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New Year and New Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Winner and Honor Titles!

What makes a new year new? Change, and opportunity for more change! Young and old, we have a part to play in bringing in the new! From among our 26 powerful 2020 Finalists, the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Selection Committee has chosen the following 2021 Winning and Honor titles. Each of these books is […]

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ILA 2019 Choices Reading Lists Highlight “Own Voices” Texts

INTERNATIONAL LITERACY ASSOCIATION’S(ILA) 2019 CHOICES READING LISTS HIGHLIGHT “OWN VOICES” TEXTS Each year, Choices empowers 25,000 children and young adults across the United States to enjoy newly published children’s and young adults’ trade books and vote for the ones they like best and that had an impact on them as readers. Teachers, in turn, identify high-quality books that […]

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National Antiracist & Children’s Bilingual Book Festivals

FIRST NATIONAL ANTIRACIST BOOK FESTIVAL LAUNCHED BY NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER Washington, D.C.–based American University will be the site of the first National Antiracist Book Festival, providing a platform for nearly 50 authors and publishing professionals to discuss policies and power structures that fuel racism in America, as well as the efforts being made to […]

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Whose Life Stories Are Being Neglected In Picture Books?

WHOSE LIFE STORIES ARE BEING NEGLECTED IN PICTURE BOOKS? – MAY 4 The event will tackle key issues related to diversity such as whose life stories are celebrated versus whose are often ignored and not told. The event will also take a look at how thoughtfully these life stories are written for young readers, and […]

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Independent Book Stores & Independent Publishers

INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE DAY by Louise Erdrich — the internationally recognized author of many novels, poems, short stories and children’s books) carries books by Native authors along with a selection of other carefully selected titles, Native art and jewelry. READ MORE… INDEPENDENT BOOK PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION UNIVERSITY 2019: RACCAH SPILLS SECRETS TO INDIE PUBLISHING SUCCESS W. Nikola-Lisa of […]

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Pam Munoz Ryan USA Nominee For 2018 Hans Christain Andersen Award

PAM MUNOZ RYAN USA NOMINEE 2018 HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN AWARD FOR WRITING “Readers need more than one story. They need many stories about many different families and cultures, traditions and holidays, histories and realities. Reading a breadth of stories nurtures the seeds of understanding.” Pam Muñoz Ryan READ MORE… MAINE ILLUSTRATOR MELISSA SWEET EARNS NATIONAL […]

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Books To Electrify, Edify, And Exemplify

HMH BOOKS & MEDIA INTRODUCES KWAME ALEXANDER’S VERSIFY IMPRINT WITH MULTI-AUTHOR BUS TOUR Versify’s mission is present books to “electrify, edify, and exemplify” with accessible and powerful prose and poetry that celebrates the lives and reflects the possibilities of all children. Its debut list includes four books: The Last Last-Day-of-Summer by Lamar Giles; ¡Vamos! Let’s Go to the Market by […]

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Celebrate Women’s History Month

CELEBRATE WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH WITH AUTHOR EMILY ARNOLD MCCULLY In celebration of Women’s History Month, we sat down with Caldecott award-winning author and illustrator, Emily Arnold McCully, via satellite to talk about her book “She Did It! 21 Women Who Changed The Way We Think” WATCH HERE… EDWIDGE DANTICAT’S NEW KID’S BOOK EXPLORES A MOTHER’S […]

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Jacob Lawerence’s Narrative Series About Black Pereserverence and American Rebellion Inspired a Cache of Children’s Books

BLACK ART HISTORY: JACOB LAWRENCE’S NARRATIVE SERIES ABOUT BLACK PERSEVERANCE AND AMERICAN REBELLION INSPIRED A CACHE OF CHILDREN’S BOOKS Published in 1996, “Toussaint L’Ouverture: The Fight for Haiti’s Freedom” is a collaboration between Lawrence and celebrated children’s book author Walter Dean Myers (1937-2014). In the introduction to the book, Lawrence recalls the compelling stories he heard from […]

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