Posts Tagged "Margy Burns Knight"

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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They Didn’t Get That From Me!

Posted by on Oct 25, 2011 in Events & Presentations , Family & Friends, For Educators, Race & Culture | 2 comments

They Didn’t Get That From Me!

  In our joint school visits, as author Margy Burns Knight talks, I often sketch the face of an imagined child in each session, leaving the school with a group of portraits of diverse children. Several years ago, presenting our book Africa is Not a Country at a Maine school, I was sketching a series of children who could be from African countries. As the collection of portraits grew throughout the day, we asked students, “What do you notice about the pictures? What’s the same about the children? What’s different?”    A second grade boy pointed to the image of a...

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Africa is Not a Country, Redux

Posted by on Aug 18, 2011 in Bk: Africa is Not a Country , Diverse & Global Books, For Educators, Race & Culture | Comments Off on Africa is Not a Country, Redux

Africa is Not a Country, Redux

Last January, author Margy Burns Knight and I spent a week-long residency at Fiske Elementary School in Lexington, MA, where we led 400+ students in the creation of a book about their daily life, entitled Our Corner of the World. With the help of the faculty, staff, and parents (especially Cynthia Wimer and Songyi Kim!), each class participated in writing the text, I illustrated their stories in full color, and each student contributed a b&w spot drawing. The book was printed and every student received a personal copy. Our Corner of the World was a response to our own book, Africa is Not...

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Connecting Kids to Their World

Posted by on May 26, 2009 in Bk: Africa is Not a Country , Bk: Welcoming Babies, Race & Culture | Comments Off on Connecting Kids to Their World

Connecting Kids to Their World

For our April six-school tour in the western suburbs of Philadelphia, author Margy Burns Knight and I were presenting on our five nonfiction books about differences. The most recent of these titles, Africa Is Not A Country, was published in 2000, so we wanted to connect the information in our books with current world news.  We created slide shows of recent events and people related to the content of our books. For instance, showing images from several of the African countries who celebrate their independence holidays in April, we talked about how those were like birthdays for countries. ...

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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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