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Coretta Scott King Award: Important For Now 50 Years

A CONVERSATION ABOUT THE CORETTA SCOTT KING BOOK AWARDS To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Coretta Scott King (CSK) Book Awards, the Dewey Decibel podcast invited five past winners and honorees to discuss the award, its history, and importance at the 2019 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. Participants included authors Jason Reynolds (Ghost), Angie Thomas (The […]

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A Sea Change In Diversity Of Children’s Literature & International Nelson Mandela Day

JANE ADDAMS CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD CALL FOR COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP The Jane Addams Peace Association seeks committee members for the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Committee (JACBA). We are looking for members with diverse perspectives and identities among parents, teachers, librarians, activists, and child advocates, all with knowledge of children’s literature. JACBA selection committees are comprised of nine […]

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Andrea Davis Pinkney Receives Poetry Award

JANE ADDAMS CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD CALL FOR COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP The Jane Addams Peace Association seeks committee members for the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Committee (JACBA). We are looking for members with diverse perspectives and identities among parents, teachers, librarians, activists, and child advocates, all with knowledge of children’s literature. JACBA selection committees are comprised of nine […]

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2019 Children’s Literature Legacy Award Goes To Walter Dean Myers

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.. “ONLY THE […]

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Inspiring LGBTQ-Themed Children’s Books

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 […]

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The Legacy Of Title IX For Today’s Women

YES, THE US WOMEN’S SOCCER TEAM IS DOMINANT. THAT’S BECAUSE MOST OF THE WORLD IS PLAYING CATCH-UP. “You have to imagine a time when there were just essentially no team sports for girls,” said Karen Blumenthal, author of the book “: The Law That Changed the Future of Girls in America.” “From my perspective as someone who […]

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Beyond Hope and Whimsy: Complex Themes in Kidlit

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 […]

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Educators Recommend Books For Children In Need

FIRST BOOK RELEASES “TITLE RAVES” LIST: 1O BOOKS THAT MAKE AN IMPACT, ACCORDING TO EDUCATORS SERVING KIDS IN NEED Paired with First Book Bestseller List, Title Raves demonstrates educators’ use of books to meet unique needs of children from low-income families in book deserts…. First Book, the nonprofit social enterprise committed to equal access to […]

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Picture Books Help Kids Weather Our Age Of Anxiety

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 […]

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