Thursday, June 26, 2008

Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children

Little Night has been name a Capitol Choices, and as I received the news, I found this book-award talk for Book Week:

Check this one too for Home of the Brave:

What to bring to ALA?

While I wait for Miss fuse #8’s next video blog, where she will tell me what to bring to ALA, here is my own list of don’t-forgets:

I-pod with Maria Bethania’s music from album Brasilerinho

Itinerary, addresses, map
Son with waxed eyebrow (yes, one eyebrow is all he has)
Husband with haircut (hopefully)
Pura Belpre Speech
Skyscraper-heels shoes for no walking at the Caldecott/Newberry
Pictures of Chacho and Luna so that I don’t miss them too badly
Silver signing pens
Lots of bob pins
Handmade purse
Gatos Black’ Pura Belpre printed invitations. Print one of your own here

Am I forgetting anything else?

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Edison Charter Academy

I visited Noah’s school at the end of last month.
Noah, is a little boy who 1) loves books 2) bakes cookies and other munchies with the help of his family 3) along with his bother and sister goes out into the neighborhood to sells those cookies and munchies so that he can make money to bring author’s to his school. Who wouldn’t want to come and visit Noah’s school? I came and this is what we did:

We painted tattoos
We wore silly hats. Thanks goodness it was crazy hat day at Edison Charter Academy, so I felt just at home. My favorite hat? An hamburger hat with mustard lettuce and all that a teacher was wearing.

We admired the incredible skeletons made at the art class: dancing, skeletons listening music in their i-pod, skeleton super-heroes... you name it. I wish I had taken the art class too.

and we made faces at the photographer
It was a mighty good day in San Francisco!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Busy May

Much happened in the last month. Things like:
San Benito, Texas, with a beautiful author's festival that looked like...

Terry in her dress

Authors and organizers

Sweet bread, pan dulce, for 600 people

aguas frescas of delicious flavors

My amigo Rene Colato full of stories

And the High School mariachi band that made me cry

And then, one afternoon, when we were free from school visits and festival, we, eight children’s books authors and two organizers, crossed the border and, if only for a few hours, my Corazon was where it belongs: We were in Mexico.