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Newsletter , Uncategorized / March 4, 2015

Ready, Set, ReadThree local children’s authors have been hard at work. Here are a few recent arrivals to thrill your kids – from toddlers to tweens. Tiger BoyBy Mitali Perkins | Illustrated by Jamie Hogan For ages seven to 10 (grades two to five). Author of the popular Rickshaw Girl, Orinda resident Mitali Perkins brings us another fresh tale in Tiger Boy. A Junior Library Guild Premier Selection for 2015, the story follows Bengali schoolboy Neel, whose family is counting on him to study hard for a tough math test and win a prestigious scholarship. When he learns that a tiger cub has escaped from the local reserve, and that a nefarious businessman hopes to find the cub and sell it, Neel must decide where his priorities lie. Available April 14, $14.95. Launch party on April 18, visit for more information. Read More | Mitali Perkins 2008 Awardee Author Polacco To Visit Elementary Kids In Stamford Beloved children’s author Patricia Polacco will visit Newfield Elementary School in Stamford on Friday. Polacco’s presentations are not those of a typical storyteller; they deal not only with her books, but also her learning disabilities, her family, heroic teachers in her life and…

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Newsletter , Uncategorized / February 25, 2015

Bestselling children’s author Pinkney to speak in Hill District “There’s this belief that we only read to and with little children,” she says. “Stories are meant to be shared no matter how old you are.” Pinkney will be talking to participants about how writers create books, and how literacy and reading enhance people’s lives. Kaufmann Center and Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures are co-presenting the event. Read More | Andrea Davis Pinkney 2011, 2010 Awardee Artist Kadir Nelson’s works is a window into history Kadir Nelson’s paintings are not just art, but an education. And the folks at the Arts Council deserve praise for making an exhibit of works from his award-winning books a “must-do” for African-American History Month. “Words and Pictures: Illustrated Works by Kadir Nelson” runs through Feb. 28 at the gallery on Hay Street downtown. Adrienne Trego, the council’s education and grants manager, spent weeks preparing the guide. By the exhibit’s end the council expects to reach 1,000 schoolchildren. Read More | Kadir Nelson 2012, 2003 Awardee National African American Read-In: E.B. Lewis Meet Authors & Illustrators [VIDEO] Reading Rockets Interview “Living the life of an artist, as an artistrator…it’s this concentrated, kind of directed force and energy,…

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Newsletter , Uncategorized / February 18, 2015

Washington: IAIS features works by Jeanne Rorex Bridges “The Sisters Series” by Jeanne Rorex Bridges, Cherokee descent, is on display at the Institute of American Indian Studies, Washington, in February and March. Read More | Jeanne Rorex Bridges 2007 Awardee Erdrich, LaDuke, Ensler unite in support of American Indian women These are issues close to the hearts of author Louise Erdrich and activist Winona LaDuke, two of the best-known Indian names in Minnesota. Next Tuesday, they will join playwright Eve Ensler at an Honor the Earth benefit. Read More | Louise Erdrich 2000 Awardee Tiptoeing Along A Balance Beam: Writing And Illustrating A Children’s Book …there was one theme that connected all the books he illustrates, “and it’s emotion.” “I don’t think about the author at all. They had their opportunity to play in their sandbox, and now this is my turn to play.” Read More | E.B. Lewis 2013, 2007 Awardee Bryan Collier unveils black history month exhibit at UMES Bryan Collier, an award-winning illustrator and writer, is showing his style of watercolor and collage at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s Mosely Gallery. The exhibit includes the children’s books he has illustrated, along with artwork honoring African-American history….

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Newsletter , Uncategorized / February 11, 2015

The best adventure stories for kids from 1965 The 60s wasn’t just hippies and Woodstock. It was also the Golden Age of children’s literature. … Robert C. O’Brien’s Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH… these all appeared in the Sixties. Read More | Robert C. O’Brien 1976 Awardee Educating the Educators: 4 Choice Books to Fill Juneau’s Curriculum Gap “Where are the stories about Native peoples of the present day? With that in mind, I offer the following suggestions, all of which are appropriate for children in fourth grade.” Instead of Continuing On, read Tim Tingle’s How I Became A Ghost. Tingle is Choctaw. Because his ancestors were on the Trail of Tears, his story of the Trail of Tears rings with authenticity and details that are not found in Continuing On. (The RoadRunner Press, 2013) Read More | Tim Tingle 2007 Awardee

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Newsletter , Uncategorized / February 4, 2015

“Trouble in Mind” Is a Hilarious Drama About Racial Tensions During Rehearsals for a Broadway Play Trouble in Mind, Charleston, SC-born African-American playwright Alice Childress’ hilarious 1955 backstage drama about racial tensions during rehearsals for a Broadway play. Read More | Alice Childress 1974 Awardee ‘Mockingbird’ debuts at the Kennedy Center The current performance for young audiences featured at the Kennedy Center, “Mockingbird,” deals with two of the most delicate issues in today’s society with such sensitivity, depth and even humor, that its insights and life lessons will remain long after the curtain closes.The play, based on Kathryn Erskine’s award-winning novel, portrays a first-person account of daily challenges of an 11-year-old girl, Caitlin, who has Asperger’s syndrome. Read More | Kathryn Erskine 2014 Awardee CEDARS Features Texts by Ten Native American Writers at La MaMa Through the poetic voices of contemporary Native American writers, the play gives a 21st century face to the struggles of indigenous people, depicting their adaptation into modern-day society and celebrating Native American culture and enduring spirit. Participating writers include… Joseph Bruchac (Abenaki). Read More | Joseph Bruchac 1999 Awardee Peninsula Fine Arts Center offers revealing showcase for African-American art Faith Ringgold’s 1991 print “The Sunflower…

