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World Read Aloud Day March 7, 2012



March 7, 2012 is World Read Aloud Day! Here is a great video from litworld.org .

And here is a video that I created of me reading one of my favorite picture books, Goodnight Moon.  I hope that you find a way to celebrate today and promote world literacy! Please visit Lit World for some great resources to help you, your school, or your community to promote literacy for everyone!

World Read Aloud Day 2012 – Goodnight Moon from Loni Edwards on Vimeo.

Thanks for watching my video! 🙂

World Read Aloud Day March 7, 2012 – Join Me!



On March 7, 2012, LitWorld is hosting World Read Aloud Day. LitWorld is a non-profit international advocate for literacy.  This is from their website:  We work to cultivate literacy leaders worldwide through transformational literacy experiences that build connection, understanding, resilience and strength. LitWorld joins together with teachers, parents, community members, and children to support the development of sustainable literacy practices across the world.

Literacy is the foundation for emotional and physical well-being, intellectual growth, and economic security. The right to read and write is a fundamental human right and belongs to all people.

The concept of World Read Aloud Day is simple. Where ever you are in the world,  read aloud to someone. You can gather a group together, read aloud via Skype, or simply read aloud to your children. It is up to you how you want to celebrate. I plan on creating a video of me reading aloud one of my favorite Perfect Picture Books. Will you join me?  LitWorld has some great ideas for sharing the message of world literacy on their website. They have badges, activities and even an ebook to download!  Please visit and then join with me to help promote reading for everyone!

Owl & Mouse

Special thanks to my fellow PPBF friend Vivian for posting on her blog about LitWorld’s World Read Aloud Day.

Girls Making Comics

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Comics writer Scott McCloud posted to twitter a link for Girls Making Comics. They have set up a kickstarter donation page for the printing of their comic they are creating. Here is what Ursula Murray Husted, who is running the program, said about it:

Recently I ran a comics workshop for teenage girls hosted by the Altered Esthetics Gallery in Northeast Minneapolis. It was amazing. This group of 10 girls, aged 13-16, was so excited about making comics that they gave up their spring breaks to attend the three-day workshop. That’s dedication. Each girl designed their own characters and used their own style to adapt a piece of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The work they did was amazing and I’m so proud of them. I organized the workshop to support the new generation of women cartoonists and here’s your chance to do the same. This kickstarter is to raise money to collect their comics in a full color bound volume. We would really appreciate your help to make their vision a reality.

So there you have it. I supported them, will you too? Here is their kickstarter page to donate and learn more….

art for japan

Art for Japan Logo

I am donating three Artist Trading Cards to “art for japan”. All proceeds from the auction will go to AmeriCares for aid to those affected by the Great Tohoku Kanto Earthquake.

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Here are the 3 ATC’s that I did. They are original watercolor, ink & graphite. They are Mario, Yoshi & Toadstool from Mario Bros., Dotty from Animal Crossing, and Pikachu from Pokemon. The cards are on Strathmore 400 series watercolor paper. Dimensions are 2.5″x3.5″ (6.35×8.89cm) each.

I love many things about Japan. Nintendo has been a wonderful source of entertainment, learning and fun in our home. So I thought it was only fitting that I do a tribute to three different games that I have enjoyed. Once I know more details about the auction I will post the link and info.

Relief effort in Japan – What you can do:

The horrible events of the last few days with Japan’s earthquake and Tsunami makes one feel a little helpless on what to do to help our family, friends and neighbors in Japan. Donate your money. Volunteer your time if you are near a non profit that is sending over supplies. Stay informed as to what is going on and help others understand. Especially children.  A friend of mine posted this as her status yesterday on Facebook. I thought it was wonderful:

“When I was a boy and would see scary things in the news,
my mother would say to me,
‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'”
~ Fred Rogers.

Donate now:

Shelterbox – Sending out boxes with survival supplies to displaced quake victims

Mercy Corps – Help to rebuild communities after devastating destruction

Doctors Without Borders – volunteer international team of doctors and nurses

American Red Cross Text “Red Cross” to 90999 =$10 on bill

International Red Cross

Save The Children

Global Giving


Artists Help Japan

Animal Rescue:

IFAW – International Federation of Animal Welfare

Kinship Circle – International Animal Rescue

Animal Refuge Kansai – Organization in Japan desperately needing help volunteer wise and money.

Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue a coalition of three groups; HEART-Tokushima, Animal Garden Niigata and Japan Cat Network. They are groups that have been rescuing and rehoming animals in Japan for many years.

Also:  The U.S. State Department is urging any U.S. citizens to contact friends and family as soon as possible. They can also e-mail the State Department at JapanEmergencyUSC@state.gov. Those seeking information on security in or travel to Japan can call 1-888-407-4747 or 1-202-501-4444.

Google has set up a people finder here

As I get more info I will post more links. As with most large disasters, the people rescue is first, and once recovery efforts start, the animal rescues get the go ahead.

Thanks to Yoko Ono for her beautiful post and links on her website.