Liz Garton Scanlon

Spent most of the past weekend working on a revision of a picture book manuscript I’m writing with Greg. I just love my husband. He’s so amazing. And then our writing buddy Anne Bustard was gracious enough to look it over for us before we sent it out. Thanks, Anne!

Today’s highlight was lunch at Katz’s with Liz Garton Scanlon, author of A SOCK IS A POCKET FOR YOUR TOES: A POCKET BOOK (Harper, 2004). This debut picture book, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser, is a must-read the whole year long and a must-have for National Poetry Month. Look for more great books from Liz in the future!

Jingle Dancer Student Photos

Wow! I just received the most gorgeous set of photographs of students, projects, and Jingle Dancer from Mrs. McGuire and the grade two English-to-French Immersion class, Agnew H. Johnston School, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. They say, “We think Jenna is a gentle and unselfish girl because she took only one row of bells from each person.”

How sweet! Thanks so much, and keep reading!

Multicultural Guide Books

Jingle Dancer, Rain Is Not My Indian Name, and Indian Shoes are all recommended titles in “Culturally Speaking: Contemporary Native Americans” by Sherry York (Library Media Connection, November/December 2004). It’s essentially an annotated bibliography of contemporary Native books, divided by picture books–fiction, fiction, series, and biography for young readers.

I see that the author has a new book coming out, too:

Ethnic Book Awards by Sherry York (Linworth Publishing, 2005). “A unique resource for Americas, Asian Pacific American, Carter G. Woodson, Coretta Scott King, Pura Belpre, Syndney Taylor, and Tomas Rivera Awards!”

York is also the author of Picture Books by Latino Writers: A Guide for Librarians, Teachers, Parents, and Students (March 2002); Children’s and Young Adult Literature by Latino Writers: A Guide for Librarians, Teachers, Parents, and Students (August 2002); and Children’s and Yiung Adult Literature by Native Americans: A Guide for Librarians, Teachers, Parents, and Students (April, 2003).