“I call myself a wordkeeper, or a keeper of words. I enjoy words and looking at them on all sides… Words are magnificent… They form rhythms of living in meaningful prose… It is the force of my desire, my wish to make myself understood, that powers these words.”
― Virginia Hamilton
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Because of a Boy Named Peter
You can walk into any classroom today and find a variety of books. The story-lines range from the environment, kids, funny animals, feelings, multicultural characters, and more. In the past, characters of diverse backgrounds were non-existent, even in schools that were mostly African-American. African-Americans could not connect with the characters of the story. Then, one man decided to change that.
In 1962, Ezra Jack Keats wrote the first children's book with a character with a diverse background, The Snowy Day. The story is about a small boy, Peter, who is experiencing a snow day outside of his home. In the following year, The Snowy Day won the Caldecott Medal, which during that time was a very high honor for illustrated books for children. Keats has illustrated almost 85 children books (written and illustrated 22).
The story of Peter did not end with The Snowy Day. Keats wrote six other books that included the life of Peter all the way to his adolescence. Keats believed that every child should be able to see themselves in books. He took a chance to make a difference by something so small and making others see the bigger picture. Ezra Jack Keats wrote, "If we could see each other exactly as the other is, this would be a
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Becoming a book blogger did not cross my mind when I decided to start a blog. My first idea was to start a blog that discussed activities in the classroom. When I did my rough draft for the first blog, I was not satisfied. I felt like that blog was too similar to other classroom activity blogs, so I deleted that draft. After deletion and brainstorming, my mind went to my childhood and what I really enjoyed doing.......reading.
Books, Art, Dolls, and Science were always my favorite things during my childhood. My room was filled with these things, but I had more books than anything. The issue that I discovered was that books written by authors of color and books that feature children from different backgrounds were hard to find or people did not know about these types of books.
My curiosity on this topic started in college. Needless to say, I had a good experience and a bad experience dealing with diversity in children's literature during my college days. Both of those experiences f…
"Anything worth doing is worth doing right."-Grandma Lena in Grandma Lena's Big Ol' Turnip
Spring is when all things become new again, a natural piece of artwork. During my childhood, I remember this time as sowing, planting, and tending in my maternal grandmother's garden. I was her little helper and I recall myself trying to learn everything I could about the art of gardening. Her garden was a getaway for her, an oasis for her thoughts, and a way to take care of her family/community. This type of art was apart of her life and her gardens were always so beautiful. Gardening has become one of my hobbies and my oasis for myself. I would not say that I am as passionate as she was, but I do love the feeling when my plants begin to grow and I can eat my product. I experience a type of happiness from the tiny seeds that make an entrance.
My grandmother was faithful to her garden. Whenever she had an abundance of crops, she would share with the community and the co…