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…

We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices
Newsletter / May 29, 2018

A Q&A WITH CI6 FEATURED SPEAKERS WADE HUDSON AND CHERYL WILLIS HUDSON We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices, which features a foreword by renowned children’s illustrator Ashley Bryan … contains writing and artwork from 50 of the foremost diverse children’s authors and illustrators, (including)  Carole Boston Weatherford, Rita Williams-Garcia, and Jacqueline Woodson. Read more…     VERMONT AUTHOR TO SPEAK IN RICHMOND Paterson tells the story of the 1912 “Bread and Roses” strike in the Lawrence, Mass., textile mills through the eyes of an Italian-American girl and a runaway boy. The book’s themes include the immigrant experience in America, labor history and Vermont history. Read more…   SIMON & SCHUSTER TO PUBLISH ANTHOLOGY EDITED BY MICHAEL CHABON AND AYELET WALDMAN TO CELEBRATE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF ACLU In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the American Civil Liberties Union in 2020, Simon & Schuster will publish an as yet untitled anthology to be edited by Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman, it was announced today. Comprised of an all-star list of authors, the original essays and stories in the collection will explore the most significant court cases in the organization’s history. Among the anthology’s contributors are Louise Erdrich writing about Standing Rock….(and) Hanya…

YA 2018 Booklist: The Revolution will be Anthologized
Newsletter / May 20, 2018

YA 2018 BOOKLIST: THE REVOLUTION WILL BE ANTHOLOGIZED Books focused on giving tools to aspiring activists and would-be protest leaders (especially directed at girls) or turning a spotlight on double standards, discrimination, or inequality are flooding the bookshelves. We’ve assembled a partial list: Among them: We Are Displaced by Malala Yousafzai (Little, Brown, Sept.). Nobel Peace Prize-winner Yousafzai tells her story of dislocation as an Internally Displaced Person to show what it means to lose your home, your community, and the only world you’ve ever known. Girl Rising: Changing the World One Girl at a Time by Tanya Lee Stone (Candlewick, 2017). This companion volume to the film of the same name chronicles the story of nine girls in the developing world who seek an education to rise out of poverty. We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices: Words and Images of Hope Ed. by Cheryl Willis Hudson and Wade Hudson (Crown, Sept.). Fifty influential children’s book creators—including Jason Reynolds, Jacqueline Woodson, and Kwame Alexander—offer their own responses to the following prompt: “In this divisive world, what shall we tell our children?” Read more UNDERGROUND RAILROAD MUSEUM OPENS IN THE FALLS Stories about the community’s connection to the Underground Railroad are brought to…

Justice Sonia Sotomayor chooses Lulu Delacre to illustrate her memoir for young people
Newsletter / May 12, 2018

JUSTICE SONIA SOTOMAYOR HIGHLIGHTS THE ‘WONDERS’ OF READING IN NEW MEMOIR FOR KIDS: SEE THE COVER! For Sotomayor, the illustrations in Turning Pages are just as important as the story itself. The Justice chose Lulu Delacre as illustrator because she felt connected to the Puerto Rican-born artist, who has a background that’s similar to Sotomayor’s own. When she saw Delacre’s work for the first time it “shone bright” for her, Sotomayor explained. Read more   ARTS: PAM MUNOZ RYAN TO RECEIVE ZARROW AWARD FRIDAY    Ryan began her career as a bilingual Head Start teacher and a director for an early childhood program. It was as she was working on a master’s degree at San Diego State University that one of her professors urged her to pursue a career in professional writing.   Read more   MEET PAM MUNOZ RYAN, WINNER OF THE 2018 ZARROW AWARD  …we offer a chat with Pam Muñoz Ryan, the prolific American writer for children and young adults who often produces books with multicultural and/or progressive themes. Ryan is the winner of the 2018 Anne V. Zarrow Award, which is given annually by the Tulsa Library Trust. Read more   BRUNSWICK LIBRARY OPENS EXHIBIT SHOWCASING…

Announcing the Jane Addams Children’s Book Awards 2018 Honored Titles #JACBA Newsletter
Newsletter / April 30, 2018

