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Powerful Women’s Voices in GatheringBooks for March and April

We have just recently launched our Bimonthly theme on Girl Power and Women’s Wiles. It is pretty cool that we are celebrating women’s voices alongside the kidlit community who is likewise celebrating women’s month.

We are very proud to share with you all our featured academic and story teller for March and April.

Meet the Storyteller: Margarita Engle

Photo copyright: Marshall Johnson - taken from Margarita's website. Click on the image to be taken to the websource.

Margarita Engle is the very first Latina to have won the Newbery Honor for her novel The Surrender Tree. Fats and I have fallen deeply in love with Margarita‘s novels-in-verse and we have reviewed several of her books when we had our Poetry theme last December (Firefly Letters, The Surrender Tree, Poet Slave of Cuba). We are very honored to have her as our Featured Author for this theme. It is also timely since The Wild Book her latest novel will be out this March. We are hoping to do several interviews with Margarita. I am also excited to do a review of The Wild Book and Hurricane Dancers. 

Academic Nook: Ninotchka Rosca

"The Scholar" Acrylic on Canvas by Manuel Rodriguez Sr. 37" x 28" 1988 - Photo taken from Madam Ninotchka's Facebook Account with permission.

It is with great pride and pleasure that we introduce to you our featured Academic for March/April:

Madam Ninotchka Rosca is a Filipina feminist, author, journalist, and human rights activist who is active in AF3IRM, the Mariposa Center for Change, Sisterhood is Global and the initiating committee of the MARIPOSA ALLIANCE (Ma-Al), “a multi-racial, multi-ethnic women’s activist center for understanding the intersectionality of class, race and gender oppressions, toward a more comprehensive practice of women’s liberation” (source here). She is also the author of critically-acclaimed novels State of War and Twice Blessed, the latter winning her the American Book Award in 1993. She currently lives in New York City. We are excited to know about her thoughts on children’s books and fairy tales among others.

We do not have one featured poet for our Poet’s Sanctum. We have decided to feature different women poets who have spoken to us  – so we are also looking forward to this. A great many things in store for us this March and in the coming months – and we look forward to reading your thoughts, comments, input, suggestions. 🙂 What’s going on with you and your blog this March?

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

8 comments on “Powerful Women’s Voices in GatheringBooks for March and April

  1. Sounds exciting!


  2. Myra, First of all to tell you that I love Brave Irene & have used it in several situations for writing. It is great! Second, thanks for the commenting most recently on my posts. I looked up the cultural book on Amazon-looks really good. It’s such a big choice what to write. Thanks also for the little activity idea about ‘who are you?’. The post I wrote about comfort is similar. It’s great hearing from you Myra. You always have good things to say. Last, but not least, the authors featured today look good. Of course you’ve written about both before, but it’ll still be interesting to do more. Thanks!


  3. So excited for this Myra! I’ve been staring wistfully at Firefly Letters for so long!

    What a brilliant theme! 🙂


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  5. Just discovering Margarita Engle and her wonderful ‘The Wild Book’ which I reviewed recently on my blog and I look forward to reading more of her work, it is a beautiful oeuvre that I hope a good many people discover, read and share.


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