I’m shaping a new program I offer in schools and communities. Through documentary photos, oral history of refugees, reports of on-the-scene war correspondents, and readings from The Good Braider, I takes listeners on the journey of children and their families out of war in South Sudan. The program is called ”Children of War” & captures the larger picture of contemporary displacement of populations due to conflict. Some documentary photographers and have granted permission to show their stunning photos in schools.
For a School Library Journal article, I interviewed many librarians about their recommendations of verse novels to kids and teens in their libraries. And I interviewed many writers about their process in writing verse novels. A new direction was given to the article by SLJ and a lot of these wonderful speakers are not in the final piece. The editor’s advice – Librarians know all that. Tell them some inside story about you, something only they will know if they read this piece. So I scratched my head and tried to imagine that.
For five year it has been my great joy, and challenge, to direct the adult literacy program of the New Hampshire Humanities Council. The NH Humanities Council Newsletter features an article I wrote on bringing children’s literature to adults learning English. I wrote about our work with adult students and the goal of the book discussion program that is the cornerstone of our literacy work. The article is a reflection on bringing children’s literature to adults. As of July, I am not longer on the staff of the Humanities Council but I support the ongoing work and cheer on my colleague every day.
“Sometimes a boy can step through the flimsy planks made from nibong palm trees that form the floor of the fishing platform. He could hurt his leg very badly. Sometimes when the moon is full and the fish are running, he can only catnap throughout the night.”
I made this slide show after my stay with Helen and Peter Ayanga in the village of Esabalu in western Kenya. The singing that accompanies the slides are the voices of Helen and her daughter.