October 25th, 2009

readergirlz, postergirlz

Readergirlz Roundtable: Sweetgrass Basket by Marlene Carvell

Lorie Ann Grover: I'm very proud that rgz is celebrating Native American Heritage Month! Many thanks to Cynthia Leitich Smith for drawing our attention to this wonderful celebration. I recently had a delightful time meeting with the staff of the American Indian Library Association at the Summer ALA Conference. And rgz is currently working hand in hand with If I Can Read I Can Do Anything, a national reading club for Native American children. They are our partners for TBD 2010! More about that soon. Now, we give our thanks to Marlene Carvell for this beautiful literary contribution, Sweetgrass Basket!

Little Willow: Ladies, welcome to the roundtable for Sweetgrass Basket, the story of two sisters who, despite their different personalities and perceptions, share a very strong bond. I'm here with fellow postergirl Shelf Elf and readergirlz co-founders Dia Calhoun and Lorie Ann Grover. Are you ladies similar to either of the main characters, Mattie or Sarah?

Dia Calhoun: I certainly have elements of both sisters, the shy Sarah and the more bold Mattie. When I was Mattie's age I was more like Mattie--wanted to confront the whole world, couldn't bear injustice. Once, when a teacher of mine was picking on another girl, I raised my hand and said, "why do you always pick on Renee?" The teacher was furious--she had always liked me. She said, "You'd better be careful or you'll be in the same boat!" Can you believe that? There are people like Mrs. Dwyer in this world.

Shelf Elf: Brave little Dia! Wow. That took guts. As you say, it's hard to believe that the world has real Mrs. Dwyers.

Little Willow: Go Dia! I too have always spoken up when I feel as if something is wrong, or someone is being treated unjustly. I'm very outgoing and outspoken, like Mattie.

Lorie Ann: As a child, I was shy like Sarah, but I had my Mattie moments, too! I can't go into the details (EEK!) but I stood up to two adults and told them exactly what I thought and what they should do. Chaos resulted! Oh, and there was the time my teacher put up a poster that I thought was risque. So I made paper clothes to cover the model and reported the teacher to the principal. The poster came down. Maybe I'm more Mattie than I realize...

Shelf Elf: As a child, I was more like Sarah, I think. I might have perceived wrong doing, but I would have been frightened to speak my mind. The grown-up Shelf Elf is a lot more like Mattie. I won't keep my opinions to myself in a situation where something unjust is taking place.

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Sweetgrass Basket by Marlene Carvell is the readergirlz book pick for November 2009. To learn more about the book and the author, visit www.readergirlz.com starting November 1st, when the new issue goes online!

To discuss the book with other readers, drop by readergirlz.blogspot.com daily throughout November.

Read my review of Sweetgrass Basket.

Dana Robinson's Website


When freelance journalist Dana Robinson wanted to revamp her website, she got in touch with me through a mutual friend.

Dana has been over a decade of writing and editing experience. To quote from her bio page, she writes about what she loves: health/fitness, beauty, fashion, and food. On occasion, her work has taken her overseas, but she also covers local happenings and universal topics. Most recently, she's seen her byline in Edible Los Angeles and at WeightWatchers.com. You may read many of Dana's articles at her website: http://www.danaswebpage.com

Jacqui Robbins' Website


With two picture books under her belt and more on the way, author Jacqui Robbins is one to watch . . . and with her background in theater, anthropology, and teaching, it's no wonder her blog, Jacqui's Room, is both insightful and funny. Jacqui has a new book, Two of a Kind, and now her website has a new look to go along with it! I was happy to outfit her site with stars and stripes, and I pulled colours Matt Phelan's adorable illustrations from their books.

Come meet Jacqui - and Anna, Kayla, Melanie, Shakeeta, Mia, and one adorable iguana - at http://www.jacquirobbins.com and http://www.jacquirobbins.blogspot.com

Read my interview with Jacqui Robbins.