Posts Tagged "diversity"

Skills for Welcoming Difference, Part I

Posted by on May 7, 2012 in Bk: Africa is Not a Country , Bk: Path of Stars, For Children's Book Creators, For Educators, Race & Culture | 1 comment

Skills for Welcoming Difference, Part I

During our “New Neighbors” presentation at International Reading Association (see previous post) we discussed skills for welcoming new arrivals. Such skills can be consciously chosen as effective strategies for interacting across culture, race and other difference; adopted as guidelines for individuals or groups; used as evaluation criteria for projects and events; and modeled for others. Here are a few: 1. “How Fascinating!” When author Margy Burns Knight and I present our book, Africa is Not a Country, to young elementary students, we frequently hear a similar...

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Featuring Difference

Posted by on May 24, 2009 in Bk: Africa is Not a Country , Bk: Talking Walls, Bk: Welcoming Babies, Bk: Who Belongs Here, Diverse & Global Books, Korean Books & Culture, Race & Culture | Comments Off on Featuring Difference

Featuring Difference

In April, Margy Burns Knight and I spend six days in Philadelphia-area schools, presenting on the five books she wrote and I illustrated: the two Talking Walls titles; Who Belongs Here: An American Story; Welcoming Babies; and Africa Is Not A Country. As all these books concern the diversity of human experience – in culture, language, race, religion, etc. – Margy and I use every opportunity to address the topic of difference in a positive light. We often begin our talks with information about ourselves as children. Some students in these Philadelphia suburban schools can see...

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Universal Questions

Posted by on May 23, 2009 in Events & Presentations  | Comments Off on Universal Questions

Universal Questions

It’s been a busy spring, chock full of travel and school visits. Now that I’m finally getting to catch my breath and take a look back, I find I’ve made numerous discoveries in the exploration of race and culture through children’s books.  In January and February, author Margy Burns Knight and I worked  at Longley Elementary School in Lewiston, Maine, as part of a family literacy project sponsored by the Harwood Center for Community Partnerships at Bates College. Lewiston’s population is a mixture of Franco-American families who have been there for generations...

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After Gandhi

Posted by on Mar 17, 2009 in Bk: After Gandhi | 3 comments

After Gandhi

After Gandhi: 100 Years of Nonviolent Resistance, was released in February from Charlesbridge. It profiles fifteen individuals and movements from around the world (including South Africa, Burma, Czechoslovakia, Argentina, and the United States of America) that chose active nonviolence as a strategy for bringing about social change, in the spirit of Gandhi. The book was co-written with my son, Perry, who served in Afghanistan as an Airborne medic before receiving an honorable discharge as a conscientious objector. The book has its own website with links for each of the profiles, information...

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2. Doing the Research

Posted by on Dec 6, 2008 in Bk: Talking Walls, Diverse & Global Books, Race & Culture | Comments Off on 2. Doing the Research

2. Doing the Research

When I talk to students about the process of creating Talking Walls, I explain that in addition to all the research that author Margy Burns Knight had to do to write the stories, I as the illustrator had to do visual research. I had to make sure that the walls I painted looked like the actual walls. And, I tell them, I even had to do “face research.” I studied many, many photographs and did a lot of sketches to make an accurate representation of the Great Wall of China. Different sections were built with different materials, and the topography of the land affected the design of...

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