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Remembering Francisco X. Alarcón, Honoring Walter Dean Myers & Mindful Histories of American Slavery in Children’s Books JACBA Newsletter 25Jan2016
Newsletter , Uncategorized / January 25, 2016

Remembering Friend, Mentor and Poet Francisco X. Alarcón “Thank you for everything, Francisco,” I said as we parted ways. And I like to believe that he understood what I meant by everything: for his exceptional example as a teacher, a writer, an activist, and a mentor. As I move forward on my journey, I know I’m a better person because I learned from people like him how to respect my communities and how to love myself. by RIGOBERTO GONZÁLEZ Read More | Poems to Dream Together=Poemas Para Soñar Juntos by Francisco X. Alarcón 2006 Awardee Reynolds, Kiely Win WNDB’s Debut Walter Award The inaugural Walter Dean Myers Award for outstanding children’s literature in the YA category has been given to All American Boys (S&S/Atheneum/ Dhouly), written by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely. All American Boys is the story of two teens, one white, the other black, and the aftermath of an act of police brutality upon one that is witnessed by the other, who flees the scene. We Need Diverse Books’ Walter Award committee announced the winners on Wednesday morning. Read More | Patrol: An American Soldier in Vietnam by Walter Dean Myers 2003 Awardee Now Is Your Time! The…

ALA Honors, Civil Rights Reading & Diversely Reading Penguins Contest
Newsletter , Uncategorized / January 15, 2016

American Library Association announces 2016 youth media award winners Caldecott Honor Books: “Trombone Shorty,” illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Troy Andrews and published by Abrams Books for Young Readers, an imprint of ABRAMS; “Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement,” illustrated by Ekua Holmes, written by Carole Boston Weatherford and published by Candlewick Press Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award: “Trombone Shorty,” illustrated by Bryan Collier, is the King Illustrator Book winner. The book was written by Troy Andrews and Bill Taylor and published by Abrams Books for Young Readers, an imprint of ABRAMS. Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award: “Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement,” illustrated by Ekua Holmes, is the Steptoe illustrator award winner. The book is written by Carole Boston Weatherford and published by Candlewick Press. May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award recognizing an author, critic, librarian, historian or teacher of children’s literature, who then presents a lecture at a winning host site.Jacqueline Woodson will deliver the 2017 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture. Woodson is the 2014 National Book Award winner for her New York Times bestselling memoir, “Brown Girl Dreaming.” The author…

Afghan Girl Grads, Books as a gateway for Parent/Child conversations, & Book Highlight #4 8Jan2016
Newsletter , Uncategorized / January 8, 2016

A day of pride for Afghan girl grads amid growing threats It was a very special day for the Zabuli Education Center, located about 100 miles north of Kabul. For the first time, girls in that village graduated from high school. Special correspondent Beth Murphy of the Ground Truth Project reports on the hopes and challenges for students and educators there. Read More | Razia’s Ray of Hope by Elizabeth Suneby 2014 Awardee Can The Smithsonian Save The U.S. Postal Service From Obsolescence In The Age Of Facebook? Kadir Nelson painted the original artwork for the Joe DiMaggio baseball all-stars stamp released in 2012. His small panel painting is currently on view at the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum, part of an exhibition of several dozen artworks relating to the history of New York. Read More | Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson 2012 Awardee | The Village That Vanished written by Ann Grifalconi and illustrated by Kadir Nelson 2003 Awardee Author Katherine Paterson Shares the Importantce of Reading at Vermont Humanities Council Event Katherine Paterson’s talk, “Reading for the Life of the World,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First…