Meet Isabel Campoy and her latest book - Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood
I was thinking about the many kinds of riches and for me the foremost is the richness of relationships. I've been fortunate enough to know Isabel Campoy who along with her partner in love and literacy Alma Flor Ada, have been instrumental in bringing about diversity in children's literature for many years. They've used an asset approach by highlighting the beauty, humor, depth and broadness of Latino culture as exemplified in Maybe Something Beautiful: How art transformed a neighborhood that Isabel shares in this interview. I hope that you feel the love that Isabel shares in her life and work and that I've been a grateful recipient of for over 20 years now.
Here's the less than 12 minute video, followed by a little about Isabel and some of her other books.
Isabel Campoy has published over 175 books, and received many awards, such as being honored multiple times as an ALA Notable, the San Francisco Library Award, the Reading the World Award from the University of San Francisco, the NABE Ramón Santiago Award, the International Latino Children’s Book Award, while nine of books have been Junior Library Guild selections. She is also an academic and educator who has specialized in literacy, home school interaction, and language acquisition, areas in which she has both published and presented on since l973. You can find out more about Isabel at http://isabelcampoy.com You can also find out more about Maybe Something Beautiful here.
And while Isabel has been much honored for her smarts and creativity, it's her heart that speaks most in her children's books such as these below, many of which she has co-authored with Alma Flor in true partnership.
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We are so excited to be mixing things up at the Children's Book Academy. Mondays with Mandy or Mira is now the Blogfish!!
Here's our lineup:
1st Mondays will feature award-winning former agent and former kidlit professor Mira Reisberg PhD who is also the Director of the Children's Book Academy.
2nd Mondays will feature reading specialist and MFA in creative writing graduate Mandy Yates has been published multiple times in Highlights Magazine.
3rd Mondays will feature Bryan Patrick Avery, published writer, man of mystery, and professional magician among other things.
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And 5th Mondays will feature will feature the fabulous Carl Angel, award-winning multi-published Illustrator and graphic designer.
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