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Thelma Richardson Elementary Takes the Pledge

Posted by on May 20, 2015 in Appearances, Educators & Librarians, Mahatma Gandhi | Comments Off on Thelma Richardson Elementary Takes the Pledge

Thelma Richardson Elementary Takes the Pledge

At the 2015 Texas Bluebonnet Award Luncheon this past April, Carmen Oliver, the booking agent for the Grandfather Gandhi creators, sat with Arun Gandhi, Evan Turk, and several librarians from around Texas. One particular conversation grabbed her attention. She overheard Gail Shipley, the librarian at Thelma Richardson Elementary, speaking about the unit on civil rights she’d organized with her students to honor MLK day. Instead of focusing on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., she discussed how Dr. King looked up to Mohandas K. Gandhi. She talked about Gandhi’s life and compared the two “changemakers” for peace. All the students took the “Live Your Life as Light” pledge. They discussed every word in the pledge. Words like respect, communicate, listen, and forgive. After they finished their discussions, the students went home with bookmarks she’d made that said, “Nonviolence is a weapon of the strong.” Additionally, on June 15, 2015 at Gail’s Region 10 Education Service Center meeting, she will talk with librarians about Grandfather Gandhi and the activities she created to accompany the book. A huge thank you to librarian Gail Shipley for sharing this story with all of us that day over lunch, for giving us her blessing to share it here and for sowing seeds for...

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Dating the Bluebonnet

Posted by on Apr 15, 2015 in Appearances | Comments Off on Dating the Bluebonnet

Dating the Bluebonnet

Grandfather Gandhi is honored to have been chosen for the master list of the Texas Bluebonnet Award!  Creators Arun Gandhi, Bethany Hegedus and Evan Turk were welcomed at the Texas Library Association Annual Conference for “speed dating” with 150 school and public librarians.  Over an evening of table hopping, the three told the story of how this award-winning book came to be. How did the date go?  We would like to see them all all over...

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Evan Turk’s Bold Collages Honored

Posted by on Apr 3, 2015 in By Evan Turk | Comments Off on Evan Turk’s Bold Collages Honored

Evan Turk’s  Bold Collages Honored

Illustrator Evan Turk is honored once again for his divine work on the picture book Grandfather Gandhi.  The Marion Vannett Ridgway Award, which honors first-time illustrators, gave Turk an Honor Award, saying: “Turk’s bold collage technique ably meets the challenge of a text that emphasizes internal emotions and conversations: he employs shadow and silhouette, sinuous lines, and warm colors to achieve a raw visual power across a varied progression of illustrations. His ingenious incorporation of cotton,thread and fabric into his artwork lends dimension to the book’s pages and brings alive its message of turning negative energy into good.” —The Marion Vannett Ridgway...

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School Visit at NYOS (Not Your Ordinary School) Charter School

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015 in Educators & Librarians, School Visits | Comments Off on School Visit at NYOS (Not Your Ordinary School) Charter School

School Visit at NYOS (Not Your Ordinary School) Charter School

  On March 27, 2015 Bethany Hegedus visited the Kramer & Lamar campuses at the NYOS (Not Your Ordinary School) to inspire students to choose to live as light and make positive change in the world. Her presentation on Grandfather Gandhi left a glow on the school with staff and students taking the “Live your Life as Light” pledge and promising to make a difference. Here are a few snapshots and testimonials to enlighten your day. “While reading Grandfather Gandhi with Benjamin yesterday he was able to tell me the black string represented anger.  When we finished he said that he wanted to live like Gandhi and really seemed to think about anger and how to be peaceful.  I was happy to see that a 5 year old was able to think in such a way.” – Melissa Hefner, teacher and parent.  “Bethany Hegedus is an amazing speaker. She kept all the students engaged and participating, Pre-K through 5th grade. She talked about the writing process and how the first step was to, “Read, Read, Read!” and the last step was to, “Revise, Revise, Revise!” She taught the students about living as light and the choices we have when we are angry. She taught the students that writing is a process and it takes time, but never to give up. I love that she told the students to start by telling their story aloud to themselves over and over again before writing it down. Her book, Grandfather Gandhi, speaks not just to students but to teachers and all adults everywhere. It is an amazing story to be shared. I know my students and I will choose to live as light and will change the world, one choice at a time!”–Lisa Boone, librarian NYOS Charter School, Austin. Bethany would like to thank everyone at NYOS Charter School for their wonderful hospitality and a special thank you to librarian extraordinaire Lisa Boone and her mother-in-law for making the visit possible. Bethany is excited to see the talented young writers pouring out their hearts in their first and finished drafts. Thank you to Ms. Boone for sending along their writing samples.  ...

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New Grandfather Gandhi Book Coming!

Posted by on Mar 9, 2015 in Be the Change | Comments Off on New Grandfather Gandhi Book Coming!

New Grandfather Gandhi Book Coming!

