BOOKS TO ELECTRIFY, EDIFY, AND EXEMPLIFY

HMH BOOKS & MEDIA INTRODUCES KWAME ALEXANDER’S VERSIFY IMPRINT WITH MULTI-AUTHOR BUS TOUR

Versify’s mission is present books to “electrify, edify, and exemplify” with accessible and powerful prose and poetry that celebrates the lives and reflects the possibilities of all children. Its debut list includes four books: The Last Last-Day-of-Summer by Lamar Giles¡Vamos! Let’s Go to the Market by author/illustrator Raúl the Third; White Rose by Kip Wilson; and Alexander’s own picture book, The Undefeated, which is illustrated by Kadir Nelson, who will join the tour for select events.

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FAMILIES WANT MORE DIVERSITY IN CHILDREN’S BOOKS; HERE ARE 7 TITLES THAT DELIVER

 

Scholastic’s just-released Kids & Family Reading report found that nearly half of kids ages 9 to 17 (45 percent) and parents of kids 6 to 17 (52 percent) want more books with diversity.

Eleven percent of children’s books published in the United States in 2018 featured Africans or African-Americans, 7 percent featured Hispanics, and 8 percent featured Asian characters, according to the Cooperative Children’s Book Center.

Andrea Davis Pinkney, Scholastic’s executive editor and author of “A Poem for Peter,” said in the report that a lack of diversity fails to expand a child’s love of reading or sense of self.

(Among the 7 books: “The Day You Begin” Author Jacqueline Woodson, illustrator Rafael Lóp)

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CHICAGO CHILDREN’S THEATRE PRESENTS ‘THE WATSONS GO TO BIRMINGHAM’

Chicago Children’s Theatre’s 13th season finale is the world premiere of “The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963,” a Civil Rights era family drama based on the groundbreaking young adult novel by Christopher Paul Curtis about the 1963 Birmingham church bombing.

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CHRISTINA MATEKEL-GIBSON: AWARD WINNER DESCRIBES BOY’S TRANSFORMATIVE EXPERIENCE

It can be difficult to accurately convey the power of reading, but (Lesa) Cline-Ransome transmits this message exceptionally well. “Finding Langston” also emphasizes the transformative effects of media representation. Langston struggles with his self-worth when he moves north. His classmates think he’s uneducated, he doesn’t have any friends, Chicago feels like a foreign country, and he has a very tenuous relationship with his loving but distant father.

When he steps foot in his local library — something he couldn’t do in the Jim Crow South — he can’t believe that everything is free and that black people aren’t just allowed but honored there.

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‘RISING WATER’ TELLS TRUE STORY OF DRAMATIC 2018 CAVE RESCUE

Rutgers University professor and award-winning author Marc Aronson has written a true account of the near disaster and the rescue operation, which cost one SEAL his life. Although “Rising Water” is aimed at young readers, specifically those ages 10 to 14, it is a perfectly acceptable book for older readers, too — including me, and I haven’t been 14 years old for a very long time.

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HOW DARING DIVERS SAVED 12 BOYS IN A FLOODED CAVE

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HOW THAI CAVE RESCUE ‘INSTANT’ BOOK ‘RISING WATER’ WAS WRITTEN IN ONE MONTH

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5 BOOKS TO READ IF YOU LOVED ‘HOMES’ BY ABU BAKR AL RABEEH & WINNIE YEUNG

 Like Homes, The Breadwinner describes the experience of a violent and complicated conflict through the eyes of a hopeful young person. Readers of Homes will also recognize how the strength and love of Parvana’s family echoes that of the al Rabeeah clan.

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