For Children’s Book Creators

#AllOurChildren

Posted by on Feb 25, 2017 in For Children's Book Creators, For Educators, Immigration, Race & Culture, XYZ Feature | Comments Off on #AllOurChildren

#AllOurChildren

  In a December 2016 column entitled, “Notes from the Resistance,” journalist and author Summer Brennan observes that it’s impossible to respond to all the current threats to what we hold dear: “What we must do, instead, is to find our particular hills to defend, and then to defend them as if our freedom depended on it… “Get a diary or journal and write down as many words as you can that relate to the things that you value. Fascism favors sameness; it represents a desertification of language and thinking. You can fight sameness with diversity. Inside...

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Finding the Audience for a New Book

Posted by on May 2, 2015 in Bk: I'm New Here, For Children's Book Creators, For Educators | 3 comments

Finding the Audience for a New Book

I’ve just begun the Udemy Course for Freelancers taught by author and entrepreneur Seth Godin. Subscribing to his blog, I’ve found that at least a quarter of his daily posts are so useful, challenging or thought-provoking that I wanted to share them and/or save them for further reflection.  In his course, a series of 87 short videos with writing exercises, Godin guides students through a process designed “to create a non-generic, unique and remarkable individual who has the leverage and the freedom to make a ruckus.” There’s also a comment board where students...

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Welcoming Refugees

Posted by on Apr 17, 2015 in For Children's Book Creators, For Educators, Immigration, Race & Culture | 1 comment

Welcoming Refugees

Over the last two years I’ve been excited to learn of the work of Welcoming America, “a national, grassroots-driven collaborative that works to promote mutual respect and cooperation between foreign-born and U.S.-born Americans. The ultimate goal of Welcoming America is to create a welcoming atmosphere – community by community – in which immigrants are more likely to integrate into the social fabric of their adopted hometowns. One of WA’s projects is Welcoming Refugees: “Through a cooperative agreement with the Office of Refugee Resettlement, Welcoming America helps...

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To Russia, With Love

Posted by on Dec 24, 2013 in Diverse & Global Books, For Children's Book Creators, For Educators | Comments Off on To Russia, With Love

To Russia, With Love

Last month at a gathering at the Peaks Island community center, I had the opportunity to meet Oleg Klyuenkov and Lyudmila Romodina, members of an LGBT delegation from Archangel, Russia, to Portland, Maine.    Oleg and Lyudmilla described discriminatory laws recently enacted in Russia, and their work supporting gay individuals and families at a center in Archangel. As a followup to their visit, I’m mailing them a package of picture books representing the portrayal of gay families in American literature for young children: In Monday is One Day, by Arthur Levine, a working parent...

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Strange New World: Through the Eyes of Just-Arrived Immigrants

Posted by on Nov 3, 2013 in Diverse & Global Books, For Children's Book Creators, For Educators, Immigration | Comments Off on Strange New World: Through the Eyes of Just-Arrived Immigrants

Strange New World: Through the Eyes of Just-Arrived Immigrants

I recently purchased Here I Am by Patti Kim, illustrated by Sonia Sanchez, a wordless picture book about a boy from South Korea (unnamed but recognizable in the images) who moves with his family to an American city. I can’t express my enthusiasm more eloquently than in the words of author Da Chen: “… a marvelous picture book, a motile encapsulation of the turbulent world of a child uprooted from a faraway land, the confusion and sadness of his strange new world. Strongly compelling with powerful and whimsical visuals… A must read. What a triumph.”   From...

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Tips from a Bookseller

Posted by on Oct 14, 2013 in For Children's Book Creators, For Educators | Comments Off on Tips from a Bookseller

Tips from a Bookseller

Check out this post, “True or False? Multicultural Books Don’t Sell,” on Lee and Low’s blog, “The Open Book,” by guest blogger and bookseller (also Publishers Weekly columnist and children’s book author) Elizabeth Bluemle. Her tips for booksellers on selling racially and culturally diverse books can be applied to anyone who works with children and books (see post for explanations, examples and links): Examine our own assumptions and unspoken biases. Be aware that color-blindness isn’t the goal, but color-inclusiveness is. Booktalk a range of books to...

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