Sunday, July 29, 2012

August Bonus Round

In addition to my goals for 2012, I add month-long bonus goals.

For August:

Saturday, July 21, 2012

The Twelve Dancing Princesses, by Marianna Mayer

The Twelve Dancing Princesses
by Marianna Mayer
illustrated by K.Y. Craft
40 pages
New York: HarperCollins
ISBN 9780688143923

Too Many Fairies, by Margaret Read MacDonald

Too Many Fairies: A Celtic Tale
by Margaret Read MacDonald
illustrated by Susan Mitchell
32 pages
Amazon Children's Publishing
ISBN 9780761456049

The Terrible Axe-Man of New Orleans, by Rick Geary

The Terrible Axe-Man of New Orleans
by Rick Geary
80 pages
New York: NBM Publishing
ISBN 9781561635818

Lies and Other Tall Tales, by Zora Neale Hurston and Christopher Myers

Lies and Other Tall Tales
collected by Zora Neale Hurston
adapted and illustrated by Christopher Myers
40 pages
New York: HarperCollins
ISBN 9780060006556

Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom, by Carole Boston Weatherford

Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom
by Carole Boston Weatherford
illustrated by Kadir Nelson
48 pages
New York: Hyperion
ISBN 9780786851751

The Next Day, by John Porcellino, Paul Peterson, and Jason Gilmore

The Next Day: a graphic novella
by John Porcellino, Paul Peterson, and Jason Gilmore
100 pages
Toronto: Pop Sandbox
ISBN 9780986488412

Friday, July 20, 2012

Mary's Meals -- stretching the donated dollar

Mary's Meals (formerly Scottish Relief International) provides meals to impoverished children in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe and South America -- usually one meal every school day. The vital nutrition supplied by this charity is often enough to attract girls and boys to school and keep them there long enough to gain the education that will help them to succeed as they grow older. For children under six, too young to attend school and often without parents or primary caregivers, Mary's Meals feeding centers in Malawi provide two meals a day and basic child care.

Number of children receiving a daily meal in their place of education:

Albania - 20 | Benin – 557 | Bosnia – 25 | Burma – 281 | Ecuador – 233 | Haiti – 16,533 | India – 4,164 | Kenya – 20,830 | Liberia – 43,141 | Malawi – 549,114 | Philippines – 2,119| South Sudan – 6,010 | Sudan – 166 | Thailand – 568 | Uganda – 11,117 | Ukraine – 83   Global Total = 654,961

Friday, July 13, 2012

Dollar Costs of Marriage Inequality

A week ago, my sweetie and I registered our domestic partnership with the State of California. This week, I worked with my employer's HR department to register my new status and add her to my health insurance plan.

In many ways, this process is the same as if we'd been legally married -- the company recognizes us as a unit, and offers the same insurance coverage as it does to spouses. If she had children, they would be my eligible dependents as well. However, while both the company and the state recognize our partnership, the federal government does not. So how these benefits are treated varies between state and federal level.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Alvin Ailey, by Andrea Davis Pinkney

Alvin Ailey
by Andrea Davis Pinkney
illustrated by Brian Pinkney
32 pages

New York: Hyperion
ISBN 9781562824136

Monday, July 9, 2012

American Born Chinese, by Gene Yang

American Born Chinese
by Gene Yang 
New York: Square Fish, 2008
240 pages. Ages 12-17.
ISBN 978-0312384487

SKIM, by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki

by Mariko Tamaki
illustrated by Jillian Tamaki
Toronto: Groundwood, 2010
144 pages. Ages 14-18.
ISBN 9780888999641

MAUS, by Art Spiegelman

MAUS I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History 
by Art Spiegelman

New York: Pantheon, 1986
160 pages. Ages 12-18.

ISBN 9780394747231

Hammerin’ Hank Greenberg, by Shelley Sommer

Hammerin’ Hank Greenberg: Baseball Pioneer
by Shelley Sommer

New York: Calkins Creek, 2011
132 pages. Ages 10-14.
ISBN 9781590784525

Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
by Marjane Satrapi
Paris: Pantheon, 2003
160 pages. Ages 12-17.
ISBN 9780375714573

The Space Between Our Footsteps, by Naomi Shihab Nye

The Space Between Our Footsteps: Poems and Paintings from the Middle East
by Naomi Shihab Nye
144 pages. Ages 12-14.
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1998
ISBN 9780689812330

The Many Faces of Buddhism, by Julian Ries

The Many Faces of Buddhism
by Julian Ries

New York: Chelsea House Pub, 2002
30 pages. Ages 12-17.
ISBN 9780791066263

Heart and Soul, by Kadir Nelson

Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans
by Kadir Nelson 
New York: Balzer & Bray, 2011
ISBN 9780061730740

