review: The Serpent’s Secret

May 18, 2018


title: The Serpent’s Secret (Kiranmala and the Secret Kingdom series) author: Sayantani Dasgupta date: Scholastic, 2018 main character: Kiranmala   While Meghan Markle is able to become a princess only through marriage, Kiranmala really is a princess! Her parents have told her this all her life, but until events that you’ll have to read to […]

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We The People Summer Reading List

May 17, 2018


Earlier this week, We The People released the fourth annual Summer Reading List. This year’s list was curated by Sujei Lugo, Alia Johnson, Lyn Miller-Lachmann, Dr. Laura Jimenez, Thaddeus Andrecki and Dr. Sonia Rodriguez. The list once again highlights select picture books, chapter books/early readers, middle grade books, young adult books and adult crossovers. A […]

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May Releases

May 3, 2018

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All of This is True by Lygia Day Peñaflor (HarperTeen) In this gripping, genre-defying YA novel, four Long Island teens befriend a bestselling YA novelist, only to find their deepest, darkest secrets in the pages of her next book—with devastating consequences. Told as a series of interviews, journal entries, and even pages from the book […]

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April 29, 2018

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Last weekend, I had the pleasure of visiting Miami University in Oxford, OH to view the Telling A People’s Story exhibit and to attend their two day conference. This exhibit features the work 33 African American children’s book illustrators, displaying a total 130 works curated into historical themes: African Origins, Middle Passage, Slavery, Emancipation, Reconstruction, […]

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on Negroes Monkeys and Apes

April 26, 2018


edited 27 Apr I’ve posted previously about concerns I’ve had regarding books with anthropomorphic monkeys and apes. What I want to do here today is contextualize this concern by presenting some of the history of Negroes, apes and monkeys in the United States. For the most part, I’m providing quotes and images, sticking with historical […]

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review: Fake ID

April 12, 2018

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title: Fake ID author: Lamar Giles date: Amistad; 2014 main character: Nick Pearson (née Tony Bordeaux) YA mystery Nick is a young African American male whose voice narrates the Fake ID. We readers are among the few who know that his real name is Tony. The situations that have him using this pseudonym along with […]

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Little House, Big Mess

April 6, 2018


I’ve never publicly weighed in on the conversations surrounding the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder or on the proposal to change the name of the Wilder Award. I’ve recently put together some reflections and all this and thought they might be worth sharing.  Laura Ingall Wilder’s works, like too many other books that have gained […]

Interview: N. H. Senzai

April 2, 2018

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from the publisher:  Silver and gold balloons. A birthday cake covered in pink roses. A new dress.  Nadia stands at the center of attention in her parents’ elegant dining room. This is the best day of my life, she thinks. Everyone is about to sing “Happy Birthday,” when her uncle calls from the living room, “Baba, […]

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April Release

March 30, 2018

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Below are the releases for April. Be sure to check the entire list for 2018 to see what’s been added for previous months. As always what I missed in the comments, please Curveball by Derek Jeter. Simon and Schuster. ages 8-12 While spending the summer with his extended family in New Jersey, Derek finds a […]

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