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.
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.
NEW DOCUMENTARY PROFILES ‘BELOVED” AUTHOR TONI MORRISON
“We wanted audiences to see more than just Toni Morrison the Nobel laureate,” Greenfield-Sanders said. “She had a huge career at Random House, where she edited bestsellers like Muhammad Ali’s “The Greatest: My Own Story” and published voices that might have been lost with her support like Toni Cade Bambara and Lucille Clifton.
WATCH: WATER FOR SOUTH SUDAN
A New York Times bestselling book by children’s writer Linda Sue Park helped put a once small, but mighty nonprofit on the global map. Today, Water for South Sudan is a name known around the world. Its work to bring clean drinking water to villages throughout the African nation is changing lives for young people in South Sudan.
ADIRONDACK CENTER FOR WRITING EVENT HELD
Joseph Bruchac, storyteller and author, gave the keynote speech on “The Importance of Persistence: Suggestions from a Life in Publishing” and reminded audience members of the essential impact of building personal connections in their communities and what can come from simply reaching out.
INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF YOUTH VOICES BRINGS TOGETHER AUTHORS AND ACTIVISTS IN PUERTO RICO
On August 8, 130 accomplished young writers from around the world will meet with activists, political leaders, and other changemakers to learn and collaborate as they seek to make a positive impact in their communities….In addition to best-selling Haitian-American novelist Edwidge Danticat, winner of the National Book Award, the gathering will feature several other speakers….
The delegates participating in the Congress hail from 26 countries around the globe, including Zambia, Iraq, Cuba, Uganda, Ireland, Burundi, Syria, Australia, Russia, Tanzania, Canada, Thailand, Pakistan, Denmark, India, Somalia, France, Nepal, Palestine, Ecuador, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Colombia, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.