: Saturday, May 25th, 2013 Time: 3:00-6:00 PM Location: Rines Auditorium, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, Maine The Featured Books by Maine authors and illustrators tell the stories of people who have come to Maine from all over the world in the last several decades and in doing so transformed the city of Portland into a vibrantly multiracial and multicultural community. (The collection...

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Class Talk III

Posted by on May 2, 2013 in Comics & Graphic Novels, Diverse & Global Books, For Children's Book Creators, For Educators | 2 comments

Class Talk III

Presenting my workshop, “Talking About Class,” at the White Privilege Conference in March (see previous 2 posts), was a powerful learning experience for me. The conference, with 2000 attendees, draws many with deep experience, knowledge and insight on issues of race and class, and the workshop was full of leaders who had significant insights to share. Here are some highlights of my learnings: 1. There are many entry points for addressing social class and economic status, and the approach should be geared to the particular group of children. For example, one teacher shared that...

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Class Talk II

Posted by on Apr 30, 2013 in Comics & Graphic Novels, Diverse & Global Books, For Children's Book Creators, For Educators | 1 comment

Class Talk II

For my White Privilege Conference workshop (see previous post) on using children’s books to talk about class, I prepared this handout, an adaptation of the one I’ve posted previously on talking about race: Key Points for Talking About Class & Race with Children 1. Be welcoming, open & inquiring Children’s comments, questions and experiences (including the things we wish they wouldn’t say) are opportunities to talk, listen and learn. The goal is to find out what children are thinking and to give them permission and language to voice their ideas and impressions. 2. Be...

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Class Talk I

Posted by on Apr 28, 2013 in Comics & Graphic Novels, Diverse & Global Books, For Children's Book Creators, For Educators | 2 comments

Class Talk I

For the White Privilege Conference earlier this month, I was asked to redesign my workshop, “Using Children’s Books to Talk about Race,” to focus on talking about class, in line with the conference’s focus, “The Color of Money.” Here’s the description of the new workshop I presented: Talk About Class: Using Children’s Books to Spark Conversations Socioeconomic class in the U.S. can be even harder to talk about than race, and the silences leave children absorbing unchallenged messages from the dominant culture. Depictions of economic realities...

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