Sunday, March 29, 2009

A Girl Can Dream, Can't She?

Ever thought about your dream writers' conference? If money wasn't an issue, I think I'd like to attend the Maui Writer's Conference.

OK, besides the obvious -- location, location, location! -- this is one sweet conference. It's full to the brim with editors from well-respected houses, high-powered agents and famous authors. A networker's paradise, smack dab in the middle of, you guessed it, paradise!

C'mon, a girl can dream can't she?

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Follow the Drinking Gourd

A few weeks ago, my kids and I visited the Indianapolis Children's Museum to check out the new LEGO exhibit. In my 9-year-old son's words, "It was awesome!" While there we also experienced another "awesome" thing -- an extremely innovative use of children's literature. The museum's plantetarium featured a show entitled Follow the Drinking Gourd, based on the children's book by Jeanette Winter. In her book, Winter illustrated the words to a folk song that was used to show slaves the way to the Underground Railroad and eventually, to freedom. The slaves would look for the Big Dipper, aka The Drinking Gourd, in the night sky to guide them north to Canada.

After viewing the program, my kids and I were inspired to learn more about the Underground Railroad and the constellations. What a great way to use children's literature to educate and spur a love of learning!