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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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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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Jane Addams Authors and Illustrations Continue Their Influence

PHOTOS: BERMUDIAN ART FEATURED IN GOVT BUILDING Sharon Wilson is a Bermuda based artist whose work both captures and explores the beauty of the human spirit…Working exclusively with pastels for more than twenty years, Sharon has recently begun working in the 3000 year old medium of Encaustic art, involving painting with molten waxes. READ MORE… […]

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Lucille Clifton, Dynamic Force and Literary Titan

Q&A: HOW GLORY EDIM FOUND HER VOICE IN HER ANTHOLOGY ‘WELL-READ BLACK GIRL’ (Quoting Glory Edim) ‘There’s so much to be said about Lucille Clifton. She is such a dynamic force and literary titan. That poem, for me, spoke to the demand to be seen, to be visible in the work, to be taken seriously […]

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Picture Books That Bring Black Heroes To Life

PICTURE BOOKS THAT BRING BLACK HEROES TO LIFE James E. Ransome’s THE BELL RANG beautifully captures several days in the life of an enslaved girl living with her family on a plantation. Plantation life is seen through the innocent yet fiercely observant eyes of the young, nameless narrator. Each day begins with the ringing of a […]

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Jane Addams Authors and Illustrators Honored By American Library Association

AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES 2019 YOUTH MEDIA AWARD WINNERS Children’s Literature Legacy Award honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children through books that demonstrate integrity and respect for all children’s lives and experiences. The 2019 winner […]

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American Association For The Advancement of Science Names Socially-Conscious ‘Iqbal and His Ingenious Idea’ Top Children’s Science Picture Book

WELLESLEY AUTHOR’S BOOK HAS KIDS COOKING WITH SOLAR POWER Wellesley author Elizabeth Suneby’s latest in a series of socially-conscious children’s book has just been recognized with an award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science as the top children’s science picture book. Iqbal and His Ingenious Idea: How a Science Project Helps One Family […]

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Honor Martin Luther King JR’s Life With Young People

JANE ADDAMS CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD TITLES ABOUT MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. READ MORE… READ MORE… READ MORE… THE BOOK SHELF: STELA BOWLES BEING THE CHANGE IN NEW BOOK ‘MY RIVER’ Bowles’s story caught the attention of author Anne Laurel Carter, who divides her time between Toronto and a home down the road from Bowles’s family […]

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BLACK CHILDREN’S BOOK AUTHORS ARE CHANGING CHILDREN’S LITERATURE

BLACK CHILDREN’S BOOK AUTHORS WHO ARE CHANGING CHILDREN’S LITERATURE Walter Dean Myers grew up with a deep love of literature, but he quickly noticed the disappointing lack of diversity in children’s books. He was deeply concerned about how excluding Black children from literature might make them feel ‘otherized.’ He has written over 110 books in […]

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‘Can’t Undo Wrong. Can Only Do Our Best To Make Things Right.’

FREE BOOKS AVAILABLE FOR LOCAL STUDENTS PRIOR TO AWARD-WINNING NOVELIST’S VISIT TO ORANGEBURG (Jewell Parker) Rhodes is the author of the middle-grade books “Ghost Boys,” “Towers Falling” and the Louisiana Girls Trilogy: “Ninth Ward,” “Sugar” and “Bayou Magic.” Rhodes has received numerous honors including: the American Book Award, the National Endowment of the Arts Award […]

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