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National Young People’s Poet Laureate, Jacqueline Woodson, Speaks in Indiana and Mississippi JACBA Newsletter 22Apr2016
Newsletter , Uncategorized / April 23, 2016

Woodson Honored with Southern Miss Medallion at Children’s Book Festival Woodson was awarded the 49th annual Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival’s Southern Miss Medallion, the event’s top honor, on April 7 during the three-day event on the Hattiesburg campus. She also served as a keynote speaker for the festival. Read More An interview with author Jacqueline Woodson The national Young People’s Poet Laureate discusses voting and writing. “My platform as Poet Laureate is about getting words and a love of words into communities that too often get ignored — because of lack of money,” says Woodson. “So I’m traveling into underserved schools, community and juvenile detention centers to talk about my life as a writer, to give out books, to teach writing. These days I’m thinking about humanity — how fragile we are all feeling, how afraid. I’m thinking, as I’ve always thought, about the struggles of people of color in this country. Of the poor. My work comes out of a deep sense of love for people and the hope of creating safe spaces through knowledge. I’ve always thought the lack of tolerance for any type of ‘other’ is about fear and my work hopes to take a…

Authors Naomi Shihab Nye and Louise Erdrich Protest in Support of Palestinian Human Rights JACBA Newsletter 15Apr2016
Newsletter , Uncategorized / April 17, 2016

Over 100 Writers Call on PEN American Center to Reject Israeli Government Sponsorship In a letter made public today over 100 writers, including Naomi Shihab Nye and Louise Erdrich, have called on the PEN American Center “to reject support from the Embassy of Israel” for PEN’s annual World Voices Festival. PEN lists the Israeli Embassy as among the “Champions” of the Festival, and as a sponsor of one of the Festival’s panels. Full List Read More Habibi by Naomi Shihab Nye 1998 Awardee Sitti’s Secrets by Naomi Shihab Nye 1995 Awardee The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich 2000 Awardee Bookworks and the Albuquerque Public Library Foundation Present ‘A Word With Writers’, 5/26 Bookworks and the Albuquerque Public Library Foundation are collaborating on their fourth installment of their fundraiser literary series, A Word With Writers, May 26, hosting Sherman Alexie on tour for his new children’s picture book, Thunder Boy Jr. (Little, Brown & Co.). With illustrations from Caldecott Award-winning illustrator, Yuyi Morales, Thunder Boy Jr. is the story of a young boy who must find his own identity despite being named after his father. Morales’ vivid images bring to life Alexie’s endearing prose for a perfect Father’s Day gift for…

Award Winning Authors Address Glaring Diversity Gap In the Children’s Publishing Industry JACBA Newsletter 8Apr2016
Newsletter , Uncategorized / April 8, 2016

Authors Use Awards to Advocate for Diversity in Children’s Books In a 2014 New York Times op-ed, children’s book author Walter Dean Myers reminded readers that literature transmits values and that the messages of oppression and misrepresentation in current children’s books are appalling. Books for young people represent a unique space in publishing, Newbery medalist Linda Sue Park asserted in her 2015 TEDx Talk. “If books have the power to help us find ourselves,” she said, “then a children’s book has superpowers.” Want more on diverse literature and award-winners? Check out the South Asia Book Award, Disability in Kidlit, Vamos a Leer, and SLJ’s Cultural Diversity Booklist. See our Q&A with Zareen Jaffrey, executive editor of Salaam Reads (a Simon & Schuster imprint that will publish children’s and YA books featuring Muslim characters), for more about diversity initiatives in the publishing world. Read More Now Is Your Time! The African-American Struggle for Freedom by Walter Dean Myers 1992 Awardee Patrol: An American Soldier in Vietnam by Walter Dean Myers 2003 Awardee A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story by Linda Sue Park 2011 Awardee When My Name Was Keoko by Linda Sue Park 2003 Awardee Watch Bill…

Brian Pinkney inspires, Joseph Bruchac true to oral tradition, Choctaw storyteller & author Tim Tingle featured JACBA Newsletter 1Apr2016
Newsletter , Uncategorized / April 1, 2016

‘Brothers of the Buffalo’: The Red River War Brothers of the Buffalo: A Novel of the Red River War by Joseph Bruchac follows two young men, one a Cheyenne warrior, the other a former Black slave, as their paths repeatedly converge over a three-year period in the early 1870s. Bruchac says he wanted to write about this particular moment in history because he had heard stories about it from his friend Lance Hanson, a Cheyenne poet and a member of the Dog Soldier Society, and many others, whom he describes as the inheritors of these events. I found that there are perspectives that are not really reflected in those writings—the Native perspective of what happened, as well as the perspective of the men who were the Buffalo Soldiers, former slaves engaged in a campaign that was basically enslaving, or putting into something close to slavery, the Native population of the Southern Plains, because that’s what the chaining of the Native people to the reservation communities truly was at its height,“ Bruchac told ICTMN. Read More The Heart of a Chief written by Joseph Bruchac 1999 Awardee National Book Awards Conversation Dives Deep Into Emotions Water – blood-chilling 47-degree octopus tank…