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CAROLE BOSTON WEATHERFORD TELLS THE STORY OF AMAZING GRACE
Newsletter / August 12, 2018

JOHN NEWTON’S SONG OF PRAYER You’ve sung the words countless times. You’ve heard the song in many places. But did you know the true story of the classic hymn? Most people haven’t, but in “How Sweet the Sound,” author Carole Boston Weatherford tells it with couplets more powerful than a storm at sea; indeed, this book is little more than a poem written in descriptive style, but sparsely, which lends more weight to each careful word. READ MORE… ___________________________________________ NOTABLE AUTHORS AND ILLUSTRATORS HIGHLIGHT THE IMPORTANCE OF REPRESENTATION Many contemporary children’s books are both mirrors and windows, showing children the connections among all people.  (Andy Ryan / Getty Images) “Collaborating with Salva Dut to write ALong Walk to Water provided me with a window in a way that I never could have imagined — not just for me but for the young readers of the book, who have subsequently reached out to communities in South Sudan. Those readers have gone from looking in the window to leaping right through it!” — Linda Sue Park, Author of A Long Walk to Water READ MORE… ___________________________________________ ‘UNDOCUMENTED’ IS A PICTURE BOOK THAT’S NOT JUST FOR KIDS There are millions of undocumented workers in…

GRAPHIC WORKS FOR YOUTH ON MIGRANTS, REFUGEES, HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Newsletter / August 5, 2018

GRAPHIC WORKS ON MIGRANTS, REFUGEES, HUMAN TRAFFICKING The story: In an accordion-style folded comic with drawings inspired by pre-Columbian art, Tonatiuh tells a fictional story of a Mexican laborer who enters the U.S. illegally and finds work as an underpaid and exploited busboy. He then tries to organize his co-workers demand better working conditions. The author: Tonatiuh is an acclaimed children’s book illustrator. READ MORE… __________________________________ ALICE B. MCGINTY/ARTFUL BIOGRAPHIES OF UNUSUAL ARTISTS In “The Secret Kingdom: Nek Chand, a Changing India, and a Hidden World of Art” (2018, Candlewick Press, written by Barb Rosenstock, illustrated by Claire A. Nivola, ages 5-12), flowing watercolor illustrations and bright, lyrical text bring us into the magical world of Nek Chand’s Indian village. READ MORE… EMMA’S POEM: THE VOICE OF THE STATUE OF LIBERTY BY LINDA GLASER & ILLUSTRATED BY CLAIRE A. NIVOLA __________________________________ ILLUSTRATIONS BY LULU DELACRE TO BE PRESENTED IN SONIA SOTOMAYOR’S LIFE STORY AT ZIMMERLI THIS FALL “In Turning Pages, she (Sonia Sotomayor) is a powerful advocate for the importance of reading, demonstrating how early exposure to books can transform a person’s life. Likewise, Lulu Delacre reveals through her captivating illustrations how art can tell a moving story.” READ MORE……

Award Winning Author Sy Montgomery Writes Science that Excites
Newsletter / July 29, 2018

SCIENCE BOOKS THAT EXCITE I narrow that AP biology list down to my five favourite books….. The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery – This is one of my personal favourites on the list because it shows both the fascinating life of a sea creature that we once considered to be “low life.” READ MORE… _________________________________________ DAV PILKEY, RICK BRAGG HEADLINE 2018 BOOKMARKS LINEUP THAT EXCELS IN VARIETY, DIVERSITY Carole Boston Weatherford will read and discuss “Dorothea Lange: The Photographer Who Found the Faces of the Depression” in a family event with music and hands-on activities at Reynolda House Museum of American Art; READ MORE… _________________________________________ “WRITERS ON WRITING” RADIO SHOW: INTERVIEW WITH JACQUELINE WOODSON Dr. Greene and Woodson will discuss a range of issues, including Woodson’s latest book, themes in her books, young adult and children’s literature, social responsibility of the writer, the need for more diverse books and the need for teachers to promote books by writers of color in their classrooms and to specify to students the nature of such books. READ MORE… _________________________________________ BEFORE SHE WAS HARRIET: KIRKUS REVIEW A memorable, lyrical reverse-chronological walk through the life of an American icon. In free verse, Cline-Ransome narrates the…

AWARD WINNING KADIR NELSON CREATES ‘SUMMERTIME CITY’ ILLUSTRATION FOR THE NEW YORKER
Newsletter / July 22, 2018

KADIR NELSON CREATES NEW ‘SUMMERTIME CITY’ ILLUSTRATION FOR ‘THE NEW YORKER’   Kadir Nelson: “I was poring over photographs of neighborhood kids playing in the street, and I found an old photo from the nineteen-sixties of a kid wearing goggles as he basked in the spray unleashed by a fire hydrant. It made perfect sense to me. If you can’t make it to the pool or the beach, why not still wear goggles? It was so imaginative and practical. For some kids, the fire hydrant is the pool or the ocean.” READ MORE… ________________________________________ ONLY 1% OF CHILDREN’S BOOKS HAVE B.A.M.E. MAIN CHARACTERS – UK STUDY Only 1% of British children’s books feature a main character who is black or minority ethnic, a investigation into representations of people of colour has found, with the director calling the findings “stark and shocking”. This compares to the 32.1% of schoolchildren of minority ethnic origins in England identified by the Department of Education last year. …the late American children’s author Walter Dean Myers (wrote in 2014 “Books transmit values. They explore our common humanity. What is the message when some children are not represented in those books? … Where are black children going…

