Friday, November 23, 2007

From Robert's Snow to John's Shelf

My friend and SCBWI New Mexico member Katie Beatty has a son. His name's John. Just before his 16th birthday John was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in his leg. Katie writes about his journey on her web site. She says, "In the hospital, he asked me to read him Beowulf, during chemo. I wondered about his request until we were well into the story, and then realized why." The struggle against evil, the journey of a hero, the power of story sustained John through his ordeal. Today, John is a survivor of his battle with cancer, a young man getting on with the next steps of his life. Katie, in honor of her son's experience and in honor of all the children and teens fighting cancer in New Mexico, has now founded John's Shelf. The shelf is a cart, located in UNM Children's Hospital. Donations of new or very gently used books are sought for it. Those books are then given away to children undergoing treatment. New Mexico Kids ran an article on this project, and on one teacher's contribution to it.

If you live in New Mexico, if you read the Robert's Snow posts here and on other blogs, if you're planning to bid on a snowflake, if you just happened upon this post, consider donating a new children's or YA book to John's Shelf.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Robert's Snow week 5

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Monday, November 05, 2007

Robert's Snow: This Week's Snowflakes

As you know if you've been visiting any children's book blogs for the past few weeks, Robert's Snow is an online auction that benefits Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Over 200 children's book illustrators have created art on individual snowflake-shaped wooden templates. The snowflakes will be auctioned off, with proceeds going to cancer research. You can view all of the 2007 snowflakes here. Jules and Eisha from Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast have found a way for bloggers to help with this effort, by blogging about individual illustrators and their snowflakes. The idea is to drive traffic to the Robert's Snow site so that many snowflakes will be sold, and much money raised to fight cancer. The illustrator profiles have been wonderful so far - diverse and creative and colorful. And there are lots more to go.

Here's the schedule for Week 4, which starts today (Monday November 5). As previously, this early schedule links to the participating blogs, instead of to the individual posts. You can find links to the posts themselves, and any last-minute updates, each morning at 7-Imp. Jules and Eisha have also set up a special page at 7-Imp containing a comprehensive list of links to the profiles posted so far. Also not to be missed is Kris Bordessa's post summarizing snowflake-related contests to date over at Paradise Found.

Monday, November 5

Tuesday, November 6

Wednesday, November 7

Thursday, November 8

Friday, November 9

Saturday, November 10

Sunday, November 11

Please take time out to visit all of these blogs, and read about these fabulous illustrators. And, if you're so inclined, think about bidding for a snowflake in the Robert's Snow auction. Each snowflake makes a unique gift (for yourself or for someone else), and supports an important cause.

See also the following note from Elaine Magliaro of Wild Rose Reader:

Note to Blog Readers about Blogging for a Cure: When Jules of 7-Imp put out her call in September for bloggers to interview/feature artists who had created snowflakes for Robert’s Snow 2007 at their blogs, a number of artists had not yet sent in their snowflakes to Dana-Farber. As time was of the essence to get Blogging for a Cure underway, we worked with the list of artists whose snowflakes were already in possession of Dana-Farber. Therefore, not all the participating artists will be featured. This in no way diminishes our appreciation for their contributions to this worthy cause. We hope everyone will understand that once the list of artists was emailed to bloggers and it was determined which bloggers would feature which artists at their blogs, a schedule was organized and sent out so we could get to work on Blogging for a Cure ASAP. Our aim is to raise people’s awareness about Robert’s Snow and to promote the three auctions. We hope our efforts will help to make Robert’s Snow 2007 a resounding success.