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News from USBBY’s March Update

March 31, 2015

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NEWS ABOUT GLOBAL BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS: IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) Regional Conference, October 16-18, 2015 in NYC:  The call for proposals to present a poster session at the IBBY Regional Conference in New York is now available on the USBBY (United States Board on Books for Young People) website.  The deadline for submission is […]

book review: Can You See Me Now

March 29, 2015


title: Can You See Me Now author: Estela Bernal date: Arte Publico; 2014 main character: Amanda “Mandy” Silva Can You See Me Now is Estela Bernal’s first published novel. It’s the story of Mandy Silva whose father is tragically killed on her 13th birthday. Her mother blames Mandy for her husband’s death and proceeds to […]

book review: A Strong Right Arm: The Story of Mamie “Peanut” Johnson

March 24, 2015


title: A Strong Right Arm: The Story of Mamie “Peanut” Johnson author: Michelle Y. Green date: Puffin, 2002 biography Writing a biography has to be difficult, particularly if the subject is still alive. This only increases the stress to get it right. And, this getting it right is not only about the facts! It means […]

Free Audiobook: X A Novel

March 24, 2015


I’ve posted before about free summer audiobooks from SYNC. They’re getting an early start this year with a free download of the audiobook X: A Novel by Ilysasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon. Here are the details: On 5/14/15 a free MP3 audiobook download of the acclaimed YA novel X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz (Malcolm […]

Male Monday: Calvin Slater

March 23, 2015


Calvin Slater hails from the Motor City, aka Detroit. A lifelong resident, Calvin couldn’t wait to write the Coleman High series and take readers on one of the coolest rides through one of the dopest cities. source Slater began writing as an adult author and switch to writing for YAs with the Coleman High Series. […]

New and Upcomings

March 19, 2015

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Two publishers focusing on diverse children’s literature have recently emerged. I’m copying blurbs directly from their websites so I get it right. Non-profit Valley Artistic Outreach is proud to announce Juventud Press, a sister imprint to FlowerSong Books, both headquartered in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. Knowing first-hand how important it is that […]

grant opportunity: Reading is Grand

March 19, 2015

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from the BCALA: The Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) is pleased to announce applications for 2015 Reading Is Grand! Celebrating Grand-Families @ Your Library are now available. The grant amount is $500. The deadline for grant submissions isFRIDAY, MAY 15, 2015. Reading Is Grand! Celebrating Grand-Families @ Your Libraryis an intergenerational literacy […]

YALSA 2016: Call For Proposals

March 17, 2015

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from YALSA/ALA The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is accepting proposals for continuing education sessions to be presented at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, June 23 – 28, 2016. Proposals may be submitted through June 1 via this form. YALSA is accepting proposals for creative, innovative programs that address topics of focus […]

March Releases

March 1, 2015

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I collected 11 titles by authors of color that were released in March 2014, including Crossover by Kwame Alexander. If I hadn’t spent over 7 hours gathering new titles, I would have written a post today. Come back later this week. I’ll write a post. This March, my list contains 15  16 titles. updated 23 […]