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2019 CHILDREN’S LITERATURE LEGACY AWARD GOES TO WALTER DEAN MYERS
Newsletter / July 7, 2019

CHRISTOPHER MYERS ACCEPTS THE 2019 CHILDREN’S LITERATURE LEGACY AWARD FOR HIS FATHER, WALTER DEAN MYERS Walter Dean Myers is the posthumous recipient of the 2019 Children’s Literature Legacy Award honoring an author or illustrator, published in the United States, whose books have made a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children. READ MORE.. CHRISTOPHER MYERS ACCEPTANCE IN THE FORM OF A LETTER TO HIS FATHER… “ONLY THE LIVING CAN MAKE THE WORLD BETTER. LIVE AND MAKE IT BETTER.” JEROME, ‘GHOST BOYS’ 2019 JANE ADDAMS CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD WINNER FOR OLDER READERS Once again Jewell Parker Rhodes deftly weaves historical and socio-political layers into a gripping and poignant story about how children and families face the complexities of today’s world, and how one boy grows to understand American blackness in the aftermath of his own death. READ MORE @ JEWELLPARKERRHODES.COM… THERE WILL BE TIMES WHEN YOU WALK INTO A ROOM AND NO ONE THERE IS QUITE LIKE YOU. WHAT WILL YOU DO? 2019 JANE ADDAMS CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD WINNER FOR YOUNGER READERS You’ll face this in your life someday, my mother will tell us over and over again. A moment when you walk into a room and no one there is like…

INSPIRING LGBTQ-THEMED CHILDREN’S BOOKS
Newsletter / June 30, 2019

21 INSPIRING LGBTQ-THEMED CHILDREN’S BOOKS Mesmerizing and full of heart, Jessica Love’s author-illustrator debut is a jubilant picture of self-love and a radiant celebration of individuality. READ MORE… 2019 HONOR TITLE FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN   YA TWITTER CAN BE TOXIC, BUT IT ALSO POINTS OUT REAL PROBLEMS Twenty-one years later, in 1986, the award-winning children’s and YA author Walter Dean Myers wrote an article for the New York Times that reflected on the revolution he thought was going to happen to the children’s book industry after the ’60s — a decade that, he wrote, “promised a new way of seeing black people.” …Myers’ essay is full of frustration because that correction didn’t stick… In the ’90s, discussions on email lists like the influential child_lit often covered the same topics as the essays being written in review journals and other publications — essays by writers and advocates including Rudine Sims Bishop, Hazel Rochman, Jacqueline Woodson, and many others. READ MORE…     NEW DOCUMENTARY PROFILES ‘BELOVED” AUTHOR TONI MORRISON                                Lucille Clifton and Toni Morrison   “We wanted audiences to see more than just Toni Morrison the Nobel laureate,” Greenfield-Sanders said. “She had a…

BEYOND HOPE AND WHIMSY: COMPLEX THEMES IN KIDLIT
Newsletter / June 16, 2019

THE DAY THE WAR CAME – A POEM ABOUT UNACCOMPANIED CHILD REFUGEES Quoting Nikola Davies: A few weeks ago I heard a story about a child turning up at a school near a refugee camp and being turned away because there was no chair for her. She came back the next day with a broken chair and asked again. I can’t remember where I heard the story but it’s melded with all the other things I’ve heard over the last few months about refugee families and lone children. READ MORE… The Day the War Came by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Rebecca Cobb 2019 Honor Title for Younger Readers   10 BOOKS BESIDES “TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD” THAT TACKLE RACIAL INJUSTICE ”The Round House” by Louise Erdrich and “Give Me Some Truth” by Eric Gansworth These selections have particular urgency for me because they’re about Native American characters, who are underrepresented in a lot of high school literature classes, including my own. What I find really important about books on racial injustice is that they are written by people of color who can more accurately depict their own experiences and avoid the “white savior” stereotype. “Monster” by Walter Dean Myers The…

