Interview: Paula Chase

August 16, 2018

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Paula Chase’s latest book, So Done, was released yesterday. In the interview below,you can see it has been a while for her. I hope you enjoy getting to know her in this way. I’m certain as you get to know her, you’ll want to read So Done. The book, her middle grade debut, has starred reviews […]

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ALSC’s New Equity Fellowship

August 15, 2018

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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 […]

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IPOC releases: August 2018

August 10, 2018

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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 […]

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review: Courage

August 2, 2018


  correction: In reading this book (close to three times I might add) I missed the line that identified Sammy’s adopted parents as white. That changes this line in my review:  I didn’t care for the stereotypical over-demanding Asian parents with the adopted son. Instead, we have a white mother who is over-demanding with an Asian son. […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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