April 23, 2017

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College Student Creates App to Lead Young People To Diverse Books

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The free iOS app We Read Too taps into books starring characters of color written by authors of color.

Spotlight on Salaam Reads

Last year it was announced that Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing would launch a Muslim children’s book imprint called Salaam Reads. From the S&S website, a Feb 24, 2016 post says this about the imprint: “Salaam Reads will introduce readers of all faiths and backgrounds to a wide variety of Muslim children and families, and offer Muslim kids […]

Ex-Cop Tackles Literacy Decline in Appleton, WI

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A police-officer-turned-librarian uses her skills to target a community’s early-learning deficit.

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Día 2017: A Celebration of Literacy and Diversity

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Bringing kids and books from every culture together is the goal of El dia de los libros, and plans for this year’s “Day of Books” are more far-reaching than ever.

Kids Make Art for Social Justice in L.A. Museum-Library Partnership

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The Los Angeles Public Library hosted “Art Without Walls,” an art event with the L.A. Hammer Museum where kids honored women in their lives while sending messages about equal rights.

11-Year-Old Starts Book Club for African American Boys

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Fifth grader Sidney Keys’s “Books N Bros” club celebrates characters who are black—and gets boys reading.

Gene Luen Yang Comic Available for Download

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Download a high-res PDF version of “Comfort Zone,” Gene Luen Yang’s original comic for SLJ.

25 Kid and YA Books That Lift Up Immigrant Voices

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A collection of autobiographical or fictional stories based on childhood memories or that draw upon people’s work with immigrant children, including works by Julia Alvarez, Nicola Yoon, and Edwidge Danticat.

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Comfort Zone | An original comic by Gene Luen Yang

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An early lesson in empathy inspired Gene Luen Yang. In an original comic for School Library Journal, the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature depicts the inspiration for his Reading Without Walls program.

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Librarians Providing Safe Havens as Deportation Fears Loom

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The recent expanding of deportation regulations have not just stirred up fear and worry in communities, they have also spurred many schools and districts to take action.

“Rock Star” Librarians Article Hits Sour Note | Opinion

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A “Wall Street Journal” article profiling kid lit “rock stars” who are all white men angered readers. it also prompted soul-searching about diversity in the profession—and a push for solutions.

5 Middle Grade Titles Featuring People of Color

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Looking for new middle grade novels starring main characters of color? Here are five standout titles suitable for most collections.

The Life & Legacy of Dwayne McDuffie, Diversity in Comics Pioneer

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The Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity, now in its third year, is named for the man whose influence on the comics industry is still being felt.

Survey: Bullying of Marginalized Students On the Rise

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A survey of youth by the Human Rights Campaign found bullying more prevalent since the presidential election. Here’s how to help.

SLJ’s Women’s History Month Pinterest Board

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From Marley Dias to Gloria Steinem, Frida Kahlo, Elizabeth Warren, and Patsy Takemoto Mink, here are women to celebrate.

Cokie Roberts Captivates Kids at the Library of Congress | Pictures of the Week

Cokie Roberts gives a presentation on her book, "Ladies of Liberty," to students at the Young Readers Center in honor of Women's History Month, March 6, 2017. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Celebrating Women’s History Month, political commentator Cokie Roberts enthralled third graders while speaking about her children’s books, women, early American history, research, and writing.

Educators Respond to the Federal Repeal of Transgender Bathroom Protection

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Librarians and teachers, as well as government and school district officials, have spoken out against the revocation and vowed support for all students.

Flying Lessons and Other Stories

Flying Lessons and Other Stories Edited by Ellen Oh Published in 2017 by Crown Books for Young Readers ISBN: 978-1-101-93459-3 Grades 4-6     Book Review  Don’t we all have “milk-snorting-out-of-your-nose…listen-to-how-cool-and-awesome-we-are…come-close-so-we-can-whisper-in-your-ear” stories? In this groundbreaking anthology, published in partnership with We Need Diverse Books and edited by its co-founder Ellen Oh, are ten stories by […]

Tor Authors, Latinx Superheroine Take Manhattan

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Gabby Rivera debuted the first issue of Mavel’s “America” comics at Midtown Comics’s downtown location in New York City. A group of Tor and Tor Teen authors gathered at the Flatiron Building to celebrate their recent fantasy titles.

Immigrant Students Worry as Librarian Lends Support | Opinion

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Libraries are for learning—no matter where you come from, insists a librarian at an alternative high school in Virginia.