NCTE

November 13, 2018

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  My first NCTE, and I’m presenting!! No worries, right? 😳 My talk on Black Girl Economics will be part of Session K.37—Opening the Boarders of Reading: Culturally Sustaining and Liberating Literature. This session meets Saturday, November 17, 2018 02:45 PM–04:00 PM in Room 370 F. I’ll also be at ALAN! I’ll be moderating Remixing Classic Tales on Monday with authors Kiersten White, […]

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November Releases

November 4, 2018

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Blended by Sharon Draper. (Atheneum Books for Young Readers) MG Piano-prodigy Isabella, eleven, whose black father and white mother struggle to share custody, never feels whole, especially as racial tensions affect her school, her parents both become engaged, and she and her stepbrother are stopped by police. Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean. (HMH Books […]

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collectiveResistance: We Need Diverse Books

October 29, 2018

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We Need Diverse Books’ (WNDB) Fall Fundraiser is undeway! The goal is to collect $50.00 for the WNDB in the Classroom program, which provides free diverse books to low-income schools. Since 2014 they’ve donated nearly 12,000 books across 32 states, and with your help they’ll be able to give thousands more. WNDB is offering swag for your donations, […]

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SundayMorningReads

October 28, 2018

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This morning, I’m thinking back to the speech Robert Kennedy delivered in Indianapolis on 4 April 1968, He was there for a political rally when he learned that Martin Luther King Jr. had just been assassinated in Memphis, TN. He knew violence was breaking out across the country and he knew that as a leader, […]

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review : Spunky Little Monkey

October 24, 2018

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title: Spunky Little Monkey author: Bill Martin and Michael Sampson illustrator: Brian Won date: Scholastic, 2017   There is a music that is black girl music. Call it clapsies, call it double dutch or hand games, it’s all black girl. With its ” three-tone scales, rhythmic syncopation, handclapping patterns that cross the metric nature of […]

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nominate: Library Movers and Shakers

October 24, 2018

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this information originally appeared in an email from Library Journal The editors of Library Journal need your help in identifying emerging talents in the library world—both great leaders and behind-the-scenes contributors who are providing inspiration and model programs for others. Our 18th annual round of Movers & Shakers will profile some 50 up-and-coming individuals from around the […]

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interview: Wade & Cheryl Hudson

October 23, 2018

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Exciting times for Wade & Cheryl Hudson! Their publishing company, Just Us Books turns 30 this year. With the publication of AFRO-BETS ABC Book, the Hudsons brought in a new era of publishing, one that would recognize the importance of black children, readers, families and consumers. Cheryl and Wade reflect on the growth of their […]

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collectiveResistance: Amplifying Voices

October 22, 2018

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After seeing a post about Voces Sin Fronteras Our Stories Our Truth on Facebook (tip of the hat to Sujei), I had to find out who published this collection of bilingual comics. The books was a joint venture from Shout Mouse Press and The Latin American Youth Center (LAYC). Latin American Youth Center’s (LAYC) mission […]

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SundayMorningReads

October 21, 2018

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The last time I went into work, temperatures were in the 80s. Since then, I’ve been to California for time with family and spent a week with the intention of working from home. Temperatures have dropped bringing in the fall weather that I love. It was odd that the 80s lasted so long this year, […]

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