A Good, Good Year for Joseph and Whoosh in Joseph’s Big Ride

A Good, Good Year for Joseph and Whoosh in Joseph’s Big Ride
Ken Daley’s gorgeous illustration of Mama, Joseph, Whoosh with ALL her hair, and the bike in Joseph’s Big Ride.

“The narrative, which focuses on building a friendship, is paired with Daley’s vibrant illustrations, which depict just how fast the minds, and bikes, of young children can go…An ideal addition…”                      School Library Journal

This has been a good, good year for my characters, Joseph and Whoosh, in Joseph’s Big Ride.  Their bike – the one Joseph FINALLY gets to ride, his wish come true! – came to life in a school in Westbrook, Maine. Master’s of Education students at the  Maine College of Art made it happen with an Art Lesson they did with the students beginning with drawing lots of kids’ hands and the connected hands become the spokes of the bicycle’s wheels.  Like this….

Then like this…

Then all the children’s hands come together like this….

The children and these extraordinary art teachers put Joseph’s – really Whoosh’s (but she likes him) – bike all together like this…

You can see the steps to make the bike is this gallery of images and videos. The Art Lessons for Joseph’s Big Ride are created as part of a tool kit for a collection of children’s books called the,  Welcoming Library

Libraries and community centers can purchase the Welcoming Library of children’s books, mobile exhibit, and program resources to help new Americans and U.S.-born families in the neighborhood  meet each other through story.  See all the books and meet the creator, Kirsten Cappy, champion of books and children, at Welcoming Library.   

A Welcoming Library display in Maine.

 

 Joseph’s Big Ride also comes to Dads in correctional facilities to help parents connect with their kids through stories

I had to get this for my daughter. She’s got hair just like Whoosh.

Dad at Concord State Prison

The Children’s Literacy Foundation (CLiF) gives brand-new children’s books to incarcerated parents in New Hampshire and Vermont prisons to support family literacy.  I’m one of the writers who visits schools and prisons to tell stories and talk about reading.  We imagine ways to read aloud to their kids which parents can do, depending on the facility, by Skype, phone call, or making a recording.  CLiF also gives children brand-new books in schools and community centers. I’ve brought Joseph’s joyful tale to many, many children in schools in immigrant neighborhoods. 

With students at Dr. Norman Crisp School, Nashua, New Hampshire 

Meet OD 

Finally, for this good, good year for Joseph and Whoosh,  South Sudanese rapper, OD Bonny and I  have teamed up to write a new story for Joseph called AII YEE, JOSEPH!  I first met OD when he wrote a tribute song, “A Girl from Juba”  for Viola,  the heroine of my novel in verse, THE GOOD BRAIDER.  I am very excited to work with this talented singer and storyteller who brings his music around the world to the Acholi people and all of us. 

OD Bonny, on the go

CuriousCity’s Month-by-Month in Kit Lit

For everybody celebrating the world’s events and joys and books that honor them, take a look at this magic created by Kirsten Cappy at Curious CityDPW. Curious City offers month-by-month book engagement programming kits, event kits, and book club and discussion guides.  Here!

Curious City honors World Refugee Day on June 20 with two of my favorite books to understand and welcome refugees, the YA novel in verse Something About America and the picture book, I’m New Here.

To celebrate National Library Week, you can play a scavenger hunt between chapters of Megan Frazer Blakemore’s Water Castle.

Do you want to celebrate National Cat Day?  Or International Tiger Day? You can with Raj the Bookstore Tiger.  Just like kids, the list shares both real-life struggles and delightful, giggling  whimsey.

Literacy and Special Recognition Award. Thank you, NERA

I am deeply honored to receive  the Literacy and Special Recognition Award from the New England Reading Association. Thank you NERA!  I selected the cross-cultural literacy organization, I’m Your Neighbor, to receive NERA’s donation in honor of this award.

NERA Announcement:

At our 2016 conference NERA recognized Terry Farish for her inspiring work as an author and her continued dedication to promoting literacy for special populations of immigrants coming to our country in hopes of finding promise and possibility in their new home. Terry Farish has a passion for writing about immigrants and refugees who are our new neighbors in the U.S. Terry has been writing novels and nonfiction about refugees and immigrants for many years, informed by her early work for the Red Cross in Vietnam.

thegoodbraider_coverThe Good Braider is her free verse novel about 17-year old Viola and her family’s journey from Sudan to Portland, Maine. The novel was selected as a Best Book for Young Adults by the American Library Association and School Library Journal. Terry also authored Either the Beginning or the End of the World, the story of a Cambodian-American girl who journeys into her family’s heritage when she falls in love with a soldier. She has written several picture books. NERA feels Terry’s work is an inspiring example of literacy’s power, promise, and possibility.