LGBTQ Women of Color Win Big at Lambda Literary Awards
Nine women of color took home prizes at this year’s 29th Annual Lambda Literary Awards. With 24 categories in all, ranging from “LGBT Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror” to “Transgender Poetry,” the event celebrated 13 writers of color and 16 women.
The Lambda Literary Awards, also known as the “Lammys,” honors books written by writers in the LGBTQ community.
One of the evening’s most prestigious awards, the Visionary Award, went to Jacqueline Woodson. The author of the 2014 New York Times bestselling memoir “Brown Girl Dreaming” received the award to commemorate her lifetime achievements. Tony Award-winning actress Cynthia Nixon introduced Woodson, declaring her a “writer who is part of the institution but stands outside it and critiques.” Nixon also said Woodson is “the writer, the friend, the citizen these times demand.”
Award-winning children’s author comes to new Open Book/Open Mind Series event
Newbery and National Book Award-winning children’s author Jacqueline Woodson will be the next guest in the Montclair Public Library’s Open Book/Open Mind Series this coming Friday, June 16.
Woodson will discuss her adult novel, “Another Brooklyn,” with Tayari Jones, author of “Silver Sparrow,” “Leaving Atlanta,” and “The Telling.” Woodson is also the author of such titles as “Miracle’s Boys” and “Brown Girl Dreaming.”
Pride Books You Need To Read This Month, Based On Your Hogwarts House
“I want to get in as much Pride reading as I possibly can within the month, even though I do read books by queer writers, and about queer characters all year long. If you feel the same way, but are trapped under a pile of Pride TBR picks, why not turn to your Hogwarts House for inspiration?”
Slytherin: ‘Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights’ by Ann Bausum
Sometimes Slytherins need to come at a subject right from the beginning because they were a little too self-focused to be caught up on its entirety. And that’s totally cool because this book about the Stonewall Riots (which many say was the catalyst that triggered the demand for gay rights in the U.S. and around the world is the ideal introduction for any Slytherin who needs a crash course on Pride Month history.
WLRN #FridayReads: Pride Edition
Stratton Pollitzer, deputy director of Equality Florida
“I am currently reading The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness, by Sy Montgomery.”
“Social justice work is hard. You spend years pushing towards a hopeful breakthrough often unsure how much the needle is moving. Sometimes I need to take a break from the twenty-four-hour news cycle, and for me escaping into nature restores my wonder in the world and helps me maintain perspective. If my “to-do” list is overwhelming me, exploring something as everlasting as a mountain or swimming on a coral reef can remind me that there are more important things than an empty in-box. Also, I love octopuses. They are boneless, have blue blood, can change color and texture in a fraction of a second, have thousands of suction cups each of which operates independently, and they are crazy smart!“
Stubby’s story: All about the iconic World War I ‘war dog’ … and star of an upcoming animated film
The story of Stubby, commonly referred to as Sgt. Stubby, is one of great service, trust and loyalty. It began in Connecticut, crossed the Atlantic into the battles of World War I, and returned home to a hero’s welcome.
However, the details that make up the stuff of legend – the animated “Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero,” is set to hit theaters in April – are a bit hazy. Chief among them: The dog’s rank.
“I’m quite convinced that he was promoted by the internet,” said Ann Bausum, who has written two books about Stubby. “It sounds so good, we want it to be true … and one of these reasons I think this isn’t true is that there is not a single contemporary story from his lifetime, and I looked at hundreds of newspaper articles of Stubby, there is not a single one that calls him ‘Sgt. Stubby.’”
“He was just ‘Stubby,’” Bausum said. “And that was good enough for him.”
Books to Read with Your Child to Celebrate #LovingDay
June 12 marks 50 years since Loving v. Virginia determined that the Racial Integrity Act of 1924, which banned marriage between people who were deemed “white” and people who were deemed “colored,” was unconstitutional.
“This is the way that society is moving. We need to reflect that in the literature. We need to show children that this is a reality. Kids need to see themselves,” said Selina Alko, author and co-illustrator of the children’s book, The Case for Loving.
Black is Brown is Tan by Arnold Adoff, illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully
“Black is Brown is Tan” was the first children’s book published to feature a multiracial family when it was published in 1973. The book is a story poem and uses color imagery to show the many different skin colors that can exist.
Jalapeño Bagels by Natasha Wing, illustrated by Robert Casilla
The son of a Jewish father and Mexican mother struggles to decide what he will bring to school for International Day. The book comes with recipes and a Spanish and Yiddish glossary.
7 Ways To Support The Diverse Books Movement, According To Experts And Activists
By spending money on diverse books and diverse authors’ books, you’re sending the message to publishers that these books can make money. Unless a publishing house is a nonprofit, most publishers operate as a business – meaning that sales speak volumes. If a diverse author makes a lot of sales on their first book, they’re also more likely to sell a second book and get a higher advance when they do.
You can show up at your local library and look for the diverse books you want to read. Talk to your librarian and ask them for the books you’re looking for. If you need recommendations, ask.
“Librarians play a key role in promoting diverse books!” Edith Campbell, an education librarian in Indiana, tells Bustle.
