Monkey Business

July 20, 2018

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  Thanks to everyone who has been sending me books and articles about the racism and hatred expressed when people of African descent are equivocated with monkeys, apes or gorillas. And, thanks for sending information about children’s books with anthropomorphic monkeys and apes that do nothing to end this racism. I’ve decided to create this […]

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Ready for ALA 2019?

July 20, 2018

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The Young Adult Library Services Association is now accepting program proposals for the 2019 ALA Annual Conference, to take place in Washington, D.C., June 20-25, 2019. Once again, proposals will be accepted via one submission site for all ALA Divisions, RoundTables, Committees and Offices.  Be sure to select YALSA as your submission unit when filling […]

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book review and a pairing: Amal Unbound

July 11, 2018

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title: Amal Unbound author: Aisha Saeed date: Nancy Paulsen Books; 2018 main character: Amal Review based on an advanced copy.   Among the 14 facts about Aisha Saeed on her website are the facts that she’s worked as a lawyer and an elementary teacher, she speaks three languages and she’s a fantastic air hockey player. […]

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review: Stella Diaz Has Something to Say

July 10, 2018

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title: Stella Diaz Has Something to Say author: Angela Domiguez date: Roaring Brook Press; 2018 main character: Stella Diaz Middle Grades (review based upon an advanced copy)     Stella Diaz’s family moved from Mexico City to Chicago when she was very young. So young, that she barely remembers her familia still in Mexico. Her […]

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July Releases

July 9, 2018

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Courage by B. A. Binns (HarperCollins) T’Shawn has worked hard to get his family’s life back on track after his father died. But as things are returning to normal, his world is suddenly turned upside down when his older brother, Lamont, returns from prison. T puts his frustrations into his diving practice — especially when […]

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Out Out Damn Monkeys

July 2, 2018

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“Historians of genocide often argue that dehumanization is a necessary precondition for culturally and/or state-sanctioned violence… A growing literature demonstrates that individuals tend to associate out-groups and out-group members with nonhuman animals more than they do members of their in-group… More to the point, research by Goff and colleagues supports the hypothesized link between dehumanization […]

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Sunday Morning Reads (late night edition)

July 1, 2018

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During the recent ALA conference in New Orleans, I couldn’t help but wonder what the founders of the American Library Association would think of the organization it founded and how well it achieves what they set out to do. Knowing that two African American women, Michelle Obama and Violet Davis, bookended the event would probably […]

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recap: ALSC President’s Panel

June 29, 2018

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I think I’ve been home for three days now and I’m still not recovered from ALA. I’m mulling reflections of the event but, I have to post this recap of the ALSC President’s Panel. For some reason, ALA didn’t record the event. I’ve seen bootleg copies on Twitter  but I’ll be a bit more ethical about […]

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IPOC Pride

June 9, 2018

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June is Pride month which makes it a great time to feature a few recent books written by IPOC authors with LGBT+ characters. King Geordi the Great by Gene Gant (Harmony Ink Press) Growing up means overcoming obstacles: facing reality even when it hurts, being brave enough to stand up for yourself, and being your own man […]

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