Family & Friends

When Books & Real Life Overlap

Posted by on Apr 5, 2015 in Bk: What Will You Be, Sara Mee?, Family & Friends | 2 comments

When Books & Real Life Overlap

What Will You Be, Sara Mee? by Kate Aver Avraham, which I illustrated, was published five years ago. It tells the story of a Korean American baby’s first birthday through the eyes of her older brother, Chong. One of the most charming aspects of a traditional Korean first birthday, or tol, is the toljabee, in which objects are placed in front of the baby and the one chosen is thought to be a predictor of what the child might become. Yesterday I got to be part of my grandson’s tol. Taemin was splendid in a first birthday outfit that our daughter Yunhee’s godparents, Marsha...

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Tweet, Tweet

Posted by on May 21, 2014 in Family & Friends | Comments Off on Tweet, Tweet

Tweet, Tweet

I’ve just changed my username on Twitter, from @AfterGandhiBks, focusing on a single title,  After Gandhi, to @ DiverseKdzBook,reflecting my wider passion for books in which all our children can see...

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The Reason…

Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 in Family & Friends | 6 comments

The Reason…

I haven’t been blogging lately:   Taemin Anthony Keough, born April 3 to our daughter Yunhee and her husband Josh. I’m a grandmother – and...

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Welcoming New Americans

Posted by on Sep 18, 2013 in Family & Friends | Comments Off on Welcoming New Americans

Welcoming New Americans

Our next-to-final event for I’m Your Neighbor, Portland was a reading, slide show and discussion of Maria Testa’s book, Something About America.  This isn’t supposed to happen in America. Inspired by actual events, this story starts ten years after the narrator’s family fled the fires of ethnic hatred in Kosova, Yugoslavia – long enough for the narrator to have transformed herself into a typical American schoolgirl. Her parents continue to feel like foreigners, and she grows impatient with what she perceives as their refusal to assimilate. Then an ugly incident in a nearby town...

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Christina

Posted by on Aug 2, 2013 in Bk: Path of Stars, Family & Friends, For Children's Book Creators, Race & Culture | Comments Off on Christina

Christina

Christina Nhek, the graduate student in library sciences I met at the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association award ceremony, sent me this photo and caption: Here is Christina, reading “A Path of Stars”. As a future librarian, hoping to continue to help others find their paths by providing library resources to enrich their futures. Christina writes: I read (A Path of Stars) and immediately felt a connection as the story mirrors what my family experienced as they escaped the genocide and settled in America. I was the only “American” born child, the baby of five....

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Korea, Again

Posted by on May 28, 2013 in Family & Friends, For Children's Book Creators, Korean Books & Culture | Comments Off on Korea, Again

Korea, Again

I’m writing from Seoul where I’m connecting with old friends as well as doing a few presentations, including talking about my graphic novel, The Legend of Hong Kil Dong, with a classroom of Korean 6th graders  – in Korean! Quite a stretch for my language skills, requiring learning/trying to recall a whole set of vocabulary: editor, research, picture book, manuscript, theme, final art, etc. (Another group of vocabulary is easier because it’s just a Korean pronunciation of the English word: sketch = su-keh-chi; character = keh-rik-tuh, and so on.) Next week I’ll...

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