Yuyi Morales: To even try to be neutral in this time would be a disservice

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.”

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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.

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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.

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The Scroll: A Children’s Book Author Who Never Lied to Kids

“Condescension used to be the rule in children’s nonfiction,” he (Russell Freedman) said in 1988 after winning the Newbery for Lincoln. “The belief that we needed to dramatize history to make it palatable and keep kids reading. So we lied. We created unbelievable characters—bland stereotypes—and fictionalized their lives. Biographies, almost without exception, were adulatory and reverential … Now, we can’t fool kids anymore. They want the facts. They want to know that history is driven along by human nature, and human nature is what they recognize in their daily lives.”

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AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR INSPIRES YOUNG SCRIBES AT BOOK CAMP LONDON

Curtis said his books are historical fiction, but they focus on people.

“I think the reason they work is that the kids get to know the characters first and they are on a journey with the characters,” he said.

Curtis’ advice to young authors is simply to get started.

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SAVE THE DATE: JANE ADDAMS CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD CEREMONY

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2018 AT 2:30 PM

777 UNITED NATIONS PLAZA FL 2 (44TH & 1ST)

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! (Details of streaming to be announced at a later date.)

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