We envision a future where people actively work to dismantle injustices and build a more peaceful, equitable world.

Connecting Mirrors, Windows, Doors, Curtains, Telescopes, and Banned Books

Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop uses “Mirrors, Windows and Sliding Glass Doors” as an analogy to discuss the importance of diversity in books and the authors who write them.   Listen to a Youtube interview with Dr. Rudine Sims Bishops and click here for her 1990 ‘Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding […]

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October into November: Time for Remembering

Indigenous Peoples’ day was October 11.Sometimes dates and dedicated months can help us remember and keep us on an anti-racist and inclusive social justice path, an important and sometimes difficult task while breathing the air of systemic racism. National American Indian Heritage Month is in November. Too often Indigenous stories, voices, and history are absent.Too […]

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Fall is for change !

The year back to school for some educators has meant fear: fear for the health of themselves and their family, fear of teaching with an anti-racist, anti-bias lens, fear of using books that represent all young people, fear of loss of income. For some, this fear may coexist with the stress of too many students, […]

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Summer Freedom Reading!

Summer for some means more freedom, not having to follow a school schedule. For some this freedom may coexist with the stress of unstructured time. For some, summer means more reading time. This summer gives us a long overdue and welcome “Freedom Day” holiday as Juneteenth became a national holiday AND a reminder that working […]

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May is a Month of Memories!

So many names to say, so much is the same and so much has changed. It is crucial that we say names of people who are gone too soon, not just gone, but murdered in the mess of oppression and hate that we ingest every day. We also report in this newsletter on memory-making that […]

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April is a time of Regrowth and Hope. With Love and Hope, we can Rock the Boat!

It’s the season of spring: Earth day, Passover, Ramadan, International Women Day, Deaf History Month, as well as water, workers’ rights, sexual assault awareness, and the first openly transgender Federal Official & first Native American Interior Secretary! It’s the season of celebration. Register now for the April 28th Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Virtual Ceremony. […]

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Books and Pictures Change Lives!

“She looks like me! One day, I can do that too!” That’s the message that children receive when they see and read about people who look like them. In March and every month, we invite discussion & action about power, equality, and the worth and importance of Black girls and all children. Women’s history is […]

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Shining a Light on Black Voices in February and All Year

This February, and every month, is a fine time to shine a still overdue light on Black people who contributed and lead the way in the arts, civil rights, politics, and science. Black history is our history. It’s a great time to be inspired to write some poetry too. Representation is important. Let this be […]

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