Thursday, April 23, 2009

C.O.R.A. Diversity Roll Call

Roll Call : Around The World
C.O.R.A Diversity Roll Call is up
This is the third week of Diversity Roll Call. I missed the first two so here's the back story on C.O.R.A Diversity Roll Call

Join Ali of Worducopia and me for C.O.R.A. Diversity Roll Call. This week Ali writes:
I'm excited to announce that Black-eyed Susan of Color Online and I are co-hosting a new weekly meme, starting today!The C.O.R.A.* Diversity Roll Call will alternate between Color Online and Worducopia each week, with a question that explores and celebrates diversity in literature. Different weeks may focus on racial diversity, ethnicity, abilities, sexual identity, social class, and so on. No need to officially sign up--join in each week as you wish.

The challenge this week was to travel the world, tell of a country or region and few authors from there. My first thought was to simply do Australia. If you read a lot of young adult fiction listing Australian authors is very easy. I wanted to challenge myself. Once I took that country out the equation I was stuck. Finally I decided to do England. I know it doesn't sound exciting but once I started to really think it over I liked the idea even more. The U.S. is close to nothing. When traveling outside of the U.S. one must usually pass through England. So I thought to myself why not do England. Plus one can get a passport stamp, no phrasebook is required.

England Facts
England is 74 times smaller than the USA, 59 times smaller than Australia ,and 3 times smaller than Japan. The national sport is cricket

Three (really big) English Authors
J. K. Rowling Philip Pullman and Jacqueline Wilson

The Carnegie medal is the English equivalent of the Newbery, recognizing excellence in children's literature.

This week Diversity Roll Call is being hosted by Ali over at Worducopia. I am off to go link this post. Please free feel to check out the other links or add one of your own.


susan said...

Hey, short but informative. And I discovered a new author. Thanks.

Ali said...

Susan, really? You hadn't heard of JK Rowling before? (kidding).

Thanks for participating, Doret! I've lived in England in the past and it's surprisingly different from the U.S. in many ways.

Claudia said...

I've never heard of Jacqueline Wilson and she's written a million books! Any that you might recommend?

Doret said...

Sorry Claudia I haven't read any of Wilson's books either.