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The Girl Effect

Here’s a new project that greeted me when I checked my email after dinner.  Heidi Kellenberger of Uncovered Cover Art sent out an email blast that caught my attention.  I’m posting it here because it moved me and I know I won’t be able to do as good a job as she has in inviting people to join this cause:

Join me in raising money for The Girl Effect during Tara Sophia Mohr’s brilliant blogging campaign, starting October 4th. Because I believe…

Reading Is a Right.

Everyone, including girls, should have the right to go to school and learn to read.

Reading Is Power.

The written word, whether it’s in books, magazines, online or in a personal journal, reveals the world. To a child, these words can introduce and inspire new ideas that reverberate for decades to come.

Girls Matter.

The Girl Effect is based on a powerful truth: when we invest in a young girl’s education in the developing world, she grows up to a woman who can support herself and pull her entire family out of poverty. Research now shows that investing in a girl’s education is the most effective solution for fighting poverty globally.

Art Saves.

From October 4th to January 4th, I’ll be donating $5.00 for each of the first hundred covers submitted that features a strong, hear-me-roar girl character. I’m committed to donating $500, but I want your help. Here’s what to do:

♥ Get inspired! Check out GirlEffect.org to learn more about how urgently our help is needed.

♥ Choose your subject. Will you reimagine Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games or Jo March in Little Women? What about Miss Eloise or Karana in Island of the Blue Dolphins? Let’s celebrate girls who ask questions, make their own rules, and find a new way to navigate through old waters. Show me who you admire.

♥ Work your magic. Let your art tell a story—a story we must keep telling.

♥ Send your cover to uncoveredcoverart@gmail.com

♥ I’ll donate $500 to The Girl Effect, directing the money to buy books for schools that support the education for girls. Would you like to match my donations? $.50, $1.00, $5.00 a cover or more? Send me a message! Let’s see how much we can raise.

If you’ve been wanting to submit to Uncovered Cover Art, now is the time. If you know someone who should submit, share this message.

Every submission will be featured on the site. Let’s make a difference together.

And here’s a video to help explain what The Girl Effect is all about.

So if you can draw, please reimagine a cover for a book that features a strong female character and send it to Heidi’s site.  If you’re a blogger, please blog about this on October 4th–or start blogging about it now and again on October 4th!

And you don’t have to be a woman either.  If you believe that “the hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that holds the world,” then please join us.

AT words · ebooks · Illustration Friday · Mysterious · reading

Illustration Friday: Mysterious

Every Friday I still find myself delighted upon finding email from Penelope Dullaghan reminding me once more that it’s Friday and that there is an illustration topic to be mused over, thought about (okay, sometimes it’s more like agonized about), sketched, drawn, redrawn, sometimes scrapped, sometimes–and this is the ideal–posted.

Yesterday, the email said that the topic was “Mysterious.”  I had all sorts of images floating in my head as is usual with me–one of the hazards of juggling a day job in the design business with my own forays in illustration and writing.  I thought I could go for dark in the manner of Tim Burton or dark and quirky like Neil Gaiman.  But then a reminder of what my style really is came with a cousin’s remark of how my illustrations make her happy (that’s you, Petite P so thank you!) so here is my take on Illustration Friday’s Mysterious.

I will be working on an ebook soon for beginning readers.  I actually have an ebook on Barnes and Noble called Read With Me AT Words that’s buried in the pile of so many other ebooks for children.  I was trying a how-to from a link shared by Will Terry and the only way to do it was to have something to turn into an ebook.  That’s how the AT Words book came to be.
When my boys were toddlers and I felt they were ready to try reading, I came up with quick drawings with three-letter words.  I used the same technique when I was a preschool teacher, sometimes with the aid of a homemade movable alphabet set (a Montessori activity that I recommend to everyone who’ll listen).  The wonderful thing about it is that once the idea that the sounds put together make up a word clicks in place for the child, the whole concept of reading just takes off.  I usually didn’t have to go too far with the word families.  After the AT word families, I just had to do a few of the EN or the AN families and move on to consonant blends.  Then I find I’m hardly needed anymore–except for the bedtime reading ritual of course.  That took a little longer.
Back to the ebook.  So while my AT Words book is languishing somewhere in the virtual bookshelves of Barnes and Noble, it seems to be telling me that it needs companion books including a guide for parents and teachers.
That should keep my after work and weekends filled–and it’s not just to get out of the Illustration Friday commitment.  It’s to warn you that you’ll be seeing my sketches for the project instead!
By the way, I didn’t win the Uncovered Cover Art contest, but the ones who did have amazing bodies of work.  They are Susan Sorrell Hill, Sam Zuppardi, and Tori Elliot.  You can click on their names to see their work.