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Inspiration for Writing and Writing that Inspires JACBA Newsletter 27Aug2016
Newsletter , Uncategorized / August 29, 2016

Wisdom From YA Authors On Leaving Home: Cynthia Kadohata Kadohata is the Newbery Medal-winning author of the YA novel “Kira-Kira.” For our “Next Chapter” series, she talks about an eye-opening bus trip she took across the U.S. right before she left home. For me, going on this bus trip was one of the real pivotal times in my life. I met people who I never would have ordinarily met. I was on a bus with a woman in her 80s who said she was dying, and this was going to be her last trip that she would ever take. She had lived in Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl years and gone to California to pick fruit. And I was just fascinated by her life. We talked for hours on the bus, and she hugged me afterwards. I remember we were standing in, I think it was Texas somewhere, and they were grasshoppers hopping all over the parking lot. And she hugged me and told me to have a good life. Read More Weedflower by Cynthia Kadohata 2007 Awardee Literary Riot: Liquor, My Father’s Other Daughter In collaboration with Get Lit: Get Lit – Words Ignite unites classic and spoken word…

Marian Wright Edelman on the Necessity of Current Day Stories about Young People of Color JACBA Newsletter 19Aug2016
Newsletter , Uncategorized / August 19, 2016

What Books are your Children Reading this Summer? Diversity in Knowledge Sources Children of color need to be able to see themselves in the books they read. Just as importantly, all children need to be exposed to a wide range of books that reflect the true diversity of our nation and world as they really are. Doreen Rappaport writes fiction and nonfiction that celebrate diverse histories and biographies like her Caldecott Medal winner Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. illustrated by Bryan Collier. Her curiosity about one kind of untold story left her wanting to know more and more: “I got into it because when I was a teenager there were no books about women. Maybe there was Eleanor Roosevelt and Jane Ad[d]ams – those were the only two books. There wasn’t much of a place for young girls with a curiosity, and maybe even an ambition, and actually we were told not to be ambitious.” Poet and author Carole Boston Weatherford approaches history from another angle: she said she “mine[s] the past for family stories, fading traditions, and forgotten struggles” in order to help fill in the gaps of the stories being told. Many…

Historic Selma Activist Honored to Receive 2016 JACBA – JACBA Newsletter 12Aug2016
Newsletter , Uncategorized / August 12, 2016

Lowery Book Wins Award Selma native Lynda Blackmon Lowery has won an award for her book that details turning 15 years old while participating in the Selma to Montgomery march of 1965. Lowery was awarded the 2016 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award for her memoir, “Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom.” “It’s a great honor to win the award because the book teaches about tolerance and freedom, and it feels fantastic. I’m very humble,” Lowrey said. Read More Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March by Lynda Blackmon Lowery 2016 Awardee Authors descend on Asheville bookstores in August ‘Glam’ picture book illustrator Introducing her new picture book, “Mary Had a Little Glam” (words by Tammi Sauer), Vanessa Brantley-Newton will read at Spellbound Aug. 13. The book is a new spin on familiar nursery rhymes, led by fashionista Mary, who helps characters from the kids who live in a shoe to Jack (of Jack and Jill) to up their fashion game. It’s a Fancy-Nancy style story with a twist. Charlotte-based Brantley-Newton is the illustrator of numerous picture books, including “One Love,” “Every Little Thing” and “Lady Day: Billie Holiday and the…

Books That Aid Conversation About White Privilege and Entitlement JACBA Newsletter 5Aug2016
Newsletter , Uncategorized / August 9, 2016

CCBC Drilling Down on Diversity in Picture Books Metadata on Picture Books Project “For 2016 we are launching a pilot project to do a more in-depth analysis of the year’s picture books (excluding non-fiction titles, such as picture-book biographies). We’re keeping track of the things people want to know. Just how many picture books have animal, rather than human, characters? How many books about African American characters are historical? How many feature LGBTQ families? Or Muslims? Or people with disabilities? How many are by first-time authors or illustrators? We’ll be able to tell you in early 2017.” Read More 10 Children’s Books That Help White Kids Understand What Children Of Color Are Up Against Patricia Polacco’s ‘Pink and Say’ is an exceptional story based around the Civil War that details a story of a black family who put their life in danger to care for a young white boy who was wounded. Great for taking a small look into racism, Polacco’s book will help your children see just how dangerous it was to be caring as a person of color. Jacqueline Woodson’s ‘The Other Side’ is a story of a friendship not held by the restraints of color and displays…

Jane Addams Authors and Illustrators Communicate Profoundly to All Ages JACBA Newsletter 31Jul2016
Newsletter , Uncategorized / August 1, 2016

MOMA Acquires and Hangs a Major Early Faith Ringgold In 2010, though, the Neuberger Museum of Art, at Purchase College in New York, reminded everyone of Ringgold’s early achievements, showing rarely seen paintings from the 1960s—searingly radical works that present racial strife and incisive political messages, as in Flag for the Moon: Die Nigger (1969), an American flag with the last two words of the piece’s title hidden within its stars and stripes. Now the Museum of Modern Art in New York has, too, adding American People Series #20: Die (1967) to its holdings. The painting appeared in Ringgold’s first solo show, at the Spectrum co-op gallery in 1967. It shows a race riot in progress, bodies falling in every direction, even off of the canvas so that only limbs visible. Twelve feet long and six feet tall, it covers two square canvases. An all-over composition reminiscent of a Pollock abstraction or a Stuart Davis picture or, as MoMA points out on its wall label, Picasso’s Guernica. Read More Aunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad in the Sky by Faith Ringgold 1993 Awardee Playwright Calvin Alexander Ramsey’s Documentary THE GREEN BOOK CHRONICLES Tells Of Getting Around Jim Crow Playwright Calvin Alexander Ramsey’s…