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review: So Done

August 18, 2018


title: So Done author: Paula Chase date: Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins; 2018 main characters: Jamila Phillips and Tai Johnson Review based upon an advanced copy. Mila spent the summer with her aunt to avoid Tai’s father. While Tai couldn’t wait for Mila to return to the Cove, she could feel that something was different, something was shifting […]

review: A Werewolf Named Oliver James

August 17, 2018


review: A Werewolf Named Oliver James author: Nicholas Jon Frith date: 2018; Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic Children’s Books main character: Oliver James picture book   Oliver’s mom has always told him to come straight home for dinner. Oliver is drawn as a black child with dark skin and curly hair. On an evening, with a […]

ALSC’s New Equity Fellowship

August 15, 2018


The Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC) announces new Equity Fellowship! Through the ALSC Equity Fellowship program, ALSC affirms its commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion by engaging new generations of racially and ethnically diverse library professionals. Five ALSC fellowships will be awarded to American Indian/Alaska Native/First Nations, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, Middle Eastern, and/or […]

IPOC releases: August 2018

August 10, 2018


Apple in the Middle by Dawn Quigley (North Dakota State University Press) DEBUT AUTHOR Bouncing in the middle of two cultures, Apple meets her Indian relatives, shatters Indian stereotypes, and learns what it means to find her place in a world divided by color. Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram (Dial) DEBUT AUTHOR […]

review: Courage

August 2, 2018


title: Courage Author: Barbara Binns date: HarperCollins; July 2018 main character: T’Shawn Rodgers (review based on advanced copy) Barbara Binns has always been an author focused on providing visibility to black boys and she’s back doing it again with Courage. This middle grade novel is set in the south side of contemporary Chicago. T’Shawn backs […]

Interview: Lila Quintero Weaver

July 30, 2018

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This month, Lila Quintero Weaver’s sophomore youth literature book, My Year in The Middle (Candlewick Press) was released. Such a figurative title promises much to the reader, doesn’t it? The following interview indicates that Weaver doesn’t fail to deliver. I can’t wait to read this one! I have my copy but, I thought it would be wiser […]

review: Dreamland Burning

July 27, 2018

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title: Dreamland Burning author: Jennifer Latham date: Little Brown Books, 2017 main characters: Rowan; William    There were a lot of blacks in Oklahoma in the 1920s. In fact, there were more all black towns in OK than anywhere else in US. It was call the Promised Land for African Americans who moved there during […]

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 page […]

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 […]