Asian Pacific Island YA Authors

May 2, 2017

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May is Asian Pacific Island Heritage Month. I’m using the month to update my list of Asian American young adult authors. NOT illustrators. NOT children’s authors. Please, leave names in the comment section. The names I currently have are on the bottom of this post. I’m also looking for MG or YA Asian American authors […]

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I Am Not Your Bad Mood

April 28, 2017

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We’ve released the 2017 We’re the People Reading List and it seems to be getting a warm reception. As always, you can download and print PDFs from that site. Please do so, and share them. We critically evaluate books during the year to find those that we can put in any young reader’s hands without […]

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SundayMorningReads

April 23, 2017

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Tomorrow is the big day!! The We’re the People Summer Reading list will be released tomorrow morning! I don’t know if you could tell from the interviews I posted, but the people who volunteer to work on this list are an extremely busy group of people. They are deeply dedicated to children’s literature, social justice […]

We Are The People: Tad Andracki

April 20, 2017

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Tad Andracki has worked with We The People for two years now. He finds books by authors of color that most of us seem to have missed and he’s truly understands social justice as he’s able to apply it so well to his reading. Tad works as a middle school librarian, serves on the Newbery […]

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We Are the People: Sujei Lugo

April 18, 2017

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Sujei Lugo wants to change the face of children’s literature and she has the energy, spirit and knowledge to do just that. She’s a public librarian who has worked in libraries in Boston and Puerto Rico. She’s a member of REFORMA, the Association of Library Service to Children, the 2018 Newbery Award selection committee and […]

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We Are The People: Lyn Miller-Lachmann

April 16, 2017

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Lyn has been with the We Are the People project since its inception. I really enjoy working with Lyn, she has such a vast knowledge of the publishing industry which she gladly shares. Lyn is truly one of the kindest people I know. She has a degree in Library and Information Science; is fluent in […]

We Are the People: Ed Spicer

April 14, 2017

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We’re very close to releasing the 3rd We Are the People Summer Reading list. I’m thankful for the reception this list receives every year and hope it makes a difference in the books young people are reading. When we released the first list, we were so excited about the quality of our work that we […]

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Patricia McKissack

April 12, 2017

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I’ve learned that we are all libraries, each carrying in us the stories that make us unique. And yet, there are those who are more than that; they’re the people who create the stories that express our shared identities, that inspire us to be more than we’ve planned for ourselves and who question. Their work […]

Interview: Gary Golio

April 4, 2017

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Yesterday, I shared a review of Strange Fruit: Billie Holiday and the Power of a Protest Song by Gary Golio and today, I have an interview with the author himself. Gary reached out to share his book with me several months ago and I was immediately curious about the person who would be able to create a […]