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Jane Addams’s Mission in Action at NCTE: Several of the creators of the 2022 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award-winning and honor books, along with members of the Award’s Selection Committee, presented their books at the National Council of Teachers of English in Anaheim, Calif., last month. Front row: (Ray Anthony Shepard, Carole Boston Weatherford, Aida […]

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Assuring Access To Literacy For Incarcerated Teens

LITERACY SPOTLIGHT: LITERACY FOR INCARCERATED TEENS From realistic YA fiction to memoirs and manga, students at Passages (a New York City Department of Education school network that serves youth ages 16 and younger in secure and non-secure detention) read what any other students would, with Walter Dean Myers and Coe Booth being two favorites. The […]

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Jane Addams Winner Malala Yousafzai’s Biopic “Gul Makai’ Depicts Her Speaking Out For Girls & Education

FIRST LOOK OF MALALA YOUSAFZAI’S BIOPIC ‘GUL MAKAI’ REVEALED The first motion poster of Gul Makai, a biopic on Nobel peace prize winner Malala Yousafzai, the courageous Pakistani activist who defied Taliban, was unveiled Tuesday. The poster depicts a young girl holding open a book while an explosion takes place on the book. READ MORE… ______________________________________________________ […]

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Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Name Removed From Book Award & Good Reads For This July 4th

LITTLE HOUSE ON THE CONTROVERSY: LAURA INGALLS WILDER’S NAME REMOVED FROM BOOK AWARD A division of the American Library Association voted unanimously Saturday to strip Laura Ingalls Wilder’s name from a major children’s literature award over concerns about how the author referred to Native Americans and blacks. The author Jacqueline Woodson, known for award-winning books including Brown Girl Dreaming and Another Brooklyn, will […]

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Book Reading Leads To Lifelong Learning And Brings People Together

BOOK READING AIMS TO BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER Organizers chose “Towers Falling” (by Jewell Parker Rhodes) for its breadth of themes and the conversations it could spark. … the book also offers conversational fodder beyond 9/11. Its protagonist lives with her family in various homeless shelters around New York City. Her father is mentally ill. The organizers […]

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Diversity And Resilience In Children’s Stories

ALL PIKES PEAK READS RELEASES 2018 BOOK TITLES Diversity and resilience. Those are the themes at the heart of this year’s Pikes Peak Library District’s All Pikes Peak Reads. The short story collection “Flying Lessons” features tales from award-winning authors, such as Kwame Alexander, Meg Medina, Tim Tingle and Jacqueline Woodson. READ MORE….. ____________________________________________ COLLEGE […]

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Telling A People’s Story: First Museum Exhibit Devoted To Illustrations Of African-American Children’s Books

MIAMI UNIVERSITY ART MUSEUM HAS A GROUNDBREAKING SHOW OF ILLUSTRATIONS USED ON BOOKS FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN CHILDREN Spanning nearly 50 years of publishing, Telling a People’s Story recognizes 35 illustrators (all but two of them black) who have depicted a complex cultural history in a way that not only appeals to children but heightens adults’ awareness as well. […]

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We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices

A Q&A WITH CI6 FEATURED SPEAKERS WADE HUDSON AND CHERYL WILLIS HUDSON We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices, which features a foreword by renowned children’s illustrator Ashley Bryan … contains writing and artwork from 50 of the foremost diverse children’s authors and illustrators, (including)  Carole Boston Weatherford, Rita Williams-Garcia, and Jacqueline Woodson. Read more… VERMONT […]

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YA 2018 Booklist: The Revolution Will Be Anthologized

YA 2018 BOOKLIST: THE REVOLUTION WILL BE ANTHOLOGIZED Books focused on giving tools to aspiring activists and would-be protest leaders (especially directed at girls) or turning a spotlight on double standards, discrimination, or inequality are flooding the bookshelves. We’ve assembled a partial list: Among them: We Are Displaced by Malala Yousafzai (Little, Brown, Sept.). Nobel Peace […]

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