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Male Monday: Haiku of Kobayashi Issa

May 23, 2011


Since May is Asian Pacific Heritage month, I thought this Monday would be a good time to feature Cool Melons–Turn to frogs: The life and poems of Issa Story and Haiku translations by Matthew Gollub; Illustrations by Kazuko G. Stone. Published by Lee and Low, 1998. Issa (pronounced ee-sa) was born Kobayasi Yataro in 1763 […]

May 20, 2011


book review: Split author: Swati Avasthi    date: Random House; 2010 main character: Jace Witherspoon  from the inside flap: Sixteen your old Jace Witherspoon arrives at the doorstep of his estranged brother, Christian, with a  re-landscaped face (courtesy of his father), $3.84 and a secret.  He tries to move on, going for new friends, a new school […]


May 17, 2011


I love how online access provides so many ways to keep learning. I love the diversity of ideas that challenge me to question, accept, prove or substantiate. Sometimes, I just get a greater reason to smile. I’m trying to make a point of expanding my access to include sources I don’t necessarily agree with but […]


May 15, 2011


Books give publishers access to children and affect how they perceive the world around them. Books validate us, inspire us and teach us. So, shouldn’t we be concerned about the librarians, authors, publishers, editors and other adults who have access to our children through the world of books?

2011 Americas Award Winners

May 11, 2011


Congratulations to all the winners! 2011 Américas Award Winners – Clemente! by Willie Perdomo.  Illustrated by Bryan Collier.  Holt – The Dreamer by Pam Muñoz Ryan,  Illustrated by Peter Sis.  Scholastic Américas Award Honorable Mention – The Firefly Letters by Margarita Engle.  Holt, 2010 Américas Award Commended Titles    – Arroz con Leche / Rice Pudding: Un poema para cocinar / A Cooking […]


May 8, 2011


Good morning! For those of you who are moms, Happy Mothers Day to you! I considered listing some of my favorite YALit moms but really had a hard time coming up with any. Not everything I read is POC, but for the sake of my blog, I would list fictional moms of color. You know […]

2011 Asian Pacific Islander Teen Book Releases

May 4, 2011


Since May is Asian-Pacific Island Heritage Month, I thought it would be appropriate to list some of the 2011 Asian American fiction releases. I’ve mentioned it before and so has Trish @ the YaYas. Where are all the MG/YA books with Asian male protagonists? And, where are all the Asian-Pacific Island male MG/YA authors? The […]

Asian-Pacific Heritage Month

May 3, 2011


I love blogging! It gives me such an opportunity to learn! I was going to do, am doing, a quick and easy post on Asian-Pacific American Heritage month, but in gathering photos to spruce up my verbage, I found out that Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the […]

The Day After

May 2, 2011

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So much has happened in our world in the past few days that today feels like the day after. There were the ups and downs of nations caught up in a romantic wedding, of parts of our nation caught up in storms and tornadoes and death. Hearing grown men talking with tears in their voices […]