PICTURE BOOKS HELP KIDS WEATHER OUR AGE OF ANXIETY
Newsletter / May 26, 2019

PICTURE BOOKS TO A HELP KIDS WEATHER OUR AGE OF ANXIETY This is Jessica Love’s debut picture book, and every choice she makes — the spare text, a color palette both muted and lively, full-bleed pages that make even subway cars and apartment rooms feel as expansive as the ocean — imbues the story with charm, tenderness and humor. Alongside Julián, readers learn that anyone can be a mermaid: All it takes is love and acceptance, a little imagination and a big swishy tail. READ MORE… JULIAN IS A MERMAID BY JESSICA LOVE 2019 JANE ADDAMS CHILDREN’S BOOK HONOR BOOK FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN TO SEE ALL 2019 WINNING AND HONOR TITLES…   ‘TO BE IT, THEY HAVE TO SEE IT’: BOOK FAIR SPOTLIGHTS AFRICAN AMERICAN CHILDREN’S BOOKS   Husband and wife Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis-Hudson from New Jersey have been running their own publishing company for 30 years. They got started after being told by other publishers there was no market for the kinds of books they wanted to produce. “Mainstream publishing is default white,” Hudson said. And while some progress has been made on diversity and self-publishing is opening new doors, he said, “we still have a long…

NAOMI SHIHAB NYE NAMED YOUNG PEOPLE’S POET LAUREATE
Newsletter / May 12, 2019

COMING VERY SOON 2019 JANE ADDAMS CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD ANNOUNCEMENT NAOMI SHIHAB NYE NAMED YOUNG PEOPLE’S POET LAUREATE The Poetry Foundation has named Naomi Shihab Nye the Young People’s Poet Laureate for 2019 to 2021.  It is yet another distinction for the acclaimed author, who becomes the first Arab-American to earn this honor. The Young People’s Poet Laureate aims to “raise awareness that young people have a natural receptivity to poetry and are its most appreciative audience, especially when poems are written specifically for them.” Past recipients include Jacqueline Woodson and Margarita Engle. READ MORE… BRINGING HIDDEN STORIES TO LIGHT: A PICTURE BOOK BIOGRAPHY SYMPOSIUM   Whose stories deserve to be told in picture book biographies? Authors, illustrators, and editors gathered to discuss this question and others at a Saturday morning symposium called “Whose Life Is It Anyway?” Speaking on a panel about the process of writing and illustrating a picture book biography, were author Laban Carrick Hill, illustrator Bryan Collier, Scholastic art director Patti Ann Harris, and children’s book historian Leonard S. Marcus. The topic of their discussion was the book Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave (Little, Brown), written by Hills and illustrated by Collier. READ MORE… 2002 WINNER ILLUSTRATED BY BRYAN COLLIER POWERFUL BOOK FOR YOUNG…

ILA 2019 CHOICES READING LISTS HIGHLIGHT “OWN VOICES” TEXTS
Newsletter / May 5, 2019

INTERNATIONAL LITERACY ASSOCIATION’S(ILA) 2019 CHOICES READING LISTS HIGHLIGHT “OWN VOICES” TEXTS Each year, Choices empowers 25,000 children and young adults across the United States to enjoy newly published children’s and young adults’ trade books and vote for the ones they like best and that had an impact on them as readers. Teachers, in turn, identify high-quality books that enrich the curriculum and, most important, excite and interest students. This year’s lists exemplify the project’s continued commitment to diversity and representation in children’s literature. Books such as Finding Langston, Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story About Racial Injustice and Sewing the Rainbow: The Story of Gilbert Baker and the Rainbow Flag offer powerful launch points for discussion around the social justice issues of racial bias, police violence and the LGBTQ rights movement. READ MORE… CIVIL-RIGHTS ICON RUBY BRIDGES TO GIVE RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS In 1960, when she was 6, (Ruby)Bridges became one of the first black children to integrate the all-white New Orleans school system. She had to be accompanied by federal marshals throughout her entire first year at William Frantz Elementary School. The scene as she entered the school on her first day, as the marshals led her past a hostile mob, was depicted in Norman Rockwell’s…

JACOB LAWRENCE’S NARRATIVE SERIES ABOUT BLACK PERSEVERANCE AND AMERICAN REBELLION INSPIRED A CACHE OF CHILDREN’S BOOKS
Newsletter / March 3, 2019

