Posts Tagged "Maine"

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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Funded!

Posted by on Dec 12, 2012 in Diverse & Global Books, For Children's Book Creators, For Educators, Immigration, Race & Culture | Comments Off on Funded!

Funded!

I’m delighted to announce that the project I shared this spring, I’m Your Neighbor Books, has just received a grant from the Maine Humanities Council! The grant is seed money for our local launch of the project, a community read co-sponsored with the Portland Public Library, “I’m Your Neighbor Portland.” I’m Your Neighbor Books promotes the use of children’s literature featuring “new arrival” cultures and groups to engage the entire community in a discussion of commonalities and differences. The project features a recommended list of books and an evolving...

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Moving Forward

Posted by on Jan 21, 2011 in Miscellaneous | 3 comments

Moving Forward

I live in Maine, so I’ve spent many hours over the last week thinking, reading and talking about our newly elected governor’s response, which made national news, when he was questioned about his refusal of multiple invitations to attend events sponsored by the local NAACP chapter. I’ve reflected at length on what I wanted to say that hasn’t already been said wonderfully by others, including some brilliant friends of mine, Rachel Talbot Ross, state director and local chapter president of the NAACP, and Catherine Anderson of “Mama C and the Boys.” There is...

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The Colors of My World

Posted by on May 3, 2010 in Events & Presentations , For Educators, Race & Culture | Comments Off on The Colors of My World

The Colors of My World

Today I talked about race with 350 children. Approximately 330 of them were white. The occasion was the statewide conference of Maine’s Civil Rights Team Project. Maine has the nation’s most extensive network of school-based civil rights teams, from 3rd to 12th grade, involving more than 3000 students in helping to create safe, welcoming school communities for all kinds of difference. Bravo to them! More than 1000 students and their adult advisors attended today’s conference. In two sessions, I presented a workshop entitled “The Colors of My World” to all the...

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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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