KidLit for the Philippines is an online
talent auction to benefit Mercy Corps and UNICEF relief efforts for
Typhoon Haiyan (aka Yolanda). Agents, editors, authors, and illustrators have
donated various services and items to be auctioned off to the highest bidder,
with donations being made directly to Mercy Corps and UNICEF.
Author/illustrator school visit
Description: I have done school programs all over the country, incorporating my
story-telling/performance skills with my teaching experience to give children a
rich understanding of the joys of writing and illustrating stories. I ask the
question, where do books come from? And the answer, IDEAS! help the child
realize that they have all the resources inside them to do great work. I use
original artwork, dummies, reference material and finished books as teaching
tools. We have a wonderful time.
I will do three 30 minute sessions for groups of up to
60 students, ages from kindergarten to high school. (Older students are taught
If the school is over an hour outside of Brooklyn,
transportation and lunch costs must be paid by the school.
Estimated Value: $500
Minimum Bid: $100
Auction Ends: 12/7/2013 at 10:00 PM EST
is an author/illustrator/performer trained in Montessori teaching. She lives
in paradise, aka Brooklyn, a bike ride from Prospect Park, the Botanic Garden,
an art museum, zoo, and BAM, and she often bikes over the Brooklyn Bridge and
back to work at her favorite book stores. If she's not working there, or
writing poems or songs, or honing her drawings and dummy books, she may be
performing one person, one act, one (life-size) puppet play, MIRIAM, or helping
her husband with campaigns for UNICEF.
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Highest bid before the end of the auction wins.
* A note about last-minute bidding:
If you are used to online auctions that end at an exact, given second, please
know that the KidLitPhil auctions don’t work quite that way. Each auction ends
when I post the “Auction closed” comment. I do that when my computer turns to
10pm EST, but because I have multiple auctions to close at that time (also
because I am human) it will not be precisely at 10pm EST. At any rate, the
winning bid is the high bid before the Auction Closed comment, even if the time
on your computer reads slightly after 10:00. Thanks for understanding!
Winning bidder must donate the winning bid amount to a designated charity
organization and provide a copy of the receipt within three days of notification.
For physical items, unless otherwise noted, donor pays standard shipping within
the U.S.; winning bidder pays for express shipping or for shipping outside the
New Bedford, MA. (Swipe left for more). #NewBedfordStreetArt #streetart
New Bedford, MA. (Swipe left for more). #NewBedfordStreetArt #streetart
Cool mushroom seen on my walk. I’ve never seen this kind before. #nature
Books entertain. Enlighten. Comfort. Educate.
The best examples connect us.
Dreamers by @YuyiMorales is one of those books. Yesterday, I had time at Barnes and Noble while my daughter was off with friends. I went to the picture book section to see what’s new. Dreamers was on prominent display. I read it and my eyes filled with tears at the beauty & longing & sadness & joy all wrapped into one story.
I bought it and went to @Mirasolscafe to write. I worked diligently for a while until a man sat down, said “hello,” & asked how my day was.
At first, I was a little annoyed. I was working. I didn’t want to chat. But for some reason, I set my work aside to talk with him. During a lull in the noise, I noticed his accent. He asked what I was doing. “Researching.” He asked what that word means. I did my best to explain. I answered his questions about my research for Flying Deep. He told me he is uneducated, but he is going to elementary school to learn English. He recently read his first book.
When he mentioned his childhood, I asked where he grew up. Mexico. I had to tell him about Dreamers: it felt so relevant, especially since English books are now in his grasp. I tried to describe it but realized I needed to show it to him. How could he hear about the book & not see its gorgeous images? I told him I would get it from my car.
I told him to take a look while I went to the ladies’ room. When I came out, he was looking page by page. He said, “This is a good book.” We talked about the word resplendent. He told me the Spanish translation (resplandeciente) while I apologized for not being able to speak Spanish.
I learned that his son has a 3 year-old son. I asked if he would be able to get the book to his grandson. He said, “yes.” I gave it to him.
Then he switched & spoke to me in Spanish. He asked my name. Michelle. I asked his. Pedro. We shook hands, thanked each other for the conversation, & said good-bye. Our time was up. I had to pick up my daughter.
I could have talked longer, but somehow that chance meeting also felt perfect just as it was.
Thank you @yuyimorales for the gift of your book.
Lumpia: little packages of deliciousness. Lumpia is a Filipino food I loved when I lived in Cebu. (I didn’t love it as much as pancit or milk fish sisig, but I loved it). A Filipina named Maria, who lives in Galena, AK, made them for me when I was visiting last month. (My friend asked her to make them for me). I was happy to speak a little Cebuano with Maria and eat her Alaskan version of lumpia which was made with a combination of moose meat and pork. #pinoy
We spent our final days in Alaska with our friends at their home in a village called Galena. Galena is west of Fairbanks and is “off the road system,” which means you can only get there by plane this time of year. (When the Yukon River freezes over, they can drive up the river). We spent quality time with our friends and our kids got to know each other. The kids also had little adventures of their own such as paddling a raft across the Yukon River, which you see in these photos. You’ll also see me prepping to go up with our friend in his bush plane, a view from the air, and some veggies in their huge garden. (Our friends prefer not to post pics on social media, so I’m only sharing a few pics in which their kids are far off and not identifiable).
I love this quirky #streetart Made me smile last night in Historic downtown New Bedford, MA.
#HatchStreetStudios in New Bedford has open studios the second Saturday of every month. The building is home to a variety of talented visual and performing artists, including a clown. Yesterday she taught my daughter to spin plates. We also viewed gorgeous art, joined in on a ukulele strumming session, ate some good food from Destination Soups, and watched various other musicians perform. Sharing space with so many creative people is invigorating.
Great day yesterday at #hatchstreetstudios . A day filled with art, music, and community. This is the New Time String Band from @southcoastlessons performing. (My whole family has taken lessons with Jeff on guitar, bass, piano, ukulele, and banjo. Of course, he teaches fiddle, too. He’s wonderful. He’s also enrolling new students now).