IN HER NEW BOOK, MALALA CHAMPIONS THE REFUGEE CAUSE
Malala’s new book, We are Displaced, goes beyond just her story. She speaks about many others who are just as heroic as her, but will never know fame.
She also touches upon an issue that may be unpopular, but which needs to be said: “Many people think refugees should feel only two things: gratitude to the countries that granted them asylum, and relief in safety. I don’t think most people understand the tangle of emotions that comes with leaving behind everything you know.”
WE NEED DIVERSE BOOKS JUST ANNOUNCED THE 2019 WALTER DEAN MYERS AWARD WINNERS FOR OUTSTANDING CHILDREN’S LITERATURE
The Walter Dean Myers Award, also known as “The Walter,” is named for prolific children’s and young adult author Walter Dean Myers — writer of classic children’s books including Monster — who was an early champion of diversity in children’s books.
2019 Walter Award, Teen Category: ‘The Poet X’ by Elizabeth Acevedo
2019 Walter Award, Younger Readers Category: ‘Ghost Boys’ by Jewell Parker Rhodes
ARTS REVIEW: CHILDREN’S BOOK ART RECALLS ROSA PARKS BUS INCIDENT IN ALABAMA
In the dozens of children’s books he has illustrated, Floyd Cooper tells stories that are pertinent to young people and, especially African-Americans.
“I feel children are at the front line in improving society,” Cooper said recently to the museum’s curator-at-large, Carole Genshaft. “I feel children’s picture books play a role in counteracting the violence and other negative images conveyed in the media.”
4 NEW AND NOTEWORTHY CHILDREN’S BOOKS BY OREGON AUTHORS
“Carter Reads the Newspaper”, tells the inspirational story of Carter G. Woodson, who in 1926 established Negro History Week, the forerunner of the annual observation.
CAROL BOSTON WEATHERFORD AND FRANK MORRISON RELEASE ‘ROOTS OF RAP’ CHILDREN’S BOOK
The history of Hip-Hop is a story that cannot be told enough. The history of the culture will only be preserved if it’s passed down to the next generation. Thankfully, Carol Boston Weatherford and Frank Morrison have taken it upon themselves to ensure that the story of hip-hop’s rich history will never be lost with their newest book The Roots of Rap: 16 Bars on the 4 Pillars of Hip-Hop
ARTPACE BRINGS PROTEST BANNER SHOW ‘WORD ON THE STREET’ TO SAN ANTONIO
As poet Naomi Shihab Nye sees it, being among the artists and writers invited by the arts collective House of Trees to collaborate on a series of banners in response to the 2016 election was a great gift.
The collaboration is one of several between female artists and writers that make up “Word on the Street,” an exhibit of protest banners that premiered last year in New York and can now be seen at Artpace.
Nye’s words are displayed on open palms — an extension of a piece in “Word on the Street” reading “Open palms hold more” — and include “I pledge allegiance to respect every one of you,” “Silence waits for the truth to break it” and “Won’t give up our hopes for anything.”
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Carol Murray’s Cricket in the Thicket is a poetry book about bugs….Melissa Sweet’s mixed media/collage illustrations provide bright, impressionistic backdrops for more detailed drawings of bees, ticks, butterflies, spiders, and beetles.