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Book Review: Surviving Santiago

June 27, 2015

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title: Surviving Santiago author: Lyn Miller-Lachmann Date:Running Press Kids; 2015 main character: Christina “Tina” Aguilar We first me Tina Aguilar in Lyn’s previous book, Gringolandia. There, she was a minor character in her brother’s story but here, she takes center stage when she returns to Chile to spend time with her papá. The deal her […]

Saturday Trailer: Stella By Starlight

June 27, 2015


What better day for a book trailer than a Saturday? Coretta Scott King Award winner Sharon Draper used her own family history to write Stella by Starlight (Atheneum, January 2015). While the book is set in the early 20th century, many of the societal issues still exist. Draper’s writing of the past provides young people today an […]


June 16, 2015

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Her problem is not that she identified with Black culture, that she lied about who and what she was. Was it a personal connection with Black and Native culture that led to the misrepresentation, or a disconnect with her own? Honestly, those two sentences are the most thought I’ve given Rachel Dolezal since the story […]

Futures Report-JUNE

June 12, 2015

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Is kidlit really becoming more diverse, or is diversity being treating like a trend? We’d really have to look at what’s published 2-3 years from now to know the difference that we’re making today. And, we can do that! I hope continue this as a regular feature that announces books 2-3 years out. I’ll come […]


June 9, 2015

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Just as I was planning posts to highlight the American Library Association’s Ethnic Caucuses, I received the following via email. The five ethnic affiliates of the American Library Association have collaborated to officially form the Joint Council of Librarians of Color, Inc.(JCLC Inc.), a nonprofit organization that advocates for and addresses the common needs of […]

Passing It Forward

June 3, 2015

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The following is news I’ve received via emails that’s meant to be shared. Please forgive me for simply cutting and pasting. Not only is it quicker, but it allows for fewer typos. First, a little self promoting: A link to a printable brochure of the We’re the People Summer Reading List. From the Fabulous Deborah […]

YALSA Infographic: Teen Diversity

June 3, 2015

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June Releases

June 1, 2015

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June release for Middle Grade and Young Adult readers by authors of color. 2013: 7 2014: 5 2015: 9 Trollhunters by Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus; Disney-Hyperion This new 320-page horror novel written by Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus is about monsters that move in unseen places and the resurgence of a 45-year-old […]

Pulling Up to the Table

June 1, 2015

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Another Book Expo America and Book Con ended this past weekend. Last year’s brouhaha that resulted in the formation of WeNeedDiverseBooks resulted this year in BEA providing WNDB the opportunity to create their own panel for the event. It was energizing to see the tweets and facebook books from the authors, illustrators and publishers excited […]