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What's Going On with Renee?

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Some of you might have noticed my absence from the blog and other social media since February. Especially the Multicultural Minutes-- I haven't been working on those in many months. I do apologize for dropping off the face of the internet. In the last week or two, I've been finding my way back. I'm a bit of a private person, so I apologize also for taking so long to write about what's going on with me.

What happened to me? I got pregnant!

Getting pregnant has been a wonderful and exciting milestone, but it was accompanied by more than three solid months of feeling absolutely terrible. Apparently, I'm one of the minority who get awful "morning" sickness not only all the time, but for an extended period after the first trimester. I was barely able to turn my computer on some days, not to mention recording and editing any sort of videos.

I am beginning to feel much better, thank goodness. Work-wise, I'm focusing on getting orders filled and making sure our spring book, Maneki Neko, is as perfect as possible and at the printers. I hope to resume the Multicultural Minute videos soon, but we'll have to see how my health goes. The next time you see me, I'll be sporting a big belly, which I might just have to hide below the camera frame!

Thanks for your patience and understanding. More multicultural goodness will be forthcoming soon!

A Glimpse Inside

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Proofs have been approved, and Maneki Neko is off to print. Want a peek at what's in store? Here are two interior spreads from the book. For those who have pre-ordered, I'm hoping you'll have your books by the end of the month. Fingers crossed.


ForeWord Magazine 2009 Book of the Year Finalist


Congratulations to Chinese History Stories Volume 1: Stories from the Zhou Dynasty! It has been selected as a finalist for the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award in the juvenile non-fiction category. Here is the full list of finalists:

BOTYA 2009 Finalists in Juvenile Nonfiction Category

CCBC Choices 2010

ccbc.jpgMore good news for Cora Cooks Pancit: The Cooperative Children's Book Center of the University of Wisconsin-Madison has chosen Cora for its list of top children's book picks for 2010!

The 2010 edition of CCBC Choices features annotated entries for 235 books for children and young adults published in 2009 and recommended by the CCBC staff. CCBC Choices 2010 includes author/title and subject indexes. CCBC Choices 2010 also includes an essay about the 2009 publishing year.

CCBC Choices is created annually by the librarians of the Cooperative Children's Book Center and published by the Friends of the CCBC, Inc.

To request a copy be sent by U.S.mail:

Wisconsin residents: send $3.00 (to cover postage and handling) OR a self-addressed manila envelope with $2.75 postage to:
CCBC Choices
600 N. Park Street, Room 4290
Madison, WI 53706

Outside Wisconsin: Send $10 to:
CCBC Choices
Friends of the CCBC, Inc.
P.O. Box 5189
Madison, WI 53705

2010 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature

apala.jpgEvery year, the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) gives awards to the best literature released the previous year. The awards "promote Asian/Pacific American culture and heritage, based on literary and artistic merit."

We are pleased to announce that Cora Cook Pancit, by Dorina Lazo Gilmore and illustrated by Kristi Valiant, has won the 2010 Award for Literature! Past winners in the picture book category have included Ed Young and Linda Sue Park, so we are very honored to be in such good company.

In addition, the honorable mention picture book this year was Tan to Tamarind, which was written by our very own Malathi Michelle Iyengar, author of Romina's Rangoli.

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Renee Ting is the President and Publisher of Shen's Books. She is the author of The Prince's Diary and the blog, Renee's Book of the Day.

Emily Jiang is a writer of children's and YA literature. She also blogs at TLeaf Readings.

Shen’s Books is a publisher of multicultural children’s literature that emphasizes cultural diversity and tolerance, with a focus on introducing children to the cultures of Asia.

Through books, we can share a world a stories, building greater understanding and tolerance within our increasingly diverse communities as well as throughout our continuously shrinking globe.


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