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PICTURE BOOKS THAT BRING BLACK HEROES TO LIFE
Newsletter / February 10, 2019

PICTURE BOOKS THAT BRING BLACK HEROES TO LIFE James E. Ransome’s THE BELL RANG beautifully captures several days in the life of an enslaved girl living with her family on a plantation. Plantation life is seen through the innocent yet fiercely observant eyes of the young, nameless narrator. Each day begins with the ringing of a bell… LET ’ER BUCK! George Fletcher, the People’s Champion, written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson (“Bad News for Outlaws”) and illustrated by the Newbery Honor winner Gordon C. James (“Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut”), tells the story of the black cowboy George Fletcher, whose journey began when his family set out on the Oregon Trail from their Kansas town. READ MORE… A PIONEERING BLACK RODEO COWBOY ENTERS THE PAGES OF HISTORY “Part of my goal is not only in sharing a good story but also showing important accomplishments of African-Americans. Regarding George Fletcher, he changed the views of a lot of people about African-Americans just by displaying his talent and determination. … His story was inspiring.” READ MORE… UCSB DEPARTMENT OF THEATER AND DANCE PRESENTS ‘THE WATSONS GO TO BIRMINGHAM 1963 Based on the book by Christopher Paul Curtis and adapted for the stage by…

JANE ADDAMS AUTHORS AND ILLUSTRATORS HONORED BY AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION
Newsletter / February 3, 2019

AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES 2019 YOUTH MEDIA AWARD WINNERS   Children’s Literature Legacy Award honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children through books that demonstrate integrity and respect for all children’s lives and experiences. The 2019 winner is Walter Dean Myers, whose award-winning works include “Somewhere in the Darkness,” a 1993 Newbery Honor Book, and “Monster,” recipient of a 2000 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book. READ MORE…   “The Stuff of Stars,” illustrated by Ekua Holmes, is the King Illustrator Book winner. The book is written by Marion Dane Bauer and published by Candlewick Press. READ MORE… 1984 JANE ADDAMS AWARD WINNER Three King Illustrator Honor Books were selected:… “Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop,” illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, written by Alice Faye Duncan and published by Calkins Creek, an imprint of Highlights… READ MORE…   Three King Author Honor Books were selected: “Finding Langston,” written by Lesa Cline-Ransome and published by Holiday House; … READ MORE… MEG MEDINA WINS NEWBERY MEDAL AND SOPHIE BLACKALL IS AWARDED HER SECOND CALDECOTT The Pura Belpre Illustrator Award went to Yuyi Morales for “Dreamers,” her picture book recounting the journey she took with her young son…

Native American Authors Build Empathy and Understanding
Newsletter / November 18, 2018

WHY THANKSGIVING ISN’T NECESSARILY A CELEBRATION: A NATIVE AMERICAN WRITER’S TAKE Louise Erdrich debuted with “Love Medicine” in 1984. The writing in this book, which follows many different people, families and experiences, is so strong and distinct. It walks the reader through so many kinds of voices in a world that, at the time it came out, so few people knew or understood. READ MORE… AUTHOR TOMMY ORANGE RETURNS TO TAOS In his (Orange’s) novel there are many cultural references and at one point, Native writer Louise Erdrich (Chippewa) is mentioned. In real life, Orange is fortunate enough to have a blurb by Erdrich on the book jacket… READ MORE… COLUMN: NATIVE AMERICAN AUTHORS TO READ A local here in Minneapolis, she (Louise Edrich) is considered a powerhouse in the Native American writing community. Her works have been up for the Pulitzer Award for Fiction and she has won many acclaimed literary awards. Erdrich’s novels range from fiction to local history to youth to adult and can be found almost anywhere A prolific young adult writer and master storyteller, Tim Tingle is the author for any adult or young adult who wants to learn more about Choctaw stories that are passed down…

Yuyi Morales: To even try to be neutral in this time would be a disservice
Newsletter / August 19, 2018

IN CONVERSATION: YUYI MORALES AND NEAL PORTER Author-illustrator Yuyi Morales and editor Neal Porter have worked together on six books, but Morales’s newest, Dreamers, is her most personal work to date. It recounts, in poetic form, the story of her emigration in 1994 from Mexico to the United States, with her two-month-old son. “To even try to be neutral in this time would be a disservice. As a children’s book creator, I take on a huge responsibility in that I hope my book will raise consciousness and awareness in children.” READ MORE… _________________________________________ BOOKS FROM AUTHORS WITH LOCAL, REGIONAL TIES Lesa Cline-Ransome and James E. Ransome are a husband and wife team who have collaborated on many nonfiction books. …their newest picture book tells the amazing story of the Williams sisters, who are considered two of the greatest tennis players ever. READ MORE…  _________________________________________ HOW TO BE A GOOD CREATURE, IN STORIES FOR OUR TIME Have you ever felt completely in sync with a pet or other animal? That you knew the animal and, more importantly, it knew you? Author Sy Montgomery writes about 13 animals with whom she has shared what she describes as that very special feeling. 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…