BLACK ART HISTORY: JACOB LAWRENCE’S NARRATIVE SERIES ABOUT BLACK PERSEVERANCE AND AMERICAN REBELLION INSPIRED A CACHE OF CHILDREN’S BOOKS Published in 1996, “Toussaint L’Ouverture: The Fight for Haiti’s Freedom” is a collaboration between Lawrence and celebrated children’s book author Walter Dean Myers (1937-2014). In the introduction to the book, Lawrence recalls the compelling stories he heard from Harlem street orators about black history figures such as L’Ouverture. READ MORE… 6 CANADIAN BOOKS FOR YOUNGER READERS TO CHECK OUT DURING BLACK HISTORY MONTH The Journey of Little Charlie follows a 12-year-old boy who agrees to track down thieves in order to settle his debts with a cruel man named Cap’n Buck. But when Charlie discovers the thieves he’s hunting are people who escaped from slavery, his conscience intervenes. Why Christopher Paul Curtis writes best from a place of fear…. READ MORE… POEMS TELL THE STORY OF THE FIRST BLACK STUDENTS AT TENNESSE SCHOOL IN ‘THis PROMISE OF CHANGE’ “We had no idea that this would have a historical impact,” said Jo Ann Allen Boyce about that August morning in 1956 when she and 11 other teenagers first took their place as students in the formerly whites-only high school in their small Tennessee town. Boyce…

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…

American Association for the Advancement of Science Names Socially-Conscious ‘Iqbal and His Ingenious Idea’ Top Children’s Science Picture Book
Newsletter / January 27, 2019

WELLESLEY AUTHOR’S BOOK HAS KIDS COOKING WITH SOLAR POWER Wellesley author Elizabeth Suneby’s latest in a series of socially-conscious children’s book has just been recognized with an award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science as the top children’s science picture book. Iqbal and His Ingenious Idea: How a Science Project Helps One Family and the Planet, written by Elizabeth Suneby and illustrated by Rebecca Green, tells the story of a Bangladeshi boy who sets out to build a smoke-free solar cooker in light of the damage that cooking over indoor fire during the monsoon season is having on his family’s health. READ MORE… WILDLIFE COMES INSIDE FOR THIS YEAR’S EVERETT READS! PROGRAM “We have a solution,” she (Sy Montgomery) said. “It’s right in front of us. Each one of us can affect the solution — by what you buy, how you eat, what you drive, how you vote. “We owe those animals, to fight with every last bit of our strength for this glorious, green, vulnerable, sweet earth,” she said. READ MORE…   CHRISTOPHER MYERS’ MAKE ME A WORLD IMPRINT LAUNCHES THIS FALL “Discover a World Where Everything Is Possible,” the lead-in to the mission statement for Make…

‘WE ARE DISPLACED’ – MALALA CHAMPIONS GIRL REFUGEES EVERYWHERE
Newsletter / January 20, 2019

IN HER NEW BOOK, MALALA CHAMPIONS THE REFUGEE CAUSE Malala’s new book, We are Displaced, goes beyond just her story. She speaks about many others who are just as heroic as her, but will never know fame. She also touches upon an issue that may be unpopular, but which needs to be said: “Many people think refugees should feel only two things: gratitude to the countries that granted them asylum, and relief in safety. I don’t think most people understand the tangle of emotions that comes with leaving behind everything you know.” READ MORE… WE NEED DIVERSE BOOKS JUST ANNOUNCED THE 2019 WALTER DEAN MYERS AWARD WINNERS FOR OUTSTANDING CHILDREN’S LITERATURE The Walter Dean Myers Award, also known as “The Walter,” is named for prolific children’s and young adult author Walter Dean Myers — writer of classic children’s books including Monster — who was an early champion of diversity in children’s books. 2019 Walter Award, Teen Category: ‘The Poet X’ by Elizabeth Acevedo 2019 Walter Award, Younger Readers Category: ‘Ghost Boys’ by Jewell Parker Rhodes READ MORE…     ARTS REVIEW: CHILDREN’S BOOK ART RECALLS ROSA PARKS BUS INCIDENT IN ALABAMA In the dozens of children’s books he has illustrated, Floyd Cooper tells stories that are pertinent…