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BLACK WRITERS: ABIDING SPIRIT FOR YOUNG ADULTS AND ON THE SCREEN
Newsletter / December 2, 2018

LITERARY COLLECTIVE: CONSIDERING THE JAMES BALDWINS AND LANGSTON HUGHES’ OF OUR TIMES Young praises poet Lucille Clifton, calling her “an abiding spirit.” Clifton’s 1993 poem “won’t you celebrate with me” resonates with Young. The poem’s title also serves as its first line. The last lines are ‘Come celebrate with me that everyday something has tried to kill me and has failed.’ READ MORE… 1978 SPECIAL RECOGNITION BROOKLYN AUTHOR COMPLIES YA BOOK ABOUT BEING BLACK IN AMERICA ….a star-studded collection of stories by award-winning, bestselling and emerging African-American young adult authors on what it’s like to be a black teen in America: “Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America,” The collection, curated and edited by Zoboi, features stories from 17 beloved YA authors: Tracey Baptiste, Coe Booth, Dhonielle Clayton, Brandy Colbert, Jay Coles, Lamar Giles, Leah Henderson, Justina Ireland, Varian Johnson, Kekla Magoon, Tochi Onyebuchi, Jason Reynolds, Nic Stone, Liara Tamani, Renee Watson, Rita Williams-Garcia and Zoboi. READ MORE… THESE ARE THE BLACK AUTHORS BARRY JENKINS, TERRY MCMILLIAN AND OTHERS SAY HOLLYWOOD SHOULDN’T IGNORE The list of stories, plays and novels by black writers primed for screen adaptation is vast. Works by Colson Whitehead, Octavia Butler, August Wilson, Richard…

CREATE DANGEROUSLY, FOR PEOPLE WHO READ DANGEROUSLY: EDWIDGE DANTICAT
Newsletter / September 30, 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/ __________________________________ NEUSTADT LIT FEST BRINING AUTHOR EDWIDGE DANTICAT TO NORMAN Haitian-American author Edwidge Danticat is heading to Norman next month to participate in the 2018 Neustadt Lit Fest at the University of Oklahoma. The festival, which is held by the literary publication World Literature Today, is an opportunity for Normanites and literary fans to celebrate the work of authors, both renowned and up-and-coming. Danticat won the prestigious Neustadt International Prize for Literature in 2017. READ MORE… __________________________________ TURNING PAGES: MY LIFE STORY—INTERVIEW WITH ILLUSTRATOR LULU DELACRE Interview with author and illustrator Lulu Delacre and discussion questions. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD PDF……

SOMETIMES A CLOSER LOOK, A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING, A DIFFERENT POINT OF VIEW, IS BETTER THAN AN ESCAPE
Newsletter / September 23, 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/ ________________________________________ NEW NOVELS FROM THREE OF TODAY’S MOST BELOVED CHILDREN’S AUTHORS “We think they took my Papi.” The first line of Jacqueline Woodson’s HARBOR ME (Nancy Paulsen/Penguin, 176 pp., $17.99; ages 10 and up) jolts the reader into the news cycle through the eyes of a child. There is no escape from the outside world in this book, from the political tempest swirling around us. But sometimes a closer look, a deeper understanding, a different point of view, is better than an escape — especially for kids trying to make sense of the time they were born into. READ MORE… ________________________________________ THE BEST…

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…

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…

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…

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…