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September 19, 2014

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Minding the Gaps, Part II: Highlighting Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Recipients │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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In anticipation for The Horn Book’s “Mind the Gaps” event at Simmons College on October 10, brush up on the winning titles that will be showcased by reading the following booktalks and checking out the resources for teaching them.

Nonfiction Books for Celebrating Hispanic Heritage | Libro por libro

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Tim Wadham presents worthy and exemplary informational books for bilingual and Spanish-speaking communities that should be on display not only during Hispanic Heritage Month, but also incorporated into nonfiction bibliographies year-round.

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In the Margins Committee Announces 2015 Nominations

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In the Margins (ITM) is proud to present the official nominations for the 2015 book list, to date. These titles, selected by a committee of librarians, are by, for, and about people in poverty, on the streets, in custody, or otherwise living in the margins.

Honoring Librarian Henrietta Smith, Long-Term Diversity Advocate

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Henrietta Mays Smith, 92, an inaugural member of the Coretta Scott King Awards Task Force, will be the first librarian to receive a Carle Mentor Honor on September 18.

UK Laureate Malorie Blackman will not Be Silenced

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When Malorie Blackman found herself at the center of a racial firestorm, following an interview in which she addressed the lack of diversity in children’s books, she found strength from fellow writers and in her convictions.

Celebrating Titles that “Mind the Gap” at ‘The Horn Book’ at Simmons Event │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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It’s not too late to register for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to celebrate this year’s Boston Globe-Horn Book award recipients at the Mind the Gap event at Simmons College on October 10. In the meantime, brush up on the winning titles by reading the following booktalks and checking out the resources for teaching them.

Understanding Ferguson: Resources on Protest, Nonviolent Resistance, and Civil Rights

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Books and resources on the history of the Civil Rights movement, nonviolent resistance, the Rodney King legacy, the history of racial tensions between citizens and police, and more.

Self-Publishing, Ghostwriting for Gangsters, and Cover Reaction | YA Underground

Transforming Pain to Power

Amy Cheney, YA Underground columnist, dreams of ghostwriters for gangsters, hopes for more diverse reads for her kids in the margins, and bemoans a recent cover redesign that “could be the death knell for reluctant readers.”

East Harlem Bookstore Launches Book Drive to Aid Unaccompanied Child Immigrants

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A bookseller, a professor, and members of the El Barrio community in Manhattan’s East Harlem neighborhood have launched a project to serve the needs of detained children from Mexico and Central America.

Middle Grade Fiction Giveaway; Conference With Service to LGBTQ Youth Focus | SLJTeen News

Confessions of a Middle child

Take a chance on freshening up your middle grade collection with Maria Lennon’s “Middle Child” series, and learn about Time to THRIVE, a unique and much needed conference focusing on service to LGBTQ youth.

Diversity Movement Gains Visibility at ALA Annual | ALA 2014

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Addressing the groundswell of support for more diverse children’s literature, Lee & Low publisher Jason Low spoke at the ALA Annual Conference about where the movement is now and what still needs to happen.

Sure #WeNeedDiverseBooks but don’t forget #WeNeedMoreWalterDeanMyerses

Sure #WeNeedDiverseBooks but don’t forget #WeNeedMoreWalterDeanMyerses

“We haven’t just lost a great author. We’ve lost a man that filled a very great need in our children’s literary landscape,” writes Betsy Bird.

Parents: Empower Kids to Tell Their Stories

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Increasing diversity isn’t simply the responsibility of publishers. While they should make a conscious investment in seeking diverse voices, parents have a major role in nurturing children’s desire to tell their own stories.

We Need More Diverse Audio and Video Content

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Today’s youth gravitate to YouTube, computers, and gadgets more than books. We need more diverse audio and visual material, so kids can listen and watch on their desktops and devices.

Diverse Books: Don’t Categorize as “Special Interest”

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Diverse books shouldn’t be considered special interest or shelved in a separate area, yet they are by the majority of us. I challenge all parents, caretakers, and educators to take a hard look at themselves for internalized biases that may affect the way they look at children’s books.

Write Outside Your Comfort Zone

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I admit it. I’ve said in confidence to more than one struggling African-American author: “You could always write about slavery or civil rights.” They all looked at me the same way I probably looked at the guy who told me to retreat in time and reach for a tomahawk.

How to Build a Bestseller with Non-White Characters

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Creating a blockbuster with diverse characters requires years of commitment, collaboration, and buy-in from every segment of the publishing community.

Librarians Have Buying Power—Let’s Use It for Change

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The $700 million spent by librarians annually is not just a drop in the bucket, and our collective spending power can be used to move the needle in the publishing landscape toward diverse authors, characters, and books. So what are we waiting for?

Know Your Neighborhood: A Community Needs Assessment Primer

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What does your neighborhood really need from you? Tips to help libraries get to know the communities that they serve, with a resource list of potential partners, literacy and early childhood organizations, and sources of demographic data.

A Collection Built Around Its Community—Incarcerated Teens | YA Underground

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To add diversity to your collection, or build one that considers your community’s demographics, consider these titles that you may have missed, including Coe Booth’s middle-grade debut and a memoir by an undocumented immigrant.