Linky love: books & kids & diversity & adoption and…

Reading with the pro!

I am always inspired by Our Little Tongginator’s Linkage post on Sundays. She does an amazing job searching the net, and providing the readership with links that she may or may  not agree with, but find worthy of note (almost all  of which have some major adoption/race related connection).  Whenever Mama C makes the cut, my readership jumps by a 100 or so for a few days. That tells you how valued her word is!

This morning, I went over to  Annie Sibley O’brien’s site to read about her newest book, Goodnight Kuu-Kuu. Annie was contacted by the author, so naturally being Annie, wrote back:

I responded to the email with a long list of questions. Author Wamoro Njenga had all the right answers. She wanted to produce a print-on-demand book with the profits from the project benefitting children’s homes for AIDS orphans in Kenya.The more I learned, the more I felt I was indeed a “perfect fit” for this book.

I didn’t need anymore reason to order one for Marcel’s school, and one for us. I will do a follow up post here, when I have the book, and you can go get yours here: Coloring Between the Lines: For the children of Kenya. Oh and I adore Annie, she is a good friend, and I will shamelessly promote her any chance I can!

If you haven’t updated your transracial, multiracial, multiethnic, personal home holiday library, or that of your wee one’s child care or school library recently-here’s where you might want to start reading up:

Production, Not Reproduction | A blog about open adoption & host of Open Adoption Bloggers: Christmas Books for Our Multiracial Family. I was stunned to see how many more books were out there that look like how I want my family to be talking about the season.  Where have I been?

And, maybe I am the last one in the know here, but one of my new favorite places to get lost is Pragmatic Mom: Education Matters.

Her resources are endless, and I just dig her approach to things.  Her “caught in the act of reading” weekly feature is something I love!  Sam’s video (reading his first book) was even featured here.

While I was checking my own blogroll links, to make sure everything felt like it still made sense here (do we really value blog rolls like we used to? I recently read an interesting post: Why I have no blogroll on that topic here at This Woman’s Work) I came across this gem of a piece on the collection of books to have in your diversity library: Teaching Diversity in a White-Washed World by author Karen Carter whose blog Beyond Understanding I have over there, is also devoted to diversity and the mixed race experience.

And while you’re at it,  you know buying books during a blizzard (for those of you on the East Coast with me) isn’t it time you bought your local library their own subscription to Adoption Mosiac’s new magazine The Adoption Constellation?

Wouldn’t that feel like an act of service to end the year on a high note? You have your own subscription I trust? I have the honor of being a quarterly contributor, and am in amazing company between those covers. Perhaps you have a story you would like to contribute? The link about has those guidelines too!

I suppose this entire post is about supporting the writers out there doing the work we are all devoted to, and providing all our readers more and more opportunities to escape or maybe be seen!

Speaking of books, and being seen…it is time for me to work on my end of year photo book for Sam’s first mom which I’ll be hopping over to Snapfish to do with Sam’s help. He picks the order, the ones that stay, the ones that don’t and the captions. I just provide the raw material…


  1. Thanks for the linky love, Mama C! I, too, loved Heather’s list – we even have a few of the books she listed. My particular favorite is “The Night Before Christmas” by Rachel Isadora. The Tongginator’s school librarian even “stole” it from us for the month to use during her teaching times! *grin*

  2. Thank you Mama C for your kind words and all the support you have given to me all year. It’s people like you who make the blogosphere a great place to be! Thank you, thank you, thank you and a happy new year to you and the boys!!!

    • That is high praise Pragmatic Mom! Thank YOU for all the work you do. I have come to really look forward to viewing the world through your site. Keeps me on my toes, and connected in meaningful ways.

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