I write children's books and I love my local library. Recently, Singapore's National Library Board made a disappointing decision to withdraw and pulp three children's picture books that feature non-conventional families.
I still love my library. I am also still much disappointed with the board's decision.
I know ~ changes take time, especially changes or shifts of mindsets in a growing yet fundamentally traditional culture. I'm also glad to know ~ a change IS taking place, what with writers and readers speaking up about this. Hopefully very soon, we will all practise embracing diversity as warmly as we talk about it. (This is a reminder I suppose everyone needs.)
An announcement on Allyn Stotz's picture book giveaway: The winner is Stephanie Robinson. Congratulations, Stephanie!
I am overseas working on a picture book for a start-up company and taking a mini-vacation. Sorry if I miss your blogs in the meantime, I'll catch up soon. Have as good a day as you can everyday. Love reading. Love books. Love introducing your children to old and new ideas. Love watching them learn and explore. Love hearing them wonder. Love letting them figure out the answers, or accepting that not everything has an answer. Love teaching them to love to grow.
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I don't know if you've read this snippet from Neil Gaiman (author of American Gods, The Graveyard Book, Coraline etc.) somewhere, but when I came across this on Pinterest just few days ago, I was moved and proud of being both a reader and a writer. We are a privileged bunch to live in this generation in which books and stories are celebrated every day, aren't we?
Here it is, my inspiration of the week:
And since words are powerful, I'd like to echo a fellow writer-blogger, Sherry Alexander, who has been blogging on the lack of food and clean water for children in our world. Visit her blog to learn more.
Yes, these children are in our world. Time to do a little something to help. Spread the message. Check out the organizations in your region. Make a donation. Talk about it. Write about it. Let's do something.
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by Kate Hanney
Really enjoyed the honest voice of this narrator ~ a teenager let down by his mother and the foster care system, and almost-picked up through his involvement with a gang.