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1999 Multicultural and Nature Book Awards:

Looking forward to a great reading adventure? Check out these outstanding books selected by Skipping Stones and its multicultural committee of 15 reviewers‹editors, librarians, parents, students, and teachers. They considered some 125 titles entered by large and small, international or nonprofit publishers and producers for the Sixth Annual Skipping Stones Honor Awards. The selection of multicultural and nature books, and an educational video recognized this year encourage close relationships with nature, and promote respect and understanding for cultural diversity in our world. Full reviews of the winners appear in Vol. 11, no. 3 (Summer '99) of the international, multicultural children's magazine. The honored titles are:


Ecology and Nature Books:

The books in this category promote an understanding of natural systems, specific species or habitats, human, plant and animal relationships, resource conservation, environmental protection and restoration efforts, community projects, and sustainable living.

Monarch Magic!: Butterfly Activities & Nature Discoveries
by Lynn M. Rosenblatt.
A superbly illustrated book, with stunning photographs, and hands-on activities, depicting the life cycle and metamorphosis of a monarch butterfly. Upper elem. & middle grades. 1998. $12.95. Williamson Publishing, P.O. Box 185, Charlotte VT 05445. Tel. (800) 234-8791 ext. 18

Hey Kids! You're Cookin' Now!
by Dianne Pratt, illustr. Janet Winter.
This is a great global awareness cooking adventure for inquisitive kids, 6 to 12. Over 80 healthy recipes and many ecology and animal facts. 1998. $19.95. Harvest Hill Press, P.O. Box 55, Salsbury Cove, ME 04672. Tel. 888-288-8900

From the Bellybutton of the Moon/ Del Ombligo de la Luna
by Francisco Alarcón, illustr. Maya Christina Gonzalez.
A rich, colorfully illustrated collection of 22 poems inspired by the author's memories of childhood summers in Mexico. These bilingual poems are a beautiful blend of both natural and cultural harmony. Elem. & middle grades. 1998. $15.95. Children's Book Press, 246 First St. #101, San Francisco, CA 94105. Tel. 415-995-2200


Multicultural and International Books:

Focusing on cultural / ethnic diversity or sustainable intercultural / global relationships, these books honor contributions which build bridges of communication, understanding, social justice and peace.

America Is Her Name
by Luis J. Rodríguez, illustr. Carlos Vázquez.
Set in the Pilsen barrio of Chicago, this is a touching story of América, a 9-yr-old Mixteca Indian girl from Oaxaca, Mexico, who's determined to be a writer. 1998. $15.95. Elem. & middle grades. Curbstone Press, 321 Jackson Street, Willimantic, CT 06226. Tel. 860-423-5110

No More Strangers Now: Young Voices from a New South Africa.
Interviews by Tim McKee, photos by Anne Blackshaw.
Through powerful and personal narratives and photographs, twelve South African teenagers share their experiences under Apartheid and the challenging years of freedom since. 1998. $19.95. Grades 7-12. DK Publishing, 95 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10016. Tel. 212-213-4800 ext. 462

Grandpa, Is Everything Black Bad?
by Sandy Lynne Holman, illustr. Lela Kometiani.
Beautifully illustrated story of an African American boy who comes to appreciate his dark skin by learning about his African heritage from his grandfather. 1998. $18.95. All grades. The Culture CO-OP, P. O. Box 463, Davis, CA 95616. Tel. 530-792-1334

i see the rhythm,
paintings by michele wood, text by toyomi igus.
A uniquely visual and poetic journey through the history of African American music‹from the pulsating drums of Africa to the current hip hop. 1998. $15.95. All Ages. Children's Book Press, 246 First St. #101, San Francisco, CA 94105. Tel. 415-995-2200

Home To Medicine Mountain
by Chori Santiago; illustr. Judith Lowry.
This moving tale recounts the journey of two young Native American brothers as they try to come home, far away from the government-run Indian Boarding School. Middle grades. 1998. $15.95. Children's Book Press, San Francisco, CA. Tel. 415-995-2200

