Hey, check this out. Raven Tree Press, the publisher of my “Park” book is having a book blow-out sale. You can get their hard covers for only $6.95. Wow, that’s even less than what I can get them for. Here is the link to their site if you want to take advantage of this great deal. It applies to all their hard covers I believe. These make great presents. 😉 http://www.deltapublishing.com/proddetail.cfm?cat=8&toc=95&stoc=0&pronum=5234
I just found out that the Bilingual version of “The Park Our Town Built” made it onto the 2012-2013 Tejas Star Reading List. You can see the full list here:
The highlight of the day for me, other than sharing with the kids, must have been Baby the llama. What a little sweetie. I fell in love with her and am now convinced that what our 3/4 acres is missing, is a llama. Oh, that’s right, Sheriff Joe Arpaio was also there as a celebrity reader. I didn’t get the chance to say hi to him but it was nice to see him being there for the kids.
I received the following from my ARA Advocacy Chairperson, Michelle Parker-Rock. If you are so inclined to advocate for school libraries the following information may be of interest to you. I encourage you to sign the petition and forward the information on so that the needed number of signatures can be reached.
Carl Harvey, 2011-2012 AASL president, has initiated a White House petition on school libraries, which specifically petitions the Obama administration to “ensure that every child in America has access to an effective school library program.” 25,000 signatures are required in order for this petition to be viewed by White House staff, no later than February 4, 2012.
Please take a few seconds to sign this petition, spread the word to your member groups, ask your colleagues and library supporters in your circles to sign on, and spread the word via Facebook, Twitter and other channels!
The url is: http://wh.gov/Wgd .
A few things of note:
* We’ve heard that the petition software is temperamental. If you cannot sign in on your first attempt, please log out and log back in. Or, try a different web browser, or as a last resort, try a different computer.
* This petition should not be confused with a petition begun in 2011.
* White House petitions must be authored by individuals, not any association. Therefore, Carl has introduced this petition as an individual, not as a representative of AASL or ALA.
Marci Merola, Director
Office for Library Advocacy
American Library Association
50 E. Huron Street, Chicago, IL, 60611
The Publisher of my last picture book, Raven Tree Press, just announced that a selection of their titles are now available on NOOK devices and apps via NOOK Kids™. My book “The Park Our Town Built” is one of these and is available for NOOK Color, NOOK Tablet, and NOOK Kids™ for iPad.
Here is a link to the NOOK version of my book:
2012 Green Earth Book Award SHORT LIST
I am so excited to announce that my picture book “The Park Our Town Built,” published by Raven Tree Press, is on the “short list” for the 2012 Green Earth Book Award. Books are still under review, and winners will be announced in late January 2012.
The Green Earth Book Award was created to promote books that inspire children to grow a deeper appreciation, respect, and responsibility for their natural environment. This is an annual award for books that best raise awareness of the beauty of our natural world and the responsibility that we have to protect it.
I will post more info about this as it becomes available.
The Park Our Town Built / El parque que nuestro pueblo construyó Wins Bronze Moonbeam Children’s Book Award!
Raven Tree Press (McHenry, IL) is proud to announce that the book The Park Our Town Built / El parque nuestro pueblo construyó has won the prestigious Moonbeam Bronze Medal in the “Multicultural Picture Book” category.
Presented by the Jenkins Group and Independent Publisher Online, the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards are intended to bring increased recognition to exemplary children’s books and their creators, and to celebrate children’s books and life-long reading. Each year’s entries are judged by expert panels of youth educators, librarians, booksellers, and book reviewers of all ages. As our society has gotten more complex and growing up has become more complicated, children’s book authors and publishers have risen to the occasion, creating books that not only celebrate the joys of childhood, but also help kids and families deal with its challenges. The Moonbeam Awards recognize and reward the best of these books and bring them to the attention of parents, booksellers, librarians, parents and children.
