I’ve been reading stories without words. Turn the pages and you see beautiful picture puzzles for all ages of readers. Here is a collection of stories I love, ones I’ve also brought to international students who are learning English. And we have fun composing the story in words from the perspective of many cultures. The first one is a little bit longer than a picture book; in fact, it’s called a graphic book: Here I Am by Patty Kim, with pictures by Sonia Sanchez. Here’s a taste of a boy’s journey in this strange new land. READ MORE
Across the world, families are crossing borders in search of a resting place where their children can be safe and go to school. 2017 saw new books coming out to help children understand the lives of other children displaced by war and poverty. READ MORE
Please meet Ahmad Qadri. His story is the first I want to offer you about traditional artists in New Hampshire. I did a series of fieldwork reports for the New Hampshire State Council on the arts about traditional artists in the state with a focus on artists who work in arts from varied cultures. READ MORE
For #ReadingAfrica, I compile here some of my favorite books and links to sites that feature books written today by African writers and make them available in the U.S.
A Reading List from BookWitty which includes Chicken in the Kitchen from Nigeria by Nnedi Okorafor
Some of the books on this list of YA Fiction from Africa are classics and you might know them. Others are new. I love the AYA graphic novels. READ MORE
How beautiful to read messages from many New Hampshire librarians who want to diversify their collections. A librarian in Keene wrote, “The more our kids can see themselves in the books they read, the better!” And another librarian in small Bethlehem, “To say we are not diverse is an understatement.” All librarians wrote saying they want to diversify. So delighted my books will find their way to you. The small collection goes to Gilmanton Year Round Library. The YA books are on their way to the Somersworth Middle School. Thank you to all the New Hampshire librarians who entered. I’ll sent all who entered a poster of The Good Braider jacket and a tiny elephant charm.