BEGIN THE SCHOOL YEAR WITH ‘THE DAY YOU BEGIN’ BY JACQUELINE WOODSON (THE JANE ADDAMS CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD 2019 WINNING TITLE FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN)
National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson and two-time Pura Belpré Illustrator Award winner Rafael López have teamed up to create a poignant, yet heartening book about finding courage to connect, even when you feel scared and alone.
Invite students to begin to their share their stories with one another…
MELISSA SWEET SHOWS ‘HOW TO READ A BOOK’
The challenge of this project, (Melissa)Sweet said, was the openness of Alexander’s words. His poem captures the experience of holding and reading a book and then being transported by imagination, but is wide open to interpretation and is a far less tangible story than others she has illustrated.
INFORMED BY HIS OWN BIRTH, MINTER ILLUSTRATES BOOK ABOUT MIDWIVES
For the book about midwifery, (Eloise) Greenfield wrote a series of connected poems about midwives through time, in Africa, after arriving in North America and after emancipation. Minter illustrates the poems with stylistic portrayals of women in attendant repose – dutiful and calm, strong and wise. Many of the illustrations in the book are recent paintings that fit the theme. The rest he made specifically for Greenfield’s poems. The sense and presence of water as the source of life is prevalent throughout the illustrations.
REVIEWS ROUND-UP FAITH RINGGOLD
Ringgold’s work explores racial and sexual inequality in the US from the 1960s onwards. The exhibition includes her powerful posters and paintings from the era of the Black Power movement.
FLORENCE AND WINE IN THE WILDERNESS AT THE BAXTER
Rising star, theatre-maker and director, Nwabisa Plaatjie, brings to life two beautiful plays by American playwright, Alice Childress.
‘I believe racism has killed more people than speed, heroin or cancer, and will continue to kill until it is no more.” – Alice Childress