Congratulations to the 66th Jane Addams Children’s Book Awardees Malala Yousafzai, Kerascoët, Sara Holbrook, Lesa Cline-Ransome, James Ransome, Laura Atkins, Stan Yogi, Yutaka Houlette, Renée Watson, and Linda Williams Jackson. Read More NPR Poetry Month: Andrea Davis Pinkney NPR’s Michel Martin speaks with children’s book author and poet Andrea Davis Pinkney about her picks from the #NPRPoetry submissions. Read More   Love of storytelling: 32nd annual Richland Library Augusta Baker’s Dozen This year’s featured guest is Lois Lowry, an acclaimed children’s author whose bestselling and award-winning books include “Number the Stars” and “The Giver,” which was made into a feature film in 2014. Lowry told WIS she hopes each child takes away a sense of wonder from hearing stories. Read More Where I’m From In 1993, George Ella Lyon, an American author from Kentucky, wrote a poem entitled “Where I’m From.” She wrote it in response to a poem from Stories I Ain’t Told Nobody Yet by Jo Carson. Since its publication, her poem has become a very popular writing prompt and template for the writing of one’s own story. Read More ‘Bud, Not Buddy’ author to speak to Lansing kids When Christopher Paul Curtis comes to town this week,…

2018 Award Winners and Honorees
Award Announcements , Newsletter / April 30, 2018

Congratulations to the 66th Jane Addams Children’s Book Awardees Malala Yousafzai, Kerascoët, Sara Holbrook, Lesa Cline-Ransome, James Ransome, Laura Atkins, Stan Yogi, Yutaka Houlette, Renée Watson, and Linda Williams Jackson. Press Release Word and PDF. Video Announcement  

Speaking Truth, Beautifully, to Shattered Young People with Poetry #JACBA Newsletter
Newsletter / April 29, 2018

Special Announcement April 30th: Video announcement and press release made public Watch this space for a special announcement regarding the announcement of this year’s Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Winners and Honorees! Speaking Truth, Beautifully, to Shattered Young People Naomi Shihab Nye reminds our “obsessively tuned in” culture of the magic, power and necessity of “quiet inspiration.” She reminds us that the more “connected” we’ve become, the more disconnected we actually are: “With so much vying for our attention,” she asks, “how do we listen better?” Read More Habibi by Naomi Shihab Nye 1998 Awardee Sitti’s Secrets by Naomi Shihab Nye, illustrated by Nancy Carpenter 1995 Awardee April 2018 Horn Book Herald: Spring News: Five questions for Margarita Engle Most of the poetry written for young readers is straightforward and easy to understand, but it’s meant to be experienced, not dissected. Instead of asking yourself, “What did the poet mean?” ask, “How does this poem make me feel?” Read More Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal by Margarita Engle 2015 Awardee The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom by Margarita Engle 2009 Awardee Q & A with Jewell Parker Rhodes In her latest novel for middle-grade readers,…

Jonah Winter Discusses the Difficulties – and Necessities – of Introducing Picture Book Readers To Tough Topics #JACBA Newsletter
Newsletter / April 23, 2018

Special Announcement April 30th: Video announcement and press release made public Watch this space for a special announcement regarding the announcement of this year’s Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Winners and Honorees! Books and Authors Acclaimed author Jonah Winter discusses the difficulties-and necessities-of introducing picture-book readers to tough topics. Read More Lillian’s Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by Jonah Winter 2016 Awardee ‘Just Like Me!’ is the subscription box every child of color deserves The “Just Like Me!” box caters to children from the ages of 2 to 11. Each month the box features two to three books from authors like Faith Ringgold, the author of “Tar Beach;” Maria Willis, an Atlanta native and the author of “The Secret Keeper;” and Ty Allan Jackson, the author of “Danny Dollar Millionaire,” a book that teaches children early on about money and how to manage their finances. For $28 per month, parents can skip the hassle of searching through bookstores and instead have books with African American characters delivered straight to their doorstep. As the child’s reading level advances, so do the book selections. Read More Aunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad in the Sky by Faith…