#WorldKidLitWednesday: Maresi: Red Mantle

An epistolary novel. A beautiful story with a strong female protagonist. The stand-alone conclusion to a trilogy. Maresi: Red Mantle by Maria Turtschaninoff is all of these. It’s also the co-winner of the 2020 GLLI Translated YA Book Prize—and deservedly so, as it’s a fabulous read. Set in an agrarian, mostly pre-literate, fantasy world, Red … Continue reading #WorldKidLitWednesday: Maresi: Red Mantle

#WorldKidLit Month 2020: Trailblazing Puerto Rican Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré

Photograph of Pura Belpré Avid picture book readers, close followers of the children's publishing industry, and librarians may very well be familiar with the Pura Belpré Medal, given annually to Latinx illustrators and writers whose book "best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience." However, how much do we about the trailblazing librarian and storyteller … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Month 2020: Trailblazing Puerto Rican Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré

Sylvia Ashton Warner – learning to read

I read "Teacher" (1963) by Sylvia Ashton Warner, while at secondary school and found it inspirational. This was a memoir about her life as a teacher, a profession which Warner was very reluctant to enter. Her mother had been a teacher and the sole income earner for her large family. The family had to move from … Continue reading Sylvia Ashton Warner – learning to read

Going to the source

Many of the links included in previous posts came from Read NZ Te Pou Muramura - an organisation that was formerly known as the New Zealand Book Council. The new name relates to the Maori creation explanation and involves moving from darkness into light, a beautiful metaphor for enlightenment literacy brings. Read NZ's mission is … Continue reading Going to the source