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Book Reading Leads to Lifelong Learning and Brings People Together
Newsletter / June 24, 2018

Book reading aims to bring people together Organizers chose “Towers Falling” (by Jewell Parker Rhodes) for its breadth of themes and the conversations it could spark. … the book also offers conversational fodder beyond 9/11. Its protagonist lives with her family in various homeless shelters around New York City. Her father is mentally ill. The organizers of this project saw the book as an opportunity not just to connect the community through a shared past, but to talk about issues that members of the Jackson community face today. Read more… ___________________________________________________________________ Valley Author Pens “Zoot Suit” Novel For Young Adults Seventy five years ago this month, the streets of Los Angeles turned violent in an event that came to be known as the Zoot Suit Riots. The cause is still unclear, but we know this: for 10 days in 1943, white service members attacked young Latino men on the streets of Southern California, while police turned the other way. The attacks are the subject of a new young adult novel by acclaimed children’s author Margarita Engle. Read more…. ___________________________________________________________________ Author gets intimate: Acclaimed Haitian-American writer talks hot-button topics at P’Heights library A celebrated Haitian-American author (Edwidge Danticat) will discuss how such polarizing issues as immigration and…

DIVERSITY AND RESILIENCE IN CHILDREN’S STORIES
Newsletter / June 17, 2018

ALL PIKES PEAK READS RELEASES 2018 BOOK TITLES Diversity and resilience. Those are the themes at the heart of this year’s Pikes Peak Library District’s All Pikes Peak Reads. The short story collection “Flying Lessons” features tales from award-winning authors, such as Kwame Alexander, Meg Medina, Tim Tingle and Jacqueline Woodson. READ MORE….. ____________________________________________ COLLEGE TOWN: AUTHOR INSTITUTE FEATURES WINNERS                   June 25-29 are the dates for Worcester State University’s 18th annual Author Institute, a children’s literature conference for teachers and others. This year’s conference will feature recent recipients of the Caldecott and Newbery book awards: Javaka Steptoe, author and illustrator of the 2017 Caldecott winner, “Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat,” and Lauren Wolk, author of 2017 Newbery winner “Wolf Hollow.” READ MORE…   _____________________________________________ GERMANTOWN’S NEA BIG READ TO FEATURE ‘THE NAMESAKE’ “The Namesake” focuses on two generations of a Bengali-American family living in Massachusetts and their experience as immigrants to struggle to assimilate while not losing their identity. Events will include arts and crafts and theater productions involving “The Namesake” and its themes. Other events — including an appearance by Mitali Perkins, author of “You Bring…

BOOKEXPO 2018: CHILDREN’S AUTHORS TELL BOOKSELLERS: “WE ARE ALL DREAMERS HERE”
Newsletter / June 10, 2018

BOOKEXPO 2018: CHILDREN’S AUTHORS TELL BOOKSELLERS: “WE ARE ALL DREAMERS HERE” This year’s Children’s Book and Author Breakfast featured (from l.) Meg Medina, Dave Eggers, Jacqueline Woodson, Yuyi Morales, and Viola Davis. Photo: stevekagan.com. Emcee Jacqueline Woodson set the tone right away for Friday morning’s children’s book and author breakfast at BookExpo, explaining, “We’re very intentional in the stories we are trying to tell. Through our narratives, we’re trying to change this crazy world.” Reading the text of the semi-autobiographical picture book she wrote and illustrated, Dreamers (Holiday House/Porter, Sept.), (Yuri)Morales said, “I have a story to tell. We are dreamers. We are love, amor, love. We are not done. We will be here to hear all the other stories.” READ MORE…   BOOK CON 2018: WE NEED DIVERSE BOOKS: BEYOND DIVERSITY 101   We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) began, like so many things do these days, as a hashtag. After ReedPOP, the company that puts on BookCon, announced in April 2014 an all white and male author lineup for its inaugural BookCon “Blockbuster Reads” panel, a firestorm erupted on social media. #WeNeedDiverseBooks went viral during a three-day campaign in which people were urged to post online photos of themselves holding signs…

Telling a People’s Story: first museum exhibit devoted to illustrations of African-American children’s books
Newsletter / June 5, 2018

MIAMI UNIVERSITY ART MUSEUM HAS A GROUNDBREAKING SHOW OF ILLUSTRATIONS USED ON BOOKS FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN CHILDREN Spanning nearly 50 years of publishing, Telling a People’s Story recognizes 35 illustrators (all but two of them black) who have depicted a complex cultural history in a way that not only appeals to children but heightens adults’ awareness as well. Separate works by author-illustrators John and Javaka Steptoe, father and son, serve as symbolic bookends for the exhibit, which incorporates the publishing world’s slights into the show’s broader narratives of African-American history and social justice. Read more…   CHILDREN’S BOOKS WILL CHANGE FOREVER IF THIS TEEN AUTHOR HAS HER WAY—AND THAT’S A GOOD THING Marley Dias loves to read. But after reading kids book after kids book about white boys and their dogs, Marley took matters into her own hands. When she was only 11 years old, Marley started a campaign called #1000BlackGirlsBooks, Her favorite book: My favorite book is Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson. It was one of the first books where I felt like my experiences were perfectly captured. Read more…     YUYI MORALES SHARES HER INSPIRING IMMIGRATION STORY A Caldecott Honor artist and five-time recipient of the Pura Belpré Award for Illustration, Yuyi…