I was honored to be invited to the Children’s Book Council Diversity Kickoff event tonight!!! It’s such a wonderful and forward-thinking initiative that I asked CBC’s Executive Director, Robin Adelson, to share the vision and thoughts behind forming this committee. “The newly formed CBC Diversity Committee is dedicated to increasing the diversity of voices and […]
After the day I had, e-mails like THIS make my day. Thank you, Samantha Vamos! “I love love love what he did. He’s just something else! Rafael [Lopez]made a video of his reaction to winning a 2012 Pura Belpre Honor.” Take a look…this is ‘AWEsome’ at its best. www.samanthavamos.com “Before You Were Here, Mi Amor” (Viking) […]
Our fabulous librarian just handed me Kadir Nelson’s, Heart and Soul The Story of America and African Americans (Harper Collins, 2011). At first, the weight of the book struck me, as did the heartening illustrations on every page of the book. That’s how deep and heavy the pictures are. If you want to take a […]
Here’s another Civil Rights martyr, Jonathan Daniels, who lost his life while trying to defend a 17-year old black girl. Here’s his story. Here Am I, Send Me: The Story of Jonathan Daniels from Episcopal Marketplace on Vimeo.
At the gentle prompting of Arnold Adoff, I am doing some research on the brave men and women who were breaking down barriers during the Civil Rights Movement. Their names, however, are not well known. Here’s one woman I did not know about, Autherine Juanita Lucy. “Autherine Lucy was accepted to the University of Alabama. […]
War, peace, power, violence…Things that I am thinking about today, as my students prepare for what’s to be a powerful day of SPOKEN WORDS. We know that words have so much power, whether alone by itself or grouped together to make a point. Just watch.
Last year for my birthday, I remember quite well – wishing and praying for little Christina-Taylor Greene and the other victims of the Arizona shooting. I remember how awful I felt for the families and all affected. One year later, and much has transpired in my own life. Breast cancer, surgery, reconstruction, chemotherapy — it […]