Dia’s Story Cloth: The Hmong People’s Journey of Freedom, by Dia Cha

Dia’s Story Cloth: The Hmong People’s Journey of Freedom 
by Dia Cha
illustrated by Chue and Nhia Thao Cha
New York: Lee & Low Books, 1998
ISBN 9781880000632

Freedom Riders: John Lewis and Jim Zwerg on the Front Lines of the Civil Rights Movement, by Ann Bausum

Freedom Riders: John Lewis and Jim Zwerg on the Front Lines of the Civil Rights Movement
by Ann Bausum
Washington: National Geographic, 2006
ISBN 9780792241737
80 pages. Ages 10-17.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

The Eleventh Hour, by Graeme Base

The Eleventh Hour: A Curious Mystery
by Graeme Base
32 pages
New York: Harry N. Abrams
ISBN 9780140561609

Lucha Libre: The Man in the Silver Mask, by Xavier Garza

Lucha Libre: The Man in the Silver Mask: A Bilingual Cuento
by Xavier Garza
translated by Luis Humberto Crosthwaite
40 pages

El Paso, TX: Cinco Puntos
ISBN 9780938317920

Cross-Sections: Castle, by Stephen Biesty

Stephen Biesty's Cross-Sections: Castle
32 pages
New York: DK Publishing
ISBN 9781564584670

Inside the Titanic, by Ken Marschall

A Giant Cutaway Book: Inside the Titanic
by Ken Marschall
32 pages

Toronto: Madison Press Books
ISBN 9781864483826

Incredible Body, by Stephen Biesty and Richard Platt

Stephen Biesty's Incredible Body
by Richard Platt
illustrated by Stephen Biesty
32 pages

New York: DK Publishing
ISBN 9780789434241

Juan Verdades, by Joe Hayes

Juan Verdades: The Man Who Couldn't Tell a Lie

by Joe Hayes
illustrated by Joseph Daniel Fiedler
32 pages

New York: Orchard Books
ISBN 9780439293112

The Sign of the Seahorse, by Graeme Base

The Sign of the Seahorse: A Tale of Greed and High Adventure in Two Acts

by Graeme Base
44 pages

New York: Harry N. Abrams
ISBN 9780810938250

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Strange Search Keywords II

While this does not compare to the question I once received about Robert Munsch, I'm still amused that people found my blog while searching for the following:

For my Beloved


You and I by this lamp with these
Few books shut out the world. Our knees
Touch almost in this little space.
But I am glad. I see your face.
The silences are long, but each
Hears the other without speech.
And in this simple scene there is
The essence of all subtleties,
The freedom from all fret and smart,
The one sure sabbath of the heart.

The world–we cannot conquer it,
Nor change the minds of fools one whit,
Here, here alone we do create,
Beauty and peace inviolate;
Here night by night and hour by hour
We build a high impregnable tower
Whence we may shine, now and again
A light to light the feet of men
When they see the rays thereof;
And this is marriage; this is love.

– Ludwig Lewisohn

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

I Never Knew Your Name, by Sherry Garland

I Never Knew Your Name
by Sherry Garland
illustrated by Sheldon Greenberg
New York: Ticknor & Fields
ISBN 9780395696860

The Lindbergh Child, by Rick Geary

The Lindbergh Child : America's Hero and the Crime of the Century
written and illustrated by Rick Geary
New York: Comicslit
ISBN 9781561635290

Monday, July 2, 2012

Sojourner Truth's Step-Stomp Stride, by Andrea Davis Pinkney

Sojourner Truth's Step-Stomp Stride
by Andrea Davis Pinkney
illustrated by Brian Pinkney
32 pages
New York: Disney Jump at the Sun Books
ISBN 9780786807673

The Tinderbox, by Hans Christian Andersen

The Tinderbox
by Hans Christian Andersen
retold by Stephen Mitchell
illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline
48 pages
Cambridge, MA: Candlewick
ISBN 9780763620783

July Bonus Round

(A little late this month, due to technical difficulties.)

In addition to my goals for 2012, I add month-long bonus goals.

Goals check-in: June

Read 100 books in 2012.

Stalled out around #65. I started a few books that I didn't like, and couldn't finish them. I re-read several that I already own, but they don't count toward the challenge. Instead of my usual pleasure reading, I have been scanning a LOT of children's picturebooks for my internship and for 271A. I want to have fun grownup books again, please! Like these.

Exercise for 
90 minutes per week.

Nope. I get small spurts of activity (usually walking), but nothing organized.