If You Could Be My Friend: Letters of Mervet Akram Sha'ban and Galit Fink, presented by Litsa Boudalika.
Galit, an Israeli Jew, and Mervit, a Palestinian girl who lives in a nearby refugee camp, are divided by the political realities, but long for peace. They begin a relationship by writing letters, and sharing their dreams, feelings and experiences. 1998. $15.95. Middle & upper grades. Orchard Books, 95 Madison Ave. New York, NY 10016. Tel. 212-951-2603

Even A Little Is Something: Stories of Nong
by Tom Glass, illustr. Elena Gerard.
Twenty-three short vignettes portray the life of an 11-year-old girl, in a rural region of Thailand. We learn a great deal of her village, people and the present-day Thai culture. 1997. $16.95. Upper elem. to Jr. high. Linnet Books / The Shoe String Press, PO Box 657, North Haven, CT 06473-2517. Tel. 203-239-2702


Teaching Resources:

All educators, be they parents, teachers, librarians, will find these books and publications extremely helpful in their work with students and children to develop multicultural and nature awareness.

Asian Tales and Tellers
by Cathy Spagnoli.
A panorama of 30 folktales from sixteen Asian countries illuminate the wisdom and humor of Eastern cultures. For teachers, storytellers, parents, and students of middle grades to adults. 1998. $24.95. August House, P.O. Box 3223, Little Rock, AR 72203.Tel. 501-372-5450

In Accord with Nature: Helping students form an environmental ethic using outdoor experience and reflection
by Clifford E. Knapp. A resource for educators and youth leaders to help middle and high school students understand and define their relationship to nature. Includes suggested activities. 1999. $17.95. ERIC­CRESS, Appalachia Educational Laboratory, P.O. Box 1348, Charleston, WV 25325-1348. Tel. 304-347-0437

Through Indian Eyes: The Native Experience in Books for Children,
edited by Beverly Slapin and Doris Seale. Essays, poetry, and critical reviews, from a Native perspective, of more than 100 children's books by and about Indian peoples. An authentic resource for all children's librarians, teachers and parents. 1998. $25. American Indian Studies Center, UCLA, Box 951548, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1548. Tel. 310-206-7514


Educational videos:

Engaging and mindful videos for use in classroom to foster respect and understanding of all people and communities.

It Takes A Child: Craig Kielburger's Story,
directed and produced by Judy Jackson.
In this outstanding video, we meet and follow the passionate, articulate and inspiring teenager, Craig, who speaks out on behalf of child laborers everywhere. Middle & high school grades. 56 mins. Bullfrog Films, P.O. Box 149, Oley, PA 19547. Tel.800-543-3764 1997 Skipping Stones Book Award Winners

Also of interest:
Past Award Winners
April 1998, Eugene, Oregon- Skipping Stones magazine announces the winners of the Fifth Annual Skipping Stones Honor Awards. The multicultural and/or nature books, publications and educational videos recognized this year do an outstanding job of encouraging close relationships with nature, promoting respect and understanding for cultural diversity in our world. Reviews of these exceptional books for children and youth appear in Volume 10, no. 3 (Summer '98). A multicultural group of 20 reviewers (including teachers, librarians, parents, students) and editors have recommended these exceptional books and videos in four different categories.


Multicultural and International Books:
These books focus on cultural or ethnic diversity or sustainable intercultural/global relationships. They honor contributions which build bridges communication, understanding, social justice and peace.

Aruna's Journeys by Jyotsna Sreenivasan. An 11-year-old Indian|-American girl reluctantly visits her relatives in India and discovers more about who she is. Middle grades. 1997. $6.95. Smooth Stones Press, P.O. Box 19875, St. Louis, MO 63144; Tel. (314) 968-2596.

A Rainbow at Night by Bruce Hucko. Collection of art by Navajo children introduces special traditions and teaches universality shared by all children. Elementary grades. 1997. $14.95. Chronicle Books, 85 Second Street, 6th Fl., San Francisco, CA 94105; Tel. (415) 537-3730.

D is for Doufu: An Alphabet Book of Chinese Culture by Maywan Shen Krach. Meticulously illustrated; Chinese words and phrases immerse us in history, lives and customs. Middle grades. 1997. $17.95. Shen's Books, 8625 Hubbard Road, Auburn, CA 94606; Tel. (800) 456-6660.