The Park Our Town Built, released May 2011, is available in an English-only edition and an embedded text bilingual English/Spanish edition in which the story is presented mostly in English with keywords in Spanish sprinkled within its context.
Written by Diane Gonzales Bertrand (San Antonio, TX)
Illustrated by Tanja Bauerle (Gilbert, AZ)
Hardcover English only Edition $16.95 ISBN 9781936299140
Hardcover Bilingual Edition $16.95 ISBN 9781936299126
The mayor wants a community park and safe playground for the children. She enlists a group of kids to join her in asking one of the citizens to donate some of his land. When he agrees, he joins all the families and friends who set out to build swings, benches, gardens, and a fountain. There is excitement and a sense of purpose to build the park for all to enjoy. The whole town comes together to create a beautiful park and celebrate with a grand picnic and beautiful fireworks when the job is done.
The narrative text builds line by line and page by page, using repetition and imagery to create a charming story for young readers. Vocabulary recognition and matching pictures to the text help readers gain confidence in both comprehension skills and predicting a sequence of events.
Click here for free activity sheets, media kit and reviews.
Raven Tree Press is an independent children’s picture book publisher specializing in bilingual books in English and Spanish. The publishing house is a division of Delta Systems Co., Inc. of McHenry, IL.
Each 32-page picture book features family-oriented storylines and beautiful illustrations. The hardcover books ($16.95) and paperback books ($7.95) are available at independent and chain bookstores, online booksellers and at the Publisher’s website www.raventreepress.com.
Great News! The Park Our Town Built will be a featured book in the Fall 2011 Seasonal Showcase of the Children’s Book Council. The “Starting From Scratch” booklist will be featured on the CBC website starting September 29th, so our “Park” book will be rotated onto the site within a couple weeks from that date. Check out the CBC site at http://www.cbcbooks.org/ .
Here is a great review of “The Park Our Town Built” that ran in the August issues of ForeWord Review.
Check it out and let us know what you think.
The US Census Bureau reports there are 17.3 million Spanish–speaking residents in the United
States today—thus expanding the market for bilingual illustrated children’s offerings to 4,900
books in print today. The Park Our Town Built/El Parque Que Nuestro Pueblo Construyó, by
Diane Gonzales Bertrand, enters the genre with a twist.
The author’s unique format is akin to age–old songs, many relating to holidays, which zigzag
across cultural and religious boundaries, each verse building on the one before. The Twelve
Days of Christmas and the Passover song, Dayenu, are well–known examples from Judeo
Christian songbooks. In The Park Our Town Built, each page’s vocabulary builds on the
preceding page in sync with the story development, using Spanish for significant concept words.
Generally, bilingual books are set up with a clear separation between the languages, with one on
the left and the other on the right. A second style displays one language throughout a story to
the end, with a second language version available when the reader flips the book over. Gonzales Bertrand’s convention of accumulation enhances the readability factor in this title.
In addition to the language lesson, the sweet story line encourages cooperation as the public
and private citizens of the town unite to build a public park. The narrative conveys some
important points to young readers. The female Alcaldesa (the mayor) character, sends the
message that jobs are not gender–specific; a woman in a wheelchair enjoying the celebration of
the park opening shows a handicapped person fully participating in the festivities; a well–off
resident donating the land for the park; another contributing the tools and the children and adults
working in unison for a common goal.
Tanja Bauerle’s colorful, spirited illustrations convey a strong sense of community, showcasing
adults, children, and animals in various hairstyles, manner of dress, and ethnicities dancing and
playing together. A town where prejudice of all kinds is outmoded, the pueblo in this story is
inspirational. Both text and illustrations are joyful and energetic, entertaining for children and
hopeful to an adult reading aloud.
A Vocabulary Page at the end of the story gives readers a concise an accurate translation
between English and Spanish terminology. The location of this resource at the back of the book
adds to the fun as the reader learns to place the words in context, a vital critical thinking skill.
Julie Eakin, Book Review Editor