GKIDS, Angelina Jolie-Pitt bringing ‘Breadwinner’ to North American theaters in 2017
GKIDS is producing, financing and distributing The Breadwinner, which is an adaptation of the young-adult novel by Deborah Ellis. New York-based animation distributor GKIDS
announces that CEO/Founder Eric Beckman and SVP of Distribution David Jesteadt will executive produce – along with Angelina Jolie Pitt and others – The Breadwinner, the
latest feature from two-time Oscar nominated studio Cartoon Saloon. The screenplay is co-written by Anita Doron and Deborah Ellis.
Based on the internationally acclaimed children’s novel by Deborah Ellis, ‘The Breadwinner’ tells the story of Parwana, a 12 year old girl growing up in Afghanistan in 2001.
When her father is arrested, Parwana dresses as a boy in order to work and provide for her family. Together with her best friend Shauzia, she risks discovery to try to find
out if her father is still alive.
A story of self-empowerment and imagination in the face of oppression, The Breadwinner also celebrates the culture, history and beauty of Afghanistan.
Pam Muñoz Ryan Wins Children’s History Book Prize
Author Pam Muñoz Ryan received New-York Historical Society’s 2016 Children’s History Book Prize for Echo (Scholastic, 2015).
The theme of standing up to prejudice and injustice and how these struggles are intertwined in the lives of these children from different geographic, cultural, and ethnic
backgrounds resonated with our educator, historian, and student jurors.
The novel, which already won a Newbery Honor earlier this year, is a blend of historical fiction and magical realism, about children connected across decades and continents
by a mysterious harmonica.
With Echo, Muñoz Ryan is continuing to inspire children to engage with difficult topics like intolerance and injustice.
Op-ed: When I met Muhammad Ali in the Tabernacle by Phillip Hoose
One Sunday morning in 1997, I met Muhammad Ali at the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City… When I reached Ali, I thanked him for refusing to be drafted into the Vietnam War. I extended my hand but rather than shake it, Ali slipped a piece of paper into it and winked.
Prolific Author Proves Power of Word
Students prepared for Woodson’s visit, coordinated by Kent District Library as part of the KDL Reads program, by using the book as inspiration for writing poetry and essays
of their own for the high-school Aspiring Writers Contest.
Woodson also visited Wyoming High School, where juniors prepared by publishing a book of their own prose. Godwin Heights Middle and High School students also participated in
Literary Lunches to study “Brown Girl Dreaming.”
Woodson has visited many schools across the country, but Godwin Heights and Wyoming were her last planned visits. She said she enjoys meeting teenagers.
“They’re open and honest and hungry and looking for ways to represent themselves in the world,” she said.
Q & A with Emily Arnold McCully
Q: How do you research your books, and is there a time period you’ve especially enjoyed looking into?
A: I prefer to research my stories with actual books…
I am most at home in the 18th and 19th centuries, but have researched medieval China (Beautiful Warrior) and closed off Japan (Manjiro). My mission is often to recover
forgotten or little known girls and women who made significant contributions to the human story.
New York City Children’s Theater Celebrates 20th Anniversary Season
Break out the tutus and toe-shoes for Sophie the Swan’s latest adventure. A companion piece to the hit BALLERINA SWAN, this world premiere blends ballet and puppetry as
Sophie prepares for her first holiday performance of “The Nutcracker.” Based on the book BALLERINA SWAN by Allegra Kent and illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully.
Teaching Tuskegee Airmen’s story [Behind Pay Wall]
In “You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen,” Carole Boston Weatherford writes about the historic African-American civilian pilot training program during World War II and the men
who were the “Red Tails” and broke barriers as well as cemented their place in military, aviation and U.S. history.
Weatherford is an award-winning, best-selling author who teaches at Fayetteville State University and the book’s illustrator is her son, Jeffery Boston Weatherford. The
Weatherfords will visit The Regulator Bookshop on June 15 to discuss their new book. A small hardcover that could easily fit in a backpack for middle grade readers ages 9
through 12, “You Can Fly” presents the Tuskegee Airmen’s story in a series of poems and black and white illustrations.
A Word In Edgewise: Keep Reinventing that Wheel
Trouble in Mind recently closed its triumphant run at the Guthrie (Mpls, MN). Splendidly acted and directed, Alice Childress’ 1955 drama centers around a young, white
director (John Catron) rehearsing a mostly black cast of actors through the clichéd Southern drama, Chaos in Belleville.
Lion Island: Cuba’s Warrior of Words by Margarita Engle | SLJ Review
Engle transports readers to the world of 1870s Cuba, where Chinese indentured laborers struggle for freedom in a complex atmosphere of rebellion and injustice. This little-
known and fascinating historical moment prompts Engle’s characters to consider privilege and equity from many different angles.
2nd Annual Samantha Smith Challenge
Giving meaning to education. That’s what organizers say the Samantha Smith Challenge does for area middle-schoolers.
The late Samantha Smith was a Maine middle school student who inspired a dialogue of peace between the US and Soviet Union during the Cold War, after writing a letter to Yuri
More than 400 students honored her legacy by presenting their community service projects to the public.
Since 1953, the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award annually acknowledges books published in the U.S. during the previous year. Books commended by the Award address themes of topics that engage children in thinking about peace, justice, world community and/or equality of the sexes and all races. The books also must meet conventional standards of literacy and artistic excellence.
A national committee chooses winners and honor books for younger and older children.