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Unfurling: Voice is a Revolution

$17.95

The Heart of It Anthology #3

Written & Illustrated by Maya Gonzalez
with 18 New & Emerging Diverse Children's Book ArtistAuthors


5.5″ x 8.5″
Intended Audience: Ages 4-11/Grades K-5

COMING SUMMER/FALL 2017!

Our 3rd and final anthology in The Heart of It Collection series is currently in process with 18 ArtistAuthors joining us this time!!
Stay tuned for more details.

Also view our previous anthologies, Whaleheart, and By the Light of the Rabbit Moon.

flowersFeatured ArtistAuthors: (in alphabetical order by last name)
Ovid Amorson, Crystal Azul Barr, Marianna Singwi-Ferrono, Adrianne Beth Galvez, Erika González, Priya Gopal, Jill Guerra, Kelly Jimenez, Rosalind Lord, Judith Nasse, Shanimarie Ogilvie, Elana Ponet, Sonia Alejandra Rodriguez, Karen Su, Chantra Tham, Laura Yohualtlahuiz, alida cardós whaley, Robyn Wolfe – view more about ALL of these amazing ArtistAuthors on the “Featured ArtistAuthors Bios” tab above.

About MayaAbout Maya Christina Gonzalez: Maya is an acclaimed fine artist, educator, and the illustrator of more than twenty award-winning picture books, several of which she also wrote. Her book My Colors, My World won the prestigious Pura Belpré Award Honor from the American Library Association. Her most recent picture book, Call Me Tree was listed in Kirkus’ Best Picture Books of 2014 that Celebrate Diversity. She is passionate about inspiring others to create books, because she believes that creating children’s books has the potential to be one of the most radical things you can do! Wanting to do more than just pass on her knowledge, Maya decided to use her online children’s book course as a springboard to begin mentoring and publishing ArtistAuthors right away through the anthologies. (more about Maya on her website: mayagonzalez.com)

About The Heart of It Collection:

The Heart of It Collection

This book is the third (and final) in The Heart of It Collection: a 3 book anthology series in direct and immediate response to a lack of equitable and relevant representation of the people in traditional children’s books.

After taking Maya’s course, The Heart of It: Creating Children’s Books that Matter, aspiring and emerging ArtistAuthors are invited to put the teaching into real life practice through the process of creating one full spread for The Heart of It Anthology for that year. Over the course of 4-5 months students are guided through developing their story and art to be published. Step-by-step submission packet and videos, scheduled reviews by Maya as well as encouragement to review course materials support students to more deeply integrate the process of creating art and story for children’s books. The whole experience offers the opportunity to learn the balance between creative expression, honing one’s craft, and the ability to follow through and how important that balance is to making truly powerful books for our children.

Emerging and established authors and artists who shared their wisdom through the course’s Community Spotlights are also invited to submit work.

The final book is then used as a tool to support ArtistAuthors in getting their work out into the world and transform who creates children’s books and how.

Sales of the book also support future ArtistAuthors as proceeds are put towards offering more scholarships for The Heart of It course providing a cyclical environment of mutual support.

a return of storytellers and artists...

Intention

The Heart of It Collection is intended to:

  • create a space for ‘first voice’ expression
  • provide real life experience in a supportive environment to create one full spread for a published children’s book
  • support participating ArtistAuthors in getting their work out into the world, and into the hands of children
  • model a viable alternative to traditional publishing routes
  • encourage the development of VOICE for those traditionally silenced in our society
  • reclaim and free the power of personal and communal storytelling
  • explore that all stories are important because all stories are connected and so connect us
  • share that coming into our own creative power strengthens us and by extension strengthens our community when shared
  • highlight that EVERYONE is a storyteller and EVERYONE is an artist

So let this book remind you to

begin listening to your own story and feel the power of your own voice
and your innate ability to create your own image!

THE REVOLUTION IS ALWAYS NOW!
Pass it on!

