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WELL READ BLACK GIRL MAKES THE CASE FOR WHY REPRESENTATION IN LITERATURE CHANGES LIVES
Newsletter / October 7, 2018

JANE ADDAMS CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD CEREMONY FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2018 AT 2:30 PM 777 UNITED NATIONS PLAZA FL 2 (44TH & 1ST) NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK A memorable afternoon of award presentation and responses by authors and illustrators. Meet and talk with the honored guests, including Award winners and honorees. Enjoy a reception and an opportunity for book signing after formal presentation of the awards. All the award books will be available for purchase. This event is free and open to all. Reservations are not needed. Can’t come to NYC? Follow the ceremony as it is live streamed from https://www.facebook.com/pg/janeaddamspeace/posts/ _________________________________________ THE 10 BOOKS TO READ IN OCTOBER Edim’s Well-Read Black Girl online community is one of the best arguments for social media that exists. In this essay collection she has edited, we can see that it’s also necessary, with some of today’s finest writers — including Jesmyn Ward, Jacqueline Woodson and Tayari Jones — making the case for why representation in literature changes lives. READ MORE…   JACQUELINE WOODSON’S REAL MAKE-BELIEVE VISIT TO OAKLAND The celebrated author of the memoir “Brown Girl Dreaming,” Woodson will engage with young book lovers at Chapter 510 & the Dept. of Make Believe, the…

Lois Lowry sees childhood as exploratory, not idyllic.
Newsletter / September 2, 2018

LOIS LOWRY STILL THINKS KIDS NEED TO READ ABOUT TERRIBLE THINGS (AND SHE’S STILL RIGHT) There’s no heaviness, just certitude. Lois Lowry understands herself — a rare trait in a writer — which gives her an edge on understanding others…. She doesn’t think that the intrusion of ugly things — even death — ends childhood. She sees childhood as exploratory, not idyllic. READ MORE… _________________________________________ MOST DOWNLOADED PHOTOGRAPH IN THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS ARCHIVE COMES TO THE PIEDMONT TRIAD, AS REYNOLDA OPENS ‘DORTHEA LANGE’S AMERICA’ SEPT. 14 In “Dorothea Lange: The Photographer Who Found the Faces of the Depression,” Carole Boston Weatherford captures the spirit of Dorothea Lange with lyrical prose intended for children. Weatherford will read from her picture book biography and join in discussion with the audience. Enjoy music and hands-on activities while learning about “Dorothea Lange’s America.” READ MORE… _________________________________________ HOMEWORK QUESTIONS ON RACE, DRUGS, AND GUNS DRAW IRE FROM PARENTS A spokesperson for the school said in a statement, “The AF Brownsville Middle homework assignment drew directly from the text of Seedfolks – a widely acclaimed novel written by Newbery Medal winning author Paul Fleischman – that focuses on a diverse cast of characters, discusses racial themes, and…

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 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…

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…