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Winners! Winners! Winners!

January 31, 2013

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I’m quite happy to say that I didn’t post all the wonderfully talented, passionate and gifted people of color who won awards on Monday. In addition to those previously listed, I have to congratulate the following winners. Lavonda Kay Broadnax digital project coordinator at the Library of Congress, is the 2013 recipient of RUSA’s Zora […]

Male Monday: Craig Laurance Gidney

January 28, 2013


Craig Laurance Gidney is the author of Sea Swallow Me and Other Stories and the soon to be released Bereft (publication pushed back to February.) This short bio from his Amazon page describes his talents. Craig Laurance Gidney writes both contemporary, young adult and genre fiction. Recipient of the 1996 Susan C. Petrey Scholarship to […]

Its *THAT* Monday in January

January 28, 2013


Rainy days and Mondays get us down, and rainy Mondays?? Nothing to it, but to do it! Especially with the rainy Monday is Midwinter Monday and the Youth Media Awards are announced. I have to begin with an earlier award that was announced at ALA Midwinter.  The following middle grade and young adult books are […]


January 27, 2013


School Library Journal recently published “Not a Lack of Latino Lit for Kids, but a Lack of Awareness”. I do agree that there is a lack of awareness. Every discussion list I belong to routinely has someone asking for books that will be “of interest to Latino teens”. Which of course implies that the only […]

2013 African American Read-in

January 20, 2013


I just can’t do the African American Read-In this year. With job obligations and all the reading I’ll be doing for BFYA, I cannot put another reading project in front of me. I’m glad to report that Vasilly will continue to have an online reading and discussion group this year! She’s selected seven wonderful books […]


January 19, 2013

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No resolution, just a word for this year: Courage. This month, I looked to Pres. Obama and Martin Luther King Jr. for thoughts about courage. “Hope is not blind optimism. It’s not ignoring the enormity of the task ahead or the roadblocks that stand in our path. It’s not sitting on the sidelines or shirking […]

Wordle: Comparing History

January 15, 2013


I used Wordle to find the words most often used in Martin Luther King Jr.’s Nobel Prize Lecture and in President Obama’s.

Call for Papers: Children’s Literature Association Conference

January 13, 2013

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40th Annual Children’s Literature Association Conference Play and Risk in Children’s and Young Adult Literature and Culture **DEADLINE: 15 January 2013 Hosted by The University of Southern Mississippi June 13-15, 2013 IP Resort Biloxi, Mississippi The 40th Annual Children’s Literature Association (ChLA) Conference will address play and risk in children’s and young adult (YA) literature […]

Plan now to participate in the 2013 African American Read-In

January 11, 2013


Plan now to participate in the 2013 African American Read-In February 1-28, 2013 Schools, churches, libraries, bookstores, community and professional organizations, and interested citizens are urged to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month by hosting and coordinating Read-Ins in their communities. Hosting a Read-In can be as simple as bringing together friends […]