eight notable noshes on a wednesday

1. Kidlit Cares, an online auction spearheaded by author Kate Messner to benefit Red Cross relief efforts for victims of Superstorm Sandy, is in full swing. Bid on manuscript critiques, in-person and Skype author visits, phone consults with agents and editors, writing workshops and more. Click here for the full list of items available for bidding this week. Round 2 will begin next Monday, November 12, hosted by author Joanne Levy. You can also follow the auction at the newly created Kidlit Cares Facebook Page.

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2. Due to Superstorm Sandy, the deadline for the Tu Books New Visions Award has been extended to Wednesday, November 14, 2012.

The NEW VISIONS AWARD will be given for a middle grade or young adult fantasy, science fiction, or mystery novel by a writer of color. The Award winner receives a cash grant of $1000 and our standard publication contract, including our basic advance and royalties for a first time author. An Honor Award winner will receive a cash grant of $500.

Visit Lee & Low’s website for complete details.

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3. Have you been following PaperTigers’ 10th Anniversary Celebration? I’ve really been enjoying all the wonderful festivities: new Illustrators’ Gallery features spotlighting John Parra (anniversary poster designer) and Eun-Ha Paek (PT web designer), wonderful articles by Founding Producer/Editor Elisa Oreglia, Current Editor Marjorie Coughlanformer Managing Editor Aline Pereira, Top 10 Favorite Book Lists, and an amazing 10th Anniversary Giveaway featuring a giant pyramid of prizes.

Paper Tigers 10th Anniversary poster designed by John Parra.

I seriously cannot imagine the blogosphere without PaperTigers, the premier web resource for multicultural children’s books with special focus on South Asia and the Pacific Rim.

In just the few years I’ve been online, I’ve seen their efforts expand to include a blog and a cool Outreach Program that donates new books to schools and libraries and works with local communities to provide access to clean water in areas of need throughout the world. For all its riches — the many reviews, interviews, articles, reading lists and links, PaperTigers is, of course, so much more: a vital symbol of diversity and tolerance, a reminder that a crucial step towards world peace is education and literacy.

I was tickled and honored to be asked to submit a Top Ten Favorites Book List, and was thoroughly delighted to learn that favorite author Grace Lin also submitted a list based on the same theme: Favorite Multicultural Picture Books About Food! Click here to see which books make us drool and crave more more more!🙂

If you haven’t yet entered the 10th Anniversary Giveaway, click over immediately. There are many ways to increase your chances of winning, and you may enter for yourself and/or nominate a school or library to receive any of the 10(!) prizes — Top Prize includes 14 books! Deadline for entries: midnight (PST) November 10, 2012.

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4. Speaking of food, DC area author and pretty pirate lass Mary Quattlebaum has written two yummy posts: At Pencil Tips Writing Workshop Strategies, see Mary’s, “Cooking Up Some Writing Fun,” a cool prompt for writing sensory food descriptions, and at Write At Your Own Risk, see “Of Soup and Tea and Light-tan Beans,” to read about two of her favorite literary food scenes. *drools*

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5. Many of you probably read Bookie Woogie, a cool blog where author/illustrator Aaron Zenz and his four oldest children (Isaac, Grace, Lily and Elijah), review children’s books and create accompanying fan art.

The Zenz Family

Aaron’s wife Amity has been suffering from painful complications resulting from brain surgery for many weeks. As you can imagine, it’s an extremely difficult time of ups, downs, and turmoil for this family of eight. Author/illustrator Kelly Murphy has organized Friends of Zenz, a fundraiser which runs through November 19, 2012. I hope you’ll click through and donate whatever you can to show your support for the Zenzs. Every little bit helps!

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6. November is a great month for picture book lovers and writers. Tara Lazar at Writing for Kids (While Raising Them) is once again hosting PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month), where participants try to come up with 30 PB ideas in 30 days. Great guest bloggers and lotsa giveaways. Today, November 7, is the last day to sign up if you haven’t already done so!

And November is also Picture Book Month, an international celebration founded by author/storyteller Dianne de Las Casas.  Essays every day by a guest author on, “Why Picture Books Are Important.” A Calendar with daily themes for activity planning. The theme for November 29 is FOOD!

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7. I am in love with David A. Johnson’s line drawings. Are you following his Tumblr blog, “A Portrait a Day Keeps Myself Sane,” where he posts a new portrait with a wonderful quote each day? Totally fascinated with the beards, mustaches and curly heads of some of my fave literary types and musicians. His work is insanely crazy good.

© 2012 David A. Johnson
© 2012 David A. Johnson

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8. Finally, to play us out, a cool new Veggietorials video featuring my niece Cobi as Lewis Carroll’s Alice. Did you know Chewy Vegan Ginger Cookies can do strange things to you? Enjoy!

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P.S. Cornelius thinks you should make one of these for Thanksgiving:

(click for Winnie the Pooh Pumpkin directions)

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Copyright 2012 Jama Rattigan of Jama’s Alphabet Soup. All rights reserved.

16 thoughts on “eight notable noshes on a wednesday

  1. I did not know about Paper Tigers’ celebration! Thanks for that.

    And I’m so pleased with how much money has been raised for the Zenz family. Can’t imagine those medical bills …

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    1. I hear she’s having another surgery? I hope Kelly extends the Friends of Zenz initiative.

      The PT celebration is wonderful — I’m always amazed at all the great authors and books I learn about through the site. Very inspiring!

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  2. Thanks for the extra goodies here today, Jama. I love the PaperTigers blog. I’ve bookmarked the books you and Grace selected. I’d never heard of A Portrait A Day Keeps Myself Sane. Those are brilliant. I’ll have to head over there. Xena sends hugs to Cornelius.

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    1. Cornelius thanks Xena for the hugs🙂.

      David’s drawings are phenomenal, and he pairs them with wonderful quotes. A great way to carry you through the day.

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