Browsing All posts tagged under »courage«

About Courage: Finale

January 8, 2014


  Courage is the most important of the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage. ~Maya Angelou In the past days, beginning with G. Neri and Johnny Cash all the way through Ari  I hope you’ve seen what a human […]

About Courage 10: Ari

January 6, 2014


Ari has been one of the most popular YA bloggers to date. I could easily attribute her wildly successful blog to her passion for literature in general or to her passion for diversity in particular, but Ari will be successful at anything she chooses to do. Note her email handle “willbprez”. Because of the young […]

About Courage #7: Deborah Taylor

January 1, 2014


Deborah Taylor is currently Coordinator of School and Student Services for the Enoch Pratt Free Library. Ms. Taylor is the 2015 Chair of the Sibert Award Committee for Outstanding Informational Books and  served as a member of the 2012 Sibert Award Committee. She has chaired the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee. She was a […]

About Courage #5: Medeia Sharif

December 28, 2013


Medeia Sharif is a Kurdish-American author who was born in New York City. She received a master’s degree in psychology from Florida Atlantic University. While in high school, she became a voracious reader and she became a relentless writer in college. Her persistence paid off when BESTEST. RAMADAN. EVER. was published by Flux in 2011. […]

About Courage #4: Marty Chan

December 26, 2013

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Raised in Morinville–a small town north of Edmonton, Alberta–Marty Chan is a playwright, radio writer, television story editor, and young adult author. Much to the chagrin of his mother, he doesn’t include engineer on his resume. He attended a year of the Engineering Program at the University of Alberta, but received the Dean’s Vacation (a […]

About Courage #3: Margarita Engle

December 24, 2013


Margarita Engle is the Cuban-American winner of the first Newbery Honor ever awarded to a Latino. Her award winning young adult novels in verse include The Surrender Tree, The Poet Slave of Cuba, Tropical Secrets, and The Firefly Letters. Engle’s most recent books are The Lightning Dreamer and When You Wander. Her new middle grade […]

About Courage #2: Zetta Elliott

December 22, 2013


Zetta Elliott earned her PhD in American Studies from NYU in 2003; she has taught at Ohio University, Louisiana State University, Mount Holyoke College, Hunter College, and Bard High School Early College. She currently teaches in the Center for Ethnic Studies at Borough of Manhattan Community College. Her essays have appeared in School Library Journal, […]

About Courage #1

December 20, 2013


Courage has been my word for 2013. I can’t remember the signs that told me this would be my word, but I do remember that I didn’t want it. It wasn’t glamorous enough. Probably in thinking I didn’t want the word, I realized I needed to embrace it. People rarely, if ever, admit to their […]

Monday Meanderings

December 9, 2013


I didn’t post my usual rambling post yesterday, so here it goes today! I’m working from home this week, working to get an article completed and ready for submission. I’ve got to clear my mind and my ‘to do’ list so I can concentrate on what I need to get done. I’ve been stalling. My […]