Today was parent conferences at my school, which ultimately means my blog post about the NYPL panel discussion last night will be pushed back a bit. I am so sorry, as I am eager to post my favorable – giddy reactions to the positive path WE are ALL on!
I did, however, want to point readers to a MUST HAVE – MUST – BLOG LINK for your blogroll.
CBC’s Robin Adelson has a new blog, Robin’s Roundup!!!
That is tremendous news!
Not only is Robin the executive director of the Children’s Book Council, she’s also a person who gets it! Especially when it comes to teaching, reading, parenting, and collaboration for what I am sensing is LITERACY intertwined with 21st Century Storytelling!
Coincidentally, Robin also understands why (metaphorically) four fingers and a thumb are necessary — especially when it comes to 21st century learning. It’s a tease, I know.
But I must leave you with that for now, because it’s supper time in the Bowllan household, and I am so excited about what took place at NYPL – THE GLORIOUS, PROGRESSIVE, INSPIRING NYPL and panelists. I have to get working on my post from last night’s YA Panel AND more importantly, new authors….GET READY! Because your stories are what’s happening right now! Really!
While you are waiting, PLEASE read Robin’s blog posts, as she travels through the wonderful world of BOOKS!
Robin was also kind enough to give me a shout out for the work on my symposium. She writes,
“Amy Bowllan, teacher and Director of Diversity at the Hewitt School in New York City hosted a symposium earlier this month to explore the issue of diversity in books. Amy takes initiative where others do not and explores critical issues in Bowllan’s Blog so it is not surprising that she brought teachers and librarians from different schools in the city for A Conversation About Books. I was fascinated by the way attendees answered the question, What is the greatest challenge incorporating diverse material into your schools? Answers ranged from lack of material to difficulty authenticating the experience described in the material to getting children to take out books that reflect their own culture to getting students to read beyond their comfort boundaries. Clearly, this is a dialog that is just getting started and a dialog parents, caregivers, teachers, librarians, authors and publishers, not to mention children, have a stake in.”