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Newsletter / July 15, 2018

LITERACY SPOTLIGHT: LITERACY FOR INCARCERATED TEENS From realistic YA fiction to memoirs and manga, students at Passages (a New York City Department of Education school network that serves youth ages 16 and younger in secure and non-secure detention) read what any other students would, with Walter Dean Myers and Coe Booth being two favorites. The organization’s Authors and Artists series was in part inspired by Walter Dean Myers, who was among the first to visit students in the Passages network: “[The students] just loved him,” Sick said. “And so we had the idea to get other authors.” READ MORE… __________________________________________ ROMANTIC OR RACIST? PERCEPTIONS SHIFT ON ‘LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE’ Known more for their cozy depictions of pioneer life, Ms. Wilder’s novels also include instances of racism and comparisons of Native people with animals. Many Native Americans have long felt uncomfortable with the books – with National Book Award winner Louise Erdrich writing her own series, “The Birchbark House,” in response. READ MORE…. __________________________________________ MAY YOU PATH BE BLESSED: LEGENDARY AUTHOR PAULO COELHO TO MALALA As Pakistan’s adored activist Malala Yousafzai tours Brazil, marking her first visit to Latin America, to kick off the expansion of her education charity, famed…

Newsletter / July 8, 2018

FIRST LOOK OF MALALA YOUSAFZAI’S BIOPIC ‘GUL MAKAI’ REVEALED The first motion poster of Gul Makai, a biopic on Nobel peace prize winner Malala Yousafzai, the courageous Pakistani activist who defied Taliban, was unveiled Tuesday. The poster depicts a young girl holding open a book while an explosion takes place on the book. READ MORE… ______________________________________________________ JANE ADDAMS HONOR AUTHOR RENEE WATSON AT THE AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION’S ANNUAL CONFERENCE AND EXHIBITION &  SPEAKING IN PORTLAND Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Author Award winner Renée Watson with Bryan Collier, cover artist for Piecing Me Together (Bloomsbury). READ MORE… Winners of the Oregon Book Awards sponsored by the Portland nonprofit Literary Arts were announced April 30, 2018, in a ceremony hosted by author Renee Watson, a Portland native… READ MORE… ______________________________________________________ AUTHOR DISCUSSES LONELINESS AT CHILDREN’S LITERATURE CONFERENCE “We spend our lives, I think, trying to alleviate that loneliness,” the 81-year-old told a packed Shenandoah University auditorium on Friday. “We do it so often through literature.” This kind of empathy — understanding the loneliness of other people and relating to it — is critical to understanding her work, Lowry said. Of the nearly 50 books she has written, almost all of them “start with someone who is broken.”…

Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Name Removed From Book Award & Good Reads For This July 4th
Newsletter / July 1, 2018

Little House On The Controversy: Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Name Removed From Book Award A division of the American Library Association voted unanimously Saturday to strip Laura Ingalls Wilder’s name from a major children’s literature award over concerns about how the author referred to Native Americans and blacks. The author Jacqueline Woodson, known for award-winning books including Brown Girl Dreaming and Another Brooklyn, will be the first honoree of the newly named Children’s Literature Legacy Award. Read more… __________________________________________________ Alice B. McGinty | Good reads to celebrate America “Blue Sky White Stars” (2017, Dial Books for Young Readers, written by Sarvinder Naberhaus, illustrated by Kadir Nelson, ages 2-7) combines a spare text with Kadir Nelson’s breathtaking, realistic illustrations to produce a truly powerful book. Each large, colorful spread repeats the same lines of text on both sides, but the words are set against different backgrounds. Read more… __________________________________________________ With poetry, kids’ authors find fresh ways to illuminate the world The poetry collection blends art, history and emotion, coaxing something special from each picture – “Magic and facts, woven/ and stacked,” as Naomi Shihab Nye writes in her wonder-filled poem about a 14th century Syrian drawing of an ornate, animal-covered clock. Read more… __________________________________________________ Chelsea Clinton’s new book explores girl power with…