I joined the PaperTigers team in 2008. At that time, there were five of us on the team — Aline Pereira, Marjorie Coughlan, Corinne Robson, and Janet Brown. Based as we were in different locations — Aline in the U.S., Marjorie in the U.K., Corinne and I in Canada, Janet in Thailand, we made quite a cosmpolitan group. All of us were enthusiastic about the rapidly developing online world of communication on and or about children’s books. I joined the team as a blog contributor and reviewer; I was thrilled at the prospect of being able to write about multicultural children’s books on a weekly basis for a blog. The position came up on the heels of my having just experimented with blogging on the late Canadian poet Margaret Avison (see: Month with Margaret blog) and I was eager to explore the world of children’s books thru blogging.
Well, as they say, all good things come to an end, and so has my time with PaperTigers. It’s been a wonderful ride these past few years. I have been introduced to many interesting and engaging writers, illustrators and fellow kidlit bloggers, and my reading life with my children has been deeply enriched by my involvement in this fine on-line publication. Corinne and Marjorie will be staying on as editors, and they will be introducing guest bloggers (see already featured Holly Thompson and Tarie Sabido) as the year goes on, so do stay tuned! I’ll be moving on to other things in my writing career but I might pop in here and there with a post or review. Until then, I bid you farewell, faithful PaperTiger reader, and wish you a happy summertime of reading to your children!