Granddaddy's Gift by Margaree King Mitchell. A heartfelt, African-American story of determination and endurance in the face of prejudice. All agesà. 1997. $17.95. BridgeWater Books, 100 Corporate Drive, Mahwah, NJ 07430; Tel. (201) 529-4000.

Tomás and the Library Lady by Pat Mora. Based on a true story of a child of migrant farmworkers, this picture book suggests what libraries and education can make possible. All ages. 1997. $17.00. Knopf Books, 201 East 50th Street, New York, NY 10128; Tel. (212) 940-7724.



Ecology & Nature Books:
Books in this category promote an understanding of natural systems, specific species or habitats, human, plant and animal relationships, resource conservation, environmental protection & restoration efforts, community projects, and sustainable living.

Project Puffin: How We Brought Puffins Back to Egg Rock by Stephen W. Kress and Pete Salmansohn. Story of a young scientist who successfully restored nesting colonies of Puffins on Maine islands where they were in danger of extinction. All ages. 1997. $16.95. T'ilbury House, Publishers, 132 Water Street, Gardiner, ME 04345; Tel. (207) 582-1899.

Atlas of the Rain Forests by Anna Lewington. Profiles the rain forests found on the earth's continents. Maps indicate where native people, plant and animal species live. Middle and Upper grades. 1997. $32.83. Raintree Steck-Vaughn, 4515 Seton Center Parkway, Suite 300, Austin, TX 78759; Tel. (800) 531-5015.

Angels in the Dust by Margot Theis Raven. An evocative tale of one woman's childhood, growing up in the heart of the Dust Bowl. Elementary grades. 1997. $14.95. BridgeWater Books, 100 Corporate Drive, Mahwah, NJ 07430; Tel. (201) 529-4000.

Restoring the Earth: Visionary Solutions from the Bioneers by Kenny Ausubel. Using nature to heal nature, and working with individuals, communities, businesses and governments to implement real change. High school grades. 1997. $14.95. H. J. Kramer, Inc. P.O. Box 1082, Tiburon, CA 94920; Tel. (415) 435-5367.



Teaching Resources:
All educators, be they parents, teachers, librarians, will find these books and publications extremely helpful in their work with students and children to develop multicultural and nature awareness.

The New Press Guide to Multicultural Resources for Young Readers edited by Daphne Muse. Over 1,000 critical, newly commissioned reviews of multicultural books of all varieties written by teachers, librarians and educators. 1998. $60.00. The New Press, 450 W. 41st Street, New York, NY 10036; Tel. (212) 629-8081.

Earth Tales from Around the World by Michael J. Caduto. Lyrical retellings of stories from many cultures and countries. Includes lessons and suggested activities. All ages. 1997. $17.95. Fulcrum Publishing, 350 Indiana Street, Suite 350, Golden, CO 80401; Tel. (303) 277-1623.

Women of Hope produced by Moe Foner. A series of four sets of 12 posters. Each set celebrates women's achievements from Latin-American, African-American, Asian-American and Native-American communities. Middle grades and up. Latinas Abriendo Camino, a 29-minute video with portraits of many Latin-American women, is also available. Bread and Roses Cultural Project, 330 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036; Tel. (800) 666-1728.



Educational videos:
We highly recommend these two engaging and mindful videos for use in the classroom to foster respect and understanding of all people and communities.

It's Elementary: Talking about Gay Issues in School by Debra Chasnoff and Helen Cohen. With inspiring footage from schools across the country, makes a powerful case for addressing anti-gay/ lesbian prejudice and teaching respect for ALL. For parents, teachers and classroom use. 78 Mins., Color. 1996. Also available, a 37-min. version for teacher training. Women's Educational Media, 2180 Bryant St., # 203, San Francisco, CA 94110; Tel. (415) 641-4616; e-mail: wemfilms@womedia.org

Sign and ABC's: A new way to play. Featuring Antoinette Abbamonte and John Kinstler. Sign language is for everyone! Written, spoken, American Sign Language; alphabet, words and finger-spelling, too. 50 Mins., Color. All ages. 1998. $14.98. Aylmer Press, P. O. Box 2735, Madison, WI 53701USA; Tel. (888)SIGN-IT-2.

 

 

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