ASSURING ACCESS TO LITERACY FOR INCARCERATED TEENS
Newsletter / July 15, 2018

LITERACY SPOTLIGHT: LITERACY FOR INCARCERATED TEENS From realistic YA fiction to memoirs and manga, students at Passages (a New York City Department of Education school network that serves youth ages 16 and younger in secure and non-secure detention) read what any other students would, with Walter Dean Myers and Coe Booth being two favorites. The organization’s Authors and Artists series was in part inspired by Walter Dean Myers, who was among the first to visit students in the Passages network: “[The students] just loved him,” Sick said. “And so we had the idea to get other authors.” READ MORE… __________________________________________ ROMANTIC OR RACIST? PERCEPTIONS SHIFT ON ‘LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE’ Known more for their cozy depictions of pioneer life, Ms. Wilder’s novels also include instances of racism and comparisons of Native people with animals. Many Native Americans have long felt uncomfortable with the books – with National Book Award winner Louise Erdrich writing her own series, “The Birchbark House,” in response. READ MORE…. __________________________________________ MAY YOU PATH BE BLESSED: LEGENDARY AUTHOR PAULO COELHO TO MALALA As Pakistan’s adored activist Malala Yousafzai tours Brazil, marking her first visit to Latin America, to kick off the expansion of her education charity, famed…

JANE ADDAMS AWARD WINNER MALALA YOUSAFZAI’S BIOPIC ‘GUL MAKAI’ DEPICTS HER SPEAKING OUT FOR GIRLS & EDUCATION
Newsletter / July 8, 2018

FIRST LOOK OF MALALA YOUSAFZAI’S BIOPIC ‘GUL MAKAI’ REVEALED The first motion poster of Gul Makai, a biopic on Nobel peace prize winner Malala Yousafzai, the courageous Pakistani activist who defied Taliban, was unveiled Tuesday. The poster depicts a young girl holding open a book while an explosion takes place on the book. READ MORE… ______________________________________________________ JANE ADDAMS HONOR AUTHOR RENEE WATSON AT THE AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION’S ANNUAL CONFERENCE AND EXHIBITION &  SPEAKING IN PORTLAND Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Author Award winner Renée Watson with Bryan Collier, cover artist for Piecing Me Together (Bloomsbury). READ MORE… Winners of the Oregon Book Awards sponsored by the Portland nonprofit Literary Arts were announced April 30, 2018, in a ceremony hosted by author Renee Watson, a Portland native… READ MORE… ______________________________________________________ AUTHOR DISCUSSES LONELINESS AT CHILDREN’S LITERATURE CONFERENCE “We spend our lives, I think, trying to alleviate that loneliness,” the 81-year-old told a packed Shenandoah University auditorium on Friday. “We do it so often through literature.” This kind of empathy — understanding the loneliness of other people and relating to it — is critical to understanding her work, Lowry said. Of the nearly 50 books she has written, almost all of them “start with someone who is broken.”…

Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Name Removed From Book Award & Good Reads For This July 4th
Newsletter / July 1, 2018

Little House On The Controversy: Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Name Removed From Book Award A division of the American Library Association voted unanimously Saturday to strip Laura Ingalls Wilder’s name from a major children’s literature award over concerns about how the author referred to Native Americans and blacks. The author Jacqueline Woodson, known for award-winning books including Brown Girl Dreaming and Another Brooklyn, will be the first honoree of the newly named Children’s Literature Legacy Award. Read more… __________________________________________________ Alice B. McGinty | Good reads to celebrate America “Blue Sky White Stars” (2017, Dial Books for Young Readers, written by Sarvinder Naberhaus, illustrated by Kadir Nelson, ages 2-7) combines a spare text with Kadir Nelson’s breathtaking, realistic illustrations to produce a truly powerful book. Each large, colorful spread repeats the same lines of text on both sides, but the words are set against different backgrounds. Read more… __________________________________________________ With poetry, kids’ authors find fresh ways to illuminate the world The poetry collection blends art, history and emotion, coaxing something special from each picture – “Magic and facts, woven/ and stacked,” as Naomi Shihab Nye writes in her wonder-filled poem about a 14th century Syrian drawing of an ornate, animal-covered clock. Read more… __________________________________________________ Chelsea Clinton’s new book explores girl power with…

Book Reading Leads to Lifelong Learning and Brings People Together
Newsletter / June 24, 2018

Book reading aims to bring people together Organizers chose “Towers Falling” (by Jewell Parker Rhodes) for its breadth of themes and the conversations it could spark. … the book also offers conversational fodder beyond 9/11. Its protagonist lives with her family in various homeless shelters around New York City. Her father is mentally ill. The organizers of this project saw the book as an opportunity not just to connect the community through a shared past, but to talk about issues that members of the Jackson community face today. Read more… ___________________________________________________________________ Valley Author Pens “Zoot Suit” Novel For Young Adults Seventy five years ago this month, the streets of Los Angeles turned violent in an event that came to be known as the Zoot Suit Riots. The cause is still unclear, but we know this: for 10 days in 1943, white service members attacked young Latino men on the streets of Southern California, while police turned the other way. The attacks are the subject of a new young adult novel by acclaimed children’s author Margarita Engle. Read more…. ___________________________________________________________________ Author gets intimate: Acclaimed Haitian-American writer talks hot-button topics at P’Heights library A celebrated Haitian-American author (Edwidge Danticat) will discuss how such polarizing issues as immigration and…

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…