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10 Children’s Books That Celebrate Our Diverse World
Mama’s Nightingale: A Story of Immigration and Separation, by Edwidge Danticat with illustrations by Leslie Staub
A little girl, Saya, listens with deep longing to the taped stories her mother, held in an immigration detention center, sends to her. In the midst of her sadness, Saya finds a way to advocate for her mother.
Inside Out and Back Again, by Thanhha Lai
In a decades-old story as fresh as today’s headlines, 10-year-old Hà flees the Vietnam War with her mother and brothers by boat, landing first in a tent city in Guam and eventually being connected to refugee sponsors in Alabama.
Bud, Not Buddy, by Christopher Paul Curtis
A boy sets out to find his father, meeting many perils and adventures along the way.
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, by Mildred D. Taylor
A story of a black family living in Mississippi in the 1930s, as they work to stay strong in the face of poverty, illness, and racists attacks. As circumstances chip at the protection provided by a loving family, 9-year-old protagonist Cassie Logan comes to a deeper understanding of injustice and why owning land is so important to her father.
Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book, by Yuyi Morales
This is a lushly illustrated tale of a wily grandmother who takes on death itself – that will also teach you to count in both English and Spanish.
Marilyn Sachs, influential SF author and political activist, dies
Ms. Sachs was the author of 40 books spanning 42 years, with her first book (“Amy Moves In”) published in 1964 and her final work (“First Impression”) in 2006.
Ms. Sachs was known for tackling serious topics – such as depression, divorce, body image and bullying – long before such matters were common fodder for authors of young adult novels. She often said that she turned to public libraries, and to the reading and writing of fiction, as an escape from bullying.
Simcoe author named to Order of Canada
Simcoe author Deborah Ellis is among the latest recipients of the Order of Canada. Ellis is being honoured for her “acclaimed work as a young adult author and for her philanthropic support of many humanitarian causes,” said a media release. Her much-lauded book, The Breadwinner, is recommended reading for students in Canada, the U.S. and Europe.
Author And Storyteller Tim Tingle To Receive 2017 Festival Of Words Author Award
Tim Tingle (Choctaw) will receive the Tulsa Library Trust’s “Festival of Words Writers Award” March 4, 2017, 10:30 a.m., at Hardesty Regional Library’s Connor’s Cove, 8316 E. 93rd St. His award presentation will be followed by a book signing and a day of educational American Indian family events from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
His first children’s book, Crossing Bok Chitto, earned more than 20 state and national awards, including Best Children’s Book from the American Library Association. It also was named an Editor’s Choice by the New York Times Books Review.
Massachusetts Book Award Winners
The Mass Books are awarded to significant works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and children’s/young adult literature published by commonwealth residents or about Massachusetts subjects.
Sherborn resident Susan Lynn Meyer was also honored. Her book, “New Shoes,” was designated a 2016 Must Read in the picture book category.
The best books of 2016, according to 2 best-selling authors
Jeffrey Brown recently sat down with best-selling authors Jacqueline Woodson and Daniel Pink at popular Washington, D.C., bookstore Politics and Prose to discuss their picks.
“Ghost” by Jason Reynolds, which is considered a – quote, unquote – “middle-grade book,” but it’s for anyone who has ever had a family, ever loved running, ever felt outside of a place.
Ta-Nehisi Coates’ “Black Panther.” He was the first black superhero in 1966. T’Challa comes from a fictional place in Africa and is this amazing superhero. It’s about a lot of stuff that we’re talking about now. It’s about race. It’s about power. It’s about just trying to change the world.
“You Can’t Touch My Hair and Other Things I Still Have to Explain” by Phoebe Robinson. I didn’t think this got the attention that it deserved to get. And people don’t know about it. And it’s a book about race. It’s a book about what it means to grow up female in this country and female and black.
Ebony Elizabeth Thomas picks the Best Books of 2016 for Young Readers
Preaching to the Chickens: The Story of Young John Lewis (Jabari Asim; illus. E.B. Lewis)
The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoes (Duncan Tonatiuh)
Freedom in Congo Square (Carole Boston Weatherford; illus. R. Gregory Christie)
Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (Javaka Steptoe)
Middle Grade Fiction
Makoons (Louise Erdrich)
Lion Island: Cuba’s Warrior of Words (Margarita Engle)
African-American Authors Take 2016 Spotlight
“We Came to America” by Faith Ringgold
Change the traditional history book narrative about America’s less-than-humble beginnings with this children’s book by Faith Ringgold. In a time where immigrants around the world are being shunned, it’s easy to forget that aside from indigenous peoples, the United States of America was built with the blood, sweat, and tears of immigrants and slaves.
Help your child understand their own story with Ringgold’s text, which delves into the many different cultures woven into the American tapestry.
“Another Brooklyn” by Jacqueline Woodson
Woodson carefully captures the growing pains of August and her three friends Sylvia, Angela and Gigi, as they come of age in the Brooklyn of the 1970s and 80s. Switching effortlessly between past and present, Woodson explores how the hurts of our past indelibly shape the future.
We Need a New Kind of Feminist Art
One answer to this is to include women who have been underrecognized in the telling of feminist history. A show that Catherine Morris, the Brooklyn Museum’s Curator of the Sackler Center for Feminism, is working on at the moment, to open in April 2017, will do just that. Titled “We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women 1965–85,” it will examine the way that second-wave feminism coincided with the Civil Rights movement and the Black Power movement, and include the work of artists like Faith Ringgold, who straddled both the Civil Rights and feminist movements. “She was an activist and very engaged with thinking about both Civil Rights and feminism, and how she could integrate the two, because she needed them both.”
8-Year-Old Dresses Up As Ruth Bader Ginsburg For School Superhero Day
Because she fights prejudice and injustice.
It’s superhero day at school. Michele has been reading the heck out of “I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark” by Debbie Levy, and decided to dress as Ruth Bader Ginsburg, because she fights prejudice and injustice. Michele gets pretty passionate about unfairness, especially relating to girls and women, so the book’s message really stuck with her,“ said her mother.
The Supreme Court Justice saw the cute image, which went viral on Facebook, and reached out to the family to send a personal note to Michele.
Top 10 family events in Pittsburgh this January
Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures presents Patricia Polacco: January 8
Patricia Polacco has delighted young readers for three decades with tales inspired by her multi-cultural family. Now the author and illustrator will visit the Carnegie Library Lecture Hall as part of the Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures series. During the event, Polacco will reflect on the inspiration behind her 90-plus books, which include such award-winning works as The Keeping Quilt, Babushka’s Doll, The Blessing Cup and My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother.
The Patricia Polacco talk takes place at 2:30 p.m. Tickets cost $11. A book signing on the first floor of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will follow. Books will be available for sale before and after the lecture from Mystery Lovers Bookshop.
Get ready for January with our family events calendar – Austin, TX
Cynthia Levinson reads "The Youngest Marcher.” 2 p.m. Jan. 28.
BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.
Since 1953, the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award annually acknowledges books published in the U.S. during the previous year. Books commended by the Award address themes of topics that engage children in thinking about peace, justice, world community and/or equality of the sexes and all races. The books also must meet conventional standards of literacy and artistic excellence.
A national committee chooses winners and honor books for younger and older children.