Arun Gandhi, Bethany Hegedus, and Evan Turk will partner on a new book! Be the Change will be a companion picture book to the critically acclaimed Grandfather Gandhi. The new book will tell the story of how Gandhi’s young grandson learned a valuable lesson about practicing non-violence and growing up to “be the change” that he wanted to see in the world. Publishers Lunch announced that the book was sold to to editor Reka Simonsen at Atheneum, by Alexandra Penfold at Upstart Crow Literary for the authors and by Brenda Bowen at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates for the artist.  No publication date has been announced....

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Ezra Jack Keats Illustrator Honor

Posted by on Feb 22, 2015 in By Evan Turk, Illustrations | Comments Off on Ezra Jack Keats Illustrator Honor

Ezra Jack Keats Illustrator Honor

“The Ezra Jack Keats Book Award celebrates and inspires exceptional new writers and illustrators, who are seldom recognized in the early stages of their careers,” said Deborah Pope, Executive Director of the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation. “These new artists have created books of beauty in the spirit of Keats that portray the universal qualities of childhood, a strong and supportive family and the multicultural nature of our world.” Evan Turk was awarded the 2015 New Illustrator Honor from the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation for his work on Grandfather Gandhi. “I am beyond thrilled to receive the Ezra Jack Keats Honor!,” said Evan Turk, “Keats was an incredible, inspiring, and boundary breaking artist and storyteller, and I am so honored to be included in his company in this...

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New Shining Perspective

Posted by on Feb 6, 2015 in By Arun Gandhi, School Visits | Comments Off on New Shining Perspective

New Shining Perspective

Arun Gandhi thanks Mr. Greenleaf’s for their wonderful thank you notes following his appearance at a marvelous school in Canby, Oregon.  Here are some of the things students had to say: “Living in the light is an easy title to learn, it’s just up to you to take the first step into a new shining perspective.” “Your a person that makes people laugh and change the way they think.” “I was soo thankful that I got to hear your message about helping the poor people or others that need it…I was soo inspired by you, following in your grandpas steps and I believe wherever he is, he is proud of you.” “Poverty.  Hunger.  Neglect.  These are things not many people take time with.  They hear about it and ignore it…However there are people who only get what they’ll use and save the rest.  The people who are less fortunate in their times of need.   These people love with all they have and cherish everything everyday…” “Living your life as light would mean avoiding bad moments and also thinking about the good side of things.” “Being angry and using violence is just ruining the world.” “If we all cared for one another world hunger and homelessness wouldn’t be such a problem.” “He [Arun Gandhi] saved all 128 babies that were in the streets, that was an amazing and life changing thing to do…: “The world can be a dark place.  There is evil within our cities and government but also light…” “Poverty is a heartbreaking thing…” “It’s good to be kind in the least way you can to somebody.” “Don’t waste things…” “If only people with more money would help.  This world would be a better place.” “Don’t let your light fade, let it shine.” “…what ever you give them means alot to them even if it’s a little thing…” “This is an experience I will cherish forever…” “[Mahatma] Gandhi was able to be the light at the end of the tunnel for everybody across the world.” “It takes courage and bravery to live your life as light.” ” He [Mahatma Gandhi] was trying to banish the darkness of war.” “…got me thinking that I don’t always appreciate what I have…” “Showing random acts of kindness, with no intention of being rewarded, are the kind of people we should look up to and admire.” “[Mahatma] Gandhi was light in darkness.” “YOU INSPIRED ME! :)” “…we need to act more like [Mahatma] Gandhi who was brave, sweet, loving, and so much more!” “Blood, violence, and many disturbing things are in this world, but one thing can stop it, peace.” “Once the negativity becomes too great, the holder explodes, shattering into tiny shards and causing casualties.” “That story harmed my heart because I can’t imagine kids living in the streets with no food, money, water and shelter…I am so glad that Arun Gandhi saved these kids lives.”...

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Don’t Have To Be A Kid To Love

Posted by on Feb 6, 2015 in Outreach | Comments Off on Don’t Have To Be A Kid To Love

Don’t Have To Be A Kid To Love

Thank you to NPR for “channeling our inner 7-year-old” and recommending Grandfather Gandhi for “8 Picture Books You Don’t Have To Be A Kid To...

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Grandfather Gandhi at Unity Church

Posted by on Feb 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Grandfather Gandhi at Unity Church

Grandfather Gandhi at Unity Church

Arun Gandhi and Bethany Hegedus share the path of publication for Grandfather Gandhi and the experience of living as light at Sunday services at the Unity Church of the Hills. Beautiful artwork and animation transitions by illustrator Evan...

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Ela Gandhi Dedicates Bridge in Honor of Grandfather Gandhi

Posted by on Feb 4, 2015 in Gandhi Family | Comments Off on Ela Gandhi Dedicates Bridge in Honor of Grandfather Gandhi

Ela Gandhi Dedicates Bridge in Honor of Grandfather Gandhi

Readers of Grandfather Gandhi who have wondered about Arun’s sister Ela, can see her in this news clip of her dedication of a bridge dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi’s message of nonviolence. “I think today the world needs that message much more than ever before,” she said. “The message of non-violence, of respect for each other, of love, of compassion and interfaith harmony.” What better symbol of harmony than a bridge from one shore to...

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