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Weight 7 oz
Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5 x .26 in
Format

Paperback; Full Color

Intended Audience

Children Ages 4-11, Grade Level K-5

Language

English w/ some Spanish

Featured ArtistAuthors Bios

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Learn more about the featured ArtistAuthors
from our 3rd Anthology:
(in alphabetical order by last name)

Ovid AmorsonOvid is a playful beacon whose Divine Powers include Honoring Children and Nature, Shapeshifting, Sassmouthery, and Being Creative, True, and Very Wiggly. Enhanced by these Powers, Ovid prances boldly through Life Preserving and Sharing Stories which are now Growing into Books.
Crystal Azul BarrCrystal is a lover of rainbows, flowers growing in the cracks of the city, and making up songs. She is an artist-healer and has the pleasure of teaching art at a middle school in Fruitvale. She lives in Oakland with her partner, the Poetic Librarian, and their 2 cats.
Marianna Singwi-FerronoMarianna is an Oakland Spanish dual-language teacher. She grew up in Evanston, IL and moved to California in large part because of her love for the ocean and sunshine. Her sister, childhood friends, and students inspired her to write and illustrate this story.
Adrianne Beth GalvezAdrianne has always enjoyed listening to, reading, and writing stories. She loves her family, children, bilingual education, animals (especially cats, dogs, and elephants), the beach, ice cream, dancing, traveling, photography, music, and yoga. She believes in love, peace, kindness, mischief, questioning, life-long learning and growing. Adrianne lives in Hillsboro, Oregon.
Erika González Erika was born in Eagle Pass, Tx, border to Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mx where she learned to honor water and the ancestors. Her poem was written for PODER, en environmental justice organization. Erika currently teaches Kindergarten at Roses in Concrete in Oakland, Ca, is an Aztec dancer, and a mother.
Priya GopalPriya dreams of a writing career, living in New York and owning a piano. When she’s not writing, she loves reading, yoga, movies, drawing, nature, and dreaming. She wonders what it would be like to own a magic wand.
Jill GuerraJill loves teaching mindfulness to youth and is in her thirteenth year as an Oakland classroom educator. She is the author of, Long Hair Don’t Care – A Poem About Boys With Long Hair. She is grateful to have been raised in the open-minded and embracing Bay Area.
www.thelovecurriculum.com
Kelly JimenezKelly uses meditation and creative expression as a way to be in tune with her heart. She works with kids and adults, providing them with guidance and tools to connect and uncover their unique heart colours. Her first picture book and some fun creative projects are in the works.
Rosalind LordA tech person for many years, Rosalind is now branching out into illustration and writing children’s books. She has also illustrated greeting cards and other gifts, some of which have won awards. Her writing experience includes reviewing books. You can also find her dancing lindy hop in her spare time.
www.rosalindlord.com
Judith NasseJudith loves books, children, and nature, including outer space. When she was young, girls couldn’t have dreams like being an astronaut. Now she encourages all children to not only dream, but to also find ways to fulfill those dreams. She is a published writer-illustrator.
www.judithnasse.com
Shanimarie OgilvieShanimarie grew up in Jamaica and has a passion for teaching. She is also an elementary educator and instructional coach who enjoys learning and laughing with her students. She remembers with joy, hunting for crabs in Jamaica. This is her second literary contribution and has other writing in the works.
Elana PonetElana’s a dreamer, a stargazer; she loves to dance, to sing. All children delight her. She recognizes the child within herself and within everyone she meets. In Connecticut, she’s been Director of a creative Sunday school program for many years. How exciting to share her first poem with her children’s children.
Sonia Alejandra RodriguezSonia has been telling cuentos since she’s been very young. She loves stories about family, unity, and love. Sonia is a teacher by day and a writer by night. Sonia is from Juarez, Mexico and from Chicago, IL. The story in this collection is based in true events.
Karen SuKaren lives in the Arts District of Oak Park, IL where she met Tia Etu. Watch this video to see Tia busy in her studio: Watch Video. Karen is sharing Tia’s story to inspire all young artists to create whatever comes to mind. Karen would love to see your creations!
Chantra ThamChantra loves hamsters and jasmine green tea. Her favorite stories to write are ones that celebrate culture and language. She also loves to doodle in her spare time. Her dream is to create many more characters that help others in their journey of self-discovery.
moonsoulwriter.weebly.com
Laura YohualtlahuizPronounced (Yo-wall-tla-weez). As a child, Laura admired the moon and stars, knowing no matter what she would always be connected to her family across the border under the same sky. Her upcoming children’s book series introduces the Toltec/Aztec teachings of Tezcatlipoca as a tool for overcoming obstacles in order to shine bright!
alida cardós whaleyalida loves singing sacred songs underneath grandmother luna and ancestral stars. alida creates space for gender self-determination with her gender fluid child, a’lialei. alida practices her storytelling craft in Milwaukee and homelands of her family, Yucatán and Panamá. alida dreams of publishing radical books for Indigenous, Black, and Brown gente.
Robyn WolfeAn early career as a park ranger and tree-hugger led Robyn to her life-long love of illustrating and education. She has been involved in both for over 20 years, including homeschooling her two children and creating online art lessons for homeschooling families.
www.waldorfish.com
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