Festival of Books: Why Jacqueline Woodson used poetry in ‘Brown Girl Dreaming’
“Memory doesn’t come as a straight narrative,” she said about why she didn’t choose prose. “It comes in small moments with all this white space.”
Author Polacco to speak to local students
She states, “what I loved most about the neighborhood was that my neighbors came in as many colors, ideas, and religions as there are people on the planet.” Polacco’s books include several events that actually took place during that time.
Two legs good, eight legs best: five reasons to love octopuses
“I have always loved octopuses. No sci-fi alien is so startlingly strange,” says naturalist and author Sy Montgomery. Her new book, The Soul of an Octopus explores the “emotional and physical world of the octopus – and the remarkable connections this astonishingly complex, spirited creature makes with humans”.
Humorous, informational books on hair-dos and hair-don’ts
“Big Wig: A Little History of Hair”
Fictional stories about hair go hand-in-hand with this informational book about the history of hair, told by historian Kathleen Krull.
George Ella Lyon Inducted as Kentucky’s Poet Laureate
“I hope that, as I ‘laureate’ around Kentucky these next two years, I can remind people that they have a voice and invite them to tell those stories.”
Racine author featured at Heritage Museum event
This May, in celebration of the release of the book “Root River Return” and in recognition of the donation of his collected works to Racine Heritage Museum, Racine native and celebrated author David Kherdian returns to Racine for a week of lectures, readings and other activities.
Plymouth Meeting Friends School to stage ‘Westlandia’
The story about a boy who deals with not fitting in by creating his own ecosystem was written by prize-winning children’s author Paul Fleischman and illustrated by Kevin Hawkes.
Jewell Parker Rhodes Closes Children’s Institute With Powerful Talk on Diversity
Rhodes called on publishers, teachers, writers, librarians, and booksellers to increase their efforts in making sure children are able to appreciate themselves as unique human beings by sharing with them literature that mirrors who they are and where they come from.
Jewell Parker Rhodes on Diversity and Character-Driven Stories
“[Diversity] isn’t about political correctness,” she said. “Nor is diversity a passing fashion; rather, it is a significant struggle to see if America can fulfill its civil rights promises of inclusivity – of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
Maryland Children’s Literature Festival Building Lifelong Readers
Four featured authors and illustrators – Scott Campbell, Brian Floca, Deborah Hopkinson, and Matt Phelan – presented programs to an avid audience, who also attended professional development workshops, purchased autographed books, and participated in a silent auction.
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Girl Wonder: A Baseball Story in Nine Innings by Deborah Hopkinson 2004 Awardee
Shutting Out the Sky: Life in the Tenements of New York 1880-1924 by Deborah Hopkinson 2004 Awardee
Band of Angels: A Story Inspired written by the Jubilee Singers by Deborah Hopkinson 2000 Awardee