Saturday, December 31, 2011

Cheers at Year's End

Earlier this month, Kristi Bernard of Kristi's Book Nook gave me the Versatile Blogger Award. (I was in a musical at the time and then it was the holidays... but I've finally gotten back to posting.) Thanks, Kristi!

According to Kristi, my mission, should I choose to accept it, is to:
a.  Thank the person who gave it to me and link back to them. ✓

b. Share seven things about myself: 
  1. I live on an island in Maine - a real island, the kind you have to take a ferry to get to.
  2. Intense color makes me happy.
  3. I once spent a weekend as a go-go dancer for an American rock band performing at the National Theatre in Seoul, Korea, dressed in a white mini-dress with fringe, in front of hundreds of screaming Korean high school students.
  4. I've been studying jazz vocals for a number of years. Some of my favorite singers are Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald,  Carmen McRae and Canadian Susie Arioli.
  5. As a young girl, I wanted my name to be Ruby.
  6. I love bread. A recent favorite book is Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day, which taught me to always have a wet dough in my refrigerator with the possibility of a fresh-baked boule or baguette only an hour and fifteen minutes away.
  7. I'm a perennial optimist. I love the book The Art of Possibility by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander.
c. Pass this award on to 5 (some posts say 15!) other recently discovered blogs and inform them of the honor

I'm not much of a blog reader, as in I don't have many favorites that I go to every few days. (My exceptions: Love Isn't Enough: "on raising a family in a colorstruck world" and my friend Catherine's Mama C and the Boys.) My favorite blogs are ones that are building a body of information and resource that is timeless and worth exploring again and again. Here are 4 nominations:
  1.  Sojo's Trumpet: A Culture Blog for Teens. I discovered Sojourner Ahebee several years ago when she reviewed my book After Gandhi. She writes exuberant and important posts about music, books, global activism and cultural events, and has recently added a Zazzle account with beautifully designed Afrocentric greeting cards.
  2. Korean American Story.  Essays by Korean Americans cover personal and political topics, creating a collective portrait of this diverse community.
  3. Real Kids. Good Books. "Our children are gorgeously diverse and they love a good read." Kate has been blogging for only 9 months during which she's built an impressive archive (beautifully organized as a graphic) of book recommendations. (She had me at the heading illustration from Umbrella.)
  4. Diversity in YA Fiction - a celebration!  "DIYA is a positive, friendly gathering of readers and writers who want to see diversity in their fiction." Cindy Pon and Malinda Lo, both YA writers of color, have responded to the problem of whitewashing in YA literature by giving attention to the positive side - good books featuring characters of color. I've just begun to mine this resource - lots to look forward to.
I'll notify the winners in the new year.

Happy New Year, everyone!


Kristi's Book Nook said...

Congratulations! This award is well deserved. Thanks for sharing all of your insight.

Natalie Bernstein said...

You are the most thoughtful commentator on race and diversity in children's books out there. I send my colleagues on our school diversity committee to your blog several times a year. I am glad others have recognized the quality of your work. Congratulations!

Anne Sibley O'Brien said...

What a lovely response, Natalie.
Thank you so much.

And once again to Kristi for the award. It's led to some wonderful new connections.