I wasn’t familiar with this award though I do know about the Simon Wissenthal Museum from living in Los Angeles. My art teacher had a piece exhibited there and he said that it was the highlight of his career. I went through the past winner list and I haven’t read all the books, but the ones I have read (Though My Eyes, The Year of Miss Agnes, So Far from the Sea) are OUTSTANDING so it makes me want to read the entire list of winners, both past and present.
In honor of Ramadan, I wanted to offer a book list to help bridge an understanding between Muslins and people of other faiths. It’s actually taken me more than a year to assemble this book list as I am not familiar with this topic. I hope that you will share your favorite books and I will add to this list. I wish you love and peace during this Ramadan celebration!
5 Things Savvy Moms Should Know When Taking Their Tween/Teen to the Pediatrician: acne, meat-free, sexually active, tatoos and piercings, and teen angst.
I don’t know a lot about Southeast Asian American children’s literature so this was fun list to research and it was fun to hunt down books I had heard about but haven’t read in a while as well as discover a few really great authors that are new to me. I asked a Mom Friend at a birthday party — we were both waiting in the car for 2+ hours while our kids jumped on gigantic trampolines — since she’s East Asian what East Asian KidLit was in her bookshelves. She said there wasn’t a lot available and it’s true.
The Green Earth Lit award is sponsored by the Newton Marasco Foundation for books that either promote an inspired understanding of the environment, an awareness of environmental issues, or a celebration of nature; encourage the concept of environmental stewardship and the role each of us can play in nurturing, protecting, and defending our environment; and with environmental issues that are current and accurately portrayed. What are your favorite Green Earth books? Please share!
A quirky selection of books for budding artists of ages that includes picture book through young adult fiction. No book is actually instructional in nature, rather the list serves to stir the creative juices for reading and creating art!
Young Adult — rife with explicit abuse, violence and depravity? Or not!
Adventures of the Mind is a high school sleep away camp designed to mentor highly gifted high school students with great achievers of our day including both doers and dreamers: artists, athletes, cancer-fighting scientists, dinosaur wranglers, entrepreneurs, inventors, journalists, Nobel Laureates, novelists, playwrights, poets, poker players, programmers, public servants, Pulitzer Prize winners, scholars, trailblazers, and world changers. There is financial aid available. Application deadline is May 15, 2011 for this upcoming summer’s program.
In eerily similar circumstances, young Navajo Americans were forced to relocate to attend boarding school where great attempts were made by the school to purge them of their ethnic identity, particularly their language. Both children’s books that are featured talk about harsh punishments for speaking in their native tongue. This forced relocation is not unlike the Japanese Americans during WWII. Is this really America, the home of the free?! This is the ugly underbelly that doesn’t get much press coverage. Am I the only one who didn’t learn about the Navajo Code Breakers at school in U.S. History? I am glad for these books to teach a new generation, and our nation, that the differences that make us unique make our country more powerful. Imagine if that boarding school were successful in wiping out the Navajo language? It’s really not inconceivable if the timing of the war were different!