Librarians are Super Heroes!


I'll be giving truly short remarks before a panel discussion at the 2019 ALA Midwinter (in Seattle!). I love librarians. This sketch is a depiction of an early Town of Mount Royal, PQ memory...I remember being so glad to have a baby sister, Anna, since we could pile even MORE books in her pram. Learning English in part through picture books with my mom really defined me. Thanks, libraries and librarians everywhere!

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Elba - an Origin Story

The galleys for Maybe Tomorrow? arrived!

I am so thrilled with Ana Ramirez's art work. This book has its origins in a question a student asked me (explored elsewhere on this site) but also in a simple ceramic rhinoceros, bought at Indrani's here in Brunswick. She sat on my desk for a while, looking dour.

 

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In my original dummy, Norris was a croc and Elba was a rhino.

 

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I love how Ana rendered Elba - hippo with Moomintroll undertones? Here is a progression of Elbas!

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Playing

My mother, Margareta McDonald, is an artist. When I was growing up, I was surrounded by art supplies. How fortunate I was to be able to think in paint and pencil! In this photo, I'm with my sister and my cousin, clearly thinking very painty thoughts. 

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