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Newsletter , Uncategorized / January 21, 2015

Poem on Reigelman’s MLK Experience by George Ella Lyon Milton Reigelman’s experience on the memorable day Martin Luther King Jr spoke the famous words “I have a dream” has been captured in a poem written by acclaimed Kentucky poet and Centre College graduate George Ella Lyon. The poem is part of a collection she wrote with colleague J. Patrick Lewis about the 1963 March on Washington. Read More | George Ella Lyon, 2010 Awardee These books hold stories about Martin Luther King, civil rights The Kansas City Public Library suggests these books to learn more about Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement. We Shall Overcome: The Story of a Song, by Debbie Levy; illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton Sit-in: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down, by Andrea Davis Pinkney; illustrated by Brian Pinkney Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice, by Phillip Hoose We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March, by Cynthia Levinson Read More | Debbie Levy, Vanessa Brantley-Newton, 2014 Awardees, Andrea Davis Pinkney, Brian Pinkney 2011 Awardees, Phillip Hoose 2010 Awardee, Cynthia Levinson, 2013 Awardee Psychological effects of pets are profound By Sy Montgomery Pet-assisted therapies help troubled children, people with autism, and those…

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Newsletter , Uncategorized / January 14, 2015

Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions will distribute Sundance title ‘Z for Zachariah’ Craig Zobel’s post-apocalpytic thriller “Z for Zachariah,” one of the biggest buzz-generating titles in the U.S. Dramatic competition, has secured distribution by a partnership between Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions, the industry news site The Wrap reported this week. The movie – based on the novel by the 1973 novel by Robert C. O’Brien (who also wrote the book that was the basis for “The Secret of NIMH”) – stars Margot Robbie (“The Wolf of Wall Street”) as the last woman on Earth, or so she believes after a global disaster wipes out most of civilization. Read More | Robert C. O’Brien 1976 Awardee Interview with Vanessa Brantley Newton A good friend of mine called to say that she was coming over to visit. She and I never spoke about our careers. She came to visit and looked at the artwork on the table and asked, “Vanessa, who does this artwork?” and I told her, “I do.” She then said, “In all the 8 years that we have known each other you never told me that you were an illustrator. Do you know who I work for?” “No,” I said. “Vanessa, I…

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Newsletter , Uncategorized / January 7, 2015

Happy New Year! We hope your 2015 is filled with wonderful books! Link roundup below: Lafayette Public Library announces community reading initiative Along with local leaders and businesses, the Lafayette Reads Together project will focus on A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park. Under a partnership with Cox Communications, every seventh grade student in Lafayette Parish public schools will read the book and discuss it in class, according to the library system. Read More | Linda Sue Park 2011 Awardee Baker: Author Linda Sue Park shares literary lessons with Weedsport students Park spent the day within our district sharing her love of writing and discussing several of her books before welcoming visitors to the Weedsport Free Library for a book discussion there later in the day, as well. Read More | Linda Sue Park 2011 Awardee Climate change is threatening the existence of the world’s most amazing bird We know Moonbird’s age, explains nature writer Phillip Hoose [author of Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice] (who has written an eponymous book about him), because he was originally banded in 1995. And even then, he was an adult bird, meaning he was at least 2 years old. Since then, the…

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Newsletter , Uncategorized / December 17, 2014

This is our inaugural weekly newsletter of noteworthy items regarding our award winning authors, illustrators and children’s books. We hope you enjoy it! Kennedy Center to Stage MOCKINGBIRD in the Family Theater in 2015 from The Kennedy Center and VSA present the world premiere production of Mockingbird from January 17 to February 1, 2015 in the Family Theater. Commissioned by the Kennedy Center and VSA, the production is based on the National Book Award-winning novel by Kathryn Erskine, adapted by Julie Jensen and features direction by Tracy Callahan. This production for young audiences and their families is recommended for ages 10 and up. Read More | Kathryn Erskine 2014 Awardee National Book Award winners Sherman Alexie, Jacqueline Woodson among speakers at BookCon 2015 from School Library Journal BookCon is teaming with the advocacy group We Need Diverse Books to host two gatherings that spotlight authors of various backgrounds, including National Book Award winners Sherman Alexie and Jacqueline Woodson, at BookCon 2015. Read More | Jacqueline Woodson 2013 Awardee Bestselling Middle Grade and YA Authors Share Must-Read 2014 Picks! from Bestselling YA authors pick their 2014 faves and you’re not going to want to miss this list, from authors…

Newsletter , Uncategorized / December 1, 2014

On Jane Addams Day, we invite you to consider how to insert peaceful practices into your life and to cultivate justice into your community. Join us in celebrating Jane Addams Day, established as a commemorative holiday in Illinois in 2006 to remind their citizens of Addams’ lifelong commitment to making the city of Chicago, the state of Illinois – and the entire world – a better place. The signing of the bill making December 10 a State Holiday brought to fruition over two years of dedicated work by Dongola Unit School teacher Cindy Vines and a team of five eighth-grade students-John Cauble, Katie Forcht, Brittany Lannom, Jennifer Medlin and Chayse Swink. They made it their goal to advocate for a state holiday honoring Jane Addams after discovering there were no state or national holidays honoring women anywhere in the USA (from: The History of Jane Addams Day, A Presentation by Jan Lisa Huttner). On Dec. 10, 1931, Jane Addams became the first American woman to receive the Nobel Prize for Peace, which primarily honored her work as the founder and leader of The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. When the prize was awarded, Halvdan Koht, a prominent Norwegian…