Friday Fun: Poetry, E-book & More!

Hello everybody! I just realized that the blog is one month old. I want to tell you how much I appreciate you reading it– and hopefully enjoying it, as well as the words of support and the comments that you leave. It makes me especially happy when I see you address the interviewees. *Again, hat down for your support as I’m learning the ropes.* 🙂

Now back to the fun!

* Picture book writer and poetry aficionada Cheryl Cooney needs your help! Here’s what she says:
“I need some ‘priming for my rhyming’ for a new idea I am working on. It is a wonderful theme, a mother’s love for her child. (…) I am compiling pet names that I have for my own child, but I need MANY more.
I am working with a two syllable/one syllable combo. For example, Huggy Bug, Silly Goose, Cheesey Cheeks. So please give me that combo, I have to keep the same tempo. (…) the cheesier the better!!!”
To answer Cheryl, visit her blog @
Cheryl also wrote a poem expressing the feelings of confusion some of us might go through regarding the situation in Haiti. Hope you’ll read it! 🙂

* Since we’re talking about Haiti, some people expressed the desire “to do more” for the island, in addition to the donations already made. Writer Donna Earnhardt posted about a Tangible Way to Help.

* I was terrified of blogging before starting , one of the reasons being that English isn’t my native tongue. The first person I turned to for advice, probably without him even noticing my doing, was writer Lee Wind. I picked his brain over lunch, during a conference, about his blog: I asked how he got started, as well as all type of silly questions! That was a while ago. Lee has helped numerous bloggers over the past two years, and his advices are now available in The Zen of Blogging: 7 Steps on the Virtual Path to Real Success, an e-book that has already received several praises. I hope you’ll check it out. I can attest that his words are golden, and the price is quite affordable!

Lee is a seasoned blogger and a contributor to the Official SCBWI Conference Blog, which covers the organization’s events in great details.

*  Heartfelt congratulations to the winners and honorees of the ALA Book Awards! The agitation provoked by various cover controversies, as well as the situation in Haiti, occupied my mind and the blog most of the week (though I expressed my joy on fellow bloggers’ sites); that said I will comment and celebrate more extensively that event this coming Tuesday. I’m sure you’ve all heard of and checked the books already, especially the multicultural ones! 😀 In case you haven’t had a chance to do so, here is the complete list of winners. I also recommend Corinne‘s––excellent post which highlights the ALA Youth Media multicultural winners!

* For Sci-Fi fans: The Apex of World SF is a collection of “sixteen (science-fiction and fantasy) stories penned by authors from Thailand, the Philippines, China, Israel, Pakistan, Serbia, Croatia, Malaysia, and other countries across the globe.” To read more about it–including a really good review from the Library Journal, click here. From author and editor Lavie Tidhar: “We’ve been getting good reviews, some great readers – but we still need your help. Specifically – we need to sell 92 copies until the end of this month.”

* Last but not least: as you know I’m building a database of multicultural blogs on children’s literature for the site. I am aware of many, thanks to the wonderful bloggers community and especially to those who adopted that focus. I want to make sure that I don’t miss a name, so please feel free to leave recommendations in the comment section. Thank you!

Be safe and have a wonderful weekend!



Special Announcement: Have You Heard of IBBY?

I thank Pat, my critique partner, for emailing me the following text, posted on PaperTigers‘ blog on January 13, 2010. It was written by Sally Ito–a writer, teacher, reviewer and editor– and is reproduced here with the authorization of Aline Pereira, Managing Editor:

“Disaster has struck in Haiti with a devastating earthquake.   The IBBY Fund for Children in Crisis was formed specifically to provide support to children whose lives have been disrupted through war, civil disorder or natural disaster. Haiti is one of the project countries.  Although the immediate need is for relief supplies, there will be a time when this country’s youngest and most vulnerable citizens will need to process and understand their experience through reading and writing and expressing themselves in words.   Do consider making a donation to the fund to assist these children in crisis.”

I second Sally in highlighting the importance books will play in the recovery and healing process of these children. Storytelling IS a healing tool.

As stated on its page, ” PaperTigers is a website about books in English for young readers. It embraces multicultural books from about anywhere in the world, with a particular focus on the Pacific Rim and South Asia. PaperTigers offers a wealth of book-related resources for teachers, librarians, parents, and all those interested in world of children’s and young adult books.”

There will be a piece on this multicultural gem in the future, but don’t wait that long to learn more about the organization. Check PaperTigers website, as well as the team’s blog.

I do not know a single person who doesn’t believe that a book can change a child’s life, and IBBY makes it happen in so many significant ways, through the amazing work that the organization accomplishes around the world. IBBY stands for International Board on Books for Young People. It is a “non-profit organization which represents an international network of people from all over the world who are committed to bringing books and children together.”

Their website is also accessible in Spanish, German and French.

Other resource provided by IBBY include:

* Bookbird, a journal of international children’s literature,

* a Children in Crisis Programme,

* Haiti 2009. Started in July 2009, the focus of the programme is Natural Disasters in Haiti-Psychological impact on children & the healing power of storytelling and books.

Thank you PaperTigers and IBBY for all your work and for the lives you touch!

Books Worth Knowing will resume next Wednesday. I wish you all a wonderful day! 🙂