Support organizations like We Need Diverse Books with donations or by volunteering your time, so you can directly support initiatives such as the OurStory app, the Walter Award, and the Internship Grant. There are other organizations and events like Children’s Book Council, Multicultural Children’s Book Day, and plenty of book awards that focus on diversity such as the Coretta Scott King Award, Pura Belpre Award, Lambda Literary Award, or the Dolly Gray Award.
Carla Hayden, Louise Erdrich Win WNBA Awards
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and novelist, poet, and bookstore owner Louise Erdrich have been named the winners of the 2017 Women’s National Book Association Awards. Hayden and Erdrich will be honored at the WNBA’s centennial celebration on October 28 in New York.
“These two women, via their work, have made significant cultural and societal contributions [that] are deserving of this prestigious award.”
Writer’s Voice receives NEA Big Read grant
An initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read broadens understanding of the world, our communities, and ourselves through the sharing a good book. The Writer’s Voice is one of 75 nonprofit organizations to receive an NEA Big Read grant to host a community reading program between September 2017 and June 2018.
In partnership with the Montana State University Billings Library, the NEA Big Read in Billings will focus on “The Round House” by Louise Erdrich. Activities will take place beginning in October.
Faith Ringgold Story Quilt is Among Acquisitions Marking National Museum of Women in the Arts 30th Anniversary Year
NMWA presented “American People, Black Light: Faith Ringgold’s Paintings of the 1960s” in 2013. After being largely known for her story quilts made in the 1970s, the exhibition brought to the fore Ringgold’s bold political paintings made in the previous decade in response to the civil rights and feminist movements.
The museum’s newly acquired quilt, “American Collection #4: Jo Baker’s Bananas” (1997), documents a major icon. Demonstrating the mix of craft and fine art painting Ringgold employs in her story quilts, the work features a repeated image of Josephine Baker dancing across the top. At the bottom, a racially diverse group enjoys cocktails surrounded by jazz players.
Hayward’s first black teacher recalls lessons from the classroom
Monegan … began working as a third-grade student teacher at an elementary school named after Edwin Markham, one of her favorite poets. The school campus is now the home of Faith Ringgold School of Arts & Science.
“My mom always told me, ‘Well, you better do a good job because you may be paving the way for someone else,’ ” she said.“
The Truth About Child Labor
In the book Kids at Work, it tells the story of Manuel, a five year old boy who gets up at 3 am and goes to the shrimp cannery where he peels shrimps for the whole day. He has been doing this since he was four. Manuel is just one out of the millions of kids that have stories just like his.
In the book Kids at Work by Russell Freedman, a Newbery medal winning author that writes biographies, it says, “Because children could be hired cheaply and were too small to complain, they were often employed to replace adult workers.”
The Bessie Coleman Story, presented by Sweet Blackberry
Sweet Blackberry is an award-winning organization whose mission is to bring little-known stories of African-American achievement to kids.
Sweet Blackberry is currently developing its fourth animated short sharing the inspiring story of Bessie Coleman, the first African-American female pilot.
Celebrated children’s book illustrator R. Gregory Christie (who has worked with the New Yorker and New York Times, as well as in over 50 books) has signed on to create the look of the film (including the great illustrations above).
25 Picture Books to Promote Kindness, Empathy, and Justice
To Discuss POVERTY
1. Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson
“’I have new name for her,’ Kendra whispered.
Everything she has came from a secondhand store.’”
To Discuss IMMIGRANTS/ REFUGEES
9. We Came to America by Faith Ringgold
“In spite of where we came from,
Or how or why we came,
We are all Americans,
Just the same.”
11. How Many Days to America? A Thanksgiving Story by Eve Bunting
Bunting’s young Caribbean protagonist states, “It was nice in our village ’til the night in October when the soldiers came. My mother hid my little sister and me under the bed.”
12. One Green Apple by Eve Bunting
Farah, Bunting’s young Muslim protagonist states, “I would prefer to go home. My father has explained to me that we are not always liked here. “Our home country and our new one have had difficulties,” he says. “But it will be good for us here in time.” How much time, I wonder.
To Discuss CIVIL RIGHTS:
15. Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and the her Family’s Fight For School Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh
“Go back to the Mexican school. You don’t belong here.”
Years before the landmark case, Brown v. Board of Education, the Menedez family integrated California schools. Young protagonists make the story simple enough for any child to understand the power of never giving up.
16. Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up By Sitting Down by Andrea Davis Pinkney
“This was the law’s recipe for segregation. Its instructions were easy to follow: Do not combine white people with black people. Segregation was a bitter mix.
Now it was the friends’ turn to ignore and refuse.
They ignored the law, and refused to leave until they were served.
Those kids had a recipe, too. A new brew called integration.”
This powerful retell of the Woolworths’ lunch counter sit-in includes a civil rights timeline for young historians.
‘Towers Falling’ brings 9/11 to life for middle schoolers
Greenfield Middle School welcomed the author of the highly-reviewed book about New York City kids growing up in the wake of terrorist attacks, which has been written up in the New York Times and highlighted on National Public Radio.
Rhodes hopes her book can be implemented with other schools’ curricula, speaking about what she sees as a lack of formal 9/11 education going on in the country today.
Sugar by Jewell Parker Rhodes 2014 Awardee
The Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes 2011 Awardee
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.