I am a member of CWILL, and many people may not realize our strong commitment, as a group, to making sure that children have access to books, whenever possible. We do this through donations to various groups in need. For example, books from authors have gone to Japan and to Slave Lake in the past few months.
I was inspired by this generosity and wanted to make sure that the wonderful books I read this year for the annual Red Cedar Award would also find a home in a more local school library, where they would be read and read again, allowing students who might not otherwise have the opportunity to participate in the Red Cedar Awards for 2012, do just that.
With the help of fellow-writer, Lois Peterson, we found a home for all of these books at Jessie Lee Elementary School in Surrey, where librarian Dawne Murray plans to oversee a full Red Cedar reading program for her her students. I couldn’t be more thrilled about this :)
If you have books sitting on your shelves that need a home, please consider donating them. I know it is tempting to take them to a second hand bookstore to sell, but, in the end, it is much more satisfying to send them off to a bookshelf where they will be appreciated!
This year, I am part of the selection committee for the British Columbia Red Cedar Awards, Fiction – a terrific honour, and my living room is full of books – I actually get to read and call it ‘work,’ and nobody can question what I am doing!
As great as ebooks are, I have to say that the feel, smell and touch of a brand new book cannot be surpassed. So far, I’ve read some terrific books for kids from grades four to seven, and in April, when we somehow decide on the final fifteen, I can guarantee a summer reading list that will ”blow your socks off.” I kind of like that expression – it came to me from out of nowhere!
I have also been chosen one of the judges for the Illinois Women’s Press Association (IWPA) – The IWPA has the annual contest to provide an opportunity for communicators across the state to gain recognition for their work as published journalists, book authors, photographers, as well as in advertising, among various categories. The IWPA is the oldest state affiliate of the National Federation of Press Women., along with:
Jennifer Brown Banks
Pretty soon, 30 essays or more should start arriving via snail mail!
And for my Bookclub this month, we are reading: Peter Carey’s Parrot and Olivier in America – have to have this read by next weekend. So in answer to, “What am I reading?” Everything.