FIRST BOOK RELEASES “TITLE RAVES” LIST: 1O BOOKS THAT MAKE AN IMPACT, ACCORDING TO EDUCATORS SERVING KIDS IN NEED
Paired with First Book Bestseller List, Title Raves demonstrates educators’ use of books to meet unique needs of children from low-income families in book deserts….
First Book, the nonprofit social enterprise committed to equal access to quality education, today released the inaugural “First Book Title Raves,” a list of 10 newly-published books reviewed and recommended by educators exclusively serving children in need. (‘The Day You Begin’ is on the list!)
….said Kyle Zimmer, president, CEO, and co-founder of First Book. “With these lists, we capture the recommendations of the educators who know kids in need better than anyone, in addition to examples of how they are using books to make a difference.
BOOKEXPO 2019: A WIDE-RANGING KEYNOTE KICKS OFF PROGRAMMING
Diverse stories are becoming more popular—but diversity in the publishing industry workforce remains scarce, (Jacqueline) Woodson noted.
“Inside the publishing houses, small and large, we all know who’s inside. I know it comes out of comfort. You hire people you know, who went to the ‘right schools,’ who you’re comfortable around, who are able to afford to live in New York. But how do we hire differently? How do we change the narrative inside of those rooms?”
‘THE DAY YOU BEGIN’ IS NAMED E.B.WHITE READ-ALOUD HONOR TITLE
Subject/Theme: Award Year 2019, Broadening outlook to appreciate a variety of cultures
Illustrated by Rafael López
BRIGHTLY’S BOOK CLUB FOR KIDS: THE NIGHT DIARY
This book is ripe for in-depth conversations about world history and its connection to current events, particularly those involving religious conflict and the plight of refugees. It is also a rich character study of two tweens growing up in a different time period and culture yet struggling with issues familiar to many modern-day kids, such as dyslexia and anxiety.
THE READING QUILT: CHRISTOPHER PAUL CURTIS AND THE AFRICAN AMERICAN FAMILY
At age 19, Curtis graduated from Flint Southwestern High School and enrolled in the University of Michigan-Flint. Hoping to fund his college education and secure his future, he landed a job at Fisher Body Plant No. 1, established in 1908. His hard work as a blue-collar factory worker did not overshadow his intellectual abilities. He spent a lot of time at the plant reading and writing on his breaks. Curtis, who lives in Detroit, continues to write books for young readers.
GHOST BOYS WINS E.B.WHITE READ-ALOUD FOR MIDDLE READERS
Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers) won this year’s E.B. White Read-Aloud Middle Reader Award. “Independent booksellers, I love you so much! I thank you from the bottom of my heart for supporting Ghost Boys. There’s so much work that still needs to be done in terms of civil rights and ending racial bias, but to know that you are handing this book to kids who are going to be the change and make the world better just makes me smile and feel as though I’m uplifted,” Rhodes said.
SELECT SPANISH-LANGUAGE TITLES: JUNE 2019
The Noisy Little Rooster/El gallito ruidoso
Carmen Agra Deedy, illus. by Eugene Yelchin
Pura Belpre Honoree Agra Deedy and Newbery Honor author-illustrator Yelchin have created a powerful tale that celebrates the spirit of freedom. Ages 4–8.
FLATWATER TALES STORYTELLING FESTIVAL THIS WEEKEND
Carmen Agra Deedy, an award-winning author and teller from Decatur, Georgia, is a renown children’s author and storyteller. Born in Havana, Cuba, she came to the U.S. as a refugee in 1964. As a mother and storyteller, she has written numerous books and is the recipient of many national awards. Writing and telling stories for children for over two decades, she has been the invited speaker at The American Library Association, Refugees International, The Smithsonian, TED, The Kennedy center and many others.
LOOKING FOR SUMMER READING?
“Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work” by Edwidge Danticat. In this collection of essays, Danticat, a MacArthur Genius fellow, examines what it means to be an immigrant artist in a time of global chaos. The 10th anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti is coming up in 2020, and Danticat’s work reminds us all there is still much left to do to combat suffering and poverty, both in Haiti and elsewhere.
RHINEBECK’S LESA CLINE-RANSOME AWARDED FOR WORK IN CHILDREN’S LITERATURE
Rhinebeck author Lesa Cline-Ransome was awarded the 2019 Rip Van Winkle Award for her “outstanding contributions to the world of children’s literature.”