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February 22, 2015


I recently posted the CCBC’s recent figures on diverse books, stepped back and watched the web. Some praised the numbers for gains. KT Horning cautioned the numbers easily go up from year to year. Some questioned the books written by ethnic minorities but not about ethnic minorities. How is that call made? Is it good […]

Saturday Trailers: Dove Arising

February 21, 2015

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What better day for a book trailer than a Saturday? Dove Arising by Karen Boa releases 24 Feb. “Be there or be a regular quadrilateral”. Phaet Theta has lived her whole life in a colony on the Moon. She’s barely spoken since her father died in an accident nine years ago. She cultivates the plants […]

CCBC Multicultural Stats 2014

February 18, 2015


The Children’s Cooperative Book Council recently released figures on the number of multicultural books released in 2014. In releasing the numbers, K. T. Horning stating an optimism about things to come. “Even though the data we collect indicates children’s literature in this country continues to represent a mostly white world, we see signs that things […]


February 15, 2015

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It’s been cold here for the past few days. Once I remembered that it’s the end of February, I tied my scarf a little tighter and continued to do what I needed to do. I’ve been carrying around a post in my head for much of the day and thought I finally had time to […]

Saturday Trailer

February 14, 2015


What better day for a book trailer than a Saturday? Cindy L. Rodriguez began her professional life as a journalist. She transitioned to a high school Language Arts teacher and then a Reading Specialist for middle schoolers. Her career path indicates a love of language, of literature and of children. Cindy debuts as an author […]

February Releases 2015

February 10, 2015


Streetball Crew Book Two Stealing the Game Hardcover by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Author), Raymond Obstfeld (Author) When Reason Breaks by Cindy L. Rodriguez; Bloomsbury Dove Arising by Karen Bao; Penguin (audiobook also available) Feral Pride by Cynthia Leitich Smith; Candlewick Rebellion by Stephanie Diaz; St. Martin Press Shutter by Courtney Alameda; Feiwel and Friends Gone Crazy […]

ALA Youth Media Awards

February 5, 2015


While there were numerous books, authors and illustrators recognized this past week for their outstanding contribution to children and young adult literature, I’d like to give special recognition to the following authors of color for their contribution to young adult literature. The pressure is on to get the typing correct and not to miss anyone. […]

Rap It Up

February 2, 2015


My original plan was simply to get a pass for the exhibit hall, spend a couple of days at ALA Midwinter in Chicago, and head home. But these were not the best laid plans, as they grew exponentially. I was invited to the ALSC Day of Diversity on Friday, I embraced the opportunity to room […]