Race, Religion & Rights – JACBA Newsletter 30Jul2015

ChicoER’s LifeStyle: The Bookshelf
Book Review by Sheryl Hubbard, Butte County Library

Written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh, Mr. Mendez’ tireless fight for his children’s right to be educated regardless of their skin color is beautifully presented in this award-winning children’s book.

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Separate Is Never Equal by Duncan Tonatiuh 2015 Awardee

Jimmy Carter and Jacqueline Woodson on Race, Religion and Rights

The author Jacqueline Woodson and President Jimmy Carter, discussing a range of issues over lunch at the Manhattan restaurant Clement.

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Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson 2013 Awardee
From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun by Jacqueline Woodson 1996
I Hadn’t Meant to Tell You This by Jacqueline Woodson 1995

Award-winning children’s author, artist speaks in Roanoke [Video]

Kadir Nelson spoke to children and adults at Community High School Thursday night. His books and artwork have been featured in major national and international publications, institutions, art galleries and museums.

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Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson 2012 Awardee

The Village That Vanished written illustrated by Kadir Nelson 2003 Awardee

Library picks: Biographies to get kids reading

The theme of this year’s Summer Reading Club is “Every Hero Has a Story.” Enjoy some biographical stories written for children featuring extraordinary everyday heroes.

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Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909 illustrated by Melissa Sweet 2014 Awardee

Christian Florida parents want to ban books set in Muslim country*

Parents in Duval County have gathered signatures asking the local school board to to ban several books about the Middle East from an elementary school library because they deal with war and because characters in the books pray to a non-Christian god.

According to Jacksonville.com, the offending books are Nasreen’s Secret School and The Librarian of Basra.

School Superintendent Nikolai Vitti said banning books is a bad idea.

The mother of a third-grader, dismissed the books banners, saying: “I question if they even read the books.”

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Nasreen’s Secret School by Jeanette Winter 2010 Awardee

* The original title of the following article does not make clear that the books are about how a Muslim family reacts to oppression. The Taliban’s restrictions on education are a factor in the story but not the theme. The fundamentalist Christian parents who want to ban the books by JACBA author Jeanette Winter are not banning them because the books are about Muslim fundamentalists banning books. The original title of this article